Belly Laughs

This week for Writer’s Quote #3 Marsha has given us Belly Laughs…

The new year had arrived and he’d proclaimed

That it was time for a lifestyle change

He didn’t want anything experimental

So he found a class, one that’s gentle


When he entered he was quite pleased

When they said they’d take things gently

They started with some gentle stretches

But then they laughed, those awful wretches!


He’d bent himself into each shape

But each time he did some wind escaped

It announced itself into the room

Often with a mighty boom!


He tried to ignore it and carry on

But each seemed louder than the last one

Supposedly yoga’s meant to be relaxing

In the end, he found it mighty taxing!


A day without laughter is a day wasted

Sorry about this Marsha, but hopefully it might give you a belly laugh or two! Unfortunately, my type of humour is quite juvenile. bodily functions are easily humourous. One of my closest friends is a nurse and she regularly has me laughing until my stomach aches and it’s usually bodily function related!

I love a wicked sense of humour; dark, witty, tongue-in-cheek are all far funnier to me than slapstick style comedy. I work with a brilliant group of lads (and I say that because they are all geninely male) and they forever take the mickey equally out of themselves and each other, they so often have me giggling or blushing! I particularly like a pun or a limerick something with a bit of cleverness to it. Panto Dame songs, also a huge fan, especially those when your head fills in the last word of a rhyme (no idea what they are called but they always have me in stitches)!

What’s your favourite style of comedy?

Laughter is the best medicine

KL

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#Writephoto Round-Up – Approach

He wandered the ruins in an endless, restless state.

He knew every nook, every crannie, and every stone.

Especially the stone from which he had fallen.

The moat looked beautiful today, peaceful even.

He’d followed the guides as they’d walked across the bridge, and heard their whispers, today they were going to do scans of the moat.

They were excited.

The team approached the castle. In search of weapons, jewels and answers to ancient questions.

He wondered if today was the day he’d be free to leave this castle.

The day, they finally found his body in the water.

Approach

This beautiful castle is Caerlaverock in Scotland, I’ve been lucky enough to visit it three times now and each time it amazes me. Caerlaverock is a triangular shaped castle and is unique among British castles.

The eagle-eyed amongst you spotted this is the second time I have featured an approach to a castle with the previous one, Raby Castle, shown below. I love both, equally ancient, mystical and mysterious in their own ways. Which do you prefer?

Approach – Image by KL Caley

I’ve had so many wonderful responses and enjoyed each and every one. This week’s list is below (if I have missed anyone, please let me know). It makes for fantastic reading.

Entries:


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge, the latest is published here:

Thank you all again for taking part in #writephoto – Approach

Take Care
KL ❤

#WRITEPHOTO – Arrowslit

Afternoon Everyone,

Welcome to the weekly #writephoto prompt!

Looking from the darkened room

Someone’s job is to defend

Protecting these ancient walls

On them, we do depend.

For those doing serial stories this image might help you out a bit 🙂 Enjoy!

arrowslit

For visually challenged writers, the image shows an arrowslit looking out over a body of water, with an ancient stone wall and curved tower just visible.

The regulars already know this bit, but for those that don’t:

  • Each Thursday at Noon BST I will post the #writephoto prompt
  • Use the image and prompt as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly.
  • Please have your entries linked back to the original prompt post by the following Tuesday at Noon GMT.
  • Link back to this post with a pingback (Hugh has an excellent tutorial here)  and/or leave a link in the comments below, to be included in the round-up.
  • Please click their links to visit the blogs of other contributors and take time to read and comment on their work.
  • Use the #writephoto hashtag in your title so your posts can be found.
  • There is no word limit and no style requirements, except that your post must take inspiration from the image and/or the prompt word given in the title of this post.
  • Feel free to use #writephoto logo or include the prompt photo in your post if you wish, or you may replace it with one of your own to illustrate your work.
  • By participating in the #writephoto challenge, please be aware that your post may be featured as a reblog on this blog and I will link to your post for the round-up each week.

If you need some more inspiration or fancy a bit of light reading, check out last weeks round-up.

I can’t wait to read your creations.

Take Care.

KL ❤

Sharing stories – Billy Connolly Excerpt

“…these days bean-bag chairs are the least of my worries – ANY chair is a big challenge. I get trapped and can’t get up. My physiotherapist taught me to rock back and forth to build momentum, but that’s dangerous, because I fart more than when I was younger. I don’t know why. I just do. And the most acute farting risk is when I’m getting up out of a chair. Bbbbbbbbbrrrrrrggggghhhhhh!!! The rocking just accentuates it. I got myself a leather chair because I thought it would squeak by itself and cover the farting … but nothing covers these thunderclaps.” BBBBBRRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!


