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After the Festival - Photo by DLovering

After the Festival – Photo by DLovering

It was early morning in the town of Mijas, Spain. The remains of the festival held the night before hung swaying in the gentle breeze that the rising sun kicked up.

The Festival del Corazón went off without a hitch. There had been dancing in the streets. Everyone dressed in a variety costumes. There were games for the young, and red wine for the adults. The main event was the piñata!

Swinging from the center of the square hung this year’s piñata. As the body was broken open, it became a feeding frenzy for the vampires in the square!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers! And to DLovering for the inspiring photo!

Have an amazing Thursday! Thank you for stopping by!

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The Cemetery - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Cemetery – Photo by Alastair Forbes

While vacationing in Auvergne, they came across a cemetery in the middle of town. They walked amongst the headstones and found one that was intriguing: The headstone of Marie Blackwood.

The story goes that Marie, a young innocent, at the age of 14, was destined for an arranged marriage with the Duke of Auvergne, a man 30 years her senior. On the day of her wedding, her sisters and mother helped Marie into her wedding dress made of lace and organza, with a high lace collar and lace sleeves. Her long auburn locks cascaded in curls down her back. Her veil: A wreath of silk chiffon, and carefully crafted rosebuds.

At the wedding , the guests admired her beauty as she made her way down the aisle towards the Duke. Despite the age difference they were a handsome couple. It was when they were in front of the minister, that one of the Dukes arch enemies ran to the alter and swiftly killed them both!

Today in Waverly Square, 216 years later, they stood in front of the headstone of Marie Blackwood. Looking closely, one can see her image as if etched in stone, of Marie in her wedding dress.
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If you click on the photo, then click on it again to enlarge it, you will see Marie on the headstone to the left!

Thank you Alastair for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

I hope that you enjoyed my story today! Have a spectacular Sunday and thank you for dropping in!

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Stage lights - Photo by Kent Bonham

Stage lights – Photo by Kent Bonham

It was dark inside the empty Bijou theatre. Bertie and Smitty were investigating the theatre for paranormal activity. One of the hot spots in the theatre was the stage.

Bertie sat in a seat where the audience would sit, and Smitty sat in a chair on the stage. They began asking the spirits questions. They were having no luck in contacting any one of the spirits that were believed to haunt the theatre.

As Smitty folded up the chair he heard a creaking from above. He asked again, “Is anyone with us?”

With that stage light number 18 came on!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Kent Bonham for the amazing photo that inspired this story!

Yea! Friday is here! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!

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The Contest - Photo by A Mixed Bag

The Contest – Photo by A Mixed Bag

The town of Castledown held a contest every year in the summer. It was the perfect time of year to draw not only the inhabitants of the town, but tourists too, down to the beach. This year they decided to really challenge folks with their contest.

Along the boardwalk tents had been set up. Food vendors and artisans flowed in during the early morning hours to get set up for the day. Aromas of cooking food started to waft through the air and visitors began to drift in. At the booth for those who entered the sand castle building contest stood Griffon. He was in charge of this year’s contest.

“We are changing it up this year,” he announced. “As the beach has diminished over the years, rather than carting in sand, we went for the rocks that you see piled along the beach. In this challenge, you are to create your works of art with the rocks rather than sand. You have the next 6 hours to complete your projects! Now, won’t this be fun?”

At the end of the day, Griffon was nowhere to be found. The contestants had buried him under a pile of rock.
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Thank you Alastair Forbes for hosting the Sunday Photo Fiction challenge!

Have an amazing Sunday and thank you for dropping by today! :)

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Sipsy - Photo by John Nixon

Sipsy – Photo by John Nixon

It was an unusual forest to say the least. The trees had the strangest twists and curves! There is a story about how the forest got this way that few know.

There was a gal named Sipsy. She was an ordinary person as most are. Wandering through the forest one day she came upon a witch named Wanda. Being spiteful Wanda cast a spell on Sipsy trapping her in the forest.

Sipsy bent and twisted the trees to show others that she was there. If one is lucky, they might catch her in a photo, which John Nixon did today!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields of Friday Fictioneers, and to John Nixon for the amazing photo!

Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend! Thanks for dropping by!

