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Mini Writing Competition


The word for this month’s mini-competition is MAGPIE.

All you need to do is write a short story in 100 words or less, or a poem in ten lines or less and snail-mail it together with the entry fee ($1.40 in unused postage stamps) to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia. Entries need to be posted by 30 September 2014.

Full details here : mini themes 2014

Nine Lives


Our visiting magpie, Maggie (very innovative name!), frequently dices with death in between her demands for food at our back door. She first appeared last year as a young, still fluffy chick, squawking loudly behind mum and dad as they tentatively approached our back door for food. She learnt quickly and before long it was Maggie making herself known at the door, then calling to her parents as soon as she’d conned me into providing yet another meal.

Then she disappeared for a few days and I found myself searching the tree branches and roof top for the familiar winged figure. Finally she reappeared, hunched over, sporting a huge wound on the back of her head and her wings drooping. I wondered if she would survive but she grew stronger every day and was soon back to her old cheeky self, albeit with a scar to show for whatever adventure she’d had.

A few months ago she had an encounter with my son’s dog Bella when she came as usual to the back door not knowing I was sitting my grand-dog. She ended up on the kitchen window sill with most of the ornaments in the sink and our wireless internet gadget at the bottom of a saucepan I’d left soaking. Fortunately, she let me pick her up and take her outside and the internet gadget did eventually dry out. She was a little more careful after that until Bella returned home.

Disaster struck again about a month ago when Maggie appeared limping, one leg dragging behind her and looking rather sorry for herself. After a couple of weeks she was able to put the second leg to the ground again but I thought she’d be left with a limp. No…this week she seems to be walking perfectly and I wonder if she has a nest of young ones somewhere as she seems to be eating much more than usual.

Maggie loves to sit on the chain holding up the shade cloth over the dog pen and teases the almost blind April who can hear her but only senses movement. She dives down and steals the dog food when they aren’t looking (I do wonder if that’s why she ended up with her earlier injuries?) and any crumbs spilling from the chook pens. She serenades me from all corners of the yard and often follows me when I’m gardening, especially when there’s a juicy grub on offer.

Let’s hope she has nine lives, like a cat, because she seems to have used up three already and would be sorely missed if anything happened to her.

The October issue of Positive Words is filled with PET stories and poems, and I should warn that a box of tissues might be necessary for a couple of the tales 😦   Sure to strike a chord with pet-lovers and there are also a couple of surprises from writers who are not so fond of domesticated animals! If you would like a copy, please send $5.50  (unused stamps, cheque or money order) to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia.



Shout it from the tree tops!


Today is the last day to post entries for the Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition 🙂

Wherever you live, entries need to be posted by midnight tonight (23 April) your time.

Kaniva Fauna Park


I arrived home from Gawler late last night, safe but rather tired! Along the way I stopped to visit the Edwards Crossing Writing Group at Murray Bridge. Another wonderful group, more faces for names, new friends and much appreciated encouragement. Once again a group I would love to join if I lived in the area. Thank you, Everyone!

I’m not sure when I’ll be returning to South Australia but, hopefully, will get the chance to meet more groups.

I stopped again at the Kaniva Fauna Park and the same little Magpie came to say ‘hello’, and this curious Emu 🙂


The Bush Telegraph


The Bush Telegraph must be working because when I stopped for a break at Kaniva on my way over on Monday, this Magpie immediately flew down to greet me. Or . . . perhaps to cadge a little food! I’m sure her ‘cousin’ who waits on my doorstep every day must have sent advance information 🙂 Unfortunately, I only had a few crumbs in the bottom of my sandwich bag but on my return today I’ll take something in case they’re there again.

Inside looking out


Today’s prompt…

This cheeky young Magpie now taps on the window if I’m a little slow to put out food! And she is confident Bailey is safely inside and posing no threat 🙂

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