First Line Friday: February 28th, 2019

Our host for the First Line Friday challenge is Dylan Hughes.
You can check out details and how to join in by clicking on the link below.
https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/19271780/posts/2606106341

This is our picture prompt:

and our first line is

Everyone breathed easier at the first signs of spring.
It had been touch and go through the long harsh winters and barren years, the worst for over a century, many succumbing to the fever or various other ailments as there was a shortage of medicines and the emergency services could not cope.
Crops had failed and supplies diminished, but the Rich and well off fared worse than those below the poverty line.
Lessons could be learnt from those who had neither funds or means to live like kings in times of plenty, as they already knew how to make do, stretch rations and keep warm on a pittance.
Money and infinite credit were useless when there was nothing to buy, or people to be bought, and the gentry had no idea how to cook a rabbit, let alone trap and kill one. Gathering berries , herbs and foraging led to accidental poisonings due to ignorance, and with the collapse of technology as they knew it, the internet no longer existed. Everyone had become so dependent on gadgets, electronics and computers, few could think for themselves or outside the box of luxury homes with no heating, no electricity and empty cupboards, fields or stables.
The humble snowdrop pushed its way through the snow toward the sun.
Yes, many breathed easier at the first signs of spring.
Time to begin anew in more ways than one.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to First Line Friday: February 28th, 2019

  1. Sadje says:

    Good take on the Prompt! I hope we are never there because we are so dependent on technology.

  2. Tatiana says:

    Beautiful – I always loved them

  3. Oh, well done! Scary how true this is…

  4. Violet Lentz says:

    If we are ever to reach a point in present history where humankind is stripped of their ability to obtain goods, I hope I am alive to see it. This was very nicely done, Di.

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