CCC142: Rooted

The tree didn’t want to be there
Alone in that field
No kindred in view
No one to chat with
But there the tree was
Roots dug in deep
And there those roots
That tree would keep

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #142

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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Tuesday Treat: Flowers and Flutters

The flowers of hedgerow, riverside and field, plus a selection of “flyers” encountered on our visit to Coltishall on 15th July 2021

Bindweed and Goose-grass: 15th July 2021
White Bryony (WARNING poisonous): 15th July 2021
Goose Grass: 15th July 2021
Hemp Agrimony (WARNING poisonous): 15th July 2021
Goose— Canadian: 15th July 2021
Goose— Greylag: 15th July 2021
Banded Demoiselle: 15th July 2021
Red Admiral: 15th July 2021
Green-veined White: 15th July 2021
Mayweed: 15th July 2021
Sun-Spurge: 15th July 2021
Tufted Vetch & Bee: 15th July 2021
Scarlet Pimpernel: 15th July 2021
Poppies: 15th July 2021
Wild Strawberry: 15th July 2021

Some common, some rare, some purely delightful… hope you’ve enjoyed. More next week.

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Vivid in ’89

Vivid in ‘89
That’s a memory that makes a good line
And it was a good line
A vivid time
When I was yours
And you were mine
When passion ruled
And we ignored the clock’s chime

Ask not for whom the bell tolls

Vivid the memory of that car as it helled towards us
Vivid the face of the driver
Vivid the crash, the crumple, the force that threw me
Vivid the memory of that tree
Vivid the gas-fuelled explosion
And you not beside me
Vivid that memory.

89 words written for Sammi’s Creative Challenge: Vivid

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Sunday Picture Post: Coltishall

Coltishall is a village on River Bure, set at the furthest navigable point. We could hire a boat in Great Yarmouth and cruise upriver. But we don’t. We bus into Norwich and bus out again.

Two bridges over the Bure connect Coltishall with its neighbour Horstead: 15th July 2021
A footpath alongside the river offers an idyllic view: 15th July 2021
An old poplar grown to great height on the common: 15th July 2021
The door to St John the Baptist church being open…: 15th July 2021
15th July 2021
Of the several pubs in the village (and that is unusual) this is the busiest: 15th July 2021
Canoes and paddle boards can be hired from here: 15th July 2021
Heavy clouds threaten but we’re not at all daunted: 15th July 2021
Away from the river, along the street, some interesting houses… 15th July 2021
15th July 2021
Not all is grand: 15th July 2021
A side road takes us out of the village: 15th July 2021
Do you see the face? 15th July 2021
The clouds remain grim, we push on: 15th July 2021
How old is this barn? I do not know: 15th July 2021
The Bure Valley Railway is a 15″ narrow gauge managed by steam enthusiasts: 15th July 2021

We walk a short way beside the railway (it’s 9 miles in total) and sit for a while to eat our lunch and conclude our walk.

Have you enjoyed the walk? A little different to usual. See Tuesday Treat for the Flowers and Flutters seen on the way

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A Little Red Box

15 July 2021

The demise and replacement of the famous red telephone boxes in 1985 was much lamented… to such an extent their purchase was opened to the public. Several remained in situ as a bring-and-swap library, an information centre, and all manner of other creative functions.

On the Street, another title achieved from the list provided for #2021picoftheweek provided by Maria Antonia

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CCC141: The White Swan

Marilyn prided herself on her swimming abilities – twice she had swum St George’s Channel – so when Daphne down at the White Swan challenged her to swim Dickerson’s pond she treated it as a bit of a joke. “You can’t be serious!”

But Daphne was serious, and Marilyn accepted – though with a haughty flourish.

“What’s that disgusting smell and that scum?” Marilyn asked on the day.

“Oh, that?” Daphne made a gesture of irrelevance. “That’s just leakage from Dickerson’s piggery.”

The photos taken of the… non-event, along with a report, now grace the walls of the White Swan bar.

Note: The featured pond is at Brooke, in Norfolk, UK; the film on the water is only pollen

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #141

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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Tuesday Treat: Flutters and Flowers

Some of the flowers and fluttering things seen on our walk on 7th July 2021. Enjoy

Blackberry brambles: 7 July 2021
With bee: 7 July 2021
Poppies (common): 7 July 2021
Poppy (Opium): 7 July 2021
7 July 2021
Field Pansy (now quite rare): 7 July 2021
Lady Birds on hogweed seeds: 7 July 2021
Barley and Bindweed: 7 July 2021
Dog Rose: 7 July 2021
Scarlet Pimpernel (even more rare than field pansy): 7 July 2021
Pink Yarrow: 7 July 2021
Tortoiseshell butterfly on a thistle: 7 July 2021
Musk Mallow: 7 July 2021
The candy stripes of Field Bindweed: 7 July 2021

It was difficult to make the selection this week, so many flowers now in bloom. Hope you’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve chosen. More next week.

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Louisa’s Retirement Speech

from Pixabay Gerd Altmann

So many jobs Louisa had had, and each required a different set of skills. In each position she learned something new, many times undertaking fresh training. Yet there was a degree of overlap. By the time Louisa composed her retirement speech, she described her curious employment history as tessellated. “Highly recommended as preparation for a career in writing.”

 58 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Tessellate

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