How loud the silence.

Since moving here four weeks ago, the three of us have been sleeping more or less soundly.
It is surprisingly quiet here, and should we wake in the early hours, unless Maggie has asked to go out, we simply roll over and go back to sleep.
On the boat, if it rained we were never worried, as we knew that should the water level rise, so would we and we were safe and secure in our floating caravan.
We had heavy rain last night. Nothing to do with Storm Brian as far as I know (we’re on the other side of the country), but it came down in sheets and lashed against the windows.
I was awake anyway, the previous silence having disturbed my slumber.
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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Oct. 21/17

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “season.” Use the word “season,” add a suffix to it, or write about one. Bonus points if the first and last word of your post is a season or a seasoning. Extra bonus points if you have pictures. Enjoy!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, fah lah lah lah lah lah lah lah lah.
Yeah, right.
A friend of ours is going to Poland for a holiday next week and I said she may see Santa.
‘No’, she said, ‘I’m going to Poland, not Lapland, so I doubt it’.
To which I replied that he may be on holiday there.
She smiled, patiently sympathetic.
‘OK yes, maybe I will then.’
Well you never know do you? I mean he gets about a bit, and he’s already in some shops.

That’s the trouble with things today. Everything is out of sinc.
We have no seasons, and the months no longer play the game of The Fabulous Four. Weather wise, it’s either hot, cold, wet or dry, and sometimes you can have all of it on one day when you least expect it. After all, we had a white Easter in 2008, which doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as a White Christmas does it.
Supermarket aisles are full of ‘seasonal ware’ which is currently ghouls and ghosts fighting over fireworks, tinsel and holly, so even they are confused.
Food either contains too much fat, salt or sugar, and looking for particular herbs and spices to self-season our cooking is like searching for hens teeth in some.
Think I’ll listen to Frankie Valli. He never changes.


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Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 21 October 2017

Your challenge is to write a Fibonacci poem about an animal (the number of syllables in each line of the poem is the sum of the previous two lines: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8).

Gee, thanks Sarah. This is a new one on me!

What? Where?
Duck you fool!
Why so excited?
Too late, ball’s hit you on the head.

(OK, I cheated)

Try again:

Two of them.
Both looking confused:
Odd, there were boats here yesterday.

Photo: my picture taken during the marina revamp and used in an earlier post this year.




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Seven Day Challenge: Black and White: Day 3

Rather than nominate someone** each day, I’ll leave it open to anyone who wishes to participate.

Rules are

  • Seven days.
  • Seven black and white photos of your life.
  • No people.
  • No explanation.
  • Challenge someone new each day**.

Thank you for the invitation from


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Park side view.

The nights are drawing in and the mornings dark. The clocks are due to go back next weekend so that means lighter mornings but even darker nights.
Hubby doesn’t like me walking the dog on my own at night.
I’ve got news for him, I’m not comfortable doing it either.
It was different round the Avenue as everything was open and well lit. We knew most of the people in the houses we passed by sight if not by name, so I was confident that if I did ever have a problem, I would be able to find someone to help me.
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Want to pay? Well you can’t.

There are times when I despair, when the ‘Ah’ moment is not one of relief but one of blatant frustration.
Such was today.

Cast your minds back to pre-moving day and my courtesy call to the energy company to advise them we would not be taking over their tariff and services.
How I wish I’d never contacted them.
Well, our new supplier has kicked in, and trying to get a bill out of the previous one is taking a huge chunk out of my patience reserves.
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Seven Day Challenge: Black and White: Day 2

Rather than nominate someone** each day, I’ll leave it open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Thanks to 
for the invitation.

Rules are

  • Seven days.
  • Seven black and white photos of your life.
  • No people.
  • No explanation.
  • Challenge someone new each day**.
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