#Writephoto Round-Up – Antique

Cluttered, crowded, lack of space
Wandering through this jam-packed place
Trying hard to find a treasure
That special object of pleasure

Antique – Image by KL Caley

Believe it or not, the above is actually a cafe situated in Yorkshire with treasures in abundance for patrons to admire and some to purchase. Those eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted the baby carrier to the left, as this was one of those rare occasions Mama managed to go somewhere nice and have a cuppa.


I’ve had so many wonderful responses and enjoyed each and every one. I have tried to reblog a few since the post went out so hopefully, you will have seen some of them trickling through, if I have featured your post remember to click back to it as lovely readers often stop by and leave wonderful comments.

Here is this weeks list below (if I have missed anyone, please let me know):

Entries:


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge published today at 12 o’clock GMT.

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

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – The Retreat

A change of place
A change of pace
A lovely walk
in an open space

A bit of time
A chance to unwind
Forget these troubles
That are on my mind

The Retreat – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a beautifully lit retreat with large windows overlooking a little pond and a decking area. Twinkling lights surround the pond.


This little place is actually a swimming pool within a holiday complex in Scotland. I was lucky to stay a couple of nights there (at the complex, not the swimming pool) in January 2 years ago with some family. There was a group of us all staying together with 3 babies under 2. As I am sure you can manage it was a bit chaotic but so much fun and a lovely way to brighten up what would have been a very dull January.

No way to know that just 2 months later we would be in Lockdown.

I guess it’s a reminder to enjoy the moments whilst you can as you just never know what is around the corner.


Happy New Year one and all.

Fantastic collection of entries, here is the full 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 published today at 12 o’clock GMT.

Thank you all again for taking part in #writephoto – The Retreat

With special thanks to Sue who originally made the #writephoto challenge so meaningful for all of us and gave me her blessing to continue it.

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Toybox

Snuggled and cuddled
In this place, we call home
But with a flick of a clasp
We are ready to roam

Toybox – Image by KL Caley

Last year my darling OH convinced me to go on a fishing holiday with himself and his fisher friend. I’m not exactly the most outdoorsy person and fishing is probably one of the last things I would like to do with precious time off work but he lured me in with the description of a lodge by the lake. In fact, the place he was booking only had the one lodge, so complete peace and quiet was a lure (and for him uninterrupted use of the lake).

We arrived, unpacked the car and looked around the lodge that was to be our home for the week. It was actually very beautiful and I was pretty impressed OH had done so well. A bonus was this beautiful big chest that greeted us with teddies, blankets, hot water bottles and more. What could be cosier?

A slight fact I may have missed is that at the time of the fishing holiday we also had a hyper tot roaming around who we would be taking with us. 30 minutes after arriving hubby was doing a tour of the lake (eyeing up the best fishing pegs) with his tiny shadow by his side tottling along. He stopped to talk with his friend for a second and of course, there was a splosh sound behind him. Tiny tot had fallen into the reeds. Every parent’s nightmare. Thankfully the water was shallow and my OH quickly plucked him out again.

Arriving back at the house, the blankets, hot water bottle and teddy suddenly became the perfect welcome package.


I’ve had so many wonderful responses and enjoyed each and every one. I have tried to reblog a few since the post went out so hopefully, you will have seen some of them trickling through, but 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 published today at 12 o’clock GMT.

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

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – SNOWY PEAKS

Tufts escaping frozen ground

Footsteps make that crunching sound

Scenic views from left to right

A lovely festive snowy sight

Hills surrounded by snow with the odd peice of long grass poking through here or there.
Snowy Peaks – Image by KL Caley

This little picture was taken in December last year. With Covid, everything we had booked to do with my little one had been cancelled. Each week the announcements seemed to get bleaker and bleaker and we wondered if we would even get a family Christmas dinner the way it was going. So, one miserable, wet, grey weekend, we sprung on an idea, we got in the car and drove to this beautiful area above, which is near Tan Hill Inn. We pulled on our wellies, hats and scarves and set off crunching through the snow. It may not sound like much but it was enough to blow out the cobwebs and left us finally feeling fabulously festive.