The above is an excerpt of Billy Connolly’s new book “Windswept and Interesting.”

🏥 I read the book whilst attending a loved one in hospital. Even with the seriousness of the hospital around me, I found myself smiling or laughing at the stories, evensharing the odd paragraph from the book. I think that is what reading is for me, an escape or a glimpse into another moment or another life.

📨 When a friend messaged me, I shared the above excerpt with her. Making her laugh and improving her day, too. I often photograph snippets of books when I find something endearing or funny or it reminds me of someone.

Do you ever share snippets of books with others? 📚

KL ❤️

Tile Tales – Caught

A bit of action in this week’s Tile Tale. What do you think the protagonist and her friend were caught doing?


Today’s tale was made with the Original Kit.


Want to play along?

I love playing around with the magnetic poetry blocks.
I’m no poetry writer so I prefer to create a short story of sorts.
The kits can be found here (and they are free):

KL 💗

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2022 in Books

Last year was a great year for me for reading, despite having the tear-away toddler as a distraction, I actually managed to consume a reasonable amount of books in quite a wide variety of genres.

I’ve set the same target of 52 books again this year, and happily I’m already on track. I’ve started writing up my reviews again too as I’d fallen a bit behind and I’ll start publishing these again soon.

What are your reading habits?

I’d love to know what books you’re planning to read this year?

Do you read a variety of genres or stick to something specific?

I’m quite an eclectic reader but my favourite genres are historical fiction and crime.

I also like to split my reading between physical new and pre-loved books, kindle books and library books.

Feel free to forward any recommendations.

KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Alley

It was quiet in the town that night. Finishing her shift, Chloe pulled her jacket tightly around her and stepped out into the cold night. There was no one around, even the cars that usually crept past on their slow journey seemed to have taken a break tonight. She turned a corner to the alley. She always hated this bit. The darkest part of her walk, no streetlights, no people – she hoped. It saved her a full 15-minute journey though so it was worth the feeling of trepidation, just for the minute or two that it took her to walk through.

Feeling the cold wind whip through her, she pulled her jacket in tighter and set off along the cobbles. Seconds later unmistakably she heard footsteps behind her. Choosing not to glance behind, she strode on, increasing her pace into a hurried walk. Every part of her body was listening to the footsteps which had quickened their pace too. She reached the top of the lane and turned around rapidly to face her follower. But there was no one there, just the darkness of the alley behind her. Confused, she stood gawping down the lane for a second or two, then pulling herself together made her way home.

Reaching her doorstep she gave a sigh of relief. She pulled out her keys and fumbled with the lock. Finally, inside she let the door swing shut behind her whilst she stood in the hallway unlacing her boots. As she bent over a large gloved hand slid over her face, leaving Chloe unable to scream.

Alley

The first prompt of 2023 already! This alley can be found in Thirsk in North Yorkshire, UK. There are many like it around the town. This one is next to a butchers which has been there for many, many years so I’ll let you figure out what all the barns were originally used for. This is actually on the way to the Old Castle at Thirsk, a green mound where a castle once stood.


I’ve had so many wonderful responses and enjoyed each and every one. Here is the list below (if I have missed anyone, please let me know). It makes for fantastic reading.

Entries:


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge.

The latest can be found here:

https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2023/01/12/writephoto-approach-2/(opens in a new tab)

Thank you all again for taking part in #writephoto – alley

Take Care
KL ❤

#WRITEPHOTO – Approach

Afternoon Everyone,

Welcome to the weekly #writephoto prompt!

Dominant and imposing

Reaching for the sky

Grand towers watching

Everyone who passes by

I can’t wait to read your entries with this one, who dares challenge this approach?…

Approach

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a large, almost-symetrical, castle with cylindrical towers dominating the landscape.

The regulars already know this bit, but for those that don’t:

  • Each Thursday at Noon BST I will post the #writephoto prompt
  • Use the image and prompt as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly.
  • Please have your entries linked back to the original prompt post by the following Tuesday at Noon GMT.
  • Link back to this post with a pingback (Hugh has an excellent tutorial here)  and/or leave a link in the comments below, to be included in the round-up.
  • Please click their links to visit the blogs of other contributors and take time to read and comment on their work.
  • Use the #writephoto hashtag in your title so your posts can be found.
  • There is no word limit and no style requirements, except that your post must take inspiration from the image and/or the prompt word given in the title of this post.
  • Feel free to use #writephoto logo or include the prompt photo in your post if you wish, or you may replace it with one of your own to illustrate your work.
  • By participating in the #writephoto challenge, please be aware that your post may be featured as a reblog on this blog and I will link to your post for the round-up each week.

If you need some more inspiration or fancy a bit of light reading, check out last weeks round-up.

I can’t wait to read your creations.

Take Care.

KL ❤