Tell Me A Tale – September – #TMAT120 

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Tell Me A Tale – September – #TMAT120 

JOELLE’S TALES: FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH #TMAT120 

Your #TMAT120 post needs to be 120 words — no more, no less.

Today’s prompt is –  Your favorite season of the year and why.

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My favorite season is Autumn.

It is the season of plenty, summer is over but the warm days are still with us and the nights are cooler, easier to sleep.

When taking a walk through the pine trees, many magic mushrooms are growing, and the feeling of fairies are in the air.

Rabbits are scampering under the bushes, in the distance, you can hear the wild goats calling out for their mates.

It is the season of peace, the harvest cropping is over, the smell of new seasons hay is in the air as I walk past the hay shed.

March and April easter time in New Zealand, time to enjoy the end of a hard working year on the farm.

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 21

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 21

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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 21

Were there any flowers growing in your yard back home? What kind? Were you or your parent’s good gardeners?.

We did have flowers, mostly perennials, lilies, dahlias, carnations, chrysanthemums, and a beautiful wisteria which I always enjoyed in the spring, but it was another story when autumn came and we had the prune and clean up the mess.

My father was the gardener, he had a vegetable garden every year we never needed to buy vegetables, our garden had everything even veggies in the winter.

Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Day 20

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Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Day 20

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Written for Day 20 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017:

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Write a poem in under 20 lines inspired by a myth, legend or fairy tale.

Lipogram – Word Play with Nursery Rhymes using the Letter 

Lipo means “lacking; without,” and gram comes from gramma, meaning “letter”.

Lipogram refers to any text composed of words which lack a particular letter.

Little Jack Horner – The original Nursery Rhyme.

Little Jack Horner

Sat in the corner,

Eating a Christmas pie;

He put in his thumb,

And pulled out a plum,

And said ‘What a good boy am I.


The version below is on my HubPage Article

My Version of Little Jack Horner without using any “O’s,”

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Sat in the bean bag,

Eating a Christmas pie;

He put in his thumb,

And exerted a plum,

And said, “What a nice chap I’m.”

This Version is a new one

Little Jack Horner without using any “E’s”.

Tiny Jack Horna

sat on a small stool

nibbling a Christmas tart

put in his thumb

and withdraw a plum

And said, ”what a good boy I am”.

Go on, pick out a nursery rhyme and try writing a Lipogram poem

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 20

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 20

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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 20

Did you have a neighborhood park/playground?  Did you play there?

There are many parks in Taranaki.

As children, we never played in local parks, as we had plenty of space to play on our farm.

Stratford has on its boundary two National Parks:

  • Egmont National Park (33,543 ha, established 1900) comprises all the land in a 9-kilometre radius of the volcanic mountain Taranaki’s summit and some outlying areas to the north.  The symmetrical cone of the dormant volcano is a provincial landmark.
  • The  Whanganui National Park to the east (via Kohi Saddle, Aotuhia) This park protects the habitat of several thousand North Island brown kiwi, and the also-endangered blue duck.
  • We have had many walks in these national parks in Taranaki NZ.2017_september_challenge_mcclendonvilla_500

Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Day 19

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Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Day 19

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Written for Day 19 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017:

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You’re on your way to work and a new, strange-looking shop has opened overnight.  You are drawn to it and go in but what – or who – is inside?  Tell us in less than 100 words.

Funny! I stopped as if in a dream, I hadn’t seen this shop yesterday, it looked very interesting.

Looking closer at it there were some strange looking articles in it.

Whatever is that, a Christmas tree decoration?

“Christmas tree worm” very attractive, as I was looking at it I was sure I saw it move, I thought must have a look at it tomorrow when I have more time.

Next day when checking it out again, there was a sign.

“Anyone seeing a Christmas tree worm walking out of the door please return as it can destroy your house”.

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 19

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 19

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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 19

Did you have any pets in your childhood home? If so, please tell me about them. If you have a photograph of any of your childhood pets, please share.

No, my parents never allowed us to have a pet.

We lived on a small farm in the early 1950s in Eltham NZ.

Milking dairy cows on 12 acres, at first it was cream then later on whole milk.

We also had a poultry farm where we reared our own chickens, so in my early years, I handled a lot of day-old chickens which involved a lot of work keeping them healthy, it was very easy for them to get a chill and become sick, as they were under a heat lamp.

So you can say chickens were my pets, I adored them, not the hard work cleaning out the hen houses every weekend.

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Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge – 7 – Earthquake & Ruins

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Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge – 7 – Earthquake & Ruins 

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “earthquake & ruins” or just one or the other, write a Haiku poem.

Haiku (also called nature or seasonal haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all.

There is much more to haiku than the made-up 5/7/5 version.

Here is an in-depth description of Haiku – Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.

You can write your haiku poem any way you like not necessary the 5/7/5 version.

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 Haiku 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 “Earthquake & Ruins”.

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serving the dwellers for years
earthquake leave ruins

Bloggers that wrote for the Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge – Week 6 – Late & Summer – 12 September 2017

Indiradiscovered that life is also about sharing a thought, encouraging others and getting encouraged.  So very true.

The Bag Lady – Cheryl is 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 – Shower of Blessings lady a very active writer on WordPress, writes about many subjects.

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories

Night Unlatched – Writings, Raven-hued & Redeemed

All About Writing And More – Reblog, Thanks.

FrankjTassone – Reblog, Thanks.

Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Day 18

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Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Day 18

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Written for Day 18 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017:

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The prompt is “shopping list”.  The format and length are your choices.

Consumers often compile a shopping list of groceries to purchase on the next visit to the grocery store.

My list is confined to my brain, I have never written a list for groceries ever.

During the week I memorize what I have finished using each day and need to replace while working the aisle with my shopping trolley, I see something new I will buy and try it out, a good way to add something new to our diet.

Occasionally I have missed one or two things, but have always had something in the house to use in place of it.

We lived in the country, the nearest dairy was 20kms away, I have never needed to take an extra trip during the week because I forgot something I needed.

I had four to cook for, so some weeks it involved a big groceries spend.

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 18

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 18

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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 18

Did you like your childhood home? What did you like or not like about it?

I liked living in Eltham and loved it, even more, a special place in my heart.

The photo above is Eltham. it is 11 kilometres south of Stratford, it was my home town from 1951 – 1958, I had my first job at the age of fifteen for three years at a book and fancy goods business in the little township.

Eltham is known as the cradle of the Taranaki dairy industry (the co-operative system in particular), and for being the one place in New Zealand that manufactured rennet which is important in cheesemaking especially Bluevain Cheese

Eltham’s other significant industry is the Riverlands (formerly J. C. Hutton’s) freezing works, which has a satellite plant in Bulls, in Manawatu. Both plants can process up to 1250 head of cattle daily.

Eltham school motto – Learn by Doing, Knowledge is Power, I have never forgotten it.

I lived my life with that thought always in my mind, I still follow those words every day.

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Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Day 17

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Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017 – Day 17

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Written for Day 17 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017:

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Write a 50-word story on the theme of memory.

Memory a wonderful thing gives back life to those who no longer exist.

Memories I value, even though the humans no longer live on earth will never fade, those were the years of happiness and growth, they make me the person I am today.

But time is the thief of memory.

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