Meanwhile, back at the Summerhouse…
Yesterday, my plan was to kick-start day one of the Black & White 5 day Photo Challenge for which I was tagged by Lilka at BBlessed! and then by Jude at Travel Worlds. It’s a fun challenge and there are only 2 simple rules:
- On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
- Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.
Obviously, this didn’t happen (apologies to Lilka and Jude) but I do have a good excuse, since it was Hubby’s birthday yesterday (and I so hoped to surprise him with this post on his actual birthday, darn. You’ll see why shortly).
Then Sarah at Lemon Shark also recently tagged me for a Tell 5 Secrets Blog Hop for which I have to
spill the beans reveal 5 secrets and then tag 5 other bloggers to do the same.
So here’s the thing. I thought it would be fun to merge both challenges by posting a B&W photo for the next 4 days (the fifth next week since I’m now off schedule) with a sort-of-a-secret to go with it.
I should say now though, my secrets are far from juicy (in fact, I had trouble thinking of any). Sorry to disappoint, but there’ll be fifty shades of big fat nothing going on in my Summerhouse.
Each day, I will tag two people, one for each challenge and the first two are:
One more thing – still with me, I hope! It being Tuesday already, it’s also time for the Flash Fiction challenge. Charli’s prompt this week is to ‘colour your story turquoise’. I had no idea how I was going to do this at first, but then that’s the beauty of writing flash fiction: you never know what you’re gonna get. And trust me, your guess is as good as mine.
Onto the challenges, but first I want to thank Lilka, Jude and Sarah so much for thinking of me (how could I say no?). All lovely friends and gifted writers and photographers, whose wonderful blogs are well worth a visit, as well the lovely friends I’ve tagged.
I’ve posted three photos here for the B&W challenge as a present for Hubby.
Five year’s ago, Hubby fulfilled a life-long dream: a flight on a Tiger Moth. I planned secretly with the family so that we could all chip in for his birthday present to make his dream a reality.
On the very last day of the season that October, a small group of family and close friends gathered to watch Hubby take flight out of Compton Abbas Airfield in Wiltshire.
I was so happy for him, but secretly, I was very nervous as I watched him take off into the foreboding looking sky. A storm was brewing: he was cutting it fine and had a small window of opportunity to complete his flight.
Our little group watched with bated breath as Hubby flew out of sight and after what seemed an age, I finally breathed again as he came into land.
He had the time of his life and even today, he lights up at the memory of this flight. I managed to keep his surprise secret until I presented him with his gift certificate at his birthday party. Which is amazing really, as he is a terror for finding things out when he shouldn’t.
Happy Birthday Hubby!
Thinking of his Tiger Moth flight gave me the idea at last for this week’s Flash Fiction, 99 words, no more, no less. Hope you enjoy it:
Something in the Air
Jack checked the instrument panel and flicked the fuel gauge. Zero. Still no engine. Yet he was gliding smooth as butter through the clouds.
A blinding flash suddenly filled the skies and Jack stared, mesmerised, as a turquoise glow flooded the cockpit.
He didn’t remember landing. “Are you alright love?” his wife asked. “You look pale.”
“I saw something,” he muttered. “So beautiful…”
“The sunset,” she laughed.
Breaking news that night reported sightings of an unidentified object crashing near Stonehenge. A reporter told of a brilliant turquoise light witnessed by thousands.
Now it was Jack’s wife who turned ashen.