3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge (Song Lyric Style) – DAY ONE

The lovely and brilliant Ang4him has nominated me for this interesting challenge.


Please visit their blog:


the RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post 1 quote (song lyric) each day for 3 days
  3. Nominate 3 people


People who regularly visit my blog may have picked up on something about me…I am old fashioned and as such my music tastes are pretty 20th century, in fact I don’t think I have much music post 1990 on my i-Pod (but I’m not that bad really, I do have an I-pod).

So my old fashioned inspiring music quote of today is this one:


“In every life we have some trouble,

When you worry you make it double.

Don’t Worry. Be Happy.”


My Nominees are:


Attention: Community Pool

To the Daily Post Community: Thank You!

But you don’t have to do it right away if you’ve had one recently. Save it for when you feel like it.

The Woman in the Wood – Possible ending number Two.

Last week I was challenged by The Britchy One:

Three Days, Three Quotes – 05/11/18.

“please write me a witch story!” she said.

“Good Witch or Wicked Witch?” I asked

“Both” She replied.

“Challenge Accepted” Said I….

So I started writing a fantasy tale about a witch.

See here to read the first bit:


I actually have a few different endings in mind so I thought I would post them all on my Blog and get you to choose which one you liked best. 

This is the second option:

They journeyed through the dense, dark forest. Perseus on his horse and the Woman in the wood, the Witch woman he’d named Diana, taking the lead in the form of a white raven. 

Often he thought he was completely lost as each dark path they followed looked the same, but he trusted his guide and continued onwards. 

By day she was the raven and by night she became the beautiful woman again and sat with him by the fire. They talked about their lives, although she really revealed very little about her past. He got the impression that there had been a deep trauma in her life that she was still desperately trying to suppress. He felt so sorry for her. His life had been so privileged while hers had been hard. He had grown up in a palace and his father was the crown prince. His Father had been banished from court because he disagreed with his own Father, the King, who had been an evil twisted tyrant. His father had gathered around him men of courage and honour and his separate court had been a cultured one. He had grown up in an atmosphere of learning and music. He was only Eight when his wicked Grandfather had died and he remembered riding in a long procession back to the capital city with his parents bedecked in their finery and all the streets lined with cheering crowds. His parents too, although important and busy had been loving and had spent time with him. His Father educated him in the duties of Kingship, of providing law and order, securing the borders and providing education and support for everyone, including the very poorest. It had occurred to him that possibly his Father had devoted so much time to ensuring he understood the importance of all those things that his own Father had neglected because he worried that his son would take after his Wicked Grandfather. Speaking to her felt so easy. There were none of those awkward moments. He spoke to her of his fears and dreams. His biggest fear was losing his Father and his biggest dream was one day, but not yet, becoming a ruler just as wise as he was. She told him of a time long ago when she had lived amongst people but they had sought to take advantage of her and then persecuted her for not using her powers to help their own evil deeds. She didn’t go into details about time or place, but he felt it was a long time ago.

He enjoyed her company very much, but a thought had occurred to him and so he asked her

“Why do you transform every night to sleep upon the rough ground when you could probably be more comfortable in your raven form?”

She laughed, a rich throaty laugh and told him.

“It is because of the moon. The moon forces you into your true form, it is impossible to change into a different form with the silvery moon shining above. At the new moon, when no light shines, or on really cloudy nights when no moonlight touches the earth, then I can take on other forms. Oh, I shouldn’t really be telling you these secrets of my craft. They probably bore you anyway.”

Perseus leaned closer, the flames from the fire bathing his handsome face with its orange glow. 

“Not at all. You are Diana, queen of the wood and I enjoy listening to you. I am fascinated, please go on.”

She smiled at him, it was so long since she had someone to really talk to. The few people who came to her were so full of their own worries, they didn’t want to really hold a conversation. She had grown used to that. She had enjoyed her solitude. Now this man, this Prince, sat doting on her every word and she enjoyed this even more. She told him a few other secrets of her craft, innocuous things that wouldn’t do any particular harm.

