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Write 101 Day 8 [Run and Find]

Originally posted on Writing Hell.:

Wednesday 11th June 2014


Go to a local café, park, or public place and report on what you see. Get detailed: leave no nuance behind. Today’s twist: write an adverb-free post. If you’d rather not write a new post, revisit and edit a previous one: excise your adverbs and replace them with strong, precise verbs.


Write 101 – Death of Adverbs. My story based on a small part of the New Forest, UK.

Day 8

Words 586

Gaa/C June 2014.

They ran along the small path that followed the river, winding and twisting. Some places it diverted into the wood and eventually finding its way back to the river’s edge. By-passing the bramble bushes and fallen trees, tree roots ready to trip them. On the path edge gorse trying to prick them, and the fern making their movement difficult. But they managed to reach the bridge.

The shadows…

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Write 101 Day 5


Follow my series of 101.. thanks all..

Originally posted on Writing Hell.:

Friday 6th June 2014.


You discover a letter on a path that affects you deeply. Today, write about this encounter. And your  twist? Be as succinct as possible.

In Remembrance of D Day and the surviving veterans of the Normandy Landings.


Write 101 Day 5

Words – 288.

It was quiet as I walked the country lane, no vehicles on the road or in the fields. Not even the chirping of a bird was heard, the only sign of life was the bumble bee on the flower, hovering to each in turn. On this summer evening I could feel the warmth of the sun on my face.

It was when I came to the cross road I notice something on the ground, laying on the road in clear sight. I picked it up, an off colour cream envelope, inspection showed it was a rather old envelope, the post mark printed…

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DP Photo Challenge-Split Second Story.

Friday 30th May 2014

Split Second Story

Combe Haven Wild life Park.





Owl Display











May 30, 2014 Posted by | Personal | 25 Comments

The Decemberists.

Originally posted on Brocks Music Shed:

Tuesday 26th May 2014.



I have found these a very special sounding band, I actually came across them over a year ago and have listened to much of their music and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

  1. The Decemberists are an indie folk rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States, fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Colin Meloy. The other members of the band are Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, and John Moen. Wikipedia
  2. Lead singerColin Meloy (2000–)

Do you have any requests or stories? Contact me and I will post it or if you would like to guest post.



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Time to be Invisible [pt 6]

Originally posted on Sitting on the Porch:

Tuesday 27th May 2014.



Words 1051

Pt 6.

The tree I recognised, it was the one across the road from my place, the one that the eagle uses as a roost. I could see my house, it was a little more rustic looking and much smaller. Just as the old woman had described, but definitely recognisable. Bang! another gunshot sound, closer this time, “Keep down until we know what it is.” I said to Mr Wells. “That house is mine from the past, so we have the right place, just need to verify the time.” I finished.

It was then we heard and saw a man emerge from the trees on the other side of the track to where we were hiding. He was carrying a rifle and two dead rabbits, he passed us and headed for the house.

“He must be Robert Marsh,” I said, “Any ideas as to…

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Share Your World -Week 21.

Monday 26th May 2014.

Share Your World – 2014 Week 21

If you could make a 15 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?

Answer - To all the governments of the world, hear me loud and clear, I need say this only once. Stop the bullets and violence, feed and water your people and give them the basic human needs, at least.  Or deal with me. Your Choice.

If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be?

Answer – In fact I have already done this, my choice would be the New Forest. I have written a story based in the Forest, [a love story, and a fantasy adventure] I have written poetry and songs about certain areas. Taken many photographs, many treasured photographs. When at school my art project was fresh water fish in the New Forest. I still have my album of paintings and drawings and postcards. Beautiful place.

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick?

Answer – I would nominate our local book shop, because I could happily read the variety of books within and as it has a coffee shop inside I would not go thirsty or hungry.

If you were given a boat or yacht today, what would you name it?  (You can always sell the yacht later)

Answer – Ninon. {my mothers name}


Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Answer – I could say the usual stuff like being glad to be alive because………. which I am of course, but I am grateful for my daughter this week, being there for me and giving me the chance to be her dad.





May 26, 2014 Posted by | Personal | 10 Comments

Outwitted. {Sandra’s Challenge}

Monday 19th May 2014.

Sandra’s Challenge.

 Tell me a Story.

Pop over to her site by clicking the link and join in the fun, the writing challenge


Words 609.

“You better hand it over or I’ll shoot you. In your arms first then your legs maybe knee caps then feet. So where is it?” Alfred just looked at him, showing no fright or shock. He knew this man, holding the gun in his right hand would use it as he says, but he also felt confident that he could outwit him and eventually over power this evil person.

