Crimson’s Creative Challenge #137

CCC137

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

Photos of flowers taken on our walk from East Carlton to Swardeston via Intwood 1st June 2021

Grasses are flowers too. Not sure if this is foxtail or timothy

Horse chestnut (conker tree)…

Leopardbane, a naturalised garden escapee…

Cranesbill, one of the many varieties…

Here’s another you might not think of as a flower. Plantain

And another naturalised escapee, Russian Comfrey…

These tiny sapphires are speedwell…

Purple cranesbill…

(Wild) Star of Bethlehem, the flowers and stems much smaller than the garden variety

And that’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed

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Sunday Picture Post: Intwood

We left our walk at Catbridge Lane, heading to East Carlton and Intwood. To resume (all photos 1st June 2021)

Across the paddock, beyond the thicket and gardens and common, is Mulbarton church. But we’re not heading that way.

Foxtail grasses (or maybe timothy) edges a paddock… edges a paddock, as do we

The footpath delivers us onto another tree-shaded lane… to East Carlton

One of two gatehouses we pass, guardians of East Carlton Manor

This shady lane leads down to the river (which here is barely a stream). But that’s not where we’re going

Last time I came here there was only a stile. Now there’s a kissing gate (and the stile remains)

Truly, all the way from East Carlton to Intwood the lane was wonderfully shaded with vistas of sheep meadows beyond

Finally out of the trees… and we’re greeted by a cooling breeze. Close to lunchtime now, thinking of where we shall stop

The distinctive mail van adds just the right note to this picture of a canola field and verges lined with hedge parsley

Ah! Intwood church… where we’ve reserved a seat beneath a cherry tree to eat our lunch

The Lady of Intwood. Who is she? I’ve featured this before (Sept 2018) and at that time I researched her identity. Mystery Lady

Buttercup meadow alongside the lane back to Swardeston to catch the bus home

Hope you’ve enjoyed our walk and enjoyed the views of this fresh green land

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To the Manor

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

For anyone interested, this is Intwood Hall, just outside Norwich, a bit of Victorian Gothic Revival

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CCC136: Gusted

Crimsons Creative Challenge 136

He asked me which I’d rather see, the sun or the clouds.

I said clouds.

And so he gusted up a storm and blew the thick clouds over me.

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #136

CCC136

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: Birds & Bees

The flowers and fauna seen on our walk on 1st June 2021. Enjoy

Poppy…

One of the many cranesbills…

Buttercup… up close and personal…

Forget-me-nots… and stinging nettes

Pink Campion (which is a hybrid of white & red)

Above the common a kestrel waits…

I always think of this as Sorrel. But I think it’s more likely a Goosefoot or Orache…

But no doubt of this. Vetch

The female mallard in perfect camouflage…

Her male siblings are less so…

Not many flowers on the water-meadows except for this mistletoe found growing on a willow

Mistletoe… complete with berries

That’s all for this week. I’ve more to show you next week.

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Ursula

Ursula aka Junior

Ursula, well-formed and sleek

Sensuously rounded

Strong limbed in muscle and bone, coordination finely honed

Silken hair glossy black, thick down her back

Eyes liquid pools, deep, hot and inviting yet cool

Swift and supple, dextrous and agile

A stealthy hunter, a cunning and devious fisher

A courageous traipser of dangerous deserts, strong and resilient in climbing mountains; adventurous go out and getter, fearless when a forest-dweller

Will not be defeated nor yet conquered

An admirable specimen much sort after, Ursula Junior, everything a bear should be… but from a different galaxy

92 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Galaxy

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Sunday Picture Post: Swardeston

June 1st. Summer is here. Two buses to get from Gt Yarmouth to Swardeston, but it’s worth it. We haven’t walked here since 2018. It’s almost like breaking new territory. And the sun shines on us while a gentle breeze cools us. (all images 1st June 2021)

A glimpse of a cottage lets us know the nature of the terrain

Anyone for cricket? This is the upper part of Swardeston Common

Reflections on the village pond

The “Lower” Common

And after breakfast… rest awhile (the water-meadow)

Hugging the meadows… arable fields where canola glows

Willow of course, this is riverside property. But what’s this? Mistletoe, too

We’re leaving the water meadow (where walking isn’t easy, so ridged and pitted by hooved foots)

Glimpsed before, now we walk alongside it

Everywhere are ponds and puddles and streams

Catbridge Lane. This seems a good place to stop for now. We’ll continue the walk next Sunday. See ouyou then

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Poppies… splashing

A Splash of Colour, another title achieved from the list provided for #2021picoftheweek provided by Maria Antonia

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