They continued on their journey in this fashion, travelling from dawn until dusk then making camp and chatting long into the night. He would always fall asleep before her and she would look at him, gently snoring, and wondered what spell she was falling under.

After three days they had reached the eastern edge of the great forest and they slept that night in an Inn. She realised when she went to bed what Perseus had meant about never sleeping alone in an Inn. They were not very hygienic. Bed bugs and fleas crawled through the blankets, straw mattress and the rug on the floor. She lit one of her incense burners which produced a cleansing smoke of camphor, pine, rosemary and other herbs that would repel the insects. Only then could she sleep. She lay there thinking of Perseus in his room next door. 

They crossed a mighty river, then a large mountain, ever Eastwards with the sun in their faces in the morning and warming their backs every afternoon. After a week of travelling, they passed across a border, marked with a stone pillar carved with a name, Albion. The name meant nothing to her, she had long ago lost interest in the lands of men. Lands had come and gone in those intervening years when she had taken sanctuary in her wild wood. She realised, however, that she was becoming interested again. The name, Albion, sent a tingle down her spine as if it held a great deal of importance to her. 

At the last Inn, Perseus had bought her a beautiful white palfrey to ride, so as not to startle people with the sight of a large white raven. As they rode along people waved to them in a friendly fashion, then returned to their work with the energy that comes from taking personal pride from their labours. The lands about her were well cared for, as were the people. They laboured in the fields and tended to their animals, but did not have the broken empty look of oppressed slaves. This was a kingdom where the people were cared for. She had almost given up the hope of ever finding a time or a place like this. Tears welled in her eyes. 

As they came to the top of a hill, they looked across a verdant valley and saw a great city of stone. She stared in awe at the Castle with its white limestone walls and towers with flags flying proudly above. 

They rode up to the city walls which were sealed by a portcullis gate. 

Perseus cried out “Open the gates! I am returned.”

A guard came out of a small building and saluted when he saw the Prince.

“Is my Father, the King, still alive.?” Perseus asked the guard.

“He is, My Prince, but still gravely ill, I’m afraid.”

“I have brought with me someone who may help. Open the gates, we must hurry.”

The gates opened and they rode hard for the castle. The sight of the people milling about with their bright coloured clothing made her gape with awe, but she barely had time to take it all in, before she was swept into the Kings bedroom by the eager and desperate Prince.

The King lay in his bed and looked gravely ill. The few people who stood around had genuine concern on their faces. This was a King well-loved by his people. She could see, despite his sickness, there was kindness and good humour clearly marked on the kings lined face. She was determined to save him, not just for the Prince who had captured her heart, but for the fact that this man was clearly someone worth saving. 

Perseus cleared the room of its people and she began weaving her magic. She lit candles and incense about the room to clear the evil humours that had gathered about the sick-bed. She mixed an herbal potion and gently held the cup to the Kings lips to help him drink. Then she gathered in her powers and cast her spell. The air crackled and glowed and the king’s body was lifted up bathed in a golden healing light. The figure of Death that had been lurking in the corners of the room suddenly emerged and took flight out through the open window, banished for now by the mighty powers of the Witch from the woods. Death would return someday, but he would not claim his chosen victim, not for now.

Perseus looked at Diana, with her back straight and arms flung out above her head of flowing red hair. He was amazed at the power that swirled around her.

Then his father’s body lowered gently and settled into the soft feather mattress. His face was already looking better, the colour coming back to his rosy cheeks. The Kings eyes opened, and that hazy far off look was gone. He saw his Son and a strange wild woman with red hair and green eyes standing over him.

“My Son, you came back. Who is this lady you have brought with you?”

“This, Father is the most wonderful woman in the world. She has cured you from your illness. She is also the woman I am going to marry.”

The Woman gave a start and turned to look into the face of the Prince who was gazing back at her with the look of pure adoration.

“That is, if you will have me, Diana?” He held out his hand to her, and without thinking she took it. 

And they lived, happily ever after.

