A Multiple Word Prompt poem – The Art of Writing.


To create a good story is a fine art,

You must balance the drama or it just falls apart,

You need a location, on a mountain, by a tree,

Somewhere exciting where readers want to be.

It must have a good character, an imp or an elf,

And if you are lucky it just writes itself.

(Though more often than not it’s like walking on glass,

Writing a story can be a right pain in the ….. neck*). 😉


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 29/January/2019


Today’s prompts are: story, elf, art



FOWC with Fandango — Tree


RAKA Award Nomination


I have been nominated for the RAKA. That is the Random Acts of Kindness Award.

I was nominated by the awards creator, Mws R, please check out the post here:


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. 

Here are the Rules:

  1. Copy picture for the award,
  2. Make an acknowledgement to the person who nominated you.
  3. Write a paragraph or bigger to explain an act of random kindness, you have witnessed, done, or received.
  4. Tag and nominate others
  5. Make sure to tell those who have nominated, that you did.
  6. You can post pictures of random acts of kindness even if you do not want to write anything,
    Thanks for participating and making this world a better and thankful place.
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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I do virtually everything randomly, I don’t plan or plot anything I create out in advance. I live my life in much the same random way. So all my acts of kindness are random.

I live on a tree-lined avenue, in a neighbourhood where people nod and smile to each other, but we do not get to know one another. However, the other day I noticed a lady I had seen on the bus walking towards town. I was driving to the train station and the bus hadn’t turned up that morning which is why I was driving, and I guessed that was why the lady was walking. I pulled over and offered her a lift, which she accepted. Now I have given her a lift a few times and once I was walking into town and her husband pulled over and gave me a lift. It’s nice when you do a good turn for someone and it ends up coming back to you. That’s the balance of Karma I suppose.

rock balancing
Photo by Pille Kirsi on Pexels.com
buildings city clock downtown
Photo by Dom J on Pexels.com

Another time I was waiting at the train station and the train I normally catch was delayed. There were a few people standing around a looking stressed. On the platform I wait at, they run trains to two destinations and I saw that the notice board showed that the next one wasn’t mine. There was a man in a suit standing next to me talking on his phone having an animated conversation and avoiding eye contact with me. Just then, they made an announcement that the next train would pull in on the opposite platform. The notice board did not update. I thought that this man may want that train and I tried to get his attention by looking, smiling, waving, all the time inviting them to look over,  but all the time he kept talking and ignoring me. It turned out he did want that train, and he missed it. He stormed off still talking on the phone. I tried to do him a good turn, but he wasn’t having any of it. This is a true story, but it is also a good analogy, sometimes we go through life unaware that all around us are people trying to help. Try to remember that when you are caught up in your worries. Most of us care and most of us want to help.


My Nominations:

A Guy Called Bloke

Congratulations …

The Britchy One

Getting To Know You..

Becky of Becky’s Mental Mess

😘 January 29, 2019: Quote of The Day & My Thoughts

Dee Kelly of Thriving not Surviving

Let Your Dreams Be Bigger Than Your Fears


Stuart L Tutt of Something to Stu Over.



No obligation to accept the award or take part if you don’t want to, I’m just wishing you all the best.

And A big thank you to Msw R for thinking of me. Please go and check out her blog and say Hi from me.





FOWC with Fandango — Tree






The World’s Future – A poem for Kira’s Sunday Scribbles



As I followed a trail

Through wind and the hail,

In a glade she stood,

The Queen of the Wood.

Above her head she held aloft

in gentle hands, so small, so soft.

The glorious seed,

In her strong voice she decreed,

“Behold the future is here!”

but before I drew near,

The whole scene changed,

The wood rearranged

I fell to the ground

And a sapling I found,

Growing strong and straight.

Then I knew my fate

Was to tend this tree,

For it’s destiny

Was combined

With the worlds future

And Mine.

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 28/11/2018

Twittering Tales #103 – The Blood Price – a tale in less than 280 characters.

Photo by PDPhotos @ Pixabay.com

The tree was a monument to a lost generation.

Each shoe represented a child who’d been shot dead at school.

The killings had to end but the tree would remain until Congress passed laws restricting access to guns.

It would likely remain a while until the blood price was paid.

[275 Characters]


This was written for Kat Myrman’s weekly challenge see link below:

Twittering Tales #103 – 25 September 2018


The Legend of the Money Tree

FOWC with Fandango — Legend


It was a local legend that as long as the tree lived and thrived so would the people of the village. It was a strange tree, no one could find out what type of tree it was. It kept its green leaves through Winter, no matter how harsh the wind and snows. It produced thousands of tiny white flowers throughout May and June producing a constant delicate rain of blossom. Marriages would take place under that fine tree and Brides always put a sprig of it’s blossom into their bouquet. It was tradition, so it had to be done. In August the tree was covered in red fruit, similar to cherries but sweeter than sugar plums. Many people in the village would take a punnet of the fruit home with them and make jam out of them. In the Summer people would visit the Village and have picnics under the trees green canopy. They would buy things from the shops, including the precious Jam. People had planted the small pips from the fruit in the hope of producing more of these special trees, but none of them ever sprouted. Some people tried to take cuttings from the tree, but they just wouldn’t take root. There was only ever one tree. One day it was decided that they needed to build more houses in the Village and the only space available was the old village green, where the Tree stood. The villagers urged the council not to go ahead and sell the land. Unfortunately, the Mayor had already taken his bribe and signed over the land to the big development corporation.

The Legend was true, when that tree died so did the hopes and dreams of the whole village.

The End

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 15/July/2018

Picture of the Day – Me and a Tree on the Island of Mersea

As you may already know, I love trees.

This is a picture of a particularly lovely tree that is growing on the edge of the beach on the Isle of Mersea in Essex, England.

This was taken in early May and it was a particularly glorious sunny and hot day. The tide was pretty much all the way out, so swimming wasn’t an option, it was more or less just mud. Also the sea would probably have been too cold anyway, it doesn’t tend to warm up until end of July.

Mersea Island is a really lovely place and is separated from the mainland by a salt water creek. The road, known as the Strood, allows you to drive over to the island without any trouble, except around high tide when it is underwater for about an hour (this happens twice in every 24 hours).

The Island has one town, West Mersea, which has a nice beach and lots of beach huts and fish and chip shops. The east side of the island is mainly just farms and caravan parks. It is quieter on the East side. The whole island takes about 30 minutes to drive around, but sometimes it can take longer than that just to find an empty car parking space!

I hope you liked this picture.


Picture of the Day – A Red Horse Chestnut Tree

People that know me, or have been following my blog a while will be aware that I love trees.

I am very lucky that just around the corner from where I live there is a fantastic tree.

Every spring it is covered in Red flowers that are pretty breathtaking.

This is a picture of it.

I am sure you agree, this Tree is such a beautiful asset to have in the neighbourhood.

I hope you like this Picture. 🙂