Pigs in Muck

Year’s end approaching, I’m left with titles not so easy to fill. So you’ll forgive me if this one isn’t so obvious.

Happiness cp

Pigs in Muck: 21st June 2018

As my dear old mum used to say: They’re happy as pigs in muck.

#2018picoftheweek challenge: Happiness

Don’t you just love these piggies. Fields of pigs are a frequent sight on my walks.

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The Green Lady Legend

Green Lady Woods

Green Lady Woods

There wasn’t a kid in the village who didn’t know about the Green Lady who haunted the tower. Just a tale to scare us kids, to keep inquisitive noses out of an old building no longer safe. Right? Yet it made us more curious. As we braved ourselves to enter the dark woods which surrounded the part-demolished old hall, I fleshed out the skeletal tale, made the lady a green witch who lay in wait for us amongst those deep-shadowed trees. Scared, my friends raced for the road, left me. Alone.

When, as an adult, I read the history of that Elizabethan hall I discovered the truth of the legend: that lady wore green as a sign she was Catholic.

120 words

Written for Weekend Writing Prompt #85 on Sammiscribbles


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Heartbroken Marvin CCC5

farm stuff CCC5

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #5

Drops of oil dripped from every orifice
When he saw what they’d done to his beloved Alice.

For Crimson’s Creative Challenge

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #5

farm stuff CCC5


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 link your post to 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)
If you tag it #CCC others should be able to find it by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.

Details of the photo are given, if relevant, below this line

In case you’re wondering, they’re storage silos found in a farmyard.

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Sunday Fungi: Mama Fly

A while back I posted a photo of an emergent (baby) fly agaric … which sparked an interesting thread of comments. Well, here’s the fully grown version.

Fly Agaric

Fly Agaric open cap: 13 November 2018

It’s not often I arrive on the scene before the sparrows and squirrels have taken their bites. Here’s a rare one that’s survived more or less intact.

And as a reminder, here’s ‘Baby Joe’

fly agaric

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Against the Deep Shadows

Say “shadow” and we usually think of the shadow thrown by a standing object or person, as if shadow and object are one. Yet shadows are simply a lack of light, like where the sun don’t shine.

Maple leaf

Maple leaves shining out against the deep shadows: 8th October 2018

Not sure of species of tree; a maple of sorts. But I love the way its autumnal sun-yellow stands out against the deep shadows.

#2018picoftheweek challenge: Shadow

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The Asylum CCC4

red brick industrial cp

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #4

They hunt us, the Hunters
Why, what have you done?
Told some lies, sold some fun
They catch us, the catchers
Strip us and thrash us
Inside the ‘sylum. Done.

For Crimson’s Creative Challenge #4

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