100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#148

I’m in Weymouth at the moment visiting a school on Portland which is separated from the mainland by The Causeway. It is a beautiful part of Dorset.

The autumn weather continues to be wonderful so your prompt this week is:

… as the waves gently lapped I ….

The link will close on 21st September.

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  1. Seaside
  2. Beach Life
  3. ..as the waves gently lapped..
  4. Water Baby
  5. Pursuit of happiness

Mid-week smile!

Another cracker from our friend Julian!

A few minutes before the church services started, the congregation was sitting in their pews and talking. Suddenly, Satan appeared at the front of the church.  Everyone started screaming and running for the front entrance, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away from evil incarnate. 

Soon the church was empty except for one elderly cowboy who sat calmly in his pew without moving,seemingly oblivious to the fact that God’s ultimate enemy was in his presence. So Satan walked up to the man and said, ‘Do you know who I am?’ 

The oldcowboy replied, ‘Yep, sure do.’

‘Aren’t you afraid of me?’ Satan asked.

‘Nope, sure ain’t.’ said the cowboy.

‘Don’t you realize I can kill you with one word?’ asked Satan.

‘Don’t doubt it for a minute,’ returned the old man, in an even tone.

‘Did you know that I can cause you profound, horrifying AGONY for all eternity?’

persisted Satan.

‘Yep,’ was the calm reply.

‘And you are still not afraid?’ asked Satan.

‘Nope,’ said the old cowboy.
More than a little perturbed, Satan asked, ‘Why aren’t you afraid of me?’
The old cowboy calmly replied,

‘Been married to your sister for 48 years.’

Sculpture at Villandry

This post is in praise of my dear virtual friend Gilly over at Lucid Gypsy. She often posts visits to gardens, towns and museums sharing what she has seen.

You will remember that we went to France this summer and if you are a regular visitor you will know that I love Villandry in the Loire valley. It is the place where they create wonderful gardens from vegetables and tell amazing stories of Elizabethan times with flowers.

This year we found something different – sculpture!

The bronze pieces were all designed by Marine d’Harcourt who graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1988. She is the only artist to ever have the honour of showing her work in the gardens.

They were positioned in the fairly new Sun Garden. As you would expect it is designed with the rays of the sun in mind and her sculptures have been placed at the end of each arm.

The exhibition has the title of ‘Made of love and bronze’. None of the pieces has a title or an explanation. Marine explains that words are not needed when we look at her work which is of ‘human bodies in harmony and unison’

Although each piece was at the end of a path, hubby has taken some across the flowers to show some of their beauty too. This is the one garden at Villandry that has a wild, almost unkempt feel to it.

On her website, which shows more of her work, she explains:

Tenderness in the conflagration,
the reflection in ecstasy,
the embrace with enthusiasm,
my sculptures speak of man,
of what drives or prevents,
what connects or beyond.
join hands, reach toward the sky,
open to the mystery, the secret of life.
Fully present to themselves,
in the fervor of the embrace or prayer,
the body is loosened, take place, s ‘fly away,
leaving exult wonder, praise,
unspeakable joy …
Being and knowing in a mixture of joy and gratitude …

Certainly when you view them, you do feel so much passion and emotion. Villandry Artistic Season I wonder what one of my most favourite places in the world will offer me next time I visit?



100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#147


Well autumn is supposed to be around once September arrives. Here in the UK I get the feeling that the seasons have not quite made their minds up. Summer seems to be keen to hang around for little while longer – thankfully.

The prompt this week is :

… the hips and haws signal …

The link will close on 14th September


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  1. Autumn bounty
  2. Hips, haws & harrumphs
  3. Granny’s

100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#146


It has been a strange week. My son’s father died suddenly and although he was poorly, it was a shock.

So, how do I feel? What should I feel when the father of my child leaves us in his mid 60’s? We had always been friendly and met at the regular round of birthdays, high days and holidays.

As a mother, I’m struggling. My son does not live near so trying to support him as he sorts out his aged grand parents, plans a funeral and deals with his father being intestate is hard. He will be fine. He’s my son.

Your prompt this week is:

…with your going comes the past…

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  1. Fionnuala Flees
  2. Flashback
  3. Always
  4. Wolf
  5. Memories
  6. Waiting