Photo Fiction -100 – No Fear only Peace


Photo Fiction -100

Can you tell a story in 300 words? Here’s the challenge.

Write a fictional piece of no more than 300 words based on this picture. You pick your poison, poetry or story.

If you would like to write one, please click on the link above ” Photo Fiction – 100.

No Fear only Peace

Round and round the forest I would walk daily
Never seeing a thing or telling tales to anyone
But there was someone watching me with love
Deep down within from his covered dark hole

Never seeing a thing or telling a tale to anyone
The more I walked the less I feared the forest
One day I heard a rumble deep down under trigs
A little fear rose from my inner soul within

But there was someone watching me with love
A bear was stirring from his winter sleep
My scent he had smelled for many weeks
He decided to approach me with peace

Deep down within from his covered dark hole
He crawled out and walked towards me
Using only two legs he lifted him self to me.
Held his paw for my hand to rest with no fear

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 58 – Survival & Life


Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 58 – Survival & Life

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “survival & life” and write a tanka poem.

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem  – using the words “survival & life”.

life is a struggle
survival of the fittest
even in plant life
pruning trees in the garden
can cause a rare shrub to die

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge” Week 57 – Soil & Animals – 2nd August 2017. Thank you.

Joelle LeGendre – Two on a Rant, only on her own at the moment.

The Bag Lady – A widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Reena SaxenaFounder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Miriam Hurdle – A very active writer on WordPress, writes about many subjects

Sarah Whiley – She writes short stories, poems, interesting website

Mick E Talbot    He loves peace and writes interesting poetry.

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2017 “departure” (31) Tanka


Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2017 “departure” (31) Tanka

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is hosting The Autumn Retreat 2017.

The Theme is “Departure” fits the feeling of Autumn well.


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misty winter day
autumn has now departed
frost is on the ground
snowflakes will be falling soon
magical this snow globe world

Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge – Week 2 – Late & Summer


Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge – Week 2 – Late & Summer

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the word “late & summer” write a Haiku poem.

Haiku poetry consists of three units, with the following pattern of    5-7-5 which is syllables.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks as I receive them.

My haiku poem – using the word “late & summer”.

parch dry grass growing
late summer rains – full river
good start for autumn

Bloggers that wrote for the “Weekly  Haiku Challenge” Week 1 – Deep & Water – 8 th August 2017. Thank you.

Chevrefeuille’s Gift #6 gust of wind


Chevrefeuille’s Gift #6 gust of wind

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Chevrefeuille challenges us to complete a haiku with only a given first line and to challenge us a little bit more, he asked us to create a troiku with the haiku you have created. 

Here is the first line for the Haiku

with every gust of wind

Here is my Haiku attempt:

with every gust of wind
the chill in my body grows
toes no longer feel

And now to create a Troiku

with every gust of wind
icicles fall from the trees
landing around me

the chill in my body grows
hearing whispers floating by
mind chilled with cold air

toes no longer feel
leaving footprints in the snow
hope someone finds me

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2017 “departure” (30) Tanka


Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2017 “departure” (30) Tanka

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is hosting The Autumn Retreat 2017.

The Theme is “Departure” fits the feeling of Autumn well.


Photo Credit.

grounds hue of color
bright colorful autumn days
castle long shadows
golden glory soon be gone
feel the chill under my feet

Carpe Diems Tanka Splendor #6 departure


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Carpe Diems Tanka Splendor #6 departure

Welcome at a new episode of CD’s Tanka Splendor. 

Try to create a tanka themed DEPARTURE, it can be relating to autumn, but you can also use other explanations of departure e.g.

seasons harvest done
storm brewing in western skies
natures landscape frowns
soggy wet hay left to dry
will animals eat it now

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2017 “departure” (29) Tanka


Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2017 “departure” (29) Tanka

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is hosting The Autumn Retreat 2017.

The Theme is “Departure” fits the feeling of Autumn well.


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the trees overhead
let down clinging leaves slowly
a raw afternoon
beauty filling the still air
coloring the ground below

Indoor House Plant

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My First Indoor House Plant – Spider Plant

Most people know what a Spider plant or airplane plant is, but did you know it’s real name – Chlorophytum Comosum?

There are quite a few different species of this plant.

Chlorophytum Comosum, often called the spider plant, airplane plant or hen-and-chickens

The spider plant was one of the first indoor plants that I bought after starting my own home, actually, I have still got some alive, from that one I first had some fifty years ago.

Young plants duplicate from the parent, they form at the ends of long stems emerging out from the parent plant, just remove one and plant it in new soil and it will be growing in no time.

They like bright light, plentiful watering, they have roots adapted to water storage and prefer to dry out between waterings, so it is a plant that you can go away in the summer holidays and not worry about it getting too dry, as long as you don’t have it in the hot sun all day.

