When I’m asked what I do for a living, I’m tempted to cop out and refer to my previous career or give my professional title, which I still consider valid. Then, the inquisitive enquirer will want to know where I work, how I spend my day and, in a moment of awkwardness, I would have […]

sheep-and-car

Hundred words!  This week’s Friday Fictioneers’ post, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and the prompt…. Re-calculating! He’d begun the journey on a highway. Then, when an accident had barred his way, he’d followed the sage advice of his GPS. Re-calculating! He glared at the titchy screen and the red marker, which hadn’t moved. One road after […]

Aerial view
Carreg Cennen Castle (CD 34)
Carmarthenshire
South
Castles
Historic Sites

When it comes to property, location is everything. We all want something to see out of the window, rooms with spectacular views. What is rare for a humble dwelling, is guaranteed for a fortified castle. Whereas houses are constructed on the plateau of fields or pastures, castles are mounted on bedrock.  Cliffs are advantageous, rivers […]

ice-on-the-window

Wasn’t sure where to go with this one. Needed a little light relief in my life at the moment – so here’s my take on this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt, which is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The TV boomed – winter is coming. She groaned. “If I had a quid for every time I’d heard […]

monsters-dmm

My contribution to Friday Fictioneers’ 100 word story – thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting. Some wore balaclavas, others Halloween masks or nylon stockings. He chose a diving helmet. It wasn’t the most practical thing. He got stuck in windows. It was heavy, making climbing walls a challenge and it obscured his vision. “Why,” […]

(c) Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Welcome! My contribution to this week’s Friday Fictioneers flash fiction – 100 word story – hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. “Keep going,” Sam yelled. “We’ve got to save the town.” The line of stones shifted, some tumbled into the water. Sam’s gang worked hard to shore up the defences. The deadline was five o’clock. White froth […]

jhc7

This week’s contribution to Friday Fictioneer hosted by Rochelle Wisolf-Fields. When the whistle blew, the driver pointed at the clock and pleaded with him, “Now, man. Come on.” In response, he tipped his hat and bowed. “I’ve worked here forty years. Where will I go?” The steam spewed out of the engine and the wheels […]

chepstow castle 2

Although I’ve finished the A to Z blogging challenge for this year, I don’t want to end my exploration of British castles. For some letters I was spoilt for choice. C in particular gave me lots of options and I’m going to a pick a few of them. My first extra C is Chepstow castle […]

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

I’ve had a breather and it’s time for a little reflection on the A-Z challenge – the 26 posts on castles I wrote for April’s blogging challenge. This year was my second attempt – I participated last year on the theme of inspiration and with this in mind, I chose what I thought was a […]

ashbydelazouch

So to the last day of the A-Z challenge and I’m fortunate to have the perfect castle for my choice of theme – Ashby-de-la-Zouch – the name even looks AtoZ ish. Ashby is a small town in Leicestershire, the county of my birth. The manor house was given to the Zouch family in return for […]

yorkcastle

The urban castle is a different breed to the rural one. It’s been assaulted not by weapons, but by its surroundings and that includes how society changes around it. Ruins have a beauty about them and with light and shadows, they transform the hard rock into architectural sculptures. However, castles were built for a less […]

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