A few words …

for Sue Vincent’s #writephotopromt





As the sun starts its upward journey painting the sky with its golden glow, most still slumber.  But not me.

On this misty moisty morning, the air I breathe is damp, the breeze that strokes my skin chilled yet invigorating.

The only sound I hear is the swishing of my feet as I stroll  ‘cross the dew-laden pasture. 

I stop to watch a crimson ladybird wandering down a slippery stem, as a bee settles on its pale blue bloom. 

The sudden flapping of wings echoes all ’round as a bird bursts from the lush green leaves of a nearby tree.  To my right an inquisitive fox hesitates, one paw raised and stares. 

I stand for a moment upon a rickety wooden bridge.  With a splash and a flash a silver fish frolics in the glassy water of a reed-edged stream.  Shimmering ripples float in ever-increasing circles upon its surface.  

The heady scent of a new dawn is as yet untainted by the flurry of human activity.  Most still slumber.  But not me.



What follows is a version of a nursery rhyme dating back to 1630 sung by the English folk rock band Steeleye Span.  Apart from its title, it bears little relation to my story but I thought I’d share anyway it as it’s one of my all-time favourite recordings!

One Misty Moisty Morning

25 thoughts on “A few words …

  1. Sue Vincent May 21, 2020 / 18:44

    That title always reminds me of my grandfather, who used it long before I had ever read Tolkien.
    A lovely piece, Keith. I’m usually up and out before the birds too… the dog likes a walk before I leave for work. The best time of the day.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 22, 2020 / 11:05

      It’s a lovely descriptive phrase. Confession time – I can’t remember the last time I was out of bed before 8.30. Writing this has tempted me to practice what I preach! Thanks, Sue.


      • Sue Vincent May 22, 2020 / 12:09

        I can’t remember the last time I managed to stay in bed that late 😉

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  2. msjadeli May 21, 2020 / 20:10

    Such a magical world you join in the early morning, like walking through a portal. The song is very merry and the instruments accompanying make it even more special. I heard a Steeleye Span song covered by Offa Rex, which is Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists collaborating and wrote about it here:

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 22, 2020 / 11:00

      Thank you so much for the link. I so enjoyed playing the videos. I admit to having once been a bit of Steeleye Span junkie, attending one concert after another! They are still big today and regularly appear in venues close to me but I haven’t seen them for quite a while. The song they are probably best known for, and gets played a lot at Christmas is an acapella version of Gaudete. It’s worth a listen!

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      • msjadeli May 22, 2020 / 17:23

        That one makes my scalp tingle. Their voices perfectly complement each others’. Looks like I need to listen to more of their music.

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  3. balroop2013 May 22, 2020 / 16:47

    I am sure you’ve experienced that dew on your feet Keith! Love the descriptive piece.

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  4. Shweta Suresh May 22, 2020 / 18:20

    Such beautiful description. I felt as if I was transported to that place! Great job, Keith.

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