Kreative Kue 249 -Photo Fiends – A poem.



This poem was written for Keith Channing’s Kreative Kue challenge, click on the link below to see his post:


As they gathered in a crowd so thickly,

One looked up and shouted “Quickly!

It’s those tourists back again, once more,

To take our picture, What a bore.

Let’s stampede before they turn and click,

Those photo fiends just make me sick!”

But, too late, they’d got their photograph,

A load of Wildebeest and not one giraffe.


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 14th February 2020


I have also included the Word of the Day: Quickly

A Gallery of Photo’s from my Trip to Devon.

The Word of the Day is Gallery, here is a gallery of photos from my recent trip to Torquay in Devon.

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This is me in front of Haytor Rocks on Dartmoor.

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Some Wild Dartmoor ponies sheltering from the rain.

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This is Greenway – It was the home of the Queen of Crime Fiction, Agatha Christie.

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This is one of the beautiful views of the River Dart from the grounds of Greenway.

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Brixham Harbour, with the sun just coming out after a morning of rain.

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Dancing with my Rainbow umbrella in the rain.

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This is part of Dartmouth Castle on the River Dart.

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This is a grand house called Carlton Fishacre, a beautiful house set in spectacular gardens, it’s near Brixham in Devon.


The Beach at Goodrington near Paignton, Devon (you can see the very red coloured sand that’s common in this part of Devon). In the distance you can see a cruise ship that was full of American visitors to Torquay, they are now sailing to Ireland.


I hope you enjoyed these pictures from my recent trip to Devon. 🙂

What He Accomplished – A sad tale inspired by Friday Foto Fun photograph.

This story was inspired by this photograph and the challenge by Calmkate of Aroused, see link here:

Friday Foto Fun – Romance

It was also inspired by the following word prompts:

FOWC with Fandango — Enmity

What He Accomplished.

With a photograph in one hand, a letter discarded on the floor by her feet, a memory to be cherished in her mind and her heart completely broken, she slumped in her chair and cried.

The photograph was of the bridge that they had first met in those heady days before the war.

The war that had now taken everything away from her. Almost everything. As she thought of the war, it filled her with a surge of enmity towards this thing called war, far greater than for those poor fools that had tried to invade, impelled by their own leadership and whipped up into a semi-religious fervour.

She’d only skimmed the words of the letter but already they were emblazoned on her mind, never to be forgotten.


I regret to inform you of the death in action of your husband, Captain Mark Thompson. He died ensuring the enemy failed to capture our major seaport and as such, I hope that it gives you some comfort to consider how much he managed to accomplish and that he died a heroes’ death.

Yours Faithfully,

Sir Reginald Compden

Deputy Minister of War.”

The words ‘how much he managed to accomplish’ were particularly bitter.

She glanced out of the window to see a small boy running along the lawn playing with a wooden hoop.

He had his father’s sandy hair and blue eyes.


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 11/January/2019

Bergen and a visit to Trollhaugen – home of the composer Edvard Grieg.

I was very lucky with the weather in Norway. Call me prophetic but I happened to choose the one week in October when temperatures remained in the high teens (in Centigrade or low 60’s in Fahrenheit) and rather than a Blizzard, we had sunshine for the most part, apart from when we went to Flam (previous photos) where it rained all day.

Bergen is known for being the second largest city in Norway after its capital Oslo. It also has milder winter temperatures but rains for 270 days a year! We were lucky because, although it rained in the morning, we had a lovely sunny afternoon.


This part of Bergen is known as Bryggen and is the oldest part of the harbour. The wooden buildings here were rebuilt after the war but recreate the original harbour that dates back to medieval times. The City was one of the key outposts of the Hanseatic League, a trading union similar to the Single Market or the European Union, which operated in Northern Europe in the middle ages.


This is Haakon’s Hall, named after the Norwegian King Haakon. This is a post-war reconstruction of what the original building would have looked like.IMG_2634IMG_2654

This is a statue of the Composer, Edvard Grieg. On the left is the new concert hall which gives small concerts and piano recitals of Grieg’s music. His music from the Peer Gynt suite is particularly famous, including Morning, The Hall of the Mountain King and Anitra’s dance, to name but a few.


This wooden house is called Trollhaugen, (Home of the Trolls) and was named by Grieg’s wife Nina. The house was built in 1885/6 and they lived here only in the summer months. It was built in a very traditional style and had no electricity or running water (despite being available at the time) because Edvard Grieg was ultra conservative. IMG_2666

This is a photograph of the Composer (on the right) entertaining with friends. His wife is in the centre of the picture. Nina was a soprano and most of Edvard’s music for the voice was written for her. They had lots of friends, including the composers Lizst and also Tchaikovsky.


Edvard Grieg demanded absolute silence when he was composing and he found his house was too noisy so he built himself a wooden cabin on the edge of the lake in which he did most of his work.IMG_2708

This stone in the cliff marks the grave of Edvard Grieg who lived from 1843 to 1907. His wife, Nina is also buried here. She lived from 1845 to 1935. The grave is pointing eastwards over the lake because Grieg wanted them to always face the rising sun.


This is a photo taken through the window into Grieg’s private hut where he wrote his music.


I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the photographs of my truly magical journey to Norway. I loved the country and the scenery and am now saving up so I can visit Oslo in a few years time.



First photos – Delft and The Hague

You may be aware if you follow my blog, that I recently took a trip to Norway. Well I didn’t go straight to Norway, the first port of call was Amsterdam and we decided, rather than wander in Amsterdam where I have already spent some time, we’d visit Delft and The Hague instead.

Here are a few photos.

From here the ship did a ricochet off the Hook of Holland and we ended up in Norway. I will share some of the highlights of the trip with you over this week. 🙂



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

If you want to take part in the Word of the Day Tuesday Photo Prompts, Please see the link below:

FOWC with Fandango — Wise


6 Word Story Writing Prompts

Jo, the Creative PTSD Gal has started her own 6 word story word prompts,

and with her permission I thought I’d have a go too.

Jo’s July Prompt List

So, As I missed a few, this is catch up:

1st July: Photograph

Take a photograph but live first. 

2nd July: Passenger

Sit back and enjoy the ride. 

3rd July: Rule

One rule: Live life without boundaries.

4th July: Light

Where there’s dark be the Light.