#Writephoto Round-Up – Red Door

He removed the blindfold from her eyes and jumped back “Tadah”.

“What?” she said glancing up and down the street.

“There, in front of us”.

“Dan, you’ve got to be kidding me. Okay it’s old, I’ll give you that, but it’s tiny, I wanted ballrooms and a sweeping staircase and a library. This looks like you and I would just about fit in it.” She huffed loudly.

“Firstly, we can’t afford that and you know it. Secondly you’ve not even seen inside yet. Em, will you at least give it a chance?” He kissed her on the nose, making her laugh and knocking her out of her mood.

“Okay.” She nodded and with great excitement he stepped forward to the bright red door, placing the key in the lock.

As the door swung open, immediately she could see the stone walls disappearing off, sconces lighting the way. “Wow”, she gasped involuntarily.

“See…” he said, delighted. Taking her hand he lead her further inside.

As they round the first corner they opened the door to a huge room with a grand fire burning at one end. A long table with several seats was situated close to it but the rest of the room was open with a vast space. Dan took her hand and led her across the wooden floor and went through another doorway which led to a huge kitchen, a huge range at one end with a giant belfast sink, and many, many pots and pans hanging from the rafters. Her mouth had now dropped open causing Dan to smirk, pulling at her hand he led out to a hallway and up a spiral staircase, to a long galley landing with several doors leading off.

“These are all bedrooms”, he said as they passed several doors, “but I think you’ll like this room the best”. He pushed open a large brown door and inside was a room which seemed to extend right up into the rafters. Floor to ceiling of the room was lined with bookshelves, waiting to house a collection of books. A solitary desk and a slightly old but comfortable looking sofa finished the room.

“I don’t understand?” Em said finally.

“Didn’t you see the sign on the way in?”

“No, what did it say?”

“Castle Cottage”. Emma nodded. It made sense, this place certainly felt like a castle.

“Let’s sign the papers, Dan. This place is perfect.”

“See, I knew you’d love it if you gave it a chance. There’s one issue though…” he paused looking shifty. “The toilets outside!”

The Red Door – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a terraced house with a vivid red door. The sign beside the door states Castle Cottage.


Hope you enjoyed my fun little take on last week’s prompt. Thank you all for the wonderful responses to the post, what a fun collection. 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, the latest is published HERE.

Thank you all again for taking part in #writephoto – Red Door

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. Stuart Francis posted a beautiful birthday tribute last week which you can read here, alongside a few new adventures to enjoy.

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Meeting

The early dusk filtered through the trees, filling the area with a hazy morning light. She loved this time of day when the world was waking all around her. Yet, nearby she could hear voices. Intrigued she walked through the woodland until she came across a clearing, where a meeting was taking place. She didn’t want to intrude but the isolated spot for the meeting spoke to her, she lifted her camera and took a snap. Then continued on her walk, hoping to catch an early morning shot of the birds on the lake before they migrated for winter.

That evening as she uploaded her files, she came across the photo of the woodland meeting, yet instead of the group she had seen, the clearing was empty, and in the distance standing among the trees, she could see herself.

Meeting – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a woodland. In the centre of the woodland is a clearing with fallen trees made into a round seating area. At the head of the seating area is a grand chair.


This quirky area can be found at Hardwick Park, where they often have forest schools for little ones to attend…but when I saw this set-up my imagination started running with other ideas as did our fantastic entries for 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). Thank you all for grabbing a spot and joining in with our special meeting place:

Entries:


Thank you all again for taking part in #writephoto – https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2022/09/08/writephoto-meeting/

This week’s #writephote challenge – The Red Door, is now live:

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Swan

The solo swan continued her rounds of the pond where her memories had been happiest.

Yet every day her heart ached just a little more.

The light shining through under the golden bridge seemed enticing.

With calm and dignity she swam towards it.

Returning to her (soul) mate.


Written in memory of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II.