Our little tufts have received so many wonderful responses, thank you all. I have tried to reblog a few since the post went out so hopefully, you will have seen some of them trickling through, but 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 published today at 12 o’clock GMT.

Thank you all again for taking part in #writephoto – SNOWY PEAKS

With special thanks to Sue who originally made the #writephoto challenge so meaningful for all of us and gave me her blessing to continue it.

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – LAKE

He looked into the lake. He didn’t believe in fate, fairytales and all that other nonsense but if the sword was in there he was going to get it. The temptation was all he needed, and he was a man fuelled if by nothing else by the chance of an easy reward. He had heard many stories that the sword had been tossed in this water and was now guarded by some lady.

He donned the aqua gear that he had “borrowed” from the museum he worked. It had weighed a tonne and he had started to regret his plan but now that he was in the water the stupid old suit might just prove its worth. He might return it, then again if he was loaded after cashing in on the sword it might be better to keep it as a memento of his genius. Further and further out he waded until the depths of the water surrounded him. It felt like the world was getting darker and darker then, at last, he saw the glint of the gold hilt.

He made his way towards it but as he raised the arm of the suit the water moved and pushed him back a few steps. Once again, he made his way forward and again the water sent the heavy suit away from the sword. He approached again and this time kneeled (as best as he could) in the suit and although the water moved around it seemed to have stopped pushing him away from the sword. He lifted his arm up to grasp the sword but try as he could not get the suit to perform a handgrip on the handle. He tried again and again but without success. By now everything around him was pitch black. He would have to somehow modify the suit and come back again for the sword. As a final act to display his disgust he kicked at the sword in its resting place, but the movement caused a tear in the ancient leather and ice-cold water quickly began to enter.

As fast as he could he made his way back to land the suit getting heavier and heavier as water poured in the tiny slit in his heel. Eventually, he was at the edge and he pulled the lumbering helmet gasping for air. He started to pull the rest of the outfit off as he made his way up the silty water’s edge onto land. Water had filled almost the entirety of one leg of the suit now and he was more than aware if he had been much further out he might not have made it.

He threw the helmet and rest of the suit down and sat down on the lakeside edge, looking back over the water, he now knew it was there, he had to formulate a plan to get it. He was about to stand up and leave when he heard footsteps and a bark coming from behind him. Turning to face it he could see two officers one holding rather a mean-looking dog. He glanced quickly to his right to see if he could escape into the trees.

“I wouldn’t do that, sonny. Believe me, she can run a damn sight faster than you can.” The dog barked in agreement with the officer. As the officer drew closer there was nothing else he could do but bow his head in acceptance of the fate.

A frozen lake with birds standing on the ice.
The Frozen Lake – Image by KL Caley

I have been off galavanting up to Northumberland this last week (which has been a heavenly and a much-needed break). So, I have submitted an old story I wrote for Sue many years ago. I hope you enjoy it.


I’ve loved the creative collection you have all produced this week and tried to keep with your entries whilst on holiday but if I’ve missed any please do let me know. Thank you all for your marvellous entries.

Entries:


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge published today at 12 o’clock GMT.

Thank you all again for taking part in #WRITEPHOTO – THE FROZEN LAKE

With special thanks to Sue who originally made the #writephoto challenge so meaningful for all of us and gave me her blessing to continue it.

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – DEER at the CASTLE

They crept along the edge of the castle wall. Lowered themselves down and made a dash across the now grassy moat.

“This way”, hissed George into the darkness as he darted through an arched entrance into the Gardens.

“Someone will see us here,” whispered Ang into the darkness but followed anyway.

As they rounded the corner they could see a flashlight’s beam sway from side to side.

“Now”, called George. They paused watching the flashlight sway this way and that. Then with a start, the full beam was on them. Both stood stock-still. The guard raised his phone and another bright flash blinded their eyes.

Don’t blink, thought Ang, don’t blink, don’t blink, don’t blink. Damnit.

