A few words…

for Friday Fictioneers




cartoon-scared-grandma-running-vector-image_csp49247571It was really windy.  My flower pots had blown over and Norman the Gnome was flat on his back.

Suddenly Gail’s gazebo hurtled past.  A couple of cars swerved to avoid it.  Gail was trotting along behind, swerving between the swerving cars.  It was like a scene from a cartoon!   Suddenly it took off and landed in a tree.

I had warned her.  ‘Gail,’ I said, ‘it’s going to be windy, take it down’.  Did she listen? 

Gail called the Fire Brigade.  They rescue cats from trees so why not tents?  But no, so I said I’d help her – when the wind dies down! 



demolished-purple-tentFriday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle and our picture prompt this week is by Jon Wayne Fields.

Catch the frog to join in the fun!


81 thoughts on “A few words…

  1. rochellewisoff Aug 14, 2019 / 12:57

    Dear Keith,

    Oh my! The next thing you know they’ll land in Oz. Delightful story.



    PS The frog’s adorable and I’m taking him captive. 😉

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    • Keith's Ramblings Aug 14, 2019 / 13:05

      Now that would take a strong wind! I’m sure Froggie will appreciate a change of scenery! Thanks Rochelle.


  2. Iain Kelly Aug 14, 2019 / 14:06

    Usually it’s those big trampolines everyone has in their gardens now that come sailing by during a storm! I hope Gail has better luck when they get the tent back. Good work on the frog too 🙂

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  3. Denise Hammond Aug 14, 2019 / 14:28

    Reminds me of a Fourth of July storm many years ago. A neighbor’s screen house was picked up by the wind and was sent flying into their metal fence. Both were ruined!

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  4. Christine Goodnough Aug 14, 2019 / 15:15

    Well told. Perhaps when the wind dies down the gazebo will tumble down without help?
    Reminds me of the storm that took down our vynel car shelter. We had several days of steady wind, one day 90 kmph gusting to over 100 kmph.

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  5. Na'ama Yehuda Aug 14, 2019 / 16:37

    I admit I come here for the Froggy almost as much as I come here for the story!
    Both are fun!
    Love this. … I can almost see her trotting behind the wing-spanned gazebo … 😉


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      • Na'ama Yehuda Aug 15, 2019 / 15:39

        This week’s poor Froggy needs some ankle weights … 😉
        You really are a master of adapting the amphibian to all manner of ‘moods’ and circumstances. 🙂 I love it.
        Stories are good, too!

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      • Na'ama Yehuda Aug 16, 2019 / 13:47

        🙂 I’ll be eagerly waiting to track his mood and well-being… 😉

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  6. msjadeli Aug 14, 2019 / 21:00

    Such a fun story, Keith. All’s well that ends well, and once the wind leaves, I’m sure it will.

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  7. DB McNicol Aug 14, 2019 / 23:56

    LOL! I saw the photo prompt but just swamped with other stuff and nothing really popped into mind. This was great!

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  8. anuragbakhshi Aug 15, 2019 / 05:31

    Ha ha ha…she can always use her umbrella(or the froggy’s) to fly up to the tree (with the help of the gale), and rescue her gazebo herself 🙂

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  9. Anita Aug 15, 2019 / 12:14

    Hope the rescue mission was a success.
    Wind has great power. Hope it brought it down from where it had taken it 🙂
    Have a great week!

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  10. Dale Aug 15, 2019 / 14:12

    They never listen, do they? How the heck did I miss your story, especially since you’re my direct neighbour on the squares!
    I don’t imagine the fire brigade would be happy at receiving this call so it is a good thing the narrator helped her out!
    You are a master with the froggy!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Aug 16, 2019 / 09:50

      Sometimes things are so close you don’t see them! As for Froggie, I spend more time fiddling with him than I do writing my stories these days!

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  11. patriciaruthsusan Aug 15, 2019 / 14:15

    Ah, ha, ha. I love the alliteration of Norman the Gnome and Gail’s gazebo, Keith. I hope she got it back from the tree. I love, love, love the frog and the umbrella. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne

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  12. bearmkwa Aug 15, 2019 / 14:22

    Oh, I’m cackling at the scene… and yes, I can see this as a hilarious cartoon strip! I’d cut it out of the paper and hang it on the fridge… just for the laughter!

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  13. larry trasciatti Aug 15, 2019 / 14:46

    so nice. It reminds me of me horrbily windy neighborhood. With Gail’s gazebo and Norman the Gnome, are you and Dale taking alliteration classes or what?


  14. draliman Aug 15, 2019 / 15:59

    Oh Gail. Caught out by a gale.
    A wise decision, waiting for the wind to die down.

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  15. plaridel Aug 15, 2019 / 16:51

    gail is actually rosie, isn’t she? 🙂


  16. Nobbinmaug Aug 16, 2019 / 01:09

    I have been the victim of many of the wind’s cruel pranks but never anything that bad. It doesn’t sound like much fun.

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  17. Tessa Aug 16, 2019 / 03:09

    I can see the Fire Brigade trying to take down the gazebo LOL!


  18. Sandra Aug 16, 2019 / 10:26

    I’m sure the fire service have had worse requests for assistance than this. Kudos to their patience and dedication.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Aug 16, 2019 / 12:37

      I’m sure they have! I wrote a story a while back about when my friend Rosey trapped her hand in a letter box slot and requested their services!


  19. 4963andypop Aug 16, 2019 / 17:04

    That’s some windstorm there.i too was reminded of Oz. Pay attention ifyou find any striped stockings under the gazebo! Te flying monkey will be next!

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  20. granonine Aug 16, 2019 / 19:16

    Wonderful story, Keith. So funny to imagine the gazebo, the chase, the tree 🙂 Well done!

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  21. Mike Aug 16, 2019 / 20:10

    I have seen a few tent flying away, usually ending up in the sea. Good old English weather, just like today 🙂

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    • Keith's Ramblings Aug 17, 2019 / 13:46

      As a seasoned UK camper I’ve seen a few take off – including mine! Thanks Mike.


  22. Liz Young Aug 17, 2019 / 12:17

    Watching the weather forecast before erecting such structures whould be included in the instructions.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Aug 18, 2019 / 15:58

      No use trying to tell Gail that! Gail by name Gale by nature! Cheers Laurie


  23. Nan Falkner Aug 18, 2019 / 23:18

    Well, it doesn’t make sense to pull it out of the tree if the storm is still blowing – Golly Gee, It’s dangerous out there! Great stormy story!

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