New Year 2018 Haibun Poetry

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New Year 2018 Haibun Poetry

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The big step for me from 2017 to 2018  has taken place, I’m now looking ahead in 2018 and wondering what it will bring for me, as my health is not as I would like it to be, struggling some days with the pain in my head and face.

2017 has been a year of writing, (mostly poetry), October was my best month writing mainly for Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017, 63 posts a record for me in one month. Then in November, I wrote for NanoPoblano.

Now I have 987 posts on my website, 1600 followers, and 56,666 views

2018
has arrived-let the light shine
brightly on my soul

Happy New Year to all my friends, may 2018 be a very successful year for you all, writing and laughing.

Seven Days Seven Photos Challenge Before & After

Seven Days, Seven Black & White Photos Challenge Before & After

This post shows the Before and After of the Photos, I used in the 7 Days 7 B&W Photos Challenge.

Day 1

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Landscape trees

  Landscape trees from the veranda of my country home.

Day 2

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Basket of wild blackberries 

Day 3

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Possum Damage

Possum Damage to the lemon tree, it was kind enough to leave me the juice. 

Day 4

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Stacked Blackwood for the winter fire drying out. 

Day 5

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Red Maple in my country home garden

Day 6

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Late autumn river landscape with calves  watching me beside the house

Day 7

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Pink Sweet William Flowers

    Pink Sweet William Flowers in my country home garden.

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – 30

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – 30

Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 30

Reflection post: What did you think of this challenge? Did you enjoy it? Do you have any suggestions for 2018’s challenge song?

Thank you, Suzanne, I enjoyed this 30-day challenge it brought back many memories.

I don’t have any suggestions for 2018 except some other subject, not “Back where I came from” would be nice, but what I’m sorry I have no idea. 

As I said on day 22 – At the age of seventeen and a half I spent a month in the hospital which I think was a nervous breakdown, it was never found out what was wrong with me, even after many tests like Lumber Puncture (Spine tap to get fluid for a lab test).

One year later I ran away from home, I will be writing a follow-up about this time in my life very soon, I’m now ready to share it.

Here is the link.

https://ramblingsofawriter2016.com/my-story/

 

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 29

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 29

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 29

Does your hometown have a newspaper?  Does it come out daily, bi-weekly, weekly, or some other frequency? Does your hometown have its own radio station?

The Stratford Press has a weekly newspaper

https://www.facebook.com/StratfordPress/

http://stratfordpress.communitynews.co.nz/

On day 24 I wrote about Hometown Newspaper, not releasing that Day 29 was going to ask this question, so what do I write about today?

What is a newspaper?

A newspaper is a publication printed on paper and issued regularly
It gives information and opinions about current events and news.
You can buy a newspaper at a store or at a newsstand.
Newspapers can be delivered to one’s home if you subscribe to it.

It gives information and opinions about current events and news.
People like to read them to stay informed about their local city
Newspapers can be delivered to one’s home if you subscribe to it.
After being read, it can be recycled, or used for other useful purposes

People like to read them to stay informed about their local city
You can buy a newspaper at a store or at a newsstand.
After being read, it can be recycled, or used for other useful purposes
A newspaper is a publication printed on paper and issued regularly.

How to write Pantoum Poetry

http://shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/pantoum.html

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 28

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 28

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 28

Was your hometown like one big family or just a group of strangers?

Stratford is a very friendly place, a great place to live, the heart of Taranaki, just like a large happy family, lots of smiles and laughter.

Here is a quote that helps to make a town one big family.

It’s your Choice

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” 

― Roy T. BennettThe Light in the Heart

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 27

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 27

Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 27

If there were no restrictions such as money or employment, where would you most like to live?

It still would not matter what restrictions, it still wouldn’t change my mind, I would still be living and farming in Taranaki NZ even if it meant having another income to survive.

You just take on any employment as long as it brings in some income to the home every week, as farming is not like everyone thinks, you do not make a large income with farming, you still need two incomes to survive to pay the  mortgage and all the farm expenses, and especially if you have children, schooling eats into your savings if you can manage to save.

Most farmers live on a borderline unless the farm has been handed down from parents, even then it is still a challenge.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/91231212/what-is-the-future-for-taranakis-family-farms

While searching google, surprise page 1 “Dairy farming in Taranaki NZ”, I’m sharing this with my readers.

https://plus.google.com/104918451000888426128/posts/GBiXFtVhxc6

Please check it out, it was posted for “Write anything Wednesday” March 16, 2016.

 

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 26

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 26

The photo was taken late winter the lambs were arriving, but the trees still had not broken out in leaf bud.

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 26

Does your hometown experience all four seasons? If not, which ones does it skip over?

Conditions vary sharply across Taranaki from extremely wet to very dry summers.

We have not had a Summer since 2016, it has been a flow on of Spring weather for the last eighteen months, so hopefully, January 2018 will bring on the summer days.

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The snow season is from May until early October, though cold snaps can occur through most seasons.

 

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 25

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 25
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Back Where I Come From
This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.
If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 25
What is your hometown known for? In other words, what makes it special?

Yes – Stratford Clock Tower Glockenspiel.

Here is a little information about Stratford

On 3 December 1877, the name Stratford-upon-Patea was adopted, on the motion of William Crompton of the Taranaki Waste Lands Board.
The supposed similarity of the Patea River to the River Avon in England led to the adoption of this name, and Crompton was known to have a literary turn of mind.
There was a trend at the time to name towns after the birthplace of prominent British men.
The William Shakespeare ‘connection’ led to the naming of 67 streets after Shakespearian characters from 27 of his plays.
Today New Zealand’s only glockenspiel clock tower plays the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet three times a day.
The spoken words are provided via external loudspeakers – there is no carillon (multiple bells) as would be more typical for glockenspiels in towers.

Stratford is the Gateway to the Stratford Mountain House.

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http://www.stratfordmountainhouse.co.nz/

 

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 24

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 24

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 24

Does your hometown have a website? Please share the link.

Yes, my Ex hometown Stratford and also a weekly paper – the Stratford Press you can read it online.

http://stratfordpress.communitynews.co.nz/

Here is the Website – http://www.stratford.govt.nz/

Where we live now  – New Plymouth

http://visitnewplymouth.nz/Activities/categoryid/138

I just had to share this beautiful photo with you.

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Photo Credit View of the New Plymouth shoreline. The city is to the left and in the distance is Ngamotu and Sugar Loaf Islands, scene of the first European settlement.