This morning when I opened a new packet of tea, just for a moment I felt that familiar anticipation from childhood when Mum would open a new packet to reveal a card featuring a picture of a bird (and when I was very young, animals). The cards had to be equally shared with my brother, of course, and there were often a few arguments which resulted in threats from Mum that she would keep them in future and Ian and I wouldn’t get any more That brought us into line!
Alas, the cards were discontinued a few years ago. I miss them and the beautiful pictures but still have my childhood collection, although it’s not complete.
I still enjoyed my cuppa though
I read an article yesterday that said Australians are the biggest consumers of Ice Cream in the world.
What’s your favourite flavor?
This one is ginger . . . perfect inspiration for my next story or poem
Rod noticed this spider on our bedroom wall on the weekend and remembered it is supposed to be sign that rain is on the way . . .
And, I’ve just checked the rain gauge . . . a very welcome 8mm overnight and lots of dark clouds in the distance
Ipsy Wipsy (AKA Itsy Bitsy, Incy Wincy etc) is making himself at home in the walk-in robe now.
Signs, omens etc make great starting points or inspirations for stories and poems
These alpacas just around the corner from our house have been recently shorn but it looks like they’re still wearing Ugg-boots
A great idea for a children’s story although Ugg-boots are definitely not needed here today…shaping up to be another warm one.
Around this time of year I receive lots of enquiries about Christmas themed stories and poems with writers asking if it’s too late to send them in . . . unfortunately, it is too late for this year’s December issue, in fact I’m going to collect it from the printer this morning but please don’t be deterred from sending in your Christmas tales. Surrounded by decorations, trees and lights, carols playing and cards dropping into our mail boxes, it’s probably the best time of the year to be inspired to write something Christmassy. Go for it . . . and send them in! (Hard copy first – PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia) In a fit of efficiency, I recently prepared files for every month of 2014 and every one has at least one story or poem already typed and organised. I hope I can keep it up for the whole year
And, jot down a few notes if something during the season inspires you . . . then in the quieter (hopefully) times after the big day you’ll have something to write. One year I wrote and told one lady I would use her story in the following December/Christmas issue after she’d sent it in knowing it was far too late but wanting to share it with someone. She was thrilled I’d be able to use it, especially as it meant that right from the start of the year she knew she was going to be published.
The December 2013 issue is filled, as always, with great stories and poems. If you’d like a copy please send $5.50 (cheque, money order or unused stamps) to the above address.
Perhaps you’d like to inspire a fellow writer (or drop a hint to a family member who’s looking for a gift for you) Subscriptions are always very welcome (see information at the top of the page or email me) 6 or 12 month, or single issues.
I’m sure I’m not the only one saying today How can it be December already?
So much to do and only so many hours in each day . . . time to prioritise, weed the unnecessary items off the list and relax!
We bought this Male Kiwi Fruit plant a few weeks ago and were told the Female plants would be in soon!
(He’s settling in well despite a couple of hot and windy days (hence the bright yellow shade mesh) but we won’t get fruit without Females.)
Still waiting . . . I wonder if there’s an R.S.V.P. dating service for plants?
Sounds like a good idea for a story anyway, especially now I’ve completed NaNoWriMo. I’m still in eager writing mode…hope it continues!
I wish you could smell the beautiful perfume!
I passed my NaNoWriMo target yesterday but after so much writing it was hard to stop
I woke at 3:30am and though I tried couldn’t go back to sleep, so got up and wrote some more
Hopefully, I will continue to add to the story over the coming weeks although at a much slower pace. Once again, a great experience and one I’d heartily recommend to anyone.
Yesterday morning I heard a roaring sound followed by a huge crash and a herd of kangaroos racing away. These huge branches had fallen on a perfectly still morning. Every night the tree, in our neighbour’s property, is a roost for local birdlife, mostly White Cockatoos and Corellas but I’ve also seen many other varieties there, including my favourite Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos passing through.
Bailey used to love playing there and catching rabbits a couple of years ago but as the area became more populated with a few more houses and residents, I worried about a ginger cat with a long fluffy tail being mistaken for a fox, so much to his disappointment he became a solely inside cat.
I’m glad he wasn’t there when the branches came down!
Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time or the right place at the right time? Great idea for a story or poem – fact or fiction
Only 752 words left to reach my NaNo WriMo target…think I’ll have a cup of coffee and bring it home
The kids from a horse training property around the corner have been industrious, collecting bags of manure for pocket money.
My garden loves it
In between spreading it all, I’ve been industrious too, and have less than 3000 words to write to achieve the 50,000 word NaNoWriMo target!
My NaNo Writing Buddy and PW subscriber Glenda passed 50,000 words yesterday – Great going! Glenda has been a wonderful inspiration to me this year and deserves a very big THANK YOU
Now I’m off for a shower then back to writing . . .