Take Seven : 7th August

It’s Friday!

Welcome to my Take Seven compilation which incorporates all 21 words (or derivatives) from the Three Things Challenge for the past week.
You are most welcome to join in using as many or all of the words too. Just pingback to this post and then leave a link to your post in the comments so that I can see it and respond directly.
As always, have fun, and I hope you enjoy this week’s effort.

Our words were:

bitter, bottom, break, bridge, caption, competitiveness, conservatory, cottage, duck, ending, exotic, hung, labour, ladder, money, observation, occupy, pets, spending, tennis, together.
James and Lilian had been married for thirty seven years. Not exactly childhood sweethearts, it had taken them a while to get together, both having been married before, one ending in bereavement, the other in a bitter divorce.
They’d decided on not having children or pets and preferred to enjoy the fruits of their labours by exotic holidays to far away places, changing their cars every two years, and spending a lot of time moving up the property ladder until they had a much envied cottage in the country complete with tennis courts and swimming pool.
They entertained a lot, not just their friends, but business acquaintances, the latter meetings usually extended over a weekend to enjoy the grounds and have a relaxing break.
When they retired, it took a while to adjust from their working schedules, and although their friends still came for the occasional game of bridge or a succulent meal, time hung heavily on their hands and they didn’t really know what to do to occupy themselves.
They decided to have part of their garden landscaped, money was no object of course, and ended up with a beautiful pond and surrounding area where they hoped to watch the wild life from the comfort of their conservatory. James thought he’d have a go at photography and Lilian was going to try her hand at painting.
It was an interesting year for them both, especially as they found a competitiveness they’d never encountered before in their entire time together.
Lilian put forward one of her paintings in a local craft fayre and James did likewise in a photography competition.
Both won prizes, but it was the subject matter that raised a few smiles.
James had taken a picture of his wife at her canvas, and in the bottom corner was a mother duck with her brood of five babies. His caption had been ‘Being Observed.’
Lilian’s painting had been of the same duck and her family, with James in the background holding his camera. Her caption had been ‘Watch the Birdie’.


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! In November 2020, we lost our beloved 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. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. 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 Take Seven : 7th August

  1. willowdot21 says:

    This is a lovely story in there Di and s meaning….. Not sure whether they were so alike that they only saw the same things, or they wanted a family.. you were do clever here I can’t work it out 😜💜

    • No hidden story, just a couple comfortable with their lot who made the most of their working lives, choosing not to have the ties of kids or pets so that they could enjoy themselves. Hubby and I have Maggie, but no kids, the latter not by choice or circumstance, just never meant to happen for us. When we didn’t have a dog, we were able to have weekends away or holidays at the drop of a hat.

  2. Carol anne says:

    Awesome post, Di! You fit them all in!Go you! 😘

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