“I haven’t got it but I know where to get it.” Alfred said calmly.

“Well, where is it?” the man said gruffly.

“Oh yeh, like I am going to tell you. Soon as I do so you’ll shoot me anyway, so I’ll take you there. Or if you rather just shoot me in which you’ll never get it.” Alfred said with some authority.

“Okay, but if you are playing me, then I will. Lets go then.”

We walked into the cafe, which was an annexe to the lighthouse, and here there was an entry gate to the lighthouse. The lighthouse was no longer used as a working lighthouse. A small fee was asked to go inside and traverse the steps to the top, there is a great view to see, on a clear sunny day one could see for miles. There is a small high walled harbour, and a lock gate that allowed members and yachts to moor. The water was still, brown muddy colour, with a few seagulls floating on the surface. Alfred nodded a hello to the woman behind the counter, “nice day for sailing.” he said.

Alfred got the gunman to pay the fee to pass through, they proceeded through the hall and came to the porch that took them through to the steps leading up. We climbed to the top, and was confronted with an open room with a polished and varnished wooden planked  floor, the large hexagonal room had glass panels all the way round. The patron was given a full circle vision of the harbour the hillside and village.

“Okay, where is it, I am now getting a little bored with this treasure hunt.” The gunman said with a threatening attitude. I noticed four other people here enjoying the scenery, one old lady was sitting on a wooden bench set in the middle of the room.

“You’ll have to distract these people,while I find it and retrieve it.” Alfred said quietly.

“Okay but no funny stuff.”

“You are the one with the gun.” Alfred said angrily.

Alfred went to the edge of the room, tapping floorboards as he went, until one made a different sound. Bending down he fiddled with a small piece and lifted it from the floor. He then leaned over put his arm in and pulled out a wrapped package.

The gunman saw this and went to him and grabbed the package, felt it and walked off quickly. “Don’t try to follow me.” Alfred just smiled as he watched the gunman go. Alfred then looked out of the window, looking down to the car park, he smiled and whispered to himself ‘got ya’

Back in the cafe the police had arrived as planned and arrested the gunman.

“I’ll take that, oh by the way I hope you enjoy your new home.” Alfred grabbed the package and unwrapped it to reveal a very valuable antique, an ornately and brightly painted wooden Indian. He handed it to the woman behind the counter and said, “Give this back to the rightful owner Julie, and tell him thanks.” As Alfred went to walk away Julie shouted after him, “Alfred, here don’t forget your fresh vegetables and fruit.” she handed him a large bag. Alfred just smiled as he walked away, nodding to the four policemen as he went.

Gaa/C© Monday 19th May 2014


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May 19, 2014 Posted by | Humourous, Interest, News, Personal, Poetry, Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Cat and Dog.

Today – 17th May 2014.

Cat and Dog.

This has been on our headline news, I expect most of you have seen it, but I love it. I hope you do.





May 17, 2014 Posted by | Personal | 25 Comments

DP Work of Art.

Saturday 17th May 2014.

Daily Post Photo Challenge


Magic Kingdom Princess Castle. Orlando.



Minehead Coast, UK.





17th May 2014 Gaa/C

May 17, 2014 Posted by | Interest, Love, Personal, Uncategorized | 20 Comments

Share Your World-2014 Week 19

Monday 12th May 2014.

Share Your World – 2014 Week 19

Do you prefer shopping or going to a park?

Answer - Although shopping is an essential part of life, walking the park is better than strolling the aisles. So I suggest going to the shops buy some goodies and go to the park and have a picnic.

What is the highest score you’ve ever made in bowling?  Actual or virtually played.

Answer - I cannot actually remember the score but I do think it was around 210. Not bad for some one who hardly ever plays.  I do remember I was the winner on the night though.  Oh yeh oh yeh.

Name the foreign countries you’ve been to.

Answer – United States of America, Spain, France, Wales, Scotland. [Oh an Jersey..... smiling]

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less.

Answer -  Hopeful, healthy, exercise, friendly, polite, genuine and original..

‘I am hopeful that my body stays healthy, and will start a new exercise plan to do so. I will continue to be friendly and polite and be genuine and original.’

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Answer - I had a big talking to this past week and was very grateful for it, even though it hurt and cut deep. I now realise how bad things were getting, and so because of this the coming week has to be the start of a new me, a new regime, both for me and my exercising and healthy living.


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