Sunday, July 22, 2012


An echoing boom blasted out, then the follow-on sound of tumbling rock not far away could be heard. We stopped walking and looked at each other. 'What the hell was that...I'm sure it was a gun". As we were taking stock, another boom rung out, then another. Instinct wanted me to drop and lie flat. Instead, I looked around, then turned and said to hubby, "I think we are being shot at". He agreed we had heard gunshots, but did not necessarily agree that we were the target practice. We could not see from where the shots came, and the directional line of shooting was not clear.

I noticed the golden Labrador dog we had passed on a pathway to a house, on the estate we were legitimately walking, was sitting very calmly, apparently no care in the world. Being as calm as it was, it must have been a trained gun dog. A short distance from the house was parked a 4X4 vehicle.

<>/div> Close to where we stopped were two tents, both had closed flaps. The old army tent had a picnic table set up with elements of a snack visible. There were two empty chairs. There was also a pyramid tent with no sign of active life. As we took stock of the scene, another gun shot rang out.  88| 

Looking back at the house, we saw a gun barrel peeping from the now, open front door, directed towards the rock face opposite. It seemed to us that the firearms user was attempting to scare us off our walk. We decided to walk on and visit the historic site at the end of the trail. Half way up a little hill we turned to look back again. This time, we saw five people at the doorway, including children. And still the barrel of what I believe was a rifle, could be seen moving up, down and around. The shooter did not come into view.

Not far from the historic monument, we could hear the low level .22 rifle popping sounds coming from a clay pigeon shoot. There was a warning red flag further on, a warning not to go past that point. There was a brisk warm wind, and the movement of the sea. Amongst all those sounds was the swishing and sotto voce rumble of a dozen large turning windmills.

So much for a walk through peaceful lush pastures with the tinkling of water streams running through, rising and tumbling over little waterfalls.


Jennytc said...

A walk to remember!

ZACL said...

That may well be so, Jennyta. Perhaps hubby will think of other mystery tours, for an amble in the countryside.

Flighty said...

Hearing gunshots hereabouts would be rather more worrying! Flighty xx

ZACL said...

Hi Mr F.

Rightly so, you would be concerned in town. But, I can't say we are immune to it, 'cos we're not. It would be a definite no, no, on public beaches (there was such a case about three years ago), and in the town.

I thought about making a report for indiscriminate use of a firearm, (on a footpath on an estate). Unless people are killing pigeons, seals or other wildlife, or, if we were scathed in some way, I don't think it would be worth making the report. It was idiotic and scary, at its simplest.

keiko amano said...


Because of a huge murder by gunshots in Aurora, Colorado a few days ago, I found a good photo with statistics by countries on Facebook, so I shared it on my timeline and also send a copy to my son. Next day, all the photos including the source were all deleted. I was shocked. The statistic showed the U.S. at the bottom which produced the largest number of death.

I don't like what happened. If the statistic was wrong, then I'd like to be told. For whatever the reason, if someone needed to take out our message, I wish someone notifies us what happened. It's strange. I'm disturbed by this.

ZACL said...

What you have experienced with the removal of information on your internet timeline(is that a social network site feature?)is disturbing, very disturbing indeed. It makes you ask, who is quietly acting as big brother here and what else are they looking at and doing?

As you say, if the statistics were unproven, or wrong, then whoever uploaded them should make a statement, if that was the case. Do you know what or who the source of the statistics was?

Apart from wars, the U.S. does come out quite high in the international crime tables, in the known use of guns in homicide cases. There are other countries where the homicide rate by gunshot is active as well. All this should be open to research.

keiko amano said...


I've sent an email to the person who posted before me, but she hasn't responded. Also, I've examined my historical activity on FB, and on my yesterday morning entries, I saw the photo in two entries but last night it was gone completely. I don't like it. This kind of shadow feeds the bad cycle we are in.

ZACL said...

Hi Keiko,

You mention a photo in two entries. Was it a photo you were allowed to use, or did it need permission to use?

keiko amano said...


Those two entries were the same photo I saw but very small.

I don't know who owns the photo, but I think it's apparent that someone put it out on the internet for intention of sharing. It isn't particularly beautiful or valuable. Anyone can make such photo and pull the statistics.

But someone must have deleted the source.

ZACL said...

Indeed, Keiko. It's a very uncomfortable thing to experience.