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Another one :)

Has it really been a week since the last prompt? Okay…here’s one for todayย  . . .


Hope it brings some good ones ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s that time of the year

Today’s writing prompt:

It’s beginning to look a lot like . . .

When I was very young, I thought everyone’s Christmas must have been celebrated in the same way!

Now, I know differently, of course, but also my Christmases have changed a lot over the years.

What does Christmas look like to you?

Jingle Bells

Today’s writing prompt:


Yes, I know most of you are rolling your eyes each time you go into a shop and see the overwhelming displays that arrive earlier and earlier each year, but . . . it is time to send off Christmas submissions. Poems, stories, articles, fillers. All very welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

Hard copy please – Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia.


Today’s writing prompt:

Something happened along the way . . .

A few years ago a lady rang me to say she wanted to buy an item I had advertised for sale and would be at my house in about an hour. She turned up four days later and seemed very surprised when I mentioned that I’d thought she was coming earlier and must have changed her mind. She didn’t give an explanation but I’ve always wondered . . .

On this day…

Today’s prompt . . .

On this day ten years ago, she was . . .

What were you doing ten years ago?

Knit one, purl one

Today’s prompt . . .

Knit one, purl one.

Hope this prompt will inspire you for the Positive Words magazine April Mini-competition – mini themes 2014

or another story, poem, article or memory.

For me, I’m remembering sitting in my Nan’s back room with the sun streaming in the window as she taught me my first stitches. What patience she must have had!

But . . .ย the miles/kilometres of yarn I’ve knitted and purled since then have been worth every dropped stitch ๐Ÿ™‚

Precious memories


The cricket oval at Barham, NSW, with its new white picket fence ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday I travelled to Koondrook and Barham with my Mum and Dad, to visit some of Dad’s cousins. We enjoyed aย delicious lunch at the Barham Club and it was wonderful to listen to everyone reminisce. One cousin I hadn’t seen since I was a sixteen-year-old exchange student in New Zealand – he was living in Auckland at the time and we met up after a lady who worked with my host ‘mother’ realized I had the same surname as the Aussie her cousin had married. For a homesick teenager it was wonderful to visit a family member andย see an amazing family resemblance so far away, even though we’d never met before that.

I now have a pile of family history papers, documents and details and we are hoping I can connect a few more dots.

And, it has reinforced my commitment to writing down family stories and interesting snippets . . . who knows who might want to read them one day ๐Ÿ™‚

In the dunes


The last day of summer.

Hope these ‘posts’ inspire poems, stories, memories . . .

Childhood favourites


Couldn’t resist this copy of an old childhood favourite I spotted in an Op Shop recently ๐Ÿ™‚

I had my mother’s old copy of Pollyanna’s Jewels and read and re-read it many times while growing up and borrowed other volumes in the series from the local library. I think it had a huge effect on me – I’ve often turned to the ‘Glad Game’ when life became a little perplexing ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have Mum’s book but packed away in a box at the top of the cupboard until we get some more shelves.

I named my cat Pollyanna, twenty-five years ago. She lived for 15 years despite losing a leg in an accident on her first birthday. Still miss her.

Did you have favourite childhood books that have stayed with you through adult years?

Back Home Again


I left sunny Gladstone late yesterday afternoon and arrived home to a warm Melbourne evening but the in-between weather was a little less inviting! Usually when I fly to visit my son, there’s a stop-over in Brisbane but in view of the storms there last night I’m glad this time it was Sydney, even though it was cold and rainy. Fortunately, only a short walk along the tarmac before entering the terminal. A last minute plane change (due to weather delays in Brisbane) but thanks to great staff and service, we landed in Melbourne at the same time as our original flight had been scheduled to land. Very impressive!

After a long drive home, I arrived back at almost 2am with lots of wonderful photos and memories, and already looking forward to my next trip ๐Ÿ™‚


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