Carrot Cake: 99 word Flash Fiction

“We have to have cake.  Bailey’s four today. We have to celebrate.”  Candy stared defiantly at her mother.

Marion sighed.  “Okay. You choose. Grain or carrot cake?”

“Grain. It’s got carrots in it anyway.”

Candy quickly gathered the ingredients. Grain, molasses, sugar cubes, crushed peppermint, cinnamon and sugar and two diced carrots which she combined in the huge mixing bowl. With difficulty she stirred the sticky mass until well mixed then she poured the  gloop onto a paper plate.

Taking a slice Candy ran to the stable. Bailey’s pricked ears heard,  Happy Birthday to you before receiving his treat.

In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks:

March 16, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about carrot cake. It can be classic or unusual. Why is there cake? How does it feature in the story. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by March 20, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published March 21). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

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The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse: A Book Review


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Alexander McCall Smith is a popular highly prolific writer but I found The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse, a romance set in World War II, to be what I would call a bit of fluff.

Val is a landgirl who works on a farm close to home. A nearby airport and an American desire for eggs in rationed England sees her meeting an American pilot, Mike. They of course fall in love. Her mentally challenged cousin frees an abused dog on the farm he is working and the dog eventually makes it to the airbase where he becomes a mascot for the forces stationed there. Mike and Peter Woodhouse fly off on a mission only to go missing in action, where in reality they are being sheltered in a Dutch village aided by a German soldier Ubi. Val by this stage is pregnant.

I won’t tell you the entire story in case you read this book but needless to say Mike and Ubi’s life criss cross after the war is over as do the lives of their wives Val and Ilse. It does give a good impression of what life was like for Germans at the end of the war – and that I found the most engaging feature of this book.

Would I recommend this book – it wasn’t for me but I read it to the end. My Mother enjoyed it. If you want some light reading that doesn’t require all your concentration and give you sleepless nights you may find this book fits the bill.

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Weekend coffee Share 17th March 2018


Welcome. Come on in for a cup of tea or coffee. I hope you are feeling talkative as I really haven’t a lot to tell you this week. The blustery weather seems to have left us for moment and summer has returned. In fact the temperature is perfect with little humidity so I am happy.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I have been working on putting my New Guinea photos into a book and today finally finished and submitted it to the publisher. I like having a few photographs that visitors can just sit and thumb through. Not everyone wants to come and cram around my computer to look at my photos. I tried to put some on a memory stick to show Mum on the television but that was a dismal failure. They wouldn’t play in the correct order and half were missing. She’ll be much happier looking at them in a more traditional fashion when they arrive early April.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I have done little as Roger has been painting the stairwell ceiling and walls. It puts my heart in my mouth as I watch him climb ladders which hang over the huge drop of the stairs. There would be nothing I could do to save him should he fall but at least I would be there. I’ll be glad when it is over.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that we had a picnic of fish and chips by the river with Mother on Friday. It made a nice change to eating in a restaurant and gave us a lovely view as we ate.


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So that is about it for my week. Have you read any good books or seen any films that should be seen? Has your winter turned to spring yet? Victoria, a state way to the south of where I live, is suffering dreadful fires at the moment and for them the wind is not helping. I hope everyone stays safe.

Thank you for dropping in for coffee, it is lovely to see you. Thanks to  eclecticali  who is our host of the weekend coffee share.

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Kiriwina Island: Silent Sunday


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Curtain: Six Sentence Stories

As we got closer, the blue sky was obliterated and headlights were needed in the middle of the day to negotiate through the pollution that hung low to the ground like a fog rolling in from the sea.

Chipping and tapping sounds could be heard, becoming louder as we neared the wall. There was a sense of great excitement. The crowd, wielding hammers and pick axes, were euphoric as they battered their tools into the brightly painted surface  obtaining souvenirs for themselves as they demolished  the cement barrier at the Brandenburg Gate.

We joined in, swept up in the celebrations. We wanted our own piece of history as the iron curtain was swept aside.

Thank you to Denise for hosting SSS


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My piece of Berlin wall. I didn’t have the thrill of being there myself but my husband happened to be visiting his sister in Germany at the time and he and her husband made the memorable trip.


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Skywatch Friday 16th March 2018 Noosaville 5.24pm

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For my Friday skies from round the world 

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Time Out: Three Line Tales


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“Your full of puff ‘n hot air. What’s wrong with smelling the daisies?”

“There’s work to be done. Fish to be caught. Mouths to feed. That’s what’s wrong.”

“Chill darlin’. Take a whiff. Makes you feel alive don’t it and the workday shorter.”  

In response to the prompt given by our host Sonya.

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