In time, the Wise king was claimed by Death but not before he saw his beloved Son and the beautiful woman who had saved his life, marry. Not before he saw his grandson and granddaughter born and had time to play with them and dandle them on his knee.

In time his son became King Perseus and his wife Queen Diana. She used her powers to heal the sick and she ensured good harvests for many years. In so doing, the prophesy of Perseus’s evil grandfather had come true, his kingdom was now ruled by a Witch, but she was good and kind and the Kingdom was much better for it.

The End

Well that was possible ending number Two, let me know what you think.

I have one more possible ending, which I will post another day…


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 21/May/2018




via Daily Prompt: Awkward

Liebster Award Nomination

Wow, this is fantastic! I have been nominated for the Liebster award by that fantastic bloke


Liebster Award – Nomination 8

His blog is amazingly diverse from poems, dog and cat interviews, entertaining stories and quotes of the day. Some of his poems are a bit near the knuckle, he knows the one I mean… 🙂 but they are always entertaining. Thank you for the nomination.

The Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  4. Ask them 11 questions. 
  5. Let them know you have nominated them. 


Questions from Guy called Bloke:
1] WhAt is the WEirDeSt thing about you?

I can’t choose, there are so many. I am really talkative but sometimes find it hard to talk if there are lots of people around me, so some people know me as that quiet guy and others think I am that outgoing person. I am both. Eye contact is a thing too. I either end up giving too much eye contact so people think I am trying to scare them, or end up talking to the ceiling. Hopefully people just see me smiling and know I am trying. 

2] If you had a choice to be haunted by a ghost, who would you pick and why?

Probably the ghost of someone nice but interesting, who I could have a good chat to. I can’t think of anyone offhand though… 

3] Which cartoon character do you resemble the most??

I don’t really know. People used to say I looked like Animal from the Muppets. 

4] Is there anything orange within 10 feet of you right now? WHAT???

The cover of the book ‘A Short History of the World’ by Geoffrey Blainey. (not sure if I have actually read it.)

5] John Belushi in Animal House 1978 is a classic, however if you haven’t seen it, nor care for it, well it isn’t! However the question IS have you ever been involved in a Food Fight?? Fess up, how, when , why?

I did have a food fight at University. I remember coming back from a night out with some friends and I announced that I was sober enough to cook us all a fried breakfast, it was 2am. I was right, as it turned out. I cooked us all an amazing breakfast with lots of tomato ketchup. Then one of the guys who’s room was in the same building and we shared the kitchen with, came back from having a few drinks. He was a bit more worse for wear than I was. He opened the fridge and began eating a bowl of custard that he managed to get all down him. Well, we laughed. So he started, playfully and drunkenly throwing custard at us. So we threw tomato ketchup at him and then it turned into a full on food fight. Both Custard and tomato ketchup feel really horrible drying on your skin, and so I decided to take a shower. Unfortunately play time for my mates hadn’t ended and they sneaked into the bathroom and took my clothes while I was in the shower. They then used the keys in my trouser pocket to lock my bedroom door and took my clothes and keys into the kitchen where they waited for me with a camera at the ready. 

I managed to find someone’s rugby sock to preserve my dignity….I know the photos are waiting somewhere for me to become worth blackmailing.
9] Have you figured it out yet and if so what is the point? That’s the question, not 2 B or not 2 B but the point?

Yes. There is no purpose at all. The train doesn’t go anywhere; just enjoy the ride.

10] Which was better, above or below and why? And if Neither, show us yours!

I prefer Cars By Gary Numan, but the video didn’t work. I liked more tune, and it has an interesting tune. It also takes me back to when I used to hear it in the early 80’s when I was a wee lad. 

11] What is the opposite to being scared of heights?

Afraid of Pits and holes. Seems like a perfectly sensible phobia to me.

Answers please on the back of a used sock!

I am sorry for not replying on a used sock, they were all in the wash.


