#SoCS October 20/18 – Can

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is β€œcan.” Use it any way you like. Bonus points if you start and/or finish your post with it. Enjoy!

Can you believe it is nearly the end of October?

This year has whizzed by so fast, I can’t quite keep up!

I’ve experienced my second child hitting double digits, my firstborn becoming a teen, seeing my Pops fall very ill but recover amazingly, our family growing with my second Finndian nephew – so many amazing events!

I’ve had some wonderful get-togethers with friends an family, including the Annual Blogger’s Bash.

Big one – I FINISHED my first draft!!!!!

And I still have Diwali and our anniversary to look forward to, then Christmas too!

Yes. I mentioned that word.


More or less two months to go before the festive season is upon us.

I love Christmas. Maybe it’s because, being a teacher, the build-up to it is always electric, with nativity plays, and glitter-encrusted classrooms, as decorations and handmade cards are created.

So, how’s your year been? Let me know, and tell me something you still have to look forward to, if you can!

Catch ya later Peeps! Happy Saturday!


Lorna’s Gin-spiring Prompt #7 – Prep #Ginspired

The lovely Lorna over at Gin & Lemonade With A Twist Blog has started a new writing prompt.

She hasn’t named her challenge, so I have –Β Lorna’s Gin-spiring Prompt!


This week, we have theΒ word: Prep

When I was at school, I used to have a prep book.

What was prep?

Well, in my school, which was an independent institution (Private), homework was referred to as prep.

I wondered why it was called prep, rather than homework, so did a little research.

Obviously, the class connotations are there. The boarding and private schools tend to use the term prep, whereas your regular state schools say homework.

See, posh I am! πŸ˜‰

Then there was a whole debate on what the terms meant.

Nowadays they do essentially mean the same thing, but if you dig back, Prep – short for Preparation work, would be getting ready for the next stage of learning – because as a boarder, you wouldn’t be going home to work, as you stayed at school!

Homework is work that has been sent home to consolidate the learning that has already taken place.

Makes sense, really, doesn’t it!

I actually hadn’t thought of the term ‘prep’ for years, but the last book I read, ‘The Art Of Hiding’, by Amanda Prowse, was about a woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband dies and leaves her and their sons reeling, not only by his demise but with the news that they are actually bankrupt. Her sons are forced to go from an extremely expensive private school to a local comprehensive school.

The eldest son is really upset, as he asked about what prep they would have for that night and he had the mickey taken out of him by the rest of his classmates.

At school now, we definitely don’t assign prep, but homework.

Strange how words that mean the same can have such different connotations…



#WritePhoto – Glimmer

Sue’s #WritePhoto Prompt this week:

It is there.
It may seem far away.
But if you believe, you can see it.
A glimmer of hope, like an oasis in a desert.
Shining through in the darkness of the world we live in.
Peace will reign one day, in the future. We just can’t lose our faith.

Ritu 2018




One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Feeling Old

“Children nowadays know nothing really = in my day we wereΒ  so different…!” – Lil Princess (aged 10!)

Talk about knowing how to make mummy feel old!

In my day?

We were talking about a lack of understanding and motor control in my nursery class in general, and when she piped up with that beauty from the back of the car, I was (almost) speechless!

Her ‘class’ were just generally much smarter, apparently, and they could “count up to 15. ya know!”

It made for an interesting conversation…

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge.


Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge #106 – Ghost & Hollow #MicroPoetry #Etheree

Colleen’s tanka challenge, as always includes the premise that only synonyms for the prompt words must be used…

This week, the words were;

Ghost & Hollow

Etheree #3 for me, dedicated to #MeToo

Portrait, Grim, Girl, Blue, Dark, Album

Needing help
Haunting spirits
Age old memories
Looking over shoulders
Strangers always enemies
Unable to ever let go
No touch can heal the scars left behind
All relationships tainted, forever

Ritu 2018

I thank God I have not been in the situation that many women are opening up about, but here is my tribute to those ladies that have been affected by abuse of some kind or another, and then felt they could never open up about it.


Welcome to Tanka Tuesday

Have a great day!

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