Last day on the farm


I had an adventurous ten days out on a farm high up in the hills. This is my last day.

The last day arrived. I systematically got my stuff ready to pack the car. In the meantime, I fed the cats, rabbits, and Trompie(my dog).

I let Trompie out at the front. He explored the nearby hillside while I climbed the seven steps up and down with all my stuff. I was worried at first that it would rain which luckily didn’t happen.

I vacuumed and put everything back as I found it. After lunch, I lay down and rested a bit. I washed the dishes, at four o’clock I fed the cats. chickens and the rabbits.

It was near five o’clock when I chased the sheep back into their home paddock. Two sheep were still missing.

As I climbed into the car, I hurt my leg against the car door. It was a bloody mess. I put a tissue on it, and put my tracksuit pants bottom elastic over the tissue and wound so it stayed in place. It helped to stop the bleeding. 

When I came down the hill near the main road, the lost ewe and her lamb almost had reached the main road. Fortunately, there were two ladies on the other side of the two sheep. The sheep were standing and wondering where to go next. I pulled off the road to see if I could drive them back home. Then a car came by, which drove the two sheep to one side of the road, without stopping or slowing down. I got out of the car to chase the two up the hill. A little way from the car, the car’s horn started to blow. Trompie stood with his front feet on the steering wheel and onto the hooter. I went back and told  him to get off the hooter which he did. I went back to chasing the two sheep. I got behind them, and they ran full speed up the road and hill. I hoped they found their way home. In the meantime, one lady approached me. She was the owner of the farm where I stopped in front of the gate. She helped to catch a runaway dog, ​​and now the two runaway sheep too. She also said that one of her sheep had a late lamb. 

She also explained that the sheep are frequently released or allowed to run between other farms, which is not fair to her. Leanna usually fetches them at the end of the day. The neighbour, who called me, also said something about the way the sheep graze on other farms.

I safely returned home and unpacked the car. I was overtired when I got home, and bought fish and chips for dinner. 

Tuesday morning I was so tired it felt as if a train had hit me as I  got up. I had the usual Tuesday morning tea with Jan.

That was the last of my ten days on the farm for the holidays.

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NANOWRIMO 2019 starts November 1


Are you going to join me next month and see if we can finish 50 000 words during the 30 days of November? I am going to write in Afrikaans and all about my years from my study years up to the last year in South Africa. That would be a stretch from 1965 up to 2008.

National Novel Writing Month 2019

NaNo Prep 101 Workshop

Are you getting ready to write with us this November? Whether this is your first time tackling a novel or your fifteenth, our NaNo Prep 101 Workshop is here to help you get ready to reach that 50,000-word goal.

It’s October, which means that National Novel Writing Month is just one month away!

Are you writing a novel with us in November? Let the world know by updating your social media profiles with this participant flair! (We have a square icon image, as well as banners sized for Facebook and Twitter). 

You can also announce your project on the brand new NaNoWriMo website! If you haven’t seen it yet, log into nanowrimo.org with your existing username and password (or create a new one if you don’t have an account). You can go to “My NaNoWriMo” > “Projects”, and click the “Announce new project” button at the top.

Not sure what you want to write about yet? Don’t freak out! We’ve got a lot of resources to help you prep for writing a novel this month with our NaNo Prep 101 workbook and exercises. 

NaNoWriMo: Update; nuutste telling


Word update:

Nov 5, 1717, words

Nov 6, 2009, words

Nov 7, 1679, words

Nov 8, 1909, words

Total of:   15 014 words.

 

What’s my NaNoWriMo Horoscope?

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Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

You’re used to diving straight into your imagination and exploring the boundless world of your creativity! You know your characters as well as you know yourself: their triumphs are your triumphs, their struggles are your struggles. Remember not to get so swallowed up by your novel that you forget to take care of yourself this month. If you keep yourself grounded with realistic goals, you’ll make it to 50K with flying colors.

Prompt: Write a scene in which a character is not sure if they’re awake or dreaming.

Zodiac icons created by Andi asmara on Freepik.com. Background photo by Ferenc Horvath on Unsplash, with added text and logo.