My Questions for my nominees:

  1. Name a tree, plant or flower that you really like.
  2. Do you have any simple recipes that have been handed down in your family? If so, share one.
  3. Sponge cake or Cheese platter?
  4. Who is an author who you recently discovered and really like?
  5. Is there a song that takes you back to your childhood? If so name it.
  6. Name the movie you have watched the most times.
  7. If zombies came through your front door and you had to make a run through your back door and only had time to grab one thing to take with you, what would it be?
  8. If you were bought tickets to go to any large venue and watch anything of your choice, what would we see when the curtain goes up?
  9. Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
  10. Can you play a musical instrument? Tell me which one/ones
  11. If you wrote a bestseller who would you dedicate it to?


My Nominees are:

I Absolutely Love my Overly Complicated Life!

Just because … 🌸



6 Word Story: 5/19

Complication: An Imaginary Aerial Show

Message #4 (Ask for help)

Like I always say, please don’t feel pressured to take part if you don’t want to. I just wanted you to know I appreciate your blogs and the work you put into them.

All the best







Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

Mystery Blogger


Has just renominated me for this award, which is absolutely brilliant!

Please click on the link and read her entertaining blog:

My Journey to Imperfection

Learning to Accept, Embrace & Love My Imperfections



The Rules:
1) Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog

2) Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

3) Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

4) Answer the questions from the person who nominated you

5) Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award

6) Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one

7) Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

So you may be asking – What is the Mystery Blogger Award? Well, since that covers one of the rules that I’m choosing to follow today – here is your answer!

“The Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma



3 Things about me:

  1. I have a plum tree in the garden. It produces lots of plums which I usually make into jam, or Plum Cake.
  2. I am so old fashioned that lots of people tell me I was born in the wrong century. I embrace it.
  3. One day I would love to have a dog. Or maybe a pair of dogs, called Montie and Verdi….Maybe.

1.) Is it true cannibals don’t eat clowns because they taste funny?

No, in fact they eat the ones that tell bad jokes first.

2.) What is the weirdest thing someone has ever said about you before? (I had someone once tell me my eyes were ugly and that they looked like they were yellow with black holes in them – I think they were on something!)

About ten years ago I was visiting the Eden Project in Cornwall. There was a bunch of school kids visiting from France and one of the girls came up to me and asked me

“Excuse me, are you Kevin Costner?” in English with a French accent.

I of course said No I wasn’t and probably blushed.

Then she said. “Ahh, Yes you are, You are Kevin Costner.” And then she went back to her group and started talking in rapid and frantic French. Then the whole group surrounded me and too my photograph and asked if I would sign my autograph…

Now I have no idea what that was about, but somewhere in France is a kid with an autograph book, with ‘Kevin Costner’ written in it with my handwriting….

3.) You just died – write your obituary with only six words

All that Enthusiasm. What a Shame!

4.) Would you rather have skin that changes color based on your emotions or tattoos appear all over your body depicting what you did yesterday? And describe what that would look like on you today.

I already seem to have one of those faces that people can read and see my thoughts clearly laid out. I find that annoying! If I had tattoos that depicted what I did yesterday it would be me sitting at the computer typing, or me watering plants on my allotment.

5.) Where do all the missing socks really go?

I reckon they all go into a black hole and end up in a parallel universe. It was something that I was going to ask Dr. Stephen Hawking if ever I got the chance. Sadly I’m too late now. I’ll never know if my theory was correct.

My Questions

  1. If you had to paint a part of your body, what part and what colour would it be?
  2. If you could resurrect a Singer or a Band from the dead to perform at your next birthday party, which one would it be?
  3. What labour saving device would you like to be invented?
  4. What comes to your mind when I say “Overrated“?
  5. What crazy theory that’s really ‘Out there’ do you sort of think, might be right?


My Nominominees. (and I am not going to nominate 10 – 20 because I think that is WAY to excessive.)





The Bees: A Novel – Book Review



Healthy chocolate chip banana bread Overnight oats!!

Liebster Award – Nomination 8

He he. So I said I wouldn’t nominate 10 -20 blogs but ended up nominating 9!

These are all great blogs and I wanted to let them know I appreciate them and their work. If you don’t want to take part in this, please don’t.

All the best.


Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination



First I would like to thank Jamie from Some Epiphanies for nominating me. I thoroughly enjoy your posts https://filosophickle.wordpress.com/




  • Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

My answers to the questions:

  1. Tea or coffee? Definately Tea. I drink strong tea with milk, made properly in a tea pot. I am a complete tea’aholic. Whenever i go on holiday I always take my teabags with me, and sometimes a tea pot too. I actually can’t stand coffee, I never drink it, and can’t even stand the smell.
  2. Do you prefer writing with a keyboard or a pen? I do a little of both. Sometimes I like to just sit down and type straight onto word or onto wordpress, then do a bit of editing. Sometimes I like to take a notepad and sit somewhere, like in the garden and write, then edit it as I type it up later.
  3. What inspires you to write the most? I am inspired by nature and often get inspiration from my dreams but I have also been inspired by the people on my creative writing course and my tutor. I am sad because my course finished before Easter.
  4. What are the movies you love? I absolutely love Old films. I grew up watching films with my Grandmother and my Mum, so I love films like All about Eve, with Bette Davis, and I also love old british films, like ‘Passport to Pimlico’ and Great Expectations by David Lean. I may do a blog and mention all the old films I have in my collection. The most modern film that I love is ‘There’s something about Mary’ because it made me cry with laughter from begining to end, and that’s rare.
  5. What are the songs you love? I was born in 1977 and so grew up dancing round the kitchen with my Mum to Disco music, so I love a bit of Disco. Anything from the Saturday Night Fever Album is great. I am also into Classical music, Dvorak is one of my favourite composers, along with Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. I also LOVE Patsy Cline. Quite a mix.
  6. If you could only take three things with you to a desolate island, what would it be? Full tea making facilities, Music and a good book to read.
  7. Which country would you love to visit? This is so difficult because there are so many. I have always wanted to see Canada. I would also like to see Iceland. I am planning a little trip to Norway in October so I can cross that off the list. I have already been to Australia and New Zealand (both beautiful).
  8. What are kind of books you like reading? I like books that take me to another time and place, so fantasy fiction is good. I don’t like anything too dark or horrific, so I like something with a good moral tale and a happy ending. Katherine Kerr writes some fantasy set in a pseudo celtic workd that I love.
  9. Favourite childhood hero? Gosh, this is quite hard. I suppose I loved King Arthur and Merlin, I always wanted to be Merlin.
  10. What is one thing you like about yourself? I suppose that would have to be my sense of humour. I can find something to laugh at in most situations. I often laugh at the unfortunate things that can happen in life. Better to laugh than cry.
  11. What are the kind of clothes you like to go with? Traditional, I wear shirts with collars and chinos most of the time. You will hardly ever see me in a tracksuit. I wear shorts but only usually on holiday in a warmer climate, I do know people who wear shorts all the year round, in the UK, but I am not one of them. I do like to dress up really smart once in a while. I have a very large collection of ties.


I’m nominating: 

  1. http://bitchininthekitchendotorg.wordpress.com/ – The Britchy One
  2. http://swervestrikesback.wordpress.com/ – Tintins
  3. http://thereckoningdotblog.wordpress.com/ – thereckoning 12
  4. http://thecreativeptsdgal.wordpress.com/ – PTSD Gal
  5. http://lemanshots.wordpress.com/ – Lemanshots
  6. http://liannemarissa.wordpress.com/
  7. http://missbindas.wordpress.com/
  8. http://thechaoticmindandmore.wordpress.com/
  9. http://normashilpi.wordpress.com/
  10. https://iainkellywriting.com/
  11. http://aguycalledbloke.wordpress.com/


I have done this a few times now, and I don’t have a lot of confidence that I am linking them correctly. I hope I have….

My questions: 

  1. If you could have a tree that produced one thing you really need, what would it be?
  2. Name a favourite artist.
  3. What musical instrument can you play?
  4. What musical instrument do you wish you could play?
  5. If you could bring a famous dead person back to life and ask them questions who would it be?
  6. What would be the first question you’d ask them?
  7. What colour would your spirit aura be?
  8. Would you rather fly like an eagle or swim like a dolphin?
  9. Which author would you want to invite to dinner?
  10. What is your favourite quick meal to eat, when you can’t be bothered to buy anything?
  11. Would you rather write a poem that made people laugh or a story that made people cry?


