Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Autumn


Wednesday brings us Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro over at Silver Threading – Fairy Whisperer, Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes

Colleen and Ronovan offer an open invitation to join their weekly blogging event called “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge! #WQWWC

Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favourite author you admire write a post relating to this whether it be a poem, photograph, flash fiction or real-life story using the weekly word as your inspiration. Make sure you use your quote wishing the text of your post or in the title! Most of all … Have Fun!

I’ve joined in for the last two weeks and featured both times! Thank you again, Colleen, for featuring me again!  If you would like to read my ‘Comedy’ post from last week you can find it here!

This week’s inspirational word is “Autumn”

Autumn! My favourite season!


“Fall, leaves, fall:; die, flowers, away;

Lengthen night and shorten day;

Every leaf speaks bliss to me

Fluttering from the autumn tree” ~ Emily Brontë

I absolutely have to say that autumn is my favourite season because everywhere looks so pretty and colourful. I love so much about autumn time! Walking in the park and listening to the crisp leaves crunch under foot. Walking in the woods and looking up through the trees to see an array of autumnal colours glinting from the rays of the sun. Seeing our yearly visiting flying friends who we feed with homemade feeders made of peanut butter, nuts and seeds.

img_4460Our garden resident squirrels Bubbles and Squeak who come to collect the peanuts meant for the birds! Cheeky little squirrels who are far too brave when they are the other side of the patio doors!

My children absolutely love autumn. It’s the season which brings many joyful occasions. The first is conker picking! The most fun is had when we throw the sticks haphazardly in the hope a few loose conkers will fall. I love to hear them squeal and laugh as they fight to find up the biggest one of all. They will always try to have a competition of who found the biggest. It’s the fun and laughter that Autumn brings that I love the most with joyful squeals of laughter. My three children struggling to carry their bag of their treasures home without conkers spilt out all over the floor.

Halloween is another fun celebration. My children love the fact they get sweeties which are limited during the year, I’m a mean Mum apparently because they can’t have them every day! Your teeth will thank me later my dears! Carrying their lanterns and goody bags dressed as a ghost, spider and witch! They love knocking on neighbours and friends doors but know only to call on the people we know. They run along the street to find the houses with lit pumpkins on the doorstep inviting us to visit. If they are really lucky they sometimes get a few pennies to spend!

Bonfire night! – The night where it always rains! We go to a local bonfire and fireworks night near our village. The bonfire is piled high with pallets galore with some kind of novelty stacked within. The last two years there were caravans stacked in amongst the wood and topped with a traditional Guy made by the local school. The night we have fun at the fair, eat toffee apples and here we get wrapped up warm with scarves, coats, hats and gloves.

img_0449Family camping trip at Halloween is also another fun event! Everyone meets on a Saturday night for a BBQ in the dark! Pumpkin soup, burgers and hot dogs, toasted halloumi and the salad no-one will eat! A creepy treasure hunt in the dark, following the clues while carrying lanterns made from pumpkins. Everyone walking warily as they wonder when the Mummy will be triggered by our motion that Woohoo’s to scare the kiddies! Playing games and cards in the evening altogether and sitting outside roasting marshmallows in the chilly crisp air as we all sit around the firepit singing songs. And of course, the adults drinking their cider out of Kilner jars!

What do you love about Autumn? Share your thoughts with me!


Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Writer’s Challenge – “Comedy”




Wednesday brings us Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro over at Silver Threading – Fairy Whisperer, Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes

Colleen and Ronovan offer an open invitation to join their weekly blogging event called “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge! #WQWWC

Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favourite author you admire write a post relating to this whether it be a poem, photograph, flash fiction or real-life story using the weekly word as your inspiration. Make sure you use your quote wishing the text of your post or in the title! Most of all … Have Fun!

I joined in last week and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was great to be a part of a ‘community’  I was, as you can imagine ecstatic to see Coleen chose my post to be featured along with others from their blogs from the prompt “Strength”. You can read my post here!

This week’s inspirational word is “Comedy”.


Don’t Make Me Laugh!

Comedy is a hilarious concept but my sense of humour is often a mix of dry, silly, childish and sometimes sarcasm! Sorry .. but there you have it!

I love to laugh but it takes a lot for me to crack a smile! Don’t get me wrong! I’m not a miserable sod but I don’t find things funnily easily!

For me, it’s silly humour that gets me! I was away one weekend in the caravan in a field! We were playing a game with my fiancé and his family a few friends. The game was called Articulate. You have to describe the word on the card without saying any part of it! Well it was my 9-year-old son’s turn and with the help of his teenage sister was having his turn:

Son – “Ooh it was on Britain’s Got Talent! … The man dressed up … Ooh!… and was in it! … He was an alien!  ….It’s in Dr Who! A robot in Dr Who! … Oh, Come on! ”

We all looked really puzzled at each other as the clue was nature … I answered the only thing I could think of …

Me – “Dalek?’

Son – He looks at the card and nods… “Yes!”

Daughter – “What the hell! No! It’s Garlic!”

