Thursday photo prompt – Smoke #writephoto


Sue  Vincent  said  :  Use the image below to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, by noon (GMT)  Wednesday 14th December

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Here is  my  entry :  Smoke and Cakes


As  she  neared  the habitation  her  heart sank.  There  was  smoke  bellowing out  of  the  windows. Wasn’t  it  bad  enough  having  to  cope  with  those  damn  Vikings  causing  trouble all  the time. Elsebeth   had  three boys  to  look after,  a husband off in Wessex  defending  the  realm and  now it looked  as if  the  cakes ( small loaves  of  bread)  had  gone up in  smoke!

Opening  the  door of  the  cottage  she  saw  the  man  who  had  asked  for shelter  earlier  that  day  sitting  by  the  fire  staring in to  the flames  totally  unaware  that  the loaves  were on fire.  Not  just  burning actually on  fire!

“What on  earth  are  you  thinking  man! I don’t  care if you  think  you are a  bloody  king   what am I  going to  give  my  boys  for their  tea?” Elsebeth  screamed, incandescent  with rage. It was  the  final  straw !

Alfred  look up, stunned  back in to the  present , out of dreams of  his  battle plans… such  as  they  were. ” I am  sorry  he  said, Looking  around  at  the smoke  filled  room.  ” I have  just lost  my  brother   and  what  with  the  invasion” He  saw  the    the  woman’s  tears.  “I am sorry  he said ”  and  he meant it. I will do  my best  to  sort things out  .

As  Elsebeth   jammed  the  door open  and  stomped  around  Alfred  decided  he  must if  nothing  else  make  a truce  with  the Vikings  but  first  he  need  to  sort his  stomach!



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Sue Vincent's Daily Echo


A little while ago, I mentioned… quite discretely and with absolutely no bouncing around on tables or wild whooping… that this blog, the Daily Echo, had been nominated for the UK Blog Awards.

The surprise was genuine… so was the honour. I did not know the person who had nominated me and I was utterly gobsmacked when I realised the email was not a joke.

The awards consider business, professional and personal blogs side by side. The prize is an opportunity to write professionally… and that I would like.

Having said that, the comments on the post I put out then were amazing…and I honestly felt as if I had already won the biggest prize possible. Which is why, when they asked me to write an overview of the blog, I included some of them. It is the people who come here and read, share, and take time to comment…

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Franz and Helga and Their Just Rewards by Holly Geely | Day 8 | Advent Calendar 2016

Hi this is part of Solveig Werner’s at . Day 8 | Advent Calendar, Franz and Helga and Their Just Rewards by Holly Geely. I have really enjoyed this lovely cross between Grims and Anderson! I shall be trying to reblog the entries daily! By the way my entry is December 22nd. Happy Advent . Enjoy. xxx

Solveig Werner

Advent Calendar 2016

Day 8 | Advent Calendar

Franz and Helga and Their Just Rewards by Holly Geely

The cold winds of winter blew outside the cottage. Franz and Helga were the brother and sister who lived inside the cottage. They had been farmers once but that was a long time ago.

Franz and Helga had boarded up their windows against the chill. They had little food on the table but Franz was too old and Helga was too infirm; neither could brave the storm to collect more.

“I told you we should have hired help,” said Franz.

“What good would that have done?” said Helga.

“We could have continued working the land, and we would have food to eat,” said Franz.

“We will make money when we sell the merchandise,” said Helga.

Helga was convinced that their hand-carved toilet roll holders would catch on with the locals. Franz was not so sure…

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