The guard stared long and hard, then shook his head and continued on his patrols.

“Ready?” George spoke softly into the darkness. Within seconds, they had transformed back to their original forms.

The next day, the police questioned everyone about the break-in. When asked if anything was stolen. One guard produced a picture with two light-up deer. Funnily, the Duke and Duchess did not remember buying such decorations for the castle.

Deer lights in front of a lit castle.
Deer at the Castle – Image by KL Caley

This image was taken at the beautiful Raby Castle and Gardens last year. Due to lockdowns and most indoor events being cancelled, Christmas had started to feel a bit of a bust for my LO. Then the castle put on a festive trail through their gardens and woodlands, and at only a fiver, it was worth a punt. It was cold, slightly too dark in places but somehow felt incredibly magical and it was just so wonderful to be able to do something festive. Joyfully, despite being allowed indoor stuff this year, they are actually doing it again. So, once again we are booked. It’s great to support something local and wonderful to think that something so magical stemmed from that bleak time.


I’ve had so many wonderful responses and enjoyed each and every one. I have tried to reblog a few since the post went out so hopefully, you will have seen some of them trickling through, but 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 published today at 12 o’clock GMT.

Thank you all again for taking part in #WRITEPHOTO – DEER AT THE CASTLE

With special thanks to Sue who originally made the #writephoto challenge so meaningful for all of us and gave me her blessing to continue it.

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – STAMPS

The letter fell through the letterbox and with a heavy thud landed on the carpet.

“Oh, post has arrived”, announced Mary’s mother but no one moved from the breakfast table.

“Do you want me to go get it, Mama?” Mary asked and began to push back her seat.

“No, no. We’ll finish eating as a family first. It’s nice to have the time together.”

Mary looked around the table, her father was reading the paper, her brother was playing with his toy, even the dog was laid in its basket, with just one ear raised in case any tasty morsels should be dropped on the floor. The only person who had any interest in being there was her mother who was spreading jam on her toast.

Mary tried not to stare but each bite seemed to take longer than the last. The crunch, crunch of her mothers chewing felt like nails on the blackboard. Eventually, her mother cleared her plate, not a soul had said a word during the entire meal.

“I suppose we best be getting on with our day.” Her mother announced and Mary sprang from her seat and rushed to the door. There on the mat was the treasure she had waited on, the beautiful and unusual stamp beckoning her.

She slid the envelope open with a smile. It had been worth the wait.

A colourful collection of used stamps from various envelopes and postages.
Stamps – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a colourful collection of used stamps from various envelopes and postages.


I’ve had so many wonderful responses and enjoyed each and every one. I have tried to reblog a few since the post went out so hopefully, you will have seen some of them trickling through, but here is the list below. If I have missed anyone, please let me know. I seem to have some kind of war with my spam box going on at the moment, just this morning I had 56 comments in there to wade through, so I would hate to miss anyone out. Well done to all the entries, it makes for a fantastic collection.

Entries:


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge published today at 12 o’clock GMT.

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

With special thanks to Sue who originally made the #writephoto challenge so meaningful for all of us and gave me her blessing to continue it.

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – SHOPPING

Trolley’s dash left and right

It’s the last Christmas shopping night

Prices have gone bargain low

At least that’s what the shopper’s told

Can you get that last-minute gift?

Before there is a family rift!

Have you remembered the brussels sprouts?

Oh no! They have all sold out.

Extra blankets for the chair

Auntie will fall asleep in there

And hot chocolate for the kids

What a magic time of year it is!

Shopping Trolley in an empty supermarket
Shopping – Image by KL Caley

As a few of you have probably guessed this photo was taken during lockdown, this was a photo taken on an afternoon in a supermarket when the shop was scarily empty for the daytime with only the odd worker and customer to be seen.