Everyone was in hysterics at my little man’s mistake! Now that had me in absolute stitches! My poor son made me almost pee my pants but that little innocent boy at his expense made me laugh so hard! He did laugh at himself once he realised but oh my! It was that gut aching laughter that hurts your side! you can feel it rise right under your ribs! The more you laugh the more it hurts, you laugh so hard you start to grunt like a pig and it keeps happening more the more you try to stop it! It’s the kind of laughter that a few moments after composing yourself you right there again! Snorting with everyone laughing at you! That memory will stay with us all for years because it was such an innocent mistake but so so funny!

That is my kind of humour! Silly, stupid moments that make you cross your legs so you don’t pee!

Forget the forced comedy on tv shows like ‘Have I Got News for You’ but for me, I love silly immature comedy like ‘Celebrity Juice!’

Walt Disney was right with his quote …

“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up!”

What makes you laugh? What are you favourite shows on TV you just have to watch? What do you remember that made you laugh so hard you had to run for the loo?

I would love to hear your stories!


Writer’s Quote- Wednesdays Writer’s Challenge -“Strength”


I’m always looking for new ways of interacting with other bloggers and today, I came across a great post that is right up my street! I’m an avid lover of inspirational quotes so this really sparked my interest! So I obviously thought I’m joining in!


Inner Strength

In today’s world, with all the struggles we come across, each day gives us many challenges to face. We wake up to a new day with the fresh hope that it will go better than the day before. For some, it is a struggle to get up and know that today is the start of another fight, in loneliness with another long day to tackle and get through.  The day can start well, routines go smoothly. The small tasks like breakfast, showering and getting dressed, sorting the children ready for school and getting out the house on time are a struggle but for now, it feels like time is on our side. We manage to get through the day and then Bam! A thought, feeling or memory will hit us straight in the face with an almighty slap and you’re transported back into the past, flashes of that memory that has changed your whole world.

You may stare off into space as the memory forces you to blink back tears, frustration, anger, ridicule, embarrassment and the paranoia that is the new life of anxiety. It makes you face things you don’t want to see. You have to carry on your day because people are relying on you and need you. You want to go into the safe house of your home where you want to stay forever to not have to go out and face the world because of the fear that people will ask how you are. Again, you smile and say “I’m really good. Thank you. How are you?” Your answer is a conversation stopper as you know that to admit your feelings will open the floodgates of tears, of sadness, struggles and trauma that no-one knows about. The admittance that you struggle, sometimes to even get up and face the day, get ready in the morning is a weakness. You do your best to avoid people. You walk with your head down,  to avoid conversation. Sometimes,  it’s just too hard to force yourself to face the reality.

With this in mind and all the other jumble of thoughts and feelings coursing through our mind, temporarily we get up and carry on. We know it is the only way to get through each day. Children need looking after the house needs tidying. We do our best to carry on, with the light switch to that part of our past turned off so we can continue the struggles of today and all we have to get through.

People don’t know!

They have no idea!

We choose to not tell them!

We don’t want to show our weaknesses!

We don’t want them to know our struggles!

We don’t tell them because we want to protect ourselves!

The issues we have dealt with or situations that have caused us to totally cut ourselves off from people when we used to be sociable is our business and to speak out is to admit we struggle. The hardest part is knowing that the people we can talk to have their own problems and to unburden ourselves would burden others! We don’t want sympathy, or pity as we feel to receive it reflects a weakness in us. We are strong! Always! We are still here and we are still fighting! All in all, it is our pasts and experiences that have made who we are today! We are strong because we have to be but most of all it’s the struggles that we faced that have made us strong! We have had to fight hard to continue each day in this world. We won’t give up because to give up will mean we failed and decided we no longer want to fight!

The reality is that people want to help, they want to be there to help us and to support us. They want us to unburden ourselves and to feel release from sharing what we keep as our inner most kept secrets.

In the hardship we face, the people who let us down repeatedly but we continue to expose ourselves to are the very people who weaken us. They are a disease that spreads wildly without us knowing it is happening. It happens silently until you realise it is too late and that realisation is the biggest shock you would ever feel and experience! You then have to come to terms that everything you ever did for that person was in kindness but they were only using you, making themselves appear weak and taking continually without an inch of conscience. They make everyone around them believe what they want them to think. They are cunning, deceitful but very clever. They can turn people against their inner belief and make you seem to be someone you’re not. Once you come face to face to your silent destroyer, someone you didn’t even realise was a threat to your life and someone you trusted impeccably you face life very differently. Everyone becomes the enemy because the paranoia takes over daily! It is inevitable that it will happen. However, not everyone is an enemy, but how do we realise who are?  How do we realise who we can trust?. We don’t so we have to continue to go through daily experiences and exposing our delicate selves to new people. Sometimes you come across someone who was always there but you never realised how much they were there! 

As Will Smith quoted:

“Never underestimate the pain of a person, because in all honesty, everyone is struggling, some people are just better at hiding it than others.” – Will Smith


It’s time to speak out! Share your inner thoughts of depression and anxiety. When you trust yourself, the only person you can truly rely on, you find a small piece of yourself becomes repaired tiny bit by tiny bit … continue to share and one day you will become whole again!

Thanks for reading!