NaNoWriMo: Update. Nuwe inligting


National Novel Writing Month

My first day I wrote 1869

Eerste dag van November  – 1869 woorde

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

–Dr. Seuss

 

"I Started a Novel"

November 2, 1965 words

November 3, 2007 words

Today                                                November 4, 1842 words

Giving me a total of                                                7683 words.

Next goal is 10 000 words!

Dankie aan al die ouens wat vir my skreeu en ondersteun. Ek hoor julle!

lekkervurig  en Cecilia Lombard

het ook uit die blokke gespringe en vorder ook fluks met hul skrywery. Hulle is my skryf buddies! Gaan skree ook by hulle asb.

A & I Poetry Challenge: Last week of August


 

Poetry Challenge – August prompt closing soon

Contributions for August close soon. Publish a blog post with your poem before 30th August if you wish to be included in the round-up for August:

Write a Heart Poem:

This might be a poem with lines written in the shape of a heart, or a poem about love, getting to the heart of a problem, about folks wearing their hearts on their sleeves, or someone showing a lot of heart in competitions.

Post on your blog on or before 30th August 2018 to be included in the link-backs.

The prompt is merely a suggestion and any topic is welcome.

Here is Amanda’s contribution for August:

 

When You Leave

My heart does dream of only you,

it has no time or rudder.

Until your touch is felt again,

that longing makes me shudder.

Your trust you gave implicitly

I will not lie or tease,

for in between life’s dark and light,

It ‘s you I long to please.

 

Hosts Blogger and writer from New Zealand, Ineke from scrapydo2.wordpress.com and Blogger, Amanda from Something to Ponder About, are jointly hosting the A and I Poetry Challenge. Amanda’s challenge is in English and Ineke’s is in Afrikaans, (with translations in English).

The challenge is open to everyone, from complete beginners to advanced writers or aspiring poets. The challenge will run from March to October 2018.

You can write in either language but please post a link back or comment at both WordPress blogs to indicate your interest and include the tag  A and I Poetry Challenge.

Beginner poet, hobbyist or Advanced writer – we hope you will join in with us.

For Full guidelines click here.

A and I Poetry Challenge

 

I copied and pasted this information from

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/poetry-challenge-august-prompt-closing-soon/

Children writing Stories 2: Elisa’s two stories


 

A boring day out.

You know, these days when my Mum says:“We’re on a day out!”

Well, the places we visit are past boring. We go to parks or KMart to get some new clothes for Mum. It’s not like other kids. They go to water parks or hangdog. They are very fortunate.

Today was different.

Once again Mum said:”We’re going on a day out!”

“More like a boring day again,” I mumbled.

We jumped into Mum’s car and off we went. “Where are we going?”

“Surprise, surprise,” Mum answered with a grin on her face.

I crossed my arms over my chest and gave my sad face.

“Don’t feel sad about it,” Mum said seeing my face in the mirror.

“You’ll know where we are as soon as we get there.” She smiled from ear to ear.

I wasn’t sad about that, though. The last time Mum said it was a ‘surprise’ we went to  Grandmother to play scrabble.

Soon we reached the town. I expected Mum to stop at the local playground. We didn’t!

I was shocked. “Why aren’t we going to the park, Mum? We usually go there on a bor… I mean a day out?”

“Well, that’s the point. We go there too often. I decided we should go somewhere else for a change.” came Mums explanation. “We are going to the -”  POP interrupted Mum. She went white as a ghost.

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“Oh dear,” she whispered. The car stopped with a jolt. Mum jumped out and looked at the tires.”Oh my, oh my” Mum kept on saying.

I opened the car door and joined Mum. A popped tyre means only one thing.

The most boring day of my life, history. Mum gave a big sigh again: “Sorry Frank, I was going to take you to ‘hangdog’.”

I looked like a codfish. We were heading for ‘hangdog’! Now the chances of having a fun day out, crushed.

“I better call the tyre fitters or whatever they are called.” I could hardly hear my Mum’s words. That’s how our day started, with our car being towed to be fixed.

I sighed. This was going to be so dull.

Then, a MIRACLE!

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“Mum, Mum, can I please go to the Water Park across the road?”

“Sure,” Mum said, not paying any attention.

“YIPPY!” I screamed as I ran towards the Water Park.

It was the best day out after all.

 

The stolen toy

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I am a toy. I do not have a proper name; I’m just called Toy. At the moment I’m a stolen toy. I’m in Luna’s little sisters’ bedroom.