In James Herbert’s book Dark Places (highly recommended), he discusses how something more ordinary can often be far creepier than going for the obvious cemetery at night scenario’s. Somehow, this makes me feel like this. A bright supermarket during the day being so oddly quiet with the odd trolley here and there. You know it should be bustling with people but it isn’t. Why? Well in this scenario we know why but I wanted to capture this moment as I think it could prove useful for revoking that feeling for some future writing.


What a bumper crop this week! It always amazes me how one little photo can bring so much creativity in so many different ways.

Here is the list below (if I have missed anyone, please let me know).

Entries:


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge published today at 12 o’clock GMT.

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

With special thanks to Sue who originally made the #writephoto challenge so meaningful for all of us and gave me her blessing to continue it.

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Stones

I loved this photo (and this view). There are a lot of places where people feel the veil between worlds is thin and whilst I am not sure what I believe in that regard, I imagine this could easily be one of those places. I definitely felt at peace here.

I very much imagine Sue (Vincent), the originator of the #writephoto prompt, would have loved it here and been able to shed more light on that feeling, these lands and the history. Indeed, she probably walked this path a time or two. This image was taken on the edge of North York Moors National Park.

I wonder if there is anywhere local to yourselves that gives that sensation of inner peace. If so, I’d love to hear about it.

Some stones are located in the grassland which is surrounded by hills.
Stones – Image by KL Caley

Well, the computer gremlins have been at work again this week. What is it they say, more hurry less speed?! Definitely applies to me. Whilst I was feeling smug and confident about a fantastic new author post and book launch post I’d written for Sunday. Apparently, those little devils forgot to remind me to set this post to publish….grrrr.

In amongst emergency covid tests and calls to the doctors (for darling my LB this time not me). I hadn’t noticed until today, apologies. However please do take time to read through them if you get a chance. We even have a couple of new entrants. Welcome to the challenge 🙂


Entries:


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge published today yesterday at 12 o’clock GMT.

Thank you all again for taking part in #writephoto.

With special thanks to Sue who has been in my thoughts this week . She made the #writephoto challenge so meaningful for all of us and gave me her blessing to continue it.

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – SLOW DOWN

Life has not been giving me an easy ride lately, between illnesses and toothache, I’ve been running a bit low. To be honest I think it’s my bodies way of retaliating. I have definitely taken on a lot of stress this year, some deliberate, some accidental. I was made redundant earlier this year when my employer went through financial difficulties, however during the redundancy process, I ended up being promoted to another job, one I have a lack of experience in, whilst I enjoy a challenge (and I do enjoy the new role), at times it has been overwhelming and a struggle.

We also took on the task earlier this year of buying and fixing up a house, a task which started off as a fun challenge, but as more and more problems have been uncovered has become somewhat burdensome. The demoralisation of getting paid every month and knowing that the money is going straight out to a plumber or an electrician or a roofer (for the third time!) is difficult.

Family illness, hospitalisations and childcare problems have all played their role too (and not to mention the constant fear of covid).

It’s well documented physiologically that stress triggers adrenaline and cortisol in the body, which can have negative effects over time. I suspect this may have come to a head with my body no longer playing ball.

In 1974, cardiologists Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman coined the phrase “hurry sickness” to refer to “a continuous struggle and unremitting attempt to accomplish or achieve more and more things or participate in more and more events in less and less time.” I suspect this is too true for many, myself included.

This month I am taking the time to slow down and take a breath. I have so much to feel thankful for, a wonderful family, a job, a house and the future that I am building for my child.

An area of plants with a sign showing 5MPH.
Slow Down – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows an area of plants with a sign showing 5MPH.

“I have learned that nothing is as pressing
As the one who’s pressing would like you to believe
And I am content to walk a little slower
Because there’s nowhere that I really need to be.”
— Bright Eyes

Thank you so much for the marvellous entries this week. I have tried to reblog a few since the post went out so hopefully, you will have seen some of them trickling through, but 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 published today at 12 o’clock GMT.

Thank you all again for taking part in #writephoto – SLOW DOWN.

With special thanks to Sue who originally made the #writephoto challenge so meaningful for all of us and gave me her blessing to continue it.

Take Care
KL ❤