“Talk About A Joke” Fandango’s Flash Fiction #21 July 8 2019

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/07/08/fandangos-flash-fiction-challenge-21


 

TALK ABOUT A JOKE

“This way people! This way!”

“Oh! Look Martha!”

“Please stay behind the stanchions!”

“Pardon me?”

“The Stanchions! Stay behind them!

Don’t touch anything.”

“Martha. What’s the poor guy on about?”

“June, I think he wants us to stay behind

these red ropes.”

“OH! Well why didn’t he say so in the first

place. HEY! Why didn’t yah say so in the first

place!”

“I did.”

“He did.”

“He did, did he? Martha, what’s a stanchion?”

“June?”

“uh huh?”

“Just stay on this side of the ropes.”

“Okie Dokie. But if this guy doesn’t behave himself

and speak clearly, I’m going to skull him with my

Grandpa’s skull.”

“You’re Grandpa?”

“Yah. He left that junk to me in his Will. I’m here to

pick it up. Don’t say anything, but it’s all plastic

anyways. Talk about a joke.”

©J.E.Goldie July 8 2019


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FOWC with Fandango – Apathetic – July 7 2019

https://fivedotoh.com/2019/07/07/fowc-with-fandango-apathetic/

 

I saw the word APATHETIC and immediately thought

about my high school days. Our Basketball, Hockey,

Football, Wrestling, Cross Country, Swimming Teams,

you name it teams, won so many City Championships

that when we were called into the auditorium to

celebrate there was practically silence.

City Championship Cheerleaders begging for an audience,

Shouting GO TEAM GO! uh huh.

The apathetic reaction was louder than any silence

could have been. Apathy reigned.

Then something triggered in me. How competition and

the will to win an any cost can cause such a lack of

empathy. Then quite out of the blue I thought about

war and the will to win at any cost. To beat the other

guy at his game. To build bigger and better weapons

of destruction. One must be armoured with a tinge of

apathy after seeing so much pain and bloodshed.

The will to survive overtakes empathy. It, has to.

So, I opened my search engine and typed in War Images.

As my heart sank, I saved a few. Trying not to keep

the worst of the images. Then my curiosity had me

thinking about the weapons that caused those horrible

outcomes. Hiroshima, 9-11, The World Wars, Vietnam

and on and on. As I was gathering these images I had

many reactions. I started making excuses for the actions

of war. Eat or be eaten. Dog eat Dog. Survival of the Fittest.

Nature has given us a natural armour to protect us. It’s called

Self preservation. We have Religious Wars, Political Wars,

Humanitarian Wars, Wars over Property, Wars over Wars!

War on Poverty! Sexual discrimination! Woman’s Rights!

Fill in the blank________________.

We only care when it hits us directly. Fight? Or Flight?

APATHY: detachment, stoicism, aloofness, indifference,

Disregard.

I considered not using the “free to use” photos I gathered.

But I think I will.

©J.E.Goldie July 7 2019


 

“Have A Nice Day!” Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #113 – enthral – July 6 2019


https://sammiscribbles.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/weekend-writing-prompt-113-enthral/

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.

HAVE A NICE DAY

“This case is beginning to enthral me, Miss?…”

“Ireney”

“Miss?”

 “Ydoyugivashit.”

“I beg your Pardon?”

“You heard me.”

“Well Miss…Ireney. That’s an

unusual name.”

“It’s quite common where

I come from.”

“Where might that be?”

“Udontwannano.”

 “Where is that? Dare I ask”

 “Close to nonofyorbusiness.”

“Right. I’ll see myself out.”

©J.E.Goldie July 6 2019


 

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Just because ….I dunno lol

I made  these a long time ago. Thought I bring them out just for fun. They were made with the Paint Program that came with (Windows 98?) I can’t remember. 

‘The contemporary art work of m.caimbeul’

https://bongdoogle.com/category/bongdoogle-doodles/

The link above takes you to my favourite BONGDOOGLES and  wonderful man.  m.caimbeul’s site.  The following link is to his sales site. Just thought you might want to take a look. He doesn’t know I’m doing this LOL. 

https://www.artpal.com/m-caimbeul

 

Take a look! 


