Firstly, I would like to start by saying a great big thank you to everyone who has been participating in my challenges over the last few weeks.
As most of you will probably know, I would normally visit every blog who enters to check out your marvellous creations, re-blog a few here on N2W (when time and space allows) and run the weekly round-up.
However, time and I suppose in some ways my mental health has not been in quite the right place to do so. It’s not my story to tell so I won’t go into too much detail but in summary, an immediate family member has been unwell for quite some time and 2 weeks ago we got some tragic news which to be quite honest was worse than we had originally feared, the doctor spoke of the Big C and the words that strike fear into most people’s heart “terminal”. Needless to say, we are all devastated.
With that in mind, I would love to say normal service will be resumed as soon as possible but realistically that might not be the case, some weeks will be tougher than others and I may not be on my top form. However, if you can, please do continue to participate and support the prompt, reading your creations brings me so much joy and I will contribute and feedback as often as I can. There are some spectacular images coming up and I can’t wait to see what you all create.
Rod walked through the gate and put his worn satchel on the floor. He calculated how much money he had left and hoped it would be enough to last him. The big question – what’s next? – circulated around in his head. Focus on the now, he thought, the priority is to get home to my wife and kids. The rest could wait.
A car screeched down the road and then skidded to a halt at the curbside. The window wound its way down and his brother’s smiling face emerged.
“Jump in, brother! Freedom awaits you.”
What is Freedom? He wondered.
Originally Written for Carrot Ranch Writing Prompt.
June 20, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about what freedom feels like. Whose point of view do you use? Does the idea of freedom cause tension or bring hope? Let the reader feel the freedom. Go where the prompt leads!
Nestled in the hillside Quiet as a Mouse Home of the Carthusian monks Visit this magnificent house.
For visually challenged writers, the image shows a beautiful old yellow stone priory with ivy growing up the sides.
This beautiful priory is Mount Grace Priory, England’s most important, best preserved and most accessible of the ten medieval Carthusian houses (charterhouses) in England.
You can visit the individual monk cells, these reflect the isolation of the monks who lived as hermits, each occupying his own cell and coming together in the chapel only for the nocturnal liturgical hours, Sundays and feast-days. They were a silent order, and their diet was strictly vegetarian.
A fascinating place.
Here is the list below (if I have missed anyone, please let me know). It makes for fantastic reading.
Kate sobbed into the pillow. Talia leaned over and rubbed her back.
“Kate, it will be all right!” Kate sat up and looked her sister straight in the eyes.
“No Talia, it won’t. Each day, I do my job, I try to help and it seems each day another injured creature must be put to rest. And why? Because humans do not care! They have no time to pick up their waste after a trip to the beach or the park, indeed, they do not care what products they buy as long as it has the brand they want to be seen with or a price they are willing to pay. But who really pays the price, Talia? Those sorrowful creatures that look deep in my eyes as I soothe them and try to comfort them in their final hours.”
“Listen, my dear sister. You are correct, some humans, do not care but not all are like that, and I feel the tide is turning in our favour. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Until then we must keep campaigning. Keep spreading our word. Keep rescuing the injured. It will be worth it in the end. I assure you.”