Showing posts from November, 2013

it's Jacaranda time again

eight photos, three trees, in Adelaide you're welcome to visit and see for yourself anytime. Adelaide loves visitors. We're nice people here.

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays , Delores, from Under The Porch Light, has a meme which she calls “Words for Wednesday”. She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem. I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story. It’s a fun challenge…why not join in? This week's words are: 1. frequent 2. mischief 3. donuts  4. sparkling 5. ankle 6. distress Delores has also favoured us with a couple of sentences: "burnt toast, the smoke detector wailing and the kettle dead in the water. How much better could her morning get?" I haven't used the sentences as a whole, but there are bits of it scattered throughout the story. Here is my story: Laura sighed heavily and briefly closed her eyes at the mess in the kitchen. She'd hoped her morning would be a lot better after yesterday's disasters.      Late yesterday afternoon, the twins had found the box of donuts Laura had hidden away for toda

can't stop....gotta run....

things to do, plans to sort, timetables to consult..... I'm planning a little getaway. Going to visit my sister who I haven't seen in, gosh, how many years? I'm not leaving tomorrow, nor even next week, but if I don't make bookings and buy tickets today, it will be too late, what with Christmas looming and all. bye now...

Whimsical Wednesday # 101

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday! The day for your googled giggle that gets you over the hump that is Wednesday and sliding down into the weekend. even baubles need therapy it seems.

I love walking into supermarkets at this time of year

The glitter and shine of Christmas shelves, yes, of course, they're all so pretty. Row upon row upon row of sparkling baubles in clear packaging, the cards with glittery, snowy scenes of villages with all the lights on, cards with images of Santa unloading a sack of gaily wrapped parcels beside a decorated tree, it's all wonderful. But the best part? The fresh produce area. Seasonal summer fruits, golden apricots, rich red nectarines, purple plums. Juicy pink-red watermelons, bright orange rockmelons, (cantaloupes), pale green honeydew melons, grapes. All the regulars are there, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, but they seem brighter and fresher somehow, now they are flanked by the summer fruits. Mmmm, peaches.......... And then there's the hams. Shelf after shelf of hams. Large hams for families, smaller hams for couples expecting friends for lunch, mini hams, the size I buy. These smaller ones aren't whole hams of course, they are pieces cut and wrapped,

creative writing class part 3

Class three has come and gone, only one week left... Again the information came thick and fast, with the teacher constantly saying "does everyone understand this?" We're all nodding and yes-ing, well, I was, then again,  "does that make sense?", more nodding and yes-ing....a couple of questions from others as I tried to scribble down everything I'd just heard. By the time I got home, my brain was pure mashed potato, not a single coherent thought. So here's what I think I learned: Many writers, especially new writers, use what is known as "life preservers." Which means they write pieces that are too standard, too bland, mediocre; pieces that could double as school reports; pretty much the same stuff that every one else out there is writing. Tried and true concepts that are used again and again. If you are entering a piece in a competition, these pieces will put the judges to sleep.  You need something different, something creative, s

Sunday Selections #147

Welcome back to Sunday Selections! This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock , as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs. Kim spends more time writing at The Shake these days. The rules are very simple:- 1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title 2. link back to me, River , somewhere in your post 3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted. 4. hop on over to TheElephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos. Kath and Andrew often join in as well, although Kath has been quite busy lately and unable to join us. There are several other participants now though: Jackie K at WorkingThrough It Gillie at RandomThoughts From Abroad I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections but this week I have something entirely different.  Not the clearest photos I ev

6:18pm Friday 22/11/13

Just heard and seen on the news:  a new island has risen from the sea off the coast of Japan. The new volcano, still spewing smoke and ashes didn't look very large on the TV screen, but who can tell the size when all around is ocean, no other land mass for comparison? I'd say it will be many years before it is habitable. I wonder what they will name it? Next story: remaining members of the Monty Python crew are planning a new stage show, with new jokes, to tour several countries. Australia will NOT be included in the tour. The reason? One of them said, on camera, "the problem with Australia is there are planets closer..." Well, I don't know about you, but I feel a little insulted.  an earlier story: workers at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site have walked off en-masse over safety issues. Last week there was a problem with one of those giant cranes I've featured here on the blog at times, yesterday there was another issue when two of these