Swan – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a solo swan swimming under a small bridge.


Did you know as a general rule, swans mate for life? If a mate is lost then the surviving mate will go through a grieving process just like humans do.

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, the latest challenge is published here:

https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2022/09/08/writephoto-meeting/

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

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Fledgling

I’ve took a chance
And jumped from my nest
I really thought
It was for the best

But now I’m stuck
In this safe spot
Taken refuge
In this pot

My brothers and sisters
Have taken flight
So, I need to try
With all my might

I gather up my strength
And count to three
And make it into the sky
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Fledgeling – Image by KL Caley

Every year our garden seems to attract a family or two of blackbirds. Small cute and sweet they are easy on the eye, but oh my the havoc when they’re learning to fly. We had two dogs, sadly both lost (to old age) within the last two years, who got rather excited when a new brood of fledglings were running around the garden, so had to be kept from the garden for a while. And just when we’d think all was safe another brood would appear, one even appeared in August one year!


Here is the list of this weeks wonderful participants, (if I have missed anyone, please let me know).

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 – Fledling

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Curtain

David ran along the curtain wall. Nearing the side of the river, the steep bank would afford some protection but with the numbers approaching it wouldn’t last long. He’d raised the alarm and he could hear shouts and grunts from those remaining in the Castle, the bell tolling what felt like their doom. The Duke and his knights were on a hunting party, leaving no-one but those who were to drunk to attend, and a handful of guards to hold the walls, the young boys had dreamt of becoming knights, yet not like this, they were not ready to take their stand, still they had no choice. He leant against the curtain wall and prayed, then gathered his bow to him, ready to take on his Duke’s enemies.

Curtain – Image by KL Caley

This fabulous Curtain wall is part of Pickering Castle in Yorkshire. Despite these pretty impressive curtain walls, Pickering Castle was little used as a defence castle (indeed it is rumoured that the Scots were bribed to leave it alone during the campaign by Robert the Bruce of Scotland against Edward II to recognise an independent Scotland). The Castle instead was mostly used as a luxury dwelling for the hunting grounds nearby.


Thank you so much to all my fabulous contributors. I am back from my jollies now so should hopefully get back to catching up on all your entries and sharing some of your amazing creations here on the blog. In the meantime, see the entries for Curtain below (if I’ve missed anyone, please do let me know):

Entries:


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

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

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Chapel

Hear the bells ring, hear the bells toll
Yesterday or long ago
Capturing a couples new start in life
The moment a husband acquires a wife

Chapel – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a tiny chapel. Beside the chapel are dilapidated stone walls. A clue to its history/location perhaps.

This lovely little building sits within the walls of Pickering Castle. Whilst much of the Castle is in ruins this little chapel holds its own. The Chapel Interior is rather lovely too –

Pickering Castle: The Chapel interior
Image by Michael Garlick

We are on week 3 of sickness bugs in our house, I feel like we’ve had everything bar the kitchen sink (well we have one of those, but you know what I mean). We thought the little guy was on the mend and sent him off to nursery Wednesday, only to receive a phone call in the afternoon to come collect. Hubby even came home from work early Thursday as he was feeling unwell too. All being well we are supposed to be at a wedding this weekend and then on holiday but at this stage we just don’t know what we’ll be able to do. Part of me wonders if someone is going to come along and paint a big cross on our door!… Anyway, what I am really trying to say is thank you all so much for taking the time to contribute and support the prompt, it really means the world to me, your creations are so inspiring and I can’t wait to be on the mend and get back to a more regular blogging habit. In the meantime, please do click through these marvellous creations (and let me know if I have missed anyone out):

Entries:


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge published – this week’s is CURTAIN.

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

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Stairway

Through the trees
What can you see?
A stairway to…
Possibilities.

Stairway – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows wooden stairs surrounded by grass and trees (almost hidden).

These secret little stairs are actually within Pickering Castle in Yorkshire. I loved how they were almost hidden by nature and the mystery of where they are leading you too.


