Limerick Challenge – Seasons

September 29, 2016 26 comments

Here is my attempt at Mind And Life Matters’ limerick challenge for this week. The prompt word is “Seasons” and needs to feature all four seasons – in just five lines with all the rules limericks must adhere to – rhyming, scanning, line length…!

So I’ve ended up with one “dodgy” rhyme and a bit of slang. Oh well🙂.

Click on the froggy for the linkup.

There are trysts in the Spring with a lover
And fun in the sun during Summer
But Autumn’s quite wet
And it’s quite a safe bet
Freezing Winter will be quite a bummer.

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FF – Paradise

September 28, 2016 46 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Amy Reese.

For some reason, the first thought that came into my head when I saw this picture was that scene from inside the Death Star with those little robots scurrying about the place :-).

To read the other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Amy Reese

Copyright Amy Reese


Clutching his half-empty bottle of whiskey, Manfred watched the tiny bot as it sped down the corridor towards him. Off to fix another broken lightbulb or clogged sink, no doubt.

That was his task!


Now all he had was his drink and a cold corner to sleep in.

He raised his leg and as the bot drew level, brought it down with as much force as he could. The bot shattered. Alarms sounded.

“Jobs for humans!” he shouted as hidden hatches opened, disgorging security bots, their weapons pods already extending to eradicate another undesirable element of twenty-second century paradise.


Sharing My World 2016 Week 38

September 25, 2016 42 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share Your World.


Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?
Generally I like my personal space. Sometimes I find myself backing away a little from people who are comfortable with a smaller “bubble”.

However, if the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Pixie Lott or Taylor Momsen suddenly turned up on my doorstep demanding a hug, I would just have to bite the bullet and oblige🙂. That’s fairly unlikely to happen, though😦.

What is your least favourite candy?
Those sort of softish fruity ones covered with sugar. I’m not sure what they’re called. Also, anything liquorice-related. I prefer chocolate-based sweets!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?
It’s a bit sad but nothing immediately springs to mind. I enjoy doing certain things – I suppose that’s “fun”, but mood-wise I’m generally extremely stable – right in the middle. I like to watch my friends’ kids playing – they look like they’re having fun!

List of Favourite Smells: What smells do you love? Whether it’s vanilla scented candles or the smell of coffee in the morning or the smell of a fresh spring rain…make a list of all the things you love for a little aromatherapy.

  • Freshly cut grass
  • Bacon cooking
  • Anything baking – cakes, bread and whatnot
  • The scent of the forest
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FF – Grid of Doom

September 21, 2016 58 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Roger Bultot.

To read the other stories, click on the blue froggy.

Copyright Roger Bultot

Copyright Roger Bultot


“That’s some security.”

“Keep running!”

“It’s just like in ‘Resident Evil’.”

“Which didn’t end well. Keep running!”

The men burst through the door and fell, gasping. Behind them the laser grid flickered out, having chased them down the (now sliced and diced) stairway.

“Talk about your lethal response. Anyone would think they had the crown jewels in there!” said one.

“They did.” The other opened the bag to reveal crowns, necklaces and other bejewelled goodies.

“Awesome! Good job they didn’t have a backup system.”

Neither man noticed the ticking emanating from a suspiciously large sceptre at the bottom of the bag…


Limerick Challenge – Puddle Photo

September 19, 2016 50 comments

Here is my contribution for Mind and Life Matters’ Limerick Challenge. This week we have a photo prompt to write a limerick about.

To read this week’s other limericks, click on the blue froggy!


Photo by Dominik Martin


There once stood a girl in a puddle
Who was worried she’d get into trouble
‘Cos her shoes were soaked through
Jeans and anorak too
But once home all she got was a cuddle🙂


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Sharing My World 2016 Week 37

September 18, 2016 33 comments

Here is my post for Cee’s Share You World.


Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewellery?
Oh goodness, yes.

I’d had him since he was tiny. We were the best – the very best – of friends. We did everything together, went everywhere together. When I was down, he was the only one who could cheer me up. When he was down, I did the same for him. Whenever I came home from school he would be there, waiting at the the window watching out for me so we could spend our evening having fun together. And oh, the fun we had!

Then, one dark and stormy day, I sneaked out of the house to play in the park. As I reached the far side of the road, I heard him behind me. I had left the garden gate open! He approached the road, the busy road… a car was coming, the driver not paying attention, coming closer and closer to my bestest buddy, close, closer…

Hang on, did you say “rock”? I thought you said “dog”. Ask me the question again.

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewellery?

What is your greatest strength or weakness?
I’ll do both! My greatest strength is my supreme awesomeness in all situations. My greatest weakness is my tendency to exaggerate my strengths.

What makes you feel grounded? 
I’m not really a “feeling grounded” sort of person. I’m always doing something! However, just sitting and looking at lovely views will do the trick. A stream, the waves… Here’s the lovely sunrise taken from my back door yesterday.


Would you rather never be able to eat warm food or never be able to eat cold food?
Oh dear, what a choice to have to make. But I’m very fond of my chilli and pizza and whatnot so I’ll keep the warm food and ditch the cold.

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FF – One Man’s Trash…

September 14, 2016 56 comments

Here is my opst for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. The picture this week was supplied by Shaktiki Sharma. To read this week’s other stories, click on the blue froggy.

I think I’ve written something like this before but this picture had me stumped🙂

Copyright Shaktiki Sharma

Copyright Shaktiki Sharma


“Beautiful, truly beautiful!”

“Indeed, Tarquin, a masterpiece of modern times. The ordered chaos, d’ya see? Life in a nutshell.”

“Yes, yes, and the detritus covering the window, surely a cutting comment on today’s society.”

“Of course, never seeing the world around us for the rubbish we surround ourselves with – insightful!”


“Beautiful indeed.”

“I must meet the artist!”

“Look, this must be him! I say, my good man…”

“Oy, you two! Can’t you read? This section of the gallery’s closed for refurbishment. Piss off!”