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Archive for March, 2014

Sunny days


A perfect sunny day today after more welcome rain yesterday – I love autumn ๐Ÿ™‚

Stamp your feet . . .


. . . it might make you feel better for a moment but it won’t do any good ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The price of stamps goes up tomorrow here in Australia ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

And if anyone has used stamps (suitable for collectors) they are very welcome – Thank you to everyone who has been sending them to me ๐Ÿ™‚

Mini-competition reminder


Thank you to everyone for messages and emails with your ideas on finding a viable solution for keeping the blog prompts going ๐Ÿ™‚

I really appreciate the encouragement and help . . . watch this space ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s prompt is a reminder for this month’s mini-competition with the word CORNFLAKES. It’s not too late to get your entries in; they need to be posted by midnight 31 March (Monday)

Details – ย mini themes 2014

Once again, thank you everyone for the support and concern. After my three negatives yesterday I’ve had many more than three positives to out weight them ๐Ÿ™‚

Where do we go from here?


Another recycled photo today. I’ve discovered the problem; my blog allowance is full and I now need to pay each year to upload new photos.

I do understand . . . WordPress is a wonderful service and much appreciated but as regular readers and subscribers to the hard copy magazine know, Positive Words magazine runs on the smell of an oily rag and all too often the rag doesn’t even have much odour left ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Don’t worry, I will be continuing with the blog and daily prompts as so many have told me how much they enjoy them but please bear with me for a few days while I figure out the best and most economical way to continue the blog. Any suggestions or hints will be welcomed ๐Ÿ™‚

Postage costs here in Australia rise on Tuesday, an extra ten cents for a letter and twenty cents to post each copy of Positive Words magazine. Ouch! But . . . the good news is that I will not be raising the subscription price. Hopefully, increased support for competitions and perhaps a new subscription or two would cover the rise, so please pass on the details to any interested writers ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

Things really do come in threes . . . Postal rise, Blog full and yesterdayย  I received an email from one state writers’ centre saying they will no longer be mentioning the publication opportunities in their members’ newsletters unless I renew my membership with them or pay for each listing ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I discontinued my membership a couple of years ago so I could put the money towards PW and, unfortunately, paid advertising is definitely out of the budget. I was very disappointed as I thought mentioning the opportunity (and themes)ย for the Writers’ centre members to be published in PW,ย a magazineย I have produced every monthย for twelve years without payment, was a service to their paying members. The opportunities section was the first page I looked at when I received my copy of the newsletter!

Fortunately, this is only one of the centres and the others are wonderful about letting their members know about the chance to be published.

I’m not sure whether they also mean they won’t be including the competition information, the email only seemed to refer to ‘opportunities’ but I will contact them to find out.

Enough of the gripes . . . three negative things – now I’m off to try and find three (or more) positives ๐Ÿ™‚

Great weather for ducks


Not sure why but I can’t load new photos onto the blog so I’ve recycled an old one ๐Ÿ™‚

Our yard isn’t as green as in the photo but with lots of rain through the night and more expected I’m hoping it will be green again soon.



Harry – Prince of the chicken yard ๐Ÿ™‚

Would anyone notice?


Rod suggested I sit on one of the horses and he would take a photo but there are some things I will NOT do for this blog!

Must confess though . . . I was tempted ๐Ÿ™‚



A bright and cheery start to the week ๐Ÿ™‚

Pine cones


Hope this prompt inspires great stories, poems and articles this Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

The Elves and the Editor


Last night I dreamed that the elvesย  crept in during the wee small hours and made up lots of jars of delicious chutney from some of the many bowls of rapidly ripening tomatoes on my bench . . . alas I woke to find all the bowls still brimming and plenty still waiting to be picked out on the bushes.

Time to start chopping and dicing, then perhaps while it’s simmering on the stove I’ll write a modern fairytale The Elves and the Editor ๐Ÿ™‚

What job would you have those handy little guys do for you today?

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