Here is this week’s fabulous entries below (if I have missed anyone, please let me know).

Entries:


I hope you’ll join me for the latest #writephoto challenge published here

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

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Solitude

She screamed from the top of the tower but it was pointless.

Every other location she had been transferred to, the doors had been locked, but here they were open. For she was a threat to no-one. The doors may be open but she had no way of leaving for how could she cross the water…

Solitude – Image by KL Caley

I’m sure many of you will have been wondering where this fabulous little Castle is? For those that guessed Scotland – correct! But how far North did you go?…

This little Castle is Kisimul Castle and also known as Kiessimul Castle, is a medieval castle located on a small island off Castlebay, Barra, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. It gets its name from the Norse ciosamul, meaning “castle island” (Wikipedia).


I’ve had so many wonderful responses, here is the list below (if I have missed anyone, please let me know). So sorry for the delayed response, I’ve been battling some form of flu all week, which has knocked my socks off. I’ve only just began to feel a little like my usual self but the headache’s still hovering and I’m starting to get a bit of jaw/earache too (probably been grinding my teeth). C’est la vie, it could be much worse. Anyway, thank you all so much for your wonderful creations.

Entries:

perfect-des-res/ – pensitivity101

 #writephoto — I Am an Island – This, That, and the Other

 #Writephoto – Island Mist – About the Jez of It

 #writephoto – The Bag Lady

 A special place – Keep it alive 

Fishy, Dead Fishy #writephoto | TanGental 

secrets – nope, not pam 

The Art of Architecture – Very Important Stuff Here

#writephoto — I Am an Island

#WRITEPHOTO – Solitude

#WRITEPHOTO – Solitude – ❀ Welcome To LSS Attitude of Gratitude❀

A Remote Getaway :: N2W 2200802

Castles In The Sand – Random and Superficial Thoughts

Solitude | #writephoto Flash Fiction – Jemima Pett

Thursday Challenges: Write Photo, Doors, Trios, 99-Word Fiction, and Other Gems – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge, this week’s is now live and can be found here:

https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2022/08/04/writephoto-stairway/

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

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. I think she would have loved this magical place.

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Slit

Portal through
to who knows where
A slit in time
A place to share

The darkness draws
the eye to the light
And rewards us with
This majestic sight

Slit – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writersthe image shows an ancient window slit beyond which you can see water and trees.


A fabulous bumper crop this week. Here is the list below (if I have missed anyone, please let me know). It makes for fantastic reading. Thank you all so much.

Entries:


I hope you’ll join me for another #writephoto challenge published here –  #WRITEPHOTO – Solitude

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

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. I think she would have liked this picture. I hope you all don’t mind but I may trial moving the #writephoto round-up to Wednesdays as I think it mightwork better timewise to collate it. But please let me know if that causes any issues.

Take Care
KL ❤

#Writephoto Round-Up – Ribbit

“Who’s that?”

“Who?”

“Her over there?”

“Oh! Her, dunno, she’s nothing more than a polliwog, why would that interest an old frog like me?”

“Well… it interests me!”

“Well it would, you are a toad after all!”

Ribbit – Image by KL Caley

I don’t know if anyone spotted the comments at the bottom of the post but Jemima helped us identify these two little darlings:

In the centre (left) is a lovely frog. Quite sleek, and nicely patterned. On the right is a toad, looking grumpy. He may be cold as he’s very dark. Their mouths generally have a more rounded shape cf the frog’s more pointy shaped jaw.

Toads generally look as if they have warts.


I’m not sure if it’s been the heat getting to you all or not but most of this week’s entries were hilarious ones which had me chuckling out loud! We’ve had slimy politicians, food moving on the plate, some woke frogs trying to be down with the kids, some time and space “hopping” and so much more. Just brilliant, thank you all for such creative fun! 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 – Ribbit

Take Care
KL ❤