50 Word Thursdays – The Catch of the Day.


From the moment we saw him most of us lived in dread of him. – Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo.


Last Thursday I launched this weeks 50 word Thursday challenge, that is to write something inspired by this picture and optionally including the phrase underneath it. It has to be in multiples of 50 words up to a maximum of 250 words.

It is still not too late to take part in this challenge if you’d like to, the link is below:



The designer of the statue had intended it to be an advertisement for the community. It represented our fishing industry and also our love for the sea birds that traditionally guided the fisherman to the best catch. He was proud of his masterpiece. He couldn’t possibly envision that some would see it as an obstacle of fun.

Not a day went by when some local hoodlum or scoundrel hadn’t desecrated his statue in some way.

Then came the day when he saw someone had placed a traffic cone on one of his statues arms, he completely lost his temper and went on a rampage, shouting and screaming.

I remember that day clearly. My friends and I were sitting in the main square eating fish and chips when he ran by screaming and foaming at the mouth.

From the moment we saw him most of us lived in dread of him. 

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An Enchanted World – For Fandango’s Picture Challenge.


Fandango has started a new picture challenge, to write a short story, flash fiction, inspired by a picture, this is the picture above and here is the link to his post below:

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #1

In my own typical fashion, I have broken the rules and written a poem instead.


Just believe in yourself

That is the key

And you enter a world

Where you become free

A glamorous glade

An enchanted wood,

Where anything could happen,

Could, would and should.

There, in a clearing,

By a babbling brook,

A lady, so endearing,

Playing with each step she took,

Walked towards you

Looking very cute.

It’s just a tremendous pity,

She couldn’t play that flute.


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 18/February/2019




Kira’s Sunday Scribbles

See the latest amazing drawing from Kira,
Kira’s Sunday Scribbles has been published on the Word of the Day site.
Write a poem or story inspired by this picture and create a link to the original post to share you post with all of us taking part.
Have Fun.

Word of the Day Challenge


Welcome to Kira’s weekly inspirational art piece.

Let the whole picture tell you a story, or dive into the small intricate details to make one up! Write a poem, a fiction piece or come up with a picture or drawing of your own, that you feel relates to it.

Feel free to copy Kira’s drawing, to add it to your own post!

Anything goes, there are no rules. But don’t forget to link us to your post with a pingback. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here.

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Tell the Story challenge – A boy on a quest.

Jeremy sat down and pulled his map out of his rucksack.

He was on a great adventure, A quest like the great knights of old. The ones he read about in school. King Arthur and the round table.

He’d packed his bag that very morning and set out into the wilderness. He’d got a strawberry jam sandwich, cut into triangles like his Mum would do. Maybe not quite as neatly, he used his penknife, which he’d blunted last year by trying to chop down a tree with it.

He also had found his dads old hipflask, it had been filled with the most disgusting looking brown liquid, ‘positively hazardous to health’, thought Jeremy as he’d tipped it down the sink, rinsed it out and replaced it with orange squash instead. It still had a funny tang to it, but then you had to put up with a lot when you went adventuring.

So armed with food and drink and dressed in his favourite pullover, bright yellow in colour, and his red hat, he’d set out. A knight had to wear bright colours to show he was on a quest, or so he’d read.

He had been gone for an hour before he decided to pull out the map and find out where he was.

Down in the old Yew tree thicket, not far from the boundary of the Kingdom.

He knew he wasn’t allowed to go any further than this point, so slowly he began to retrace his steps.

He hadn’t found any treasure on this trip, but there was always next weekend.

Just then, he heard a noise from behind a nearby bush.

Jeremy pulled out his penknife and shouted “Who goes there? Friend or Foe?”

He’d read that that was the proper thing to say when you were a Knight.

A rabbit jumped out onto the path in front of him. It looked at him with unblinking brown eyes and twitched its nose.

Jeremy thought it looked so squeezable and huggable, so he tried to catch it.

Strangely enough, the wild rabbit let him pick it up.

The quest wasn’t a failure, after all, he’d found himself a faithful pet if only his parents will let him keep it.

Holding it gently, he walked back to his castle. Or as most people saw it, the cottage in the park.

Jeremy’s father was the park’s groundskeeper and the cottage came with the job. It provided Jeremy with the best place ever to feed his imagination though.


This story was written for the Tell the Story challenge that I was tagged in by Teresa, the Haunted Wordsmith. Thank you, Teresa, for tagging me. Please click on the link and read her story here:


So now I have to nominate three people and give them a picture for them to write a story.

I have decided to nominate the person who began the Tell the Story challenge, The Eclectic Contrarian:



Laura Venturini

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And here is your picture:













The Word of the Day is Quest.

So, on this Sunday why not engage in a quest to write a post inspired by this word. Share it with everyone on the Word of the Day community by including a link to the original page.

Have fun. 🙂

Word of the Day Challenge


Today’s Word of the Day is Quest.

If you want to participate create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here.


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The Word of the Day is Worth,

I hope this word inspires you to write a post.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend 🙂

Word of the Day Challenge

The Word of the Day is Worth

Write a Poem, story or anecdote, inspired by this word.

Please create a pingback to your post by including a link to thispage in whatever you are posting.

If you want to participate create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here.


Most Importantly, Have Fun.

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A Snowy time in the Peak District

A couple of weekends ago I spent a few days up in the Peak District, which is in Northern England.

I actually stayed near Macclesfield, which is in the county of Cheshire, not far from the City of Manchester, but most of the Peak District is in the county of Derbyshire.

At the time, we had a smattering of snow where I live, but nothing much. Up in this part of the peaks however, it was another story. They had had a couple of feet of snow a few days before I arrived, and with day temperatures remaining below zero centigrade here, it wasn’t going anywhere.

It does make for some lovely pictures and I thought I would share them with you.



This is the old Victorian gardens in the Town of Buxton in Derbyshire.


This is the sign for the Cat and Fiddle pub, which is on one of the high spots on the road from Macclesfield to Buxton. Sometimes, this road is closed in the winter.



This is the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire, a few miles south of where I was staying. They didn’t have any snow here at all. This is where the famous Bakewell Tarts and Puddings come from, so I had to stop off to buy a few.


I hope you like the pictures.

Have a great weekend. 🙂


What did I miss? – A recap.

I have seen other blogs do this and thought, what the hell, let’s have a go and see if it works out.

I don’t, however, commit to doing this every week, but if it’s useful, then I might.

Something that I hadn’t considered before is that looking back over what you’ve done over the past week can identify certain trends. For example, I seem to have written much more poetry this week than usual. I have always written more stories than poems in the past. Also, a lot of the poems are comedy ones, supposed to be funny. Of course, when you write comedy, you do so without any real knowledge if it is going to work. It isn’t funny until someone else laughs.

Also, being the week of Valentines, there are quite a few Valentines related poetry (but not of the soppy kind).







Non-Valentines related poems:




I also discovered a new poetry form – The Elfchen:




Valentines related poetry:







So, tell me, Do you find it useful having the links put in one place?

Did you like any of them in particular?