To Wit …

Most of my owls live solitary lives scattered amongst my books.  But these two hooted and (h)0wled; they wanted no longer to be apart, they wanted t’woo together.

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Two of my owls perform a duet amidst my books: 13 February 2019

And so I set the stage and turned the spotlight upon them. And there, amongst my books, they performed their duet: To-wit t’woo.

#2019picoftheweek challenge: Duet


For details of #2019picoftheweek challenge  see MariaAntonia

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CCC14: Road to Nowhere

Marsh Road

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #14

Remember the road:
The road to nowhere;
Nowhere, where I go to dream;
Dream of better days, a better year:
A year that brings you home to me,
To me from out of nowhere


Written from Crimson’s Creative Challenge #14

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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #14

Marsh Road

CCC#14

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)
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


This is an unusual marsh road. Dry of foot. Not deep in mud and impassable puddles. But where does it go? To a drainage mill on the Upton Marshes alongside the Bure river.  (Upton, just outside Acle, is part of the Norfolk Broads)

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Distant Horizons

Camping Constellation by Pexels

Camping Constellation by Pexels on pixabay

Distant horizons call to me.
Beyond the land,
Beyond the sea,
Beyond the clouds
And the day-bright sky,
Distant horizons call to me.

Star-bright horizons call to me.
Beyond the local galaxies,
Beyond Gamma, Iota and Beta Cephei,
And Polaris—Alpha Ursa Minor,
Beyond Alpha Draconis, the Egyptian Thuban,
Beyond Tau and Iota Herculis,
Beyond Vega, the bright star Alpha Lyrae,
Beyond the northern Valkyries, Alpha and Delta Cygni.
Star-bright horizons call to me.

74 words


Written for:

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Rest in Peace, Papa G.

The Baths British Virgin Islands

The Baths, British Virgin Islands (from Google Maps)

Mama was such a pretty thing. Born Dorothy (of the Stones of Bath), but Papa G. always called her Dolly. The perfect wife, he often said: a willing bed-mate—she gave him seventeen of us little-uns; Peter’s the eldest, I’m the youngest; supportive, encouraging, she made him smile no matter the calamity. She had only one fault: she wasn’t the best of cooks. Indeed, I once overheard her friend refer to her rock-cakes as ‘Dentists Delights’. But you can see for yourself, our teeth litter the shore.

It was her cooking did for Papa G. Died of severe indigestion. It’s his head over there, left where fallen. Rest in peace, Papa G.


Written for What Pegman Saw.

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Sunday Fungi: Ruby Carbuncles

Yes, it is a fungi. I think it could be King Alfred’s Cakes. Except I’d say it’s too pale. But maybe that’s because it’s wet. Fungi tend to change colour when dry.

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Possibly King Alfred’s Cakes: 13 March 2018

And while I’ve titled the post Ruby Carbuncles, yet to me these weird fungi also resemble kidneys, bloodless kidneys.

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Let the Sun Shine In

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Marsh Marigolds: 11th April 2017

Not the photo I was going to post this week, but after a week of dreary grey skies, I reckon we needed some sun.

#2019picoftheweek challenge: Good as Gold


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