 

Fibbing Friday Answers – July 5 2019

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/fibbing-friday-july-5/

1 Who are the Four Horsemen?

Hmm..Let’s see there was Curlie, Larry, Moe

And some other guy.

2 What happened on the Fourth of July?

Oh Ya! I was late for the bus.

3 What should you say after sneezing?

Oopsy

4 Who lived in the Dell?

Are you serious? It was a guy named Gary

Farmer. Yah, that’s it!

5 What was in the wildwood?

It still is. Oh you mean IN it? Wilds I think.

6 Why aren’t there four crosses on the road?

To remind you to go to Church. That’s what

My Minister said.

7 When was Benjamin Franklin president?

He was?

8 What were the American Founding Fathers thinking in 1776?

I dunno but I’m pretty sure they’d be rethinking the whole

Thing.

9 Why was a boy named Sue?

Because he was the son of a man named Sarah, or was it Sally?

10 What was the wayward son supposed to be carrying?

The garbage that’s still sitting in my kitchen.

11 Who was the Baker’s Man?

The Baker had a Man? Oh. That’s fine by me. Whatever

Makes him happy.

12 Who is Desperado?

My second cousin twice removed. WHY?

13 Why does the Kookaburra sit in the old gum tree?

Because the builders are still working on the new one.

14 Where is Michael going in his boat?

Beats me, but there’s a storm brewing. NOT a good idea!

15 Where are you sending the children and why?

To Chucky Cheeses for a Birthday Party. I hope!

16 Why are you lighting a candle?

The dog has wind. OH MAN!


©J.E.Goldie July 5 2019

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“Just Keep Away From The Span.” Writephoto challenge-span- July 5, 2019

JUST KEEP AWAY FROM THE SPAN

 

“Oh Wow! Jim look! I think we’ve really stumbled

onto to something here!”

“Holy Cow! I think you’re right! Lets get closer.”

“I don’t know Jim. It’s so pristine, so, untouched.”

“Irene I should never come on these little treks

of yours.”

“Why ever not?”

Well, we get so far and you want to stop. You think

every “Untouched” spot should be left alone.”

“Well, I’m right.”

“Then why bother even looking?”

“You can’t be serious.”

“O.k. Then let’s traverse around the damn thing.

I think I see a field over there. Probably farmland

or something.”

“Hang on lets just take a few photos first.”

“Fine. Your cam or mine?”

“Very funny Mr. Bean.”

“You folks lookin for sumthin?”

“OMG! Where’d he come from! Where’d

You come from?”

“Some folks actually live round here.”

“I suppose they do…I mean of course! Eh? Irene.”

“You plannin ta stay long?”

“Oh! No. Nope! We’ll just be on our way now.”

“Right then! Wouldn’t wantcha ta get lost or hurt

by something.”

“Hurt! I mean hurt?”

“Yup! She’s a beauty. Some say maybe thirty feet.”

“Thirty feet? I mean, thirty feet of what?”

“Now wouldn’t yah like to know.”

“Well! Nice to meet you. C’mon Irene!”

“Damn city folks. So easy to put a scare into!

You can come out now kids! Get your suits on!

It’s party time! Just keep away from the Span.”

©J.E.Goldie July 7 2019

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“Jack and Joe – I Know What You Mean” for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #94 – Truth and Meaning July 4, 2019 2019

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #94


JACK AND JOE – I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN

“Hey Jack!”

“S’up Joe?”

“Well. Say I told you something. Would you

believe me?”

“Of course! You never lie.”

“I mean. Something I believe to be true.”

“O.K. LOL What’s your point?”

“I told Dan the truth.”

“O.K.! That’s good!”

“But Dan didn’t believe me.”

“Oh. Really?”

“Yah. He said I was wrong.”

“But, how would he know?”

“That’s what I tried to ask him.”

“Ok, lemme see. You told Dan the truth

about something you considered to be true

that he knew nothing about or wouldn’t consider.”

“True.”

“And Dan said you were wrong.”

“Right.”

“Now I’m confused.”

“But it’s simple.”

“No. It would depend on what you mean.”

“How’s that? I told him what I believed to be true.”

“Maybe he didn’t understand.”

 “Did you try to explain?”

“Yes. But he wouldn’t listen.”

