Gothic Windows: Thursday’s Special


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In response to Paula’s prompt windows for Thursday’s Special

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Starting with Ap: Cee’s Fun foto Challenge


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Like an ape we like to climb


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To the apex

for the view from the top is always spectacular


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For the climb we must be prepared.

An apple  – no two

one for the appetite and the other to record in photographs our journey there.

0009 Irene with snake

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Along the way we hope that we don’t meet any apodal critters

Though I don’t mind snakes most of the time.


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Time for some apelike behaviour along the way


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It gains some applause


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and a bit more.

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After that kind of day I feel slightly apathetic


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and in the apartment more apathy appears.

In response to Cee’s request for photos where the subject start with Ap










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Under the Big Top: Wordless Wednesday


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Ripe for Picking: 99 Word flash Fiction

“I said bring your bog boots.”

“Should’ve told me I’d need clothes for the Arctic as well. I may have listened to you then.”

“It’s summer. Not that cold. Don’t be a wuss.”

“It’s not the cold that’s getting me. It’s these huge bloody mosquitos.”

“Ah!” Johanna fumbled in her back pack and pulled out an item that looked like a memory stick. She flicked its switch to on. “Music for female mosquitos. They won’t come near us now. See those yellow berries.”


“Low to the ground. Cloudberries. Musky, tart, exotic, and elusive. An enigma.”

“Just like you.”

In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks :

August 10, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) include music and berries. It can be fantastical, such as the music of berries or a story that unfolds about a concert in a berry patch. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by August 15, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published August 16). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

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Noosa National Park: Tuesdays of Texture


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Coarse and graniny

Others weathered smooth

Vegetation softens



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August 14th: All Seasons


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By the middle of August we are well and truly getting ready for summer. A pool for swimming and cooling off perhaps.


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The wattle is blooming.


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The paperbarks not quite ready to shed their winter skins.

In response to All Seasons

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Weekend Coffee Share 13th August 2017


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Welcome.  Come on in – Coffee, tea? Herbal? Cold drink perhaps. I have nuts and dried apricots if you want something to eat. Yes, you’ve guessed it. I’m back on a modified paleo diet. I lost too much weight last time I went on this diet so I have modified it slightly – potatoes, peas and rice/pasta are not totally banned. Refined sugar is so consequently I don’t have any cakes or biscuits in the house. I may next week though as I have finally unpacked the box with my cooking equipment.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that we have given notice on our storage shed and finally we have nearly all our stuff with us. It has been like Christmas unpacking. Mind you I no longer have anywhere to put what I am unpacking and the bookcase is full to overflowing with still two boxes of books to come. Luckily we aren’t expecting any more guests for awhile as the spare bedroom is being piled up with office and linen. That will be my next task when all boxes are finally removed.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that the weather has been superb. My brother and his boys went swimming everyday, mainly at the beach but occasionally in my Mother’s pool. We are desperately in need of rain with none on the horizon. I fear what summer is going to be like. I think long and hot.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I have decided to stretch my dancing and start doing exams again. I have joined a new class and now I really understand why dancing is one of the best ways of staving off alzheimers. Physically it is hard. We have been given one exercise to do that we are supposed to do 100 times per day. I can manage 5 on each leg. A total of ten. It remains a work in progress. Mentally I am struggling to remember the routine. Luckily I know the steps but getting the order right is another matter. Socially it is a really nice group of people.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you we have started yoga. Roger says it is as hard as he can manage. We are doing it at the retirement village across the road from where we live so it is fairly easy. I could go a little harder but am enjoying not keeping an eye on the clock wishing my life away.

Roger is finally settling into our new home. We have done some paving outside and changed the fencing so that the space has become a bit more useable. A bit of cleaning up to go and then on to attack the rest of the garden.


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If we were having coffee I’d tell you I took Mum to see Dunkirk during the week. War films aren’t my cup of tea but she wanted to see it as she had vivid memories of the event when it occurred. I thought it was very well done but she was disappointed. She did not feel the scenes of the beach showed the crowding as it was and that you didn’t get a sense of the size of the flotilla of small boats that came from England to take the hundreds of thousands of men off.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I haven’t had much time for reading but will finish this coming week He She and It by Marge Piercy.  I will review it next week.

Now it is your turn. How was your week? Has your weather been warmer/colder, wetter/drier. Have you read any good books or seen any good films?  Thank you for dropping in for coffee and thank you to our weekend coffee host, Diana, from part-time monster for having us and giving us a place to meet up.

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