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One of my favorite fruits of summer is the nectarine. I love the gentle flavors and the smooth skin of this fruit. Because I love this fruit so much I planted two trees in my fruit orchard. The flowers in the spring are an amazing deep pink, and in the fall the leaves turn lovely shades of reds and orange. So venturing out the other day into the orchard, with one of the nectarines in full bloom, I decided to take some photos to share with you of its lovely blossoms! And, I discovered a surprise within a blossom!

A lovely nectarine blossom

A lovely nectarine blossom

As I rounded another side of the tree I spied something within one of the blossoms!

An unusual find

An unusual find

Amazing – huh?

Check out those legs!

Check out those legs!

And what a face!

What a face!

What a face!

Here she is checking me out from behind the petals!

Peeking out behind the petals

Peeking out behind the petals

Pretty flowers and one heck of a pretty bee too!

Thank you for dropping by today! Have a great Thursday! :)

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On my wanderings, I find some really amazing stuff which I like to feature for you. Today is no different! Here is the challenge for you, dear reader. Can you figure out what this is? The last photo gives you the answer! Let’s go take a look, shall we?

Amazing colors and textures

Amazing colors and textures

Varying shades of color

Varying shades of color

Horizontal with a splash of vertical

Horizontal with a splash of vertical

Do you know what this is? Well the caption on this next photo tells you!

Cherry tree bark!

Cherry tree bark!

Isn’t that amazing looking bark? A true work of art that nature gives to us! Thanks B for letting me wander around your yard!

Here it is, Wednesday! We are half way through the week! Have a wonderful day and thank you for taking the time to stop by!

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The title of this post says it all! Those glorious flowers of a legend are back! The legend, which I debunked last year, is that when it snows on the dogwoods that will be the final snow for the season and time to plant your gardens. Actually, it is when the petals fall from the dogwoods that it is time to plant your gardens! The dogwood featured in this post are also from Barb’s garden. My dogwood is not opening yet, and these blossoms were so lovely that they just needed to be featured!

Let’s start with buds opening…

Blossoms beginning to open

Blossoms beginning to open

Aren’t they lovely?

Here are a few other shots that I took of this lovely tree’s blossoms…

A dogwood blossom

A dogwood blossom

Can you see the spider web?

Curly petals

Curly petals

These flowers certainly are photogenic!

Facing the sun

Facing the sun

They are beautiful, aren’t they?

Well, have a great Tuesday, and as usual, thank you for dropping in!

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In the Fog - Photo by Alastair Forbes

In the Fog – Photo by Alastair Forbes

April 10th 1912. The passengers on the gangway boarded the newly constructed and state of the art cruise ship. The line moved slowly. Mary Mack was excited about this trip just as everyone else was!

Once settled in her cabin, Mary investigated the ship. She admired the 17th century William and Mary styled stair case with its gold trim. She discovered a Turkish bath on the ship, a reading and writing room, smoking rooms, a formal dining room and what they called the a la carte restaurant. Overall the ship was impressive!

People filled the decks looking over the pier to wave at their loved ones. Shouts of “Bon Voyage” could be heard from many. The ships horns blew as it departed the pier. Excitement filled Mary and the rest of the passengers and its crew.

Little did any of them know that they were headed towards their doom. For the R.M.S. Titanic, on her maiden voyage, struck an iceberg splitting the hull in two.

Standing on the shore looking at the pier from where the ship had once departed, a fog rolled in. The ghost of one of the lost, Mary Mack, looked on remembering that fateful day.
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Another great photo Al!

Enjoy your Sunday! And thank you for taking the time to drop by! I hope that you enjoyed my flash!

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The experiment - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The experiment – Photo by Alastair Forbes

The laboratory was humming with sound. The professor flipped on the light switch and looked around the room. He went over to his desk picked up his notes. The formula he had come up with was so simple it could not possibly work. But he had to try. Scratching his head he thought to himself that there was only one way to find out. Pushing his chair away from his desk he got up and went over to the central laboratory table.

He gathered what he needed and set to work. He put it all together with the exception of the catalyst that would cause the reaction he was hoping for. He walked over to the cabinet and hunted around for the tiny vial that held the secret ingredient. Finding it he picked it up and held it up to the light. It looked good.

Going back over to the table, he grabbed an eye dropper. Carefully he opened the vial and removed a single drop of the compound. He dropped the liquid into the cup. The color changed from blue to clear and started to lift from the cup. The experiment worked. This was his latest version of flubber!
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A huge thanks goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Great photo Al!

I hope that you enjoyed this little bit of flash! Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for taking the time to stop by for a quick read!

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