Carpe Diem Special #187 Georgia’s 3rd, a haibun “idyllic spring”


Our first year anniversary. We were still students – starving students. We wanted to celebrate our first year, so we booked a cheap hovercraft holiday to Paris. I wasn’t good in travelling by hovercraft in the British Channel, got sea-sick. But we carried on, took the train and stayed in a cheap hotel. That was one spring in Paris. We lived on baguette, wine and cheese. We didn’t mind, it was wonderful. Every day, we walked along the River Seine and hand in hand, waited for the sunset. We loved going to the museums, especially the Musee d’Orsay for all the paintings of Monet, Manet, Renoir, like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” We also spent a lot of time at the garden of Rodin. We sat and contemplated with “The Thinker.” And one sunny day, we climbed up the Eifel Tower – what a view! “We’ll always have Paris,” we promised.

Paris in spring
Our first anniversary
Lived on wine and cheese

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Careful – Photo Challenge

This week, show us something careful — a photo taken with care, a person being careful, or a task or detail requiring care.

This is Him Indoor’s second ongoing project – HMS Victory – a model boat. The first one he did, the HMS Bounty took a year to finish it. The amount of work or detail requiring care he did/he’s doing on his projects is amazing.

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The Life of a Seaman – FFfAW-Week of 10-13-2015

Providing our photo prompt this week is Sonya, author of the blog, “Only 100 Words.” Thank you Sonya!

Providing our photo prompt this week is Sonya, author of the blog, “Only 100 Words.” Thank you Sonya!

“One week from now and I’ll be home again,” mused Juan as he finished his work in the engine. It has been 5 months when he was last home. So he’d go home for a month or so, do some other training needed before he goes back to his ship. That has been his life since he was 20. He finished his Marine Engineering and has seen his promotion as the years went by. Now, he could say that he’s reached what he wanted to reach, being the Chief Engineer. But then, he also made a lot of sacrifices for his family, he misses them and they miss him terribly. The children are growing without his physical presence. They see each other 2 or 3 times a year, with just a month each time. Ah, such is the life of a seaman.

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Children Playing – Tale Weaver 34: a painting in search of a story and Wordle 139

Image: Children’s Games; Artist: Pieter Brueghel the Elder; Source:

Image: Children’s Games; Artist: Pieter Brueghel the Elder; Source:

A day of leisure and the children snatched the chance to play. Like angels enjoying the waves of childhood, they played outside the garden, on clay soil or grass or on the streets. They made their own simple toys, like boats from pieces of bread, spears from sticks and small houses from stones and boxes. They played games, from games of skill with cherry stones or tops to activities such as archery, football and dancing. A pair of them played with hula hoops, barrels and sticks. They fixed their toys with strings and stones. That covered everything and they stayed until the moon came out at night.

by brenda warren

by brenda warren

For: Tale Weaver 34 and Wordle #139

The Fisherman’s Tale – Mondays Finish the Story

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story begins with: “Few knew about the castle hidden inside the island.”
I gasp as the fisherman was telling me about his personal adventure in the island. He said he was fishing one day when for no reason whatsoever, he saw the island and thought he could rest for a while. To his surprise, he saw the castle hidden in the island. He climbed up and knocked at the door. A scurrilous man, more like a beast answered it. The fisherman apologised for disturbing him, but the man welcomed him and asked him to stay. They drank beer which the man fermented himself. They talked for hours. But when the fisherman returned to the island the next day, there was no castle anymore, and so was the man.

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Tenerife – Show Your World

We’ve been to Tenerife ten years ago. Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, off West Africa, is dominated by Mt. Teide, which rises 7,500m above the ocean floor and is among the world’s largest volcanoes. We tried to climb up there but it was hard work. Him Indoors and HRH the son kept pushing me to carry on, and in my own time, was able to climb up the mountain. We also went whale watching and with luck, we saw some whales in the open sea. Still, Tenerife may be best known for its huge pre-Lent Carnival, as well as its beaches (with sands from yellow to black) and busy, upscale resorts, including Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas. We had a great time visiting Tenerife.

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