Versatile Blogger Award Nomination.

I am very pleased to have been nominated for this award by Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel, see her post here:

Thank you, Dr Tanya, very much appreciated. 🙂

I admit that I do not like sticking to the same genre of writing, I like to try different things and try out lots of challenges.

The Rules

1. If you are nominated, Congratulations you have been awarded the Versatile blogger award!

2. Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog.

3. Select 10 -15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

4. Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


So Seven things about me:

  1. One of my favourite Authors is Agatha Christie,
  2. I can speak a bit of Russian.
  3. I went to school for six months in Perth, Australia.
  4. I am very fond of Roses, particularly wild roses.
  5. I have visited Malta twice and absolutely love it. I wish they didn’t kill so many migratory birds though.
  6. I am absolutely anti-fur for fashion.
  7. My ideal job would be the supreme leader of the world and I’d like to create my own utopia where everyone is forced to like my stories and poems (a bit like Nero who fancied himself as a composer). Not really, just joking.


OK, now for my nominees.

Oh Prompt me, Do!! Season 2

~*~ Throw Your Dreams ~*~ (Advice to Inspire and Encourage) #9

Hands in your pocket


Have fun, everyone. 🙂






A multiple word prompts story – A Moment In Paradise

This story was inspired by the following word prompts:

Today’s things are: orange grove, bee, Jack Frost


A Moment In Paradise

“What could be a lovelier setting than a beautiful orange grove?” That’s what my Mother said to me the day we arrived in Downham Springs.

It was her way of consoling me. I was only Nine years old and I still missed England. My brother was only Five and seemed to have coped much better with the journey than I had. Two months on board a boat had not been very pleasant. We were crammed in with lots of other families that had taken the ten pound package. The weather as we sailed round the horn of Africa had been terrible. The crew kept reassuring us that it was perfectly normal but my stomach was having none of it. I realised that Boats and my stomach were just not compatible. The best thing about the journey was all the food that was available. When we’d left England, rationing was still in full swing. My mother thought it was so funny when my Brother and I were introduced to bananas for the first time. She just stood there laughing as we tried to bite through the skin. Then she showed us how to peel them. She said she used to love them before the war. It wasn’t just bananas but also juicy oranges, melons and pineapples. Actually, if it hadn’t been for the rough sea and my poor sea legs it wouldn’t have been a bad journey after all.

I will never forget the day we sailed into Sydney harbour. It was like sailing into paradise.

Continue reading A multiple word prompts story – A Moment In Paradise

WOTD – Tuesdays Photo Prompt: Where Kangaroos Cross.

Where Kangaroos Cross

If you happen to find yourself, Down Under, in the Land of Oz, or Australia as it is formerly known, or you may be one of the lucky ones who already live there, you will see these road signs. They are diamond shaped, bright orangey-yellow and have a picture of a black bouncing Kangaroo on them. They are often also seen on T-shirts in souvenir shops too.

I have been lucky to have visited Australia many times, having friends and family over there to provide free accommodation really helps to bring down the cost of the trip. The flights are still expensive and the fact that I developed a fear of flying that has gone from panicking a bit on landings and take-offs to full-blown total hysteria has meant that I don’t expect to see Australia for a while.

There are all kinds of strange creatures in Australia, that are unique to this Island that is also a continent.

Marsupials are a type of mammal that give birth to live young, but when they are still underdeveloped. They spend time developing further in a pouch that is external to the body.

Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies, Wombats, Possums, these are all Australian Marsupials.


The Opossum, known as Possum in the Southern United States, are, I believe (correct me if I’m wrong) the only marsupial to exist outside the Australasian area. Funnily enough it is only very distantly related to the creature called a Possum in Australia.

Another creature that I saw while in Australia, although it is only found up in the Tropical rainforests of Queensland, is the Cassowary.

Scientists believe that birds are the closest living relatives to the Dinosaurs. Anyone who has kept chickens would be aware of how Dinosaur like their behaviour can be sometimes. If anyone doubts the Bird/Dinosaur relationship, then meeting a Cassowary will put those doubts to death.

Here is a picture of a Cassowary:



Not only do they have talons that can disembowel you, they use the bony plate on their head to ram into people. There are signs scattered around the rainforest, not quite as cute as the Kangaroo Crossing one, that says “Beware of the Cassowary”. Unfortunately, foolish tourists have died because they didn’t take heed.

There are a few warning signs that I saw in Australia, “Do not feed the Kangaroos” Is one and “Beware: Crocodiles” Is another. It is wise to listen to these signs. After all they would not have gone to the great expense of putting them up without good reason.

But coming back to the original Kangaroo Crossing sign, what always fascinates me is how they can be so Wise to know to cross in that particular spot in the first place.

Clearly they are more clever than we give credit for. 😉

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 24/July/2018

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FOWC with Fandango — Wise


Picture of the Day – A deadly stinging tree.

This picture was taken a few years ago on a trip to Australia.

I have been to Australia a few times now, I have friends and family out there.

The first time I went as an Adult (my Dad’s Brother, Cousin and Uncle live there and so I went twice when I was a child) a couple of friends, who had seen several documentaries about the dangerous wildlife in Australia were very concerned for me. They kept telling me about the Sharks, The Snakes, The Crocodiles and the Jellyfish, all of which could kill me.

Well, clearly, I survived. I did discover something I had not been aware of, and neither had my rather cautions friends, a deadly stinging tree.

We, of course, have stinging nettles. If you touch them, they can be painful and sore, but not really more than an inconvenience. This tree has large leaves about twenty centimetres across, covered in stinging hairs. The sting is apparently extremely painful and can last months. If someone falls in a pile of its leaves, it has been known to be fatal!

The Aborigines of the part of Queensland where this tree is common call it the Gympie Gympie tree. This roughly translates as Devil Devil. This gives you a fair impression.

We were walking, carefully in the forest and I saw the sun shining through onto one of these trees. It made a good picture with which to terrify my cautious friends. They still haven’t been to Australia yet.

I hope you liked this picture.



Picture of the day – Crimson Rosellas

This is a picture taken a few years ago in the Bunya Mountains area of inland Queensland, Australia.

I remember is was August/September time, So End of Winter into early Spring in Australia. In Brisbane it was very pleasant (for an Englishman) reaching 20 degrees celsius by 10 o’clock in the morning and only getting notably chilly at night.

Up in the Bunya’s though it was a little colder, even for me. The chalets we were staying in had wood burning stoves, which was cosy. We actually needed them once the sun went down. There was even a frost on the ground.

Outside the chalet was a bird feeding area and we ended up playing host to some of these gorgeous Crimson Rosella’s and also a couple of King parrots. We also had to routinely chase away a Scrub turkey, which was rather a nuisance. It would disturb the other birds. I used to chase it away with a broom.

It was a lovely little spot.

I hope you liked this picture.