for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 29 May 2021, weathered.

Incedentally, if anybody uses Flickr, there is a wonderful group on there called the Wonders of Oxidation, showing ironwork in various states of corrosion. The quality is variable but there are some excellent images on there.

Hanging up my Cleats

This is my response to the earlier Flashback Track Friday prompt, where today we are thrown Andante, Andante by Abba and asked to answer:

As which musical term would you describe yourself?

Actually this is pretty easy for me, although I did veer.



inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of of 28 May 2021, spartan.

A brave-hearted Scotsman unwise,
For a rest, sat in glen, felt surprised,
Wearing underwear spartan,
Beneath kilted tartan,
When a thistle brought tears to his eyes.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

Reblog: Flashback Track Friday #18 – Andante

We just posted our latest Friday prompt question on our new blog, Songshine Sounds. A very mellow ABBA track, followed by a question which might just have me scratching my head a little.

Songshine Sounds

Welcome once again to Flashback Track Friday. Each week, either KK or Mister Bump will present a song to you, and out of that song, will prompt you with a question.

There was a time when the cool kids did not like ABBA. I know because, aged twelve, I joined the ABBA Fan Club. I wasn’t in it for long – they split just after. I’m not even sure what I did, and my subsequent enquiry went unanswered.

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No Cigar

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of of 27 May 2021, search.

At my nearby art gallery,
For exhibits they issued a plea,
They searched high and low,
For an artist to show,
And then, lo and behold, they chose the guy down the road.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

Biblical Proportions

I always had a clear demarcation between “work” and “play”, and, for me, blogging was very much “play”. It had to be 100% fun, I’m certainly not out to be judged a better writer than anyone else.

So I’ve always shied away from competitions and the like, because that adds a level of seriousness which makes me uncomfortable.

Until last night. Someone tipped me the wink to this prompt. The advocate said it was purely for fun, although I don’t know enough to agree or disagree with that. The organisers say they will choose an entry to republish someplace, which sounded eerily competitionny to me.

Anyway I had an immediate idea so I thought “what the hell?”. The challenge was to come up with a 100-word flash themed on the following image:

“Have you nothing better to do?” chided Mrs God, noting Mr God absent-mindedly toying with a ball of plasticine. Anxious to regain some peace, Mr God rose, and strode to his dusty workshop, where he remained for the next six days.

On the seventh, Mr God reappeared. “What have you been doing?”, demanded his wife. “Making a small model. Here”, he showed his wife. “I’m going to call it a ‘world’ and look, I even made some inhabitants – I thought I might play dice with them. I’ll call them ‘humans’.”

“But boy”, he added wearily, “now I need some rest”.

It was a May prompt so I had to write it down pretty quickly, but if anybody out there fancies having a go, they are at

My Number One

This is a short clip of Reuben, again. Despite the mic on my phone being very good at cancelling distant noises, you can nevetheless hear his very loud purr if you listen closely.

The Leak

inspired by… you can guess.

When my bathroom tap, needed to quench,
I attempted a fix with my wrench
It continued to seep,
Now the water’s knee-deep.
And my bath towel is sitting there, drenched.