Just one point about watering don’t use water that has fluoride, all other chemicals in it, catch some rainwater, it is one of the main reasons, that kills indoor plants.

It is one plant that I have never had a need to worry about pests and disease, quite a healthy plant.

It is not a plant that I feed very often, just repot every year, but if it is going a little off color, just give it little liquid fertilizers in the water when watering, it will respond very quickly with new growth.

Spider plants make fine hanging baskets, which look very attractive when the new baby plants hang over the sides.

Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern.

The Maidenhair Fern above is a new one I’m growing from a seed taken from under the fern leaves. It is in a shelter area beside bricks which surround the fireplace. 

Maidenhair Fern

Ferns are attraction plants for the indoor environment, by nature they are shade lovers and are suited for rooms with a low light intensity, a bathroom is a place that’s perfect for them, in years gone-by it would have been unthinkable to add them to the toilet, but it’s a perfect place and the foliage adds calmness to the room perfect for relaxing and taking care of nature.

As I said at the beginning of this article indoor house plants have become very fashionable, to have plant displayed throughout the house, this fern is one perfect example.

Never let the Maidenhair fern dry out as it will die, water at regular intervals, but don’t saturate the soil, let it drain, don’t leave it sitting on a saucer containing water.

They require a moisture retentive yet porous potting mixture which allows air to reach the roots

They don’t like draughts so it’s better not to set them by an open window.

Just remember Maidenhair ferns are not so hardy but are most attractive with a little loving care they will last.

If it does dry out and the foliage dies, cut it all off with a pair of shears, water again as I said above and put it in a shady corner, it will regrow again and look as good as before.

To sum it all up ferns like cool containers, muted light and relatively high humidity and bathrooms are perfect.

Healthy House Plants

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Keeping Indoor House Plants Healthy

  • It is not always easy to grow healthy house plants, it can be very disappointing watching ones healthy shop brought plants, decline and die, they just give-up. (Very sad).

To be a successful indoor gardener, you will need to become fully conversant with the conditions that growing indoor plants need to be healthy.

  • Every house plant is different, so you need to take note and follow directions on plants that you buy, always make sure they are looking their best and no bugs on them before purchasing.

Light, temperature, humidity, and watering are all important key factors.

  • Certain plants are of course, more likely to make successful house plants than others.

Few plants grown mainly for their flowers will put up with room conditions for too long so most permanent house plants are evergreens for their foliage.

Containers for House Plants

Containers come in all shapes and sizes, there’s no strict rule about what you use.

Here are a few helpful hints.

  • Always use a container with drainage holes to grow healthy plants.
  • Select a container big enough for the plant when it has matured.
  • Good idea to buy a drip saucer when you buy the container.
  • Clay pots are generally better than plastic pots because they are porous and absorb moisture and allow air to circulate.
  • Provide a thin layer of stones and pebbles below the potting mix to improve drainage.
  • Never stand the container in water or the potting mix will become too wet, most plants don’t like it and will die or fail to grow.

Pest and disease

  • Pest and disease can be a problem with indoor house plants.
  • The atmosphere in the house is often quite dry and this can encourage certain pests to multiply rapidly and cause sudden damage.
  • Aphids, thrips, mealybug, and scale can all be troublesome.
  • The modern approach is to use a house plant spray marketed in an aerosol can always read the directions on the can before spraying as all spray are not suitable for some plants and can damage them or even kill them.
  • Check for hazards especially on some spray cans, are not all friendly and can be dangerous to humans if absorbed through the skin, also for domestic animals.


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Chrysanthemums as House Plants

In the past years, I have received many indoor plants for Mother’s Day, Birthdays, and Christmas.

I enjoy the peaceful attractive environment, the addition of indoor plants as a gift is appreciated, as they last year after year, giving me many memories of the gift giver and the Chrysanthemum is one of my top flowers for beauty.

Chrysanthemums are a nice indoor plant, they have been shown to reduce indoor air pollution by the NASA Clean Air Study

In New Zealand and Australia, traditionally the chrysanthemum is given to mothers for mother’s day gifts as the flower is naturally in season during autumn, they are beautiful reminder that autumn has arrived, making an excellence mothers day gift.

Peace Plant

Peace Lily

  • The Peace Lily is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant.
  • The plant does not need excessive light or water to survive it cleans indoor air of many environmental contaminants, including benzene, formaldehyde, and other pollutants, therefore making it a perfect indoor plant.
  • They let you know quickly when they are dry by a noticeable droop in the foliage.
  • They’ll bounce back quickly once watered.
  • The proper time to water them is when the leaves start to droop, just a little.
  • They are one of the best low light house plants you can have, I have always had these of indoor plants, I just love looking at the flower it’s beauty is perfect.

Go Green With House Plants

This video it tells you what plants are best for going green in your home, yes the Peace Lily is one of them.