Challenge Over ~ I will always love you

Motherhood by Molly Benatar [fl 1919-1929]

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This picture hangs on my wall. It has done so ever since it found its way into our home a few years back when I was searching for old frames in nearby junk shops…. any old frame I could easily walk home with and then strip bare and reuse on the cheap to frame some of my own paintings, however, I liked this one. I wanted it on the wall and so it started its hanging…. in the living room.

In quick time, it found itself waltzing upstairs with me and unceremoniously being nailed in the small white vacant space next by the shower in the attic room where I knew it wouldn’t receive the same criticism and cause the same angst as it did downstairs ~ about its unreal and sickly sentimentality (apparently). And there it is ~ the picture is still in place … and I do not feel apologetic about it.

Pretty perfect space actually.

Having defended the poor darling lady with her sort of scrumptious adorable well behaved baby over her shoulder, it is kind of strange that it is only today I have looked up and found out a bit about who this Molly Benatar artist lady is; not when she was born or when she died [she hasn’t made Wiki yet for some reason] but she was an artist illustrator in the UK, most of her work being created between 1919 and 1929. She illustrated some of Enid Blyton’s stories. Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including ‘There’s Magic In It’ sold at Sotheby’s New York ~ the ‘Original Illustration Art from the Collection of Kendra and Allan Daniel’ in 2011. Currently there is a painting by Molly on ebay open to offers at £3,000!

That’s my girl!

Gill McGrath© June 28. one day only. solo show. upstairs

Have you got something you think is lovely (like a painting) but nobody else does? Let me know! Meanwhile here’s a song from Dolly which goes with the situation….

This was Challenge Day 5 (Finale) Head scratching stuff . Thank you to Holly. It was fun
Challenge was to “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”

Challenge: day 4

lines in the sky. the morning. at 5
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Yes it’s you who wrote the words
today across the sky
three simple lines~

And I can still remember
the words you said
in  reception class
by the silver-sand tray
we were
both five years old
you and me

Gill  McGrath© June 27 sun rise

…..That was my attempt for today 4/