Dear Don: Utterly Unacceptable…

Dear Don,

Ah yes… Columcille…. it all clicks back into place now… My mind seemed stuck on Aidan…Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 003

I am not surprised you are happy about the Minahane being revisited. There was so much more in there at second reading that I hadn’t been ready to see first time round. Lord only knows what I’ll find next time…

Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 048Funny, I had the conversation about establishment about the same time you were writing this. When professional reputations, bursaries and income are on the line, the status quo seems much more appealing than walking out on a limb. That is for Fools…

… which says a lot about us, I suppose.

“none of them orthodox all of them utterly unacceptable on so many levels…” rather says it all… as you know full well that I will rub my hands in glee at that one and be delighted to assist…

Continue reading at France and Vincent

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Circuits ~ Kerfe Roig #writephoto

circuits s

Begin with
the labyrinth.  The
center holds
the light.  The
center lies outside, beyond
opening.  Beyond

thought. Beyond
the perimeter.
It blends and
hugging the coastline of sight.
It is letting go,

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Last chance to vote! Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2019

“Last chance,” she says, “to cast your vote!
Support your favourite blogs!”
Yeah, right, I note there is no place
To vote for blogging dogs.

It’s not just me, there’s lots of us,
And blogging cats as well…
And other creatures so I’m told,
And all with tails to tell!

But only two-legses can vote,
And we’re not nominated
Because we only get to write
On blogs that they’ve created.

So as you’re not allowed to vote
For those of us with fur…
You could just make my two-legs’ day
And cast a vote for her 😉

Voting for the 2019 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards closes today at

21:00 (BST) on the 24th April 2019

This blog, Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo (which, whether she sees fit to accept it or not, includes the small dog), has been nominated for BestBlogging/Writing Blog alongside some great sites.

There are eight different categories in which you can vote and each one includes links to the blogs of the nominees… Click on their names to discover new blogs!

Winners will be announced at the Bloggers Bash in London on June 15th. The winners post will go live on the Bloggers Bash website at 6pm on the same day.

The Annual Bloggers Bash is a gathering of bloggers from all corners of the blogosphere. This year, it will take place on 15th JUNE at the Grange Wellington Hotel. 71 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2PA.

It is a great event to attend to learn more about blogging… and to meet the faces behind the pages of many of your favourite blogs.

Visit the Annual Bloggers Bash website to cast your vote
and buy your bash ticket.

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Gate to the Land of Youth… Stuart France


Fin and his Merry-Men were hunting atop a hill.

All day they were there yet caught no glimpse of game.

As evening drew in, Fin spoke, “let’s turn for home, boys, there is naught for us on this dismal hill,” he said, “’twill be late when we get there and a hunger and thirst will be on us.”

“A hunger and thirst on us, already,” said Conan, and spat into the ground.


So Fin and his Merry-Men turned and set off down the hill-side.

Before long a Black Fog fell and they lost their way.

“No good ever came from a fog of this sort,” said Fin resignedly, “we’re out for the night now, boys, and no mistake!”

As the Merry-Men set too, assessing their predicament, Dermot spied a white-washed house in the gloom.

Continue reading at Stuart France

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Awakening #midnighthaiku


Stones wake to moonlight

Forgotten lives whispering

Long silence broken



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Two forests ~ M. Brazfield #writephoto

as i followed the silver mist

i could not understand it was her voice

and the voice of the others in their

cocktail dresses

lyrically they laughed in a quasi celestial choir

while they clinked their martini glasses

Continue reading at  Words Less Spoken

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Rays of Hope ~ Rupali S Banerjee #writephoto


Life on the other side….

Has sunshine and green….

Vibgyor rays peeping through branches….

Making a beautiful scene !!!!

Being on the opposite side….

Standing in the dark….

The mind disbelieves….

A difference so stark !!!!

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The Healer: Now part of a Box Set! ~ Christoph Fischer

Reblogged from Christoph Fischer:

When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her. Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?

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Stagshaw Garden

Sun in Gemini

The view of Lake Windermere from part way up the fellside

Stagshaw Garden is a sloping woodland garden of approximately eight acres. It is located on a steep slope named Skelghyll Fell on the north-eastern shores of Windermere, England’s largest lake. The area around Windermere is considered the centre of the Lake District. The word ‘Lakeland’ has become a normal way of referring, locally, to the Lake District.

Most of the Lake District is protected by the National Trust – a preservation organisation which was founded in 1897 and empowered by an Act of Parliament in the early years of the twentieth century. Beatrice Potter, the children’s author, was one of the founders of the National Trust. She lived in Lakeland and bequeathed her substantial local landholdings to the Trust at its formation.

Stagshaw Garden was created for the National Trust by Cubby Acland. The project was begun in 1959…

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Published Bloggers (1)


As some of you know, I am always happy to promote the books of bloggers who have published books. Whether they have self-published, or managed to get a deal, it doesn’t matter.

I made a similar offer to this in 2017, and thought it was about time to try again.

But I don’t have time to trawl the blogs of my followers for them, and rely on them letting me know. So I have decided to offer a no-strings promotion on my blog. If you are part of this community, and struggling to get readers for your work, then I will help by adding your links to a series of blog posts. To be included, just choose from the following options.

1) Add your link or links to the comments on this post.
2) Send me a cover photo and a brief synopsis by email to
Then I will…

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