“I know what you mean.”

©J.E.Goldie July 4 2019

 


 


“Just As You Say” for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #34 July 3, 2019

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Crimson Creative Photo Challenge #34 July 3 2019


JUST AS YOU SAY

 

“Oh! What a gorgeous day!”

“I’ll have to agree with you on that.”

 “Thank you.”

“Nancy? What the name of that friend who

keeps intriguing you with these out of the way

places?”

“First of all, Joan. She’s an e-mail buddy.

We’re acquaintances. She knows quite a bit

about this countryside.”

“What’s her name. You must know that much.”

“If you must know her name is Crispina Kemp.

She’s an ardent photographer and extremely

Talented writer!”

“Your admiration is admirable!

Now will you tell me why we’re here?”

“I’m not sure.”

“Did she give you a hint?”

“No. But it looks like there could have been

a river here. They probably needed a bridge to cross it.

Let’s take a closer look.”

“I’m fine just where I am.

“Oh, come on!”

“NOT on you Nelly! Haven’t you noticed that

darkened spot beneath the pretty little bridge.”

“Probably just a stream.”

“Go ahead. I’ll wait here. But first give me your

buddy’s e-mail address, so I can send her the

bills.”

“Bills?”

“Yes. The hospital bills for your convalescence.”

“That’s silly. Just an inch or two of water.”

“Just as you say.”

©J.E.Goldie July 3, 2019


 

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“Double Bubble Is The Best!” FOWC with Fandango – Bubble – July 2 2019

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Fandango Word of the Day Challenge July 2 2019

Today’s word is “bubble.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.


DOUBLE BUBBLE IS THE BEST

 

“Double Bubble toil and trouble….”

“Hey! This is a spell we’re brewing

not a TV commercial!”

“Wait! I’m not finished.”

“Where’d you learn spellery, anyways.”

“I told you I’m not finished, and it’s not

Spellery.”

“Well whatever you’re doing, it’s gonna

get you tossed out of witches school.”

“I graduated years ago. If you must know!”

“Oh really?”

“Hand me that broom.”

“Which broom?”

“Any broom!”

“O.K. relax! Here!”

“Now, take this cup.”

“What do I need a cup for?”

“Just take it and hold it tight

while I fill it.”

“What you up to?”

“Now turn around and drink it.”

“I will not!”

“Awe pleeeeezzzzzzzz!!!!.”

“Ok if you promise I’ll live.”

“I triple promise! Here! Grab the broom!”

“Hey! This is great! I’m floating!

Ha Ha Haaaaaaaaaaaa! Yipeeeeeeeeee!”

“Double Bubble is the best!”

©J.E.Goldie July 2 2019


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“Let’s Go See Those Videos” for BrewNSpew word/photo Challenge – Watermelon – July 1 2019

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BrewNSpew Challenge July 1 2019

Word of the week – watermelon – (noun) – a large oblong or roundish fruit with a hard green or white rind often striped or variegated, a sweet watery pink, yellowish, or red pulp, and usually many seeds. Synonyms – melon, cantaloupe, water melon.

There are no restrictions, except please and thank you for limiting a written post to 300 words or fewer.

July is National Watermelon Month!


LET’S GO SEE THOSE VIDEOS

“Once Upon A Time there were Three Bears.”

“Daddy?”

“Can I watch?”

“Ok Champ! Up you come!”

“Daddy?”

“uh huh?”

“I know what bears eat.”

“Don’t you wanna hear the Fairy Tale Champ?”

“Yah!”

“Well, sit tight and we’ll read it together.”

“But Daddy!”

“Champ?”

“Are the bears coming on our picnic?”

“Well. I dunno. I suppose..”

“Daddy, can we ask them?”

“Well. Let’s see. We’ll start the story and see

if we can find out what they’re doing. O.K?”

“Once upon a time there were three…”

“Daddy?”

“Yes son.”

“Can we get lots and lots of watermelon?”

“Lots and lots?”

“Yes! Bears love watermelon. It’s really

good for you!”

“Did someone read that to you Champ?”

“Nope! I saw it on Youtube.”

“Right! Let’s go see those videos.”

