Once Upon a Moonlit Night

She stood shivering behind the cover of the ancient yew tree, wisps of hair blowing across her face in the gentle breeze, trying not to breathe too loudly.  They were sure to hear her, she just knew it, even the pounding of her heart could give her away but she could not stop now.  If…

“Take Me Dancing”

He was beginning to wonder where she’d got to when he heard the sound of heels click-clacking on the stairs. He started to say “Where on earth have you …….?” but as he looked up from his newspaper and saw her standing in the doorway, the question faded away on the air. She stood watching him, her…

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge #5

REMEMBRANCE She takes the tiny key from the chain around her neck and unlocks the box.  Taking care not to damage the brittle paper of the letter, she places it gently on the bed and arranges the other contents of the box around it.  The single rose has kept its’ colour but is so fragile…

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge #4

THE LECTURER It had been another dull lecture, the hotel conference room hot and stuffy despite the air conditioning. Twenty minutes from the end and a number of her colleagues had already discreetly left for the bar or one of the fashionable cafes on the square. She didn’t quite know why she’d stayed, sorry for…

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge #3

At first she thought it was a mouse scrabbling about in the attic overhead but the longer she lay there listening,the less familiar the sound became. Someone talking to themselves perhaps, the occasional exclamation, even an amused snort of laughter, but all the while accompanied by a strange scratching noise in the background. When she…

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge #2

COURTESAN  She looked into the glass one last time before crossing the bedroom floor to seat herself in composed readiness on the chaise longue. Except that this time she was neither composed nor ready.   She had seen it in his eyes the previous evening, a little less sparkle, a little less intoxication. She remembered their…

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge #1

A little light, a little dark, a little mystery…  This is the first of my posts in the ‘Five Photos – Five Stories’ Challenge, thanks to west517 for inviting me to join in!  As I am forever composing the beginning paragraphs of short stories in my head I thought perhaps this would be an opportunity to…

Chopin, Nocturnes,Sheet Music Part 2 – The Power of Memory

In which we pursue our dream of mastering the piano without the aid of the Brownies and without a piano Family legend has it that one of my great uncles – inevitably on my father’s side, for it was my paternal grandmother who boasted the mad inventor father and 13 siblings – was so talented a…

Chopin, Nocturnes, Sheet Music and the Brownies

As a small child I was encouraged by my mother to join the Brownies, an institution she had relished so much in her own childhood that she had gone on to be a Girl Guide and the veteran of many a Brownie and Girl Guide camping expedition.  At the time as a seven year old…

Of Sunflowers, Kites and Kestrels….

In which we bang on about the weather again but for a different reason and then turn a little serious………….. I have always had the fanciful notion that the weather here on earth is largely dictated by the activities of the Olympian Gods up in the clouds.  Right at this moment in time , they’re…

Summer Storms and Teeny Tiny Toads

 In which we consider the return of Noah’s flood to the Charente and tackle a hoard of teeny tiny toads in the wine press………. The weather has achieved Biblical proportions today here in sunny France. After an impressive build up over the last few weeks and months, with a few minor monsoons here, a mini…

Oh No! It’s Holiday time on the Hillside

In which we consider the impending onslaught of summer visitors and wonder whether a person could have opening and closing times like a boutique. Well it’s that time of year again here on the hillside, the friends and family start their mass migration to foreign climes passing where possible by our front door for a…