Night photography: Friday Fictioneers

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“What ya lookin’ for Dad?” 

“If I’m lucky son I’ll shoot a meteor shower.”

“Wow. Do they happen often Dad?

“Nope. But there’ll be stars.”

“Can your camera take them. They’re so little and so far away. Perhaps you should take the ceiling in my bedroom. I’ve stuck stars on it.”

“Nope. I want stars filmed in the great outdoors.”

“Take the sun then. Its a star but its big and bright and there in daylight.”

“Cause it’d damage your eyes son.”

“But there are lots of medical advances these days Dad. They could probably fix them.”

In response to Rochelle Wiseoff- Fields who hosts Friday Fictioneers and to Ted Strutz for providing the photo for the prompt.

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Setting Sun: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


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In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Stone Age meets Technological Age: Wordless Wednesday

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Sheila’s angry: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

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Sheila picked her way over shards of broken glass, quenching her anger as she went. She focused on the pieces, lit by the sunlight. “You’re even beautiful when shattered,” she whispered to no-one. The vase had been a present for her twenty-first birthday and the only memory piece she’d kept of her mother when they downsized. Her eyes welled with tears and she tried to bring back the anger. It was easier to manage than this overwhelming sense of loss.

“Harry!” Screaming abuse at her husband would give her an outlet but her call was met with silence. ‘Harry!” Her angry call was replaced by one filled with anguish as she noticed a ladder lying on the ground with her husband on the floor next to it. She rushed to Harry but could see it was too late. He was gone.  Fifty years together, the love of her life.

“Harry, you bastard. I’ve told you before – put the safety catches on the ladder when you use it.” Anger definitely made it easier.

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Thank you to Priceless Joy for hosting FFfAW and to Enisa for providing this week’s photo prompt.

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Fungi: Tuesdays of Texture

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Cherry Red

smooth heads poking 

Rough bark hosting.

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Salmon pink

Striated gills

Shine with light

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Looking down on cherry red

whilst upwards image captures that beneath

leaves so green and smooth


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What has the greatest beauty

cherry red, grey bark of tree

Or salmon gills no longer seen

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Skeleton Dance: A Book Review


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This short story was an absolute gem. C. Jai Ferry’s dark writing took us into a relationship that was more than dysfunctional. It was toxic. It told the tale of a teenager who had come to live with her eccentric, cruel grandmother. As you are probably aware good first lines and first paragraphs are something I look for in books and Ferry hooked me from the start with her opening line which read, “My Grandmother wanted to kill me.”

The struggle between the child and grandmother was expertly captured from the teenagers perspective. It put you in the place and in the middle of the conflicts over fried eggs, halloween costumes and ballet. The ending was unexpected.

The back story to this story was also included in the book and I enjoyed reading that almost as much as I enjoyed reading the story. I was not surprised it had won a competition first prize and that it has since been made into a play that has been performed. I’d love to buy a copy of that as I have to do a play reading at toastmasters and this I think would be perfect.

Would I recommend this book – I certainly would and I look forward to reading more of C. Jai Ferry’s collections of short stories.

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Weekend Coffee Share 11th March 2018


It seems like ages since I have participated in a weekend coffee share. It feels good to be back and you are welcome so come on in for a cuppa – tea? coffee? and lets have a chat.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I returned from my cruise to Papua New Guinea with a chest infection/asthma/flu – I didn’t go to the doctor for diagnosis assuming that I would get better and although not 100% I seem to be over the worst of it and this week I started all my normal activities again – yoga and dancing, book club and art appreciation, toastmasters and of course my office work – writing and photographs.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that the cruise was good but not as good as the one to New Zealand. Having lived in a similar society I found Papua New Guinea depressing as even the cities were in poverty struck states with begging common (at least whilst the cruise ship was in town). Last year they apparently had 14 ships visit and this year 10. Two of the destinations we were scheduled to go are not going to be included in future trips. We didn’t get into Madang due to an anthrax outbreak. Apart from the ships I don’t think there is any tourism and there isn’t a lot of evidence of industries starting. Of course there was evidence of exploitation. The Taiwanese fishing boats were there in force with refrigerated ships, helicopters to spot the shoals of tuna and wahoo and small boats that went and netted these entire shoals. I don’t think the local people have any understanding at the dire consequences of this over fishing.


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There was many beautiful or interesting sights as well and the boat was a well behaved crowd. Most had some connection with Papua New Guinea whether from the war or having lived there before independence. Any way it is time to move on – I am doing enough posts during the week on the trip not to take up all the time here.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that on the boat we used the gym every day so on our return we decided to buy an exercise bike so we could continue once back home. The contraption we bought turned out to be an instrument of torture. For the first time my muscles hurt and I have certainly worked up a sweat. Perhaps on the ship I didn’t because it was airconditioned but the effort now is so much greater. Lets hope it gets me fit. If it does it will be worth it.

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that Roger and I both have had birthdays – mine today – so Mum took us out to lunch. It was a miserable day


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but that didn’t matter as we stayed nice and dry and ate what I consider to be the best food in Noosa.


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We then went for a drive to look at the big surfs and then came home and walked the dogs in the rain. A perfect day.


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Enough about me.  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, it is lovely to see you. Thanks to  eclecticali  who is our host of the weekend coffee share.


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