April 19 – Flash Fiction  – Forest Bathing

Charli’s prompt this week:

April 19, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about forest bathing. You can use the Japanese term, Shinrin Yoku, or you can make up your own ideas about the phrase. Go where the prompt leads.

Peace of Mind
The twigs crackled underfoot.
Leaves rustled in the gentle breeze that blew through the forest.
This was true peace.
Karen had heard about forest bathing, and she was determined to experience a piece of this natural healing.
Strolling along, she could hear the feint trickle of water.
Getting closer to the sound, it appeared to be accompanied by splashes and voices.
As she rounded the corner, Karen came face to face with a group of drunk men, submerged in a pool of water, having a jolly of their own.
Not quite the forest bathing she had been expecting!



#WritePhoto – Waiting

Sue’s #WritePhoto Prompt this week:

It’s that time again
Can you feel the pain?
Don’t know what you gain
Crying like the rain
Still wrapped in your chains
Yet I can’t refrain
It all starts to drain
Thoughts inside my brain
And you’ve left a stain
But I’m still

This was actually a poem I wrote a couple of years back… I hope you enjoyed it.



Sorry Mother Nature, You Can’t Win! #ThrowbackThursday

A repost of an appropriate older post of mine!

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In the autumn, when there are light breezes, a bit of rain, and the falling leaves, I love this place. I gratefully pack away my Hayfever medicines! The evenings are comfortingly dark, at a respectable time. I can still wake in the morning, knowing it is time to hop out of bed, as the fingers of daylight sneak through my curtains.

But damn the leaves all over the ground! They looked so pretty turning golds, burnt oranges and reds, then they hit the floor.  After one or two sweepings, they are no longer pretty, but a God-awful nuisance, starting to decay, causing slippery paths. Heck they’re the reason I now suffer from sciatica!

It hits November, winter calls, and the excitement of Christmas starts to flow… Yes in November! In shops it starts at the end of September. But I think the excitement of Christmas is allowed to start around November! We enjoy a cold Bonfire Night on the 5th November, wrapped up warm, watching the fireworks, snuggled up to our loved ones. The clocks go back, another hour on bed! Wonderful!  Here is where I start to wish for snow. Let’s really get this winter going! Come on Mother Nature! Bring it on!!!

Then the chills start, the crisp white frosts… Oh they look so pretty… Until you have to spend 20 minutes de-icing your car windscreen, and if you have my car, from the inside as well as the outside, before you can actually go anywhere! Oh and the dark, dark mornings! And the dark early evenings, I swear we don’t see daylight because we are busy at work those hours! And  still NO SNOW!

Wait a minute! The gritting salt is in stock, it’s coming! Yay!  Need to get the the shops to bulk bug supplies! If we’re lucky it’ll be a couple of feet, so we can enjoy a few snow days. But after two days stuck inside we’ll all have cabin fever and be wishing it away! More likely, there will be a smattering of flakes, a centimetre at the most, and it will still cause the whole country to suddenly go into stand still mode! And life will still go on, the bulk supplies slowly going out of date… Fed up of the cold, wearing 3 jumpers, thermals, hat scarf and gloves along with my huge coat… Please Mother Nature, I think the animals are ready to come out of hibernation!

It’s lovely! I can see blossom on the trees! The frosts of the mornings are lessening, I can put away my gloves! I know we lost an hour with the clocks springing forward, but hey! It’s spring! The mornings start like they’re meant to, the evenings start to lengthen. Flowers in bloom, green shoots everywhere, Easter comes, along with lots of chocolate! But we still see those April showers… The temperature is getting better, still a little chill, but not so bad… I can cope…

…or can I? With the change, and the beautiful plants and flowers comes my nightmare…Pollen! Because pollen means Hayfever! Aaaaachooooo! Come on Mother Nature, hurry us into summer where the sneezing might lessen, and the sun will be out!

I can feel it, the temperature is rising, sunglasses out, legs on show! I even happily diet so I can look better in my summer clothes! Everyone seems happier when it’s sunny! And the summer holidays mean 6 weeks to relax…

But no, the Hayfever hasn’t gone, I can’t get early nights as it gets dark so late my body refuses to believe it’s sleep time! And as for the mornings… Well, what on earth is a lie in, in the summer? If you were to open your eyes at 4am, and see the light, why does your mind say “Good Morning!” When you still need at least 2 more hours of sleep?! And the heat… it’s too hot, I can’t cope! It’s torture to cook, to iron, to do anything! Please Mother Nature, turn it down a tad, let’s ease into Autumn now… Pleeeeaaase?!

And so then, the cycle continues…

Are we ever happy?

I’m sat here in April, in the UK, as we appear to be having a mini heatwave, hot, after ironing in the higher temperatures, not wanting to have cloth touch my skin, as it makes me uncomfortable, but not practical. I love the heat, when we’re away, on holiday, but I can’t cope with it getting too warm at home, yet a few short weeks ago it would have been me lamenting the cold, relishing the thought of summer!

Late summer, September, my birth month, that’s my ideal time of the year, as the temperatures are pleasant, the pollen has all but disappeared, the evenings are still pleasingly long…

What is your favourite season?

One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Contentment

“I moaned because I had no shoes… until I met a man who had no feet” – Anon

Be content with what you have, you don’t realise just how blessed you already are.

It’s not wrong to aim to better yourself or to dream of bigger things, but it is wrong to forget where you already are.

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge.


Colleen’s back with her synonym poetry challenge!

The words to (not) use are:

Gather & Soft

A Tanka


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Pulling your closer
Gently reassuring you
I’ll always be there
Soothing words murmured faintly
Hoping you will understand

Ritu 2018

And some free verse…


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Velvety petals
Crushed beneath our hot bodies
Hands clasping
Smooth sheets below
Quickly reaching
Quiet climax
Clutching each other
You complete me

Ritu 2018


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