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For Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt where the given word is Jamboree.

Last night I went to the Party in the Park, part of my town’s annual carnival week. Today will see the procession wind its way through the streets. On Tuesday I’ll be posting pictures of the entire event!

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Closer, louder, closer, louder, and here I am! 

People here, there, everywhere. A thumping beat draws my gaze. A band leaps, yells, carries along a waving crowd.

A smell temps my tastebuds. Sizzling burgers, sugary doughnuts. I grab a beer then mingle.

In the funfair, gaudy machines spin, climb, swoop, soar. Kids laugh, scream. Here ghost train there, there a slide.

The hiss, bang, dazzle, and crackle of fireworks bring the evening to a close. Home beckons. 

Closer, quieter, closer, quieter, and here I am.

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A sixer …

…for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Bookmark.

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”Thank you for submitting your entry in this year’s Spot the Grammatical Error Competition, Philip, your participation are much appreciated”

“I think you mean is appreciated sir, not are”.

“Just testing you”, bluffed the red-faced professor, “now if you was to succeed, what prize would you like to win?”

“I think you mean if I were to succeed, not was, but to answer your question I’d like a bookmark,” said Philip.

“As you should know by now young man”, huffed the professor, “my name is Archibald not Mark, now what book would you like?” 

“No, not a book, a bookmark, one of those things you put between pages … oh, I give up!”

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A few words …

…for Friday Fictioneers

 

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I miss Paul. Life and soul of the party. The biggest car in the car park, the smartest bloke in the bar, and always the first to buy a round!

We were never sure how he made his money. Ask him and he’d just say he had a growing company in the leisure industry. He was clearly a canny businessman.

A few years ago he suddenly disappeared. 

Yesterday there was something in the paper about a guy called Paul being released from prison. There was a picture of a dilapidated greenhouse full of weeds.  

Clearly not the weed Paul grew there!

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A little bit of nonsense…

…for Sadjes What Do You See? prompt‘#

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‘My life’s a quagmire’, he said. Actually, he is a bit of a stick in the mud!

Nothing seems to go right for him. I remember the school play when he had a minor role. I wished him well with the traditional phrase ‘break a leg’, and he tripped off the stage and, well, broke a leg!

It was things like that that caused him to be cautious, but the last time he threw caution to the wind it blew back and hit him in the face.

He said liked to blend in rather than stand out, so I asked him why he wore stripes. He said he didn’t want to be spotted.

He bought a microwave meal. It said remove packaging and film. It was the worst video I’ve ever seen!

The other day he told me he’d seen the light at the end of the tunnel. I thought he meant he saw an underground train coming towards the station platform, but no, he really thinks his life is beginning to blossom. Just a shame pollen makes him sneeze!

The last time I saw him he was going for a walk in the woods. It’s just a shame that bad things come in trees!

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A musement …

for The Sunday Muse

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Jane, I’ve found the perfect place, a cottage in the countryside.

It needs a bit of touching up, but I know how much you love DIY.  Some filler here, a lick of paint there, oh, and you’ll need to bang in some picture hooks. 

There are a few cracked windows but you’ll easily fix them, you’re very handy with putty.

Several kitchen cupboards have collapsed so I’ll get you some screws, and maybe even a new screwdriver! 

It’s got amazing views; at least it will have when you’ve done a bit of that gardening you so enjoy, felling those trees shouldn’t be too much trouble.

The roof leaks a bit, but don’t worry, I’ll hold the ladder for you, and as you love playing with Lego with the kids you’ll find rebuilding the chimney a doddle.

Me? Oh, I’ll plug in the television and may even find out where the nearest pub is. I’m going to be in need of a beer or two with all that activity going on!

So, what do you think?

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Sixty-seven words

foe Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt where the given word is Variation

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This dear boy, is my recently executed artistic endeavour,” he gushed clutching his latest painting.

“What is it?” 

“A variation on a theme by Van Gogh”.

To me, it was just a load of yellow splodges!

“His depiction of helianthuses, members of the Asteraceae family” he explained.

My variation of facial expressions led him to simplify his description!

“Sunflowers,” said he.

“If you say so!” said I.

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My half dozen

for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Coffee.

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It was a normal January day, grey, a light drizzle and a chill breeze as I sat at my usual seat in Starbucks beside the window, my hands cradling a steaming mug of coffee. 

Outside the street was busy, shoppers going this way and that under a rippling canopy of dripping brollies when someone caught my gaze, a girl carrying a bright yellow umbrella as though she was beneath a sun all of her own. 

She held out her hand out I heard her speak, but her lips didn’t move, ‘come’ she said ‘fly with me’.

Suddenly I was standing by her side and she was looking into my eyes, her face expressionless, my hand held in hers as we began to drift upwards. 

I found myself looking down at the miserable scene below then slowly everything became a blur, I looked up and her yellow umbrella beamed sunlight into my squinting eyes, and a smile beamed across my face.

A sense of warmth spread through my body, then I realised I’d spilt my very hot coffee into my lap and everything had returned to normal.

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A hundred words…

for Friday Fictioneers

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Keep it to yourself,  but John told me that Sam told him that…

     Pour me some wine, please.

There you are. Sam told him…

     No, not red, white.

John said that Sam said that Julie is going to…

     Second thoughts, I will have white.

Make your mind up! Julie is…

     Could you pass me the salt, please?

Okay, Julie’s going to…

     Thanks. Actually, I could do with some pepper too.

Here. Where was I?

     You said John said Sam said Julie’s going to…then you stopped!

Oh, forget it. Pour me some wine. Not red, white.  Pass the pepper. Salt…

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Photo time!

For Wordless Wednesday and bloghops various.

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1I’ve just returned from a few days camping, a short riverside walk from the beautiful medieval city of Salisbury.  These are just a few of the snaps I took on my phone.

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The stunning Cathedral boasts Britain’s tallest spire, the largest Cathedral close and cloisters,  the world’s oldest mechanical clock and the wonderfully preserved original 1215 Magna Carta.

 

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This was the Market Square on Friday

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and this was taken from the same spot on Saturday!

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No less than five rivers run through Salisbury!. 

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A few of the ancient arches and buildings

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I came across some Morris Dancers!

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Time to relax in the park! Thanks for wandering around with me.

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