Lit Like the Dutch Masters

River Yare at Haven Bridge: 6:00 am 4th August 2020

Magic Hour, another title achieved in Maria’s Antonia’s #2020picoftheweek

No other words needed

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Friday Flowers

I give you a selection of marsh and riverside flowers taken on last week’s walk beside the Wensum

Tutsan: 28 July 2020

Meadowsweet: 28 July 2020

Marsh Woundwort: 28 July 2020

Himalayan Balsam: 28 July 2020

NOT Native!

Spearmint: 28 July 2020

Soapwort: 28 July 2020

Sweet pea: 28 July 2020

I think this escaped the hay-meadows!

Hemp agrimony: 28 July 2020

Hope you enjoyed this small offering. For Sunday’s Picture Post I shall taking you to Hemsby and walking you through Caister via California (I kid you not)

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CCC 91: The Shadow

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #91

The brighter the light
The deeper the shadow
All artists know this

Why then expect our loved ones who shine to have no defects?
Why expect them to be through-and-through perfect?
Why be shocked or feel betrayed when we discover our assumptions incorrect?

The light casts a shadow of the self, distorted
Perhaps the self that we’ve not courted
But that’s no reason to leave the loved one unsupported
Love both the light and the shadow, love them both unthwarted.

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #91

CCC91

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.

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Grandma’s Feather Bed

image by Christine Sponchia on pixabay

Remember Grandma’s feather bed?

I remember her feather pillows.

Remember her shed in the yard?

I remember that’s where she did the plucking.

Remember the mess when the cat snuck in?

I remember we were the ones to sweep it.

Remember Grandma’s peristeronic pie?

I remember we were the ones to eat it.

53 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Peristeronic

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Sunday Picture Post: Bridging the Wensum

Tuesday 28 July 2020, a day to remember, for today I donned my face shield and ventured forth on public transport all the way into Norwich to walk part of Marriott’s Way. Oh, bliss! To renew my acquaintance with this.

Norwich Guildhall: 28 July 2020

A historic building, delightful flint flush-work… and passed on my way to the Wensum

Coslany Bridge: 28 July 2020

The first of many bridges

The start of Marriott’s Way: 28 July 2020

St Crispin is the patron saint of leatherworkers (cobblers and glovers). Norwich grew as a city upon the wealth of wool and shoes

A contemporary bridge: 28 July 2020

Of metal construction, the bridge thunders and roars. Child that I am, I love it

Railway bridge: 28 July 2020

Taken from the river bank… I braved beds of nettles for this!

The Bridge at the Bounds: 28 July 2020

Here Norwich stops and Costessey & Hellesdon begin

Where I stopped for lunch: 28 July 2020

I remember this as a child. A gravel pit. Now it’s flooded and home to both white and yellow water lilies. But the sun, strong, leached the colours

A view from Costessey over Wensum Valley: 28 July 2020

I’ve left Marriott’s Way behind… it’s down there in the valley. My intent instead is to visit the woods, haunt of my childhood and much missed this year

Green Hills Wood: 28 July 2020

Since I can remember, there was a pine plantation at the top of this hill. But 2 years ago it was felled. That spring the air was heady with the divine scent of bluebells. Alas, I could not visit this bluebell season, the first time I haven’t returned since I moved away.

Willows beside River Tud: 28 July 2020

Two rivers flow through Costessey: the Tud and the Wensum… though the Tud is more of a paddling stream.

In East Hills Woods: 28 July 2020

No social distancing here. Here the trees gather in a loving embrace.

So many photos I shot that day. Which ones to share with you. After much cogitation, I decided to omit the flowers. The flowers aren’t special to the place, the bridges and these woods are.

Hope you enjoyed.

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The Madder Market

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich: 28 July 2020

When first built this medieval hall was the trading centre of the wool industry for this area, hence its name, madder being the dye plant that produces soft reds.

Today it houses a Shakespearean style theatre. Incredible, I once saw the Maddermarket Players perform an adaptation of War & Peace here, complete with the battles!

So By the Book, another title achieved in Maria’s Antonia’s #2020picoftheweek

(The “Book” being the play’s script)

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Book Review: Lake of Dreams by Crispina Kemp

Sammi Loves Books

My thanks to Crispina Kemp for providing me with a copy of Lake of Dreams in return for an honest review…

Lake of Dreams is the second book in The Spinner’s Game series by Crispina Kemp.

Quick Review (read on for full review)

Enchanting and magical, this historical fantasy series goes from strength to strength. The characters, setting and story kept my attention from the very beginning and did not let up until the last page. A fantastic read.  Highly recommended! 5 / 5

Summary (from Goodreads)

Powerful visions… but can their dreams reveal the truth of Kerrid’s fantastical origins?

In the first book of The Spinner’s Game, Kerrid explored and developed her powers, gained a glimmering of what she might be, discovered the source of the accusatory voice, and worked to transform her status to that of a genuine shamanic wise-woman, able to enter the Spinner’s Otherworld Web. At…

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CCC 90: Little Clogs Clatter on Stairs

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #90

Fredrik clumped and clattered his way up the stairs. “Come on, Trudie, there’s plenty of room up here.”

Trudie wasn’t so sure, but she followed him up, nose twitching and sniffing.

“Something’s missing here,” she said after another sniff of the air.

“Nah, it’s cool. No one else here, no fight for the food.”

“No food,” she remarked, now she’d figured what was missing. “This isn’t a mill for grinding grain. No wonder there’s no one here of our kind.”

Fredrik stopped at the top step and looked around him. “Hmm. Not agricultural land, only grazing.”

“Plenty of room… but no place for mice.”


St Olave’s Mill is a windpump, for draining the marshes

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #90

CCC#90

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.


FYI only, it’s not a windmill, but a windpump used to drain the marshes.

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