I am so lucky not being her toy. The craziest thing happened while I was there.

She came through the door muttering something:”Luna is a big fat…. Mumble.” I could not hear clearly. She sat on her bed, heaved a big sigh. That’s when I got terrified. She grabbed Big Brown Teddy by the neck and threw him into the wall. I heard him whimpering as he crumpled to the floor like a paper being scrunched. Next, she kicked Fairy who sat on the ground into the warm heater. Fairy howled loud and long.

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Her eyes flashed with fury. She stamped on her tiger and sat on her lion. Screaming.

Luckily Luna came in.

“You stole her again!”Luna growled. She grabbed me and took me back to her room.

I’m so glad I’m back where I belong.

Children writing stories 1: Two stories from Daisy


 

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LOST, AND FINDING HOME AGAIN.

Pepper woke up at 3 am bright and ready for a new adventure. She gave herself a good clean and darted out the cat flap.

She ran through the bush out on the neighbour’s driveway. Practices some stalking the chickens. She won’t hurt them!

After this fun, she spent so time running around smelling everything.

Suddenly Pepper stopped. She smelled something dangerous. Some warm breath brushed against her face. Pepper took off in a flash. A bark echoed behind her. “A dog! I’ve got to run faster!” She kept on running. The dog gave up, and Pepper headed home.

“Where am I?” she could see nothing familiar. She knew that she ran straight. “Think Pepper!” she told herself. “I just need to run in the opposite direction.”She sped for home. After running for a long time, she passed a well-known tree. She smelled a familiar smell. She heard biscuits being poured into her bowl. Pepper followed the scent and the sound and padded down the driveway. She looked up and saw her home.

Hurriedly she ran inside. A welcome smile and beaming face looked at her.

That was an unforgettable adventure.

Pepper enjoyed the rest of the day resting and cuddled up in her owner’s arms.

Second Story

AROUND THE WORLD

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Hi, I’m a colourful leaf. I live in Willow Woods. Very boring just hanging here unless the wind blows. It has been my dream to travel around the world.

One day a storm was brewing overhead. My hopes got up:

Maybe my luck is in today!

The storm could go on for days, and I could travel around the world! Jippie yey.

Now, wait for the moment! I got prepared for the journey by packing a lot of nutrients and a protective dirt suit so that I won’t get ripped apart.

The wind began to pick up speed. I whisked around. After some hours I was out of the country.

I flew over the sea. The sea was more beautiful than I imagined. My first stop was Italy. Finally, my dream came true.

 

To be continued.

A & I Poetry Challenge. End of June


Poetry Challenge Entries for June Closing Soon

It is the final week of the Monthly Poetry Challenge for June.

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Write a poem based on your own theme or the prompt given below, and post using the tag A and I Poetry Challenge.  You have until Friday to be included in this months round up of entries.

The prompt is outlined below but perhaps you have another theme to present?

Leave a comment here so that Ineke and I can easily find your poem for this month.

Find instructions for joining in HERE


June Prompt

Write a poem about something small that is only 5 lines long. Write the same poem again and try to use concrete words.

Discuss which version you like best and why.

The prompt is merely a suggestion if you need help getting started with ideas.

You may of course, write about whatever you choose and still tag our A and I Poetry Challenge so that other readers can find your poetry post.

If you have the skill to read or write in Afrikaans, you can find Ineke’s contribution here:

https://scrapydo2.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/a-i-poesie-uitdaging-junie/A and I Poetry Challenge

 

Amand and Ineke  – A and I Poetry Challenge

(I copied and pasted this from Amanda’s reminder)

Early morning adventure.


Early morning adventure.

Friday, April 13, my favourite day!

I usually take Trompie for a quick walk before I leave home at about ten past seven.

With all the bad weather I did not take him for these early walks. I am in the lucky position now to have a fenced garden. I let him out at half past six, but he kept on telling me he wanted to go out.

I know why he wants to go out. He loves to sniff out cat poop to eat.

I put Trompie on his lead. I told him I am already late, he better hurry up.

The road in front of my house is a double drive with an isle in the middle grown with grass.

We crossed the road and walked past the farm where there are about fifty sheep and four cows. It smelled like the farm. Trompie kept on trying to push through the fence. He wasn’t in a hurry at all.