OK So there you go. Thank you again my friend, Jamie at Some Epiphanies. I hope the links work and I look forward to reading your responses. Of course some of you might be sick of the whole thing and not want to take part. Please still answer a couple of the question in the comments anyway.

Thank you.


Sunshine Blogger Award – Happy Easter



I was nominated for this award by https://normashilpi.wordpress.com/


and I am so grateful. Thank you SO much.



  1. Be polite, and thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 question the blogger posed
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions
  4. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo
  5. List the rules

The Questions

  1. What inspires you the most? 

Two things really, Nature and Dreams. I often have vivid dreams and they can be very inspiration, once i stop sweating….and Nature is just so, well Inspiring.

2) Which power would you like to possess, if you could have one?

The ability to teleport anywhere in the world, and to be able to take someone else with me. We could have a nice little trip to Macchu Picchu and be back for tea.

3) Which is your favourite season and why?

Spring. I don’t like it too hot and I often find that the promise of spring is usually better than the broken promise of Summer, but then I live in the UK and the weather is like that.

I love the flowers of spring, the daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells.

4) Why do you blog?

Initially I started so I could have somewhere to put all the odd stories and poems that fill my head. Then I started enjoying the community, people saying nice, encouraging things and liking stuff. It is quite addictive.

5) Which is your favourite song?

I love so many songs across so many genres that to pick one is difficult.

One song that I always love when it comes on the radio, and I always sing along is:

Bellamy Brothers – Let your love flow

6) How would you describe yourself in three words?

Really? Three words? Well lets try

Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable (about things that don’t really matter) and Spontaneous.

7) Mountains/forests or seas where would you like to spend your time most?

I love all of them. I would say my ideal natural spot would be in gentle rolling countryside, next to a wood, with oaks and birches, and by a river.

8) What is the next best place after home?

The Isle of Wight

9) What is your favourite movie/ serial or book?

Difficult. I love the Wheel of Time series, a set of books written by Robert Jordan, they can be a bit too wordy on description but I love the magical world he created. It would be too complex to turn into a film though. Which is what makes it such an interesting read.

10) What are you most passionate about in life? 

I have so many passions. I am not ambivalent to anything, I tend to feel strongly about many things. Justice, Freedom, Democracy, God, Good manners, respect, nature, learning, family, reading, gardening, history….probably I would have to say Life itself.

11) If you could change one thing in your home what would that be?

I would like it to be fully detached and have an even bigger garden so i can get more chickens.


My Nominations :

  1. http://swervestrikesback.wordpress.com/
  2. http://collinesblog.wordpress.com/
  3. http://missbindas.wordpress.com/
  4. http://thecreativeptsdgal.wordpress.com/
  5. http://wednesdayschildca.wordpress.com/
  6. Viola Bleu
  7. http://stoneronarollercoaster.wordpress.com/
  8. https://patriciachubb.com/
  9. http://avoicefromiran.wordpress.com/
  10. https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/
  11. http://philosophersteve.wordpress.com/

My Questions

  1. What is your favourite tree?
  2. If you could choose a spirit animal, that you feel an afinity with, what would it be?
  3. What is your favourite composer or music artist?
  4. Name a city you have never been to but would love to visit.
  5. If you could go back and change an event from history, which one would you choose?
  6. What is your favourite Genre of books to read?
  7. If you could see a film that had the best special effects or one which had the best story and dialogue, which would you see?
  8. If you could attend a famous event in history which would it be?
  9. Do you feel we are on this earth for a reason or are we just going through the motions?
  10. Which villain from fiction do you admire and why?
  11. Do you prefer to watch a film or read a book?

Hopefully I have done this OK. Fingers crossed it works OK.

Thank you to everyone who reads me, and I hope you find this interesting and worth while.

And once again, Happy Easter.