©J.E.Goldie July 2 2019





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Vitamin C   20%

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Vitamin B-6         5%

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“Have You Got The Time?” Fandango’s Flash Fiction #20 July 1 2019

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Prompt #20 July 1 2019

 Write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.


HAVE YOU GOT THE TIME?

 

“Maintenant. What would you call this one?”

“You really want to know?”

“Ah! My friend! Don’t tease me.”

“I’m not sure, but I could hazard a guess.”

“I love it when you come to the gallery.”

“Why’s that?”

“Oh, because you have such a way with words!”

“I do. Do I?

“See! There you go! In just four words, you’ve

amazed me. Incroyable!

“Oh. My pleasure to oblige.”

“May I get you a Beveridge?”

 “I haven’t the time.”

“That’s it! You are THE most amazing Art Critic!

You have perfectly described AND named this

Piece in a matter of minutes!”

“I have? What is it?”

“And such simplicity. C’est merveilleux!”

“Are you sure?”

 “Bien sûr! Fait accompli!”

 “I think I better go.

Have you got the time?”

©J.E.Goldie July 2 2019


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“Where’s The Exit?” for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #93 June 27, 2019

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #93 June 30 2019

As Reena says : Let the prompt take you wherever it goes.


WHERE’S THE EXIT?

“Ladies! and Gentlemen! Please warmly welcome,

Professor Crookshank!”

“Thank you! Thank you very much!”

“Now. Professor we’ve been informed

that you know exactly what this piece is.”

“Certainly.”

“Brava! Please take the podium.”

“Very well.”

“Please proceed Professor.”

“Exactly”

“Yes. Please proceed.”

“Well. That’s, that’s , that’s….”

“Excuse us for a moment. Professor, are you

certain that’s a That.”

“Well, ahem. Yes definitely!”

“Wonderful!”

“I haven’t been more certain about anything

else in my entire career!”

“Well that’s that ladies and gentlemen!

We officially have a THAT!”

§

“Sir, could I interest you in a cocktail?”

“A very tall brandy would be helpful.

Thankyou! Oh! and, where’s the exit?”

 

©J.E. Goldie June 30, 2019


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“Good Boy!” For Fandango’s One Word Challenge -Movement- June 29 2019

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge -Movement- June 29 2019

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.


GOOD BOY!

There was a sudden movement in the shadows.

 

“Mom!”

“It’s o.k. just go to sleep.”

“But Mom!”

“Sweety, I know it’s an old bed and an old

house, but everything’s just fine.”

“Mom?”

“Scout, just close your eyes and go to sleep.”

“Mom? Can we let him in tonight?”

“No. He’s got a brand new Dog House to sleep in.

He’ll be fine.”

“Did he get his new toy?”

“Yes. He got his new toy! Now don’t worry about him.”

“Mom!”

“Scout! Please just go to sleep. I’ve got a lot to do,

before I get to go to bed.”

“O.K.”

“That’s my boy. Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs

bite!”

“Mom!”

“Oh Scout. That’s just something my Mom used to say

to me in the old days.”

“Mom! What was that!”

“Nothing…. Buddy! How’d you get in.”

“Can he stay Mom? Please. He’ll protect me.”

“Scout? Oh, never mind. Yes, he can stay.

Go to sleep. The both of you!”

“O.K. Buddy, be on the look out. It’s gotta be

here someplace.

Good boy!”

©J.E.Goldie June 29 2019


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Sammi’s weekend writing prompt #112 – carefree – June 29 2019

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Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt – carefree – June 29 2019

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments at the link provided below the photo above.

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Once

Carefree Days

have darkened

in the silence

of your unspoken

words and assumptions.

(14 words)

©J.E.Goldie June 29 2019


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My Answers to The Haunted Wordsmith’s Fibbing Friday June 28

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The Haunted Wordsmith’s Fibbing Friday June 28 2019

Oh, goodie! It’s Friday! You know what that means… time to get your thinking caps on and try to come up with the best fibs and tall tales you can to this week’s questions. Have fun!

