#SoCS Mar. 4, 2023 – Wild Animal

Linda’s SoCS prompt…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wild animal.” Choose a wild animal (or many wild animals) and use it any way you’d like in your post. Enjoy!

This term in school, we are focusing on animals as a topic. Pets, Jungle Animals, Unusual Animals, Mythical Animals, Animal Mums and Babies, Winged Creatures.

The kids absolutely love it. Most have never been to a country where they can see these animals in the wild.

The wildest of wild animals that they see would be the foxes and squirrels in the gardens and parks.

Some may have been to a zoo, but although it is great fun for the kids, zoos aren’t my kind of place.

I hate the way these majestic creatures are in enclosures that are often too small for them, and despite attempts to recreate their natural habitat, they seem sad…

Here in Kent, we have the Aspinall Foundation, where there are two huge safari parks, Howlett’s and Port Lympne, where the animals who live there have many acres to roam. They are usually there to help them before being taken back to their unnatural habitats and reintroduced to living as true wild animals.

I’ve been to the smaller of the two a couple of times, and have seen elephants, rhinos, tigers and beautiful gorillas alongside other smaller species that may be endangered.

Though I feel honoured to have seen them up close, I still feel that sadness in them.

It’s a far cry from sitting in the car in Kenya, on the way from one town to another, driving through the Rift Valley, and seeing the herds of wildebeast and gazelle roaming free or sitting in the turrets. of the Gurduwarea Makindu, and watching a family of giraffes wandering around or staying in the Lake Baringo camp, surrounded by waters where crocodiles and hippos live. (Let me tell you, hippos are rather noisy at night!) Or visiting Lake Victoria and Lake Bogoria and marvelling at the pink shorelines, which are flocks of flamingoes in reality.

It’s been over 20 years since I was able to see these sights with my own eyes… Maybe one day I can take my own little family, and share these marvels with them, too.

#SoCS – April 9, 2022 – How

Linda’s SoCS prompt

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “how.” Use the word “how” in your post. Bonus points if you start your post with it. Enjoy!

How is it that even though I have had a week off and spent the majority of that time in bed, reading or dozing, I am STILL TIRED?

I tell you, Post Covid fatigue is a THING!

I feel like I’m having to explain myself to the rest of the household when I say that I need an afternoon nap, not because I am being a lazy lump. but because I cannot function without it!

Seriously, how do you explain the tiredness to someone who hasn’t experienced it? (And, I mean, I am thankful that none of them succumbed to Covid, but still, a little sympathy, PLEASE!)

#SoCS Sept. 11, 2021 – Where – 9/11

Today’s SoCS prompt from Linda:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “where.” Use it any way you’d like!

It’s inevitable, today, isn’t it, to think back to that day, twenty years ago?

A day that is burned into the memory of all those who were around at that time.

I just sepnt time telling my thirteen year old daughter about it all.

Where was I?

I remember being unwell, and had called in sick at the bank I was working in, at the time.

Laying in bed feeling sorry for myself, I was dozing, when Pops rushed into my room. “Quick! Switch on your TV to the news!”

As the screen turned on, all I saw were repeated video clips of an airplane flying into a building. Reading the scrolling headlines at the bottom, I came to know that something had happened in New York. One of the Twin Towers had been hit.

Was it an accident? Or…?

As the speculation spread, we were watching, live, as the second plane struck.

Horrified, we didn’t konw what to think.

Then I remembered that one of my friends had been visiting New York, and was planning on going up to the roof of the Towers. In fact she had been the day bofore and mere hours before the attack, had posted photos of herself and her friends, up there.

Was she okay? Was everyone okay?

The news continued to get worse, with the Pentagon attack, and a fourth plane crashed, after brave passengers fought the hijackers. That one was believed to have been headed for the White House.

Panic spread across the world, not just the US.

The began to mention Canary Wharf in the UK, in London. That’s where Hubby Dearest worked at that time. We were counting down the two months until our wedding, at that time.

I was frantically calling him, to make sure he was okay.

There were reports of suicide bombers in the area, but they were unfounded.

Thankfully, he was safe.

Unlike so many others in the US. Almost three thousand lives lost.

Terrorism is a horrible thing. It achieves nothing for the masses, just breeds fear and hatred, instead.

I wish we could say that the world learned from this awful incident, but sadly, it hasn’t.

We are still surrounded by situations, across the world, where terrorists reign, in some areas. People are living in fear of their lives.

Sitting here, remembering everything, my stomach still churns at the memories…

That’s where I was, twenty years ago…

#SoCS Aug. 14, 2021 – Luck

Linda’s #SoCS prompt, this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “luck.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

I might be tired, unable to lose weight consistently, stressing over unbought furniture, worrying about the academic year ahead, concerned about what the future holds for my kids, fed up of the mess Hubby Dearest leaves the bathroom in…


Then I realise that I am lucky.

I’m tired but I am busy, with things to do, and people to see, because I have people around me who want to be with me.

I’m unable to lose weight, but that means I have food on the table.

I’m stressing over furniture, but that means I have a roof over my head.

I’m worrying about next year at school, but I have a job.

I worry about the kids futures, but,hey, at least I have my children to worry about.

I get fed up of the mess, but at least I have a loving Hubby whose mess production I wouldn’t live without because I love him, too.

We may not have everything we want, but we should count ourselves as lucky, becayse we have enough.

#SoCS July 31, 2021 – Last Click

Hello Peeps! It’s been a long while, but I thought i’d get back on the SoCS horse, so to speak, since I am on summer break!

Linda’s prompt this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “the last photo you took.” Take the last photo you snapped. What’s the first word that comes to mind when you look at it? That word is your prompt. Enjoy!

This is the last picture I took, on my phone, and the word that came to mind was ‘Finally!

Above, you see a large grin on my face, as I stand outside our new house with my parents, Pops and Mum, as they finally got to come over to see the house, and finally, I got to see them after nearly a year, due to the pandemic,lockdown, and restrictions!

I’m sure you can imagine the tight hugs, taht have been exchanged many times, the tears of joy at finally being together, and the sheer amount of lovely food that has been consumed, as Mum goes into feed my family overdrive

Gosh, I missed that 🙂

Right, I’m off, again, to go and sit with them, and chat, since they go back tomorrow. What a blissful few days.

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