What A Sight

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Photo: Padre’s Ramblings

When in Scotland, some years ago

To Loch Ness I happened to go

At the Visitor Centre I chanced to see

An amazing example of a water-beasty

It was rather big

And it wasn’t quick

So it made it easy

For me to take the pic



My offering for Maria Antonia’s photo challenge “What a Sight.”

The Terminal

Janet held up the photo she had downloaded, and headed towards the greying brunette standing near the magazine kiosk.

The brunette turned to see her approaching and smiled, offering her her hand.  “Janet?” she asked. “You look just like your photo.”

“And so do you,” Janet said shaking her hand.

“I am really thrilled to be taking this trip,” Elsie said.  “Travelling alone is SSO expensive.”

“It really is a great deal, and I love the fact that the app vets everybody so well.  But, just to check, you’re not an axe murderer are you?”

“No, no, not recently anyway,” Elsie chuckled.

“Well let’s see if this day excursion goes well,” Janet said.

“I am sure it will,” she said.  “But we should be heading to the gate, they just called our flight.”

“I think I’m going to like having you as a FWT,” Janet said.

“FWT?” she replied looking momentarily confused.

“Friends With Tickets, you know, a travel-buddy.”

“Yes, that will be nice,” Elsie said and they set off to the gate.




Tale Weaver – #280 – Tickets


Outwards Onwards


Italy, Mountains, Sky, Clouds, Harbor


Outwards, onwards to the adventures ahead

New things to explore and see

Horizons fresh, experiences yet unknown

Await discovery


Outwards, onwards to adventures ahead

They’re just waiting for you and me

Join me down by the slip

And together we’ll see what will be




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Photo courtesy of DB McNicol

“Chief, why don’t we get one of those shiny new red trucks?”  Bill Bradley asked.  “I mean we spend more time doing repairs on this old thing than we do fighting fires.”

“Good thing we don’t get many fires then,” Chief Adams replied.  “First of all, the town council won’t pay for a new one, and even if they did it wouldn’t be one of those modern appliances you’re talking about?”

“But why?  Surely the town would benefit and be better protected with a state of the art truck.”

“It’s down to image.  Ever since the plant closed back in 91, the town has made more money from sightseers and passing trade than from any other source,” the chief explained.

“I don’t get it,” Bill said with a tone of bewilderment.

“Look at it this way.  We have a town that looks like everything in it belongs in a Norman Rockwell painting.  People come here, in part, to get a glimpse of that nostalgic life.  The council aims to give it to them, cuz folks are fickle, and if we change things they may well stop coming.”

“Okay I can see that.  But you said ‘in part’ that is why folks come.  Why else do they come here then?  We are off the main highway, and not that easy to get to.”

“Well that’s down the the ads we run in the hunting and fishing magazines.  Not only does Paris Lake got great fishing, but it allows husbands to tell their wives, ‘Honey, This year I’m taking you to Paris’.”




Sunday Photo Fiction

FOWC with Fandango — Fickle



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“These canals are so peaceful,” Tyler observed.

“Yes, they are rather relaxing,” Miranda agreed.

“And this architecture is amazing,” he rejoined.

“I particularly like the stepped gables,” she said in agreement.

They continued along the canal in the water taxi taking in the wonders of the city.

After a stop at the Rijksmuseum, they continued their leisurely canal journey.

“Those Rembrandts were exquisite,” Tyler said.

“Yes, I particularly liked The Night Watch,” Miranda responded.

“This place is the perfect place to live.  It’s laid back, full of culture, and just so peaceful,” Tyler summed up.

“Not always,” Miranda said, her face growing a bit mournful.

“What do you mean?” Tyler inquired, taking a more subdued tone.

“There on the right.  That’s Anne Frank’s House,” she said.










orange and green pumpkin lot

Photo by Fallon Michael on Unsplash

Discount airlines just pack them in

No matter what the destination

Shoulder to shoulder – fat or thin

The plane will be a source of frustration

Your carry-on’s to be neatly stowed

As long as it meets specification

If not you’ll pay through the nose

Before you arrive miles from your supposed destination




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Copyright – Padre’s Ramblings

Maria Antonia’s photo challenge includes a prompt for “transportation.”  My late wife was, and I am, great lovers of waterways.  We spent many a holiday just enjoying the experience of watching the world go slowly by, whether one the great ship canals such as the Kiel, or the ringed waterways of Amsterdam, or the gentle passage through Norfolk’s Broads.  The photo above is of one of her favourite passages in Venice.

Not every roadway is made of soil,

Not every element is earth,

Transit need not give legs toil,

But ride easy once you’ve slipped from your berth.




Point of View

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Viewpoint: Welsh Mountains

OFMARIAANTONIA‘s 2020 photo challenge includes a prompt for “Point of View.”  The viewpoint I have gone with is the view of the surrounding peaks as seen from my cousin’s home in the Welsh mountains.  The viewpoint shows the progression from the tree line, to the moor-like uplands, and then to the snowline.


Timber to grass, grass to snow

It all changes quickly as up you go

I sit and observe it, dry and warm

Unconcerned by the passing storm

Such is my point of view

As I read a book, and sip a brew



With much appreciation to Tess and Hugh for their hospitality.



Danube Bridges

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Danube Bridges: Budapest

Maria Antonia’s 2020 Photography Challenge includes a prompt to share a picture on the theme of bridge or tunnel.  Bridges feature in the life and history of the Hungarian capital, Budapest.  The city is in reality two cities Buda and Pest, which are linked by the bridges, the first being the Chain Bridge.

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Margaret Bridge



Leaving London


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Leaving London – crossing Thames

The capital departed – to find hidden gems.

Goodbye Westminster, Soho, and more

There’s far more places than “The City” to explore.

Visitors and tourists this error don’t make

To just stay by the Thames-side,

An entire island to forsake.

Fens and Broads; Moors and Downs,

Quaint little villages, and Market towns:

All await you – if London you just quit

And without London weighting,

You might save a bit.