  1. How did the phrase “wee lassie” originate?
  2. Why is it summer in the North but winter in the South?
  3. What exactly is licorice?
  4. How do vampires look so perfect if they can’t look in the mirror?
  5. Who goes shopping at 2 AM on a Tuesday morning?
  6. What is a pepparkakor?
  7. What did the aardwolf say to the aardvark?
  8. If Neanderthals lived in the North, who lived in the South?
  9. What did you find in your Mardi Gras cake?
  10. Why do birds live in trees?
  11. What is the oldest thing in your house?
  12. What are you hiding in your closet?
  13. What are pringles?
  14. How was tie-die invented and why?

MY ANSWERS

-How did the phrase “wee lassie” originate?

I gave at the office and they said: “That’s a bit

wee, lassie.” Not my fault! I swear.

-Why is it summer in the North but winter in the South?

Well, you see it’s like this. It didn’t used to be like that.

Now people are used to it. It’s too late. Sad but true.

-What exactly is licorice?

Black tar.

-How do vampires look so perfect if they can’t look in the mirror?

They look at each other. Geez! How am I supposed to know!

-Who goes shopping at 2 AM on a Tuesday morning?

Thieves

-What is a pepparkakor?

It’s a small hand held devise used to crush peppercorns.

-What did the aardwolf say to the aardvark?

Can I come aboard?

-If Neanderthals lived in the North, who lived in the South?

As I recall it was their cousins, the Southanderthals. They

needed more heat than their Northern Cousins.

By the way, Can I interest you in some swamp land?

-What did you find in your Mardi Gras cake?

I’ll never tell! But I laughed all the way home!

-Why do birds live in trees?

Why do they suddenly appear everytime you are near?

You had to be there. Sorry.

-What is the oldest thing in your house?

Me.

-What are you hiding in your closet?

Also, me, but don’t tell. I made that one up! Good eh?

-What are pringles?

That’s easy. It’s the plural of singles. I know! You can’t

Eat just one!

-How was tie-die invented and why?

To cover up the mustard stains on your shirt.🙄

©J.E.Goldie June 28 2019 (They made me do it.)


 

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“He Better!” for The Haunted Wordsmith 50 word Thursday #26 June 27, 2019

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The Haunted Wordsmith 50 word Thursday #26

a recap will be posted by 10:00 PM GMT next Wednesday for this prompt

Rules: 

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.
  • Link your post in the comments at The Haunted Wordsmith from the link below the picture prompt.

HE BETTER!

 

“Oh! Can we buy it?”

“I don’t know. It’s kind of…bright!”

“It would be a perfect gift for Sally and George!”

“Oh! You mean buy it as a gift! Well, then..”

“Oh Hon, they’ll love it!”

“Well, Sally might. George, I’m not to sure of.”

“He better! I painted it!”

 

©J.E.Goldie June 27 2019


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“We’re Clear” in response to #writephoto prompt – open – June 27 2019

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Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt – open – June 27 2019

Use the image below as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon (GMT)  Wednesday 3rd July. There is no word limit and no style requirements, except to keep it fairly family friendly.


WE’RE CLEAR

 

“This is the one. Right here.”

“You Sure?”

“Of course I’m sure. It’s just at the end of the hallway.”

“You going down there?”

“What! No way!”

“Thought you’d want to see the room, where…well…

you know.”

“I never said that!”

“Did too.”

“Oh c’mon Jerry you’re sounding like a five year old.”

“Am not!”

“Awe, quit it Jer. This is serious business.”

“O.K.! Sarge! At your service!”

“FUCK OFF!”

“Oooo, this really has you scared.”

“I’m not scared!”

“Coulda fooled me, you dumb ass.”

“What’s that for?”

“The both of us! Damn Jerry it’s been five years!”

“Yah right. Seems like yesterday though, doesn’t it?”

“Hey! Did you get the tickets for the game?”

“You bet I did!”

“Man! We reached the Playoffs! High five

Buddy!”

“Jerry?”

“Yup.”

“Are you sure they didn’t find any evidence?”

“You kidding? They woulda found the body by

now. We’re clear.”

©J.E.Goldie June 27 2019


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“I Dunno.” For Fandango word of the day – Chart – June 27 2019

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Fandango Word Of The Day Challenge – Chart – June 27 2019

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.


I DUNNO

“O.K.! Everybody! Attention!

Miss Jones?”

“Yes Mr. Johnson?”

“Your make-up is fine.”