I forced him to keep on walking. We crossed the road just after passing the roundabout.

We were back on the side where my house is. When we came around the bend,

EXCITEMENT:

On the middle part were two huge, white, fat pigs looking at us.

Trompie looked at them, and they looked back.

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Trompie and I slowly moved nearer

You know what these two pigs did?

At first, they stared at us.

We stared back in amazement.

They turned around in a flash, squealing and off they went, back home.

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260 words

 

A and I Poetry Challenge. First Month’s Poems


You don’t think you are a poet?

I don’t believe it! Writing poetry is something everyone can do.

Poetry is putting your own thoughts down on paper, so how can that be wrong?

Benefits of a Poetry Challenge

Poetry writing can be a great way to express deep-seated emotions in a constructive way, helping us to process their inner meanings and significance.

Then again, your poetry might just be a little bit of fun. Rhyming poetry for instance.

Ineke from scrapydo2.wordpress.com and  Amanda from Something to Ponder About are jointly hosting an upcoming poetry challenge in English and in Afrikaans, in the WordPress community.

You are invited to join in. See instructions below.

 

Poetry Writing Tips

Honour the miraculousness of the ordinary. What we very badly need to remember is that the things right under our noses are extraordinary, fascinating, irreplaceable, profound and just kind of marvellous.

Look at the things in the foreground and relish stuff that can lose its glow by being familiar. In fact, re-estranging ourselves to familiar things seems to be a very important part of what poetry can do. [Source: From http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29538180:]

On Using Rhyme: https://www.creative-writing-now.com/rhyme-schemes.html

Tips on Getting Started:

“The first step in any poem is coming up with something to write about. Don’t feel that you have to choose profound or “poetic” material. It’s easiest to write a good poem about something you know well, that you have experienced first-hand, or that you have nearby so that you can observe it carefully. This is because what makes the poem profound and interesting will be the hidden details or qualities you discover, or what the subject reminds you of, your unique perspective. With poems, as with other things (or so I hear), it’s not the size that matters, it’s what you do with it.In the beginning, you don’t have to worry about “style,” about writing in a “beautiful” or a “poetic” way. In fact, if you start to think about “being poetic,” it can distract you from what you’re actually writing about and hurt your poem.”

 

Challenge Hosts Amanda and Ineke

 

Why a Poetry Challenge?

Read more here here

What is it about?

The Poetry challenge is open to everyone, from complete beginners to advanced writers, and will run from March to October in 2018.

Each month we will post a  prompt, and helpful sites for getting started in poetry.

You can write in any language, it certainly doesn’t have to be in English.

Ineke will post the challenge in Afrikaans on her blog, so if that language suits you better, visit her here.

You Can write any kind of poem that you like. If you need the inspiration to get you started:

The March Prompt:

Grab the closest book. Go to page 29. Write down 7 words that catch your eye. Use 5 of the words in a poem.

 

Here is my Poem:

Whispers

Soft voices.

Whispers.

In the woods.

Curling, floating, sleets of mist.

Fresh and sweet

Whispers in the mist.

Silence.

Instructions for Joining the Poetry Challenge:

Sign up by leaving a comment on this post, so we know you are interested.

Amanda and I will post a poetry prompt and writing tips and links, around 1st day of each month.

You might need to follow our blogs so that the posts show up in your WP reader.

  • Using your own idea,  or the monthly prompt supplied, write a post with a poem, either fun or serious and post before the 27th day of that month.
  • Include in your post a link or pingback to both:

 scrapydo2.wordpress.com

Something to Ponder About – forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com

  • Add the tag A and I Poetry Challenge to your post.
  • As ping backs sometimes don’t work, please also leave a comment at my blog, scrapydo2.wordpress.com and Amanda’s blog, Something to Ponder About, with the link URL to YOUR blog post on the challenge post for that month.   N.B. If you do this, others can find their way to your challenge post and create a supportive community too.
  • Include the Poetry Challenge badge in your post, if you so wish. (optional)

That is it!

Oh, and have fun writing!! Any questions? Just ask.

Amanda and I will post link backs to the blogs who have joined in with the challenge in the poetry challenge post in the following month so that you can all find each other’s blog posts and build a new poet’s community!!