“Oh! Sir you’re making me blush!”

“Nothing I meant to do Miss Jones.

Now put the bag away.”

“Yes, Mr. Johnson.”

“Now! Today we’re going to chart the

amount of time we spend doing nothing.”

“Sir?”

“Yes, Roger.”

“What am I doing here?”

“Excuse me?”

“Well Sir, this is usually a free period for me.

It’s on my school schedule.”

“Well Roger. Your point is?”

“Shouldn’t I be doing nothing?”

“I dunno.”

©J.E.Goldie June 27 2019


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“Broom’s First!” for Crimson’s Creative Photo Challenge #33 June 26 2019

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Crimson Prose Challenge #33 June 26 2019

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

BROOM’S FIRST!

“Right! We’re all set. You did a good job Emily!

Nicely bunched and ready for twining.”

“Thanks Peg.”

“Just so. Now lets go inside and have our tea. It’s

probably cold by now.”

“That’s O.K. I know how to warm it up!”

“No! you don’t! We don’t want anymore

accidents.”

“Awe, Peggie!”

“Don’t awe me. We have serious work here.”

“Did the Faeries come with the Ash?”

“Of course, they did! Little nymphs also ate

half my pie!”

“Cute!”

“Cute? I’ll cute you.  Now let’s eat.”

§

“I say we use the old spells. They’re in the book!”

“That book is ancient!”

“That book! Ladies, is all we’ve got.”

“What did the ladies say in…..”

“Don’t say it!”

“O.K. in that SHAKESPEARE play. Better?

“Oh yes, yes thank you.”

“Ladies! This has nothing to do with McB…”

“STOP!”

“And we’ve got enough birch to build a bonfire!”

“And set up the cauldron?”

“Maybe tomorrow. Brooms first.”

©J.E.Goldie June 27 2019

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Early Celtic pagans associated the broom with Faeries, possibly because of it’s relation to the wood and a common belief in forest sprites. Some stories tell of a Witch entering a forest and asking the Faeries to lead her way to the perfect tree where she can collect a staff for a broom. The idea is to enlist the help of the magical folk and ensure the enchantment of the broom once it has been fashioned.

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“As one of the first trees to put on her spring-dress it is only natural that the Birch has always been associated with the life giving force and has thus featured prominently in all manner of fertility rites and magic. Birch signals the arrival of spring.”

The besom is the traditional witch’s broom. It’s associated with all kinds of legend and folklore, including the popular notion that witches fly around in the night on a broomstick.

The traditional magical formula includes a bundle of birch twigs, a staff of ash or oak, and a binding made from willow wands.

-A four-foot length of ash or oak for the handle

-Thin branches of birch for the bristle part (you can substitute a woody herb like mugwort or thyme for the bristles if you like

-Lengths of willow or heavy cord to bind everything together

-You’ll also need heavy-duty scissors and a bucket of warm water.

HAPPY BROOMING!

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“It’s O.K.” written for BrewNSpew word of the week Photo Prompt – Castle – June 25 2019

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BrewNSpew word prompt of the week – castle – June 24 2019

Word of the week – castle – (noun) – a large building, typically of the medieval period, fortified against attack with thick walls, battlements, towers, and in many cases a moat.

Synonyms – fort, fortress, stronghold, citadel, tower, palace, chateau, alcazar


IT’S O.K.

“Now then. Are you comfortable?”

“Yes, but can I have a drink?”

“Sure you can. I’ll be right back.”

“Oh! Can I have a Coke?”

“Sure, why not. It’s a holiday.”

“Thanks.”

“All set?”

“I guess.”

“You guess? What else would you like?”

“Well. I’d like to be a Princess!”

“A princess? Wow!”

“Yes! And live in a castle.”

“A castle eh?”

“Yes! Where we can all live together!”

“All?”

“Yes. You, me, Buddy and Mom.”

“Oh…I..”

“Just like in my dreams!”

“Well, Honey. How’s about we make

a castle at the beach tomorrow!”

“We’re going to the beach!”

“Sure, we are! We’ll make the most

wonderful castle you’ve ever wished for.”

“Dad?”

“Yes, sweetheart.”

“It’s o.k.”

©J.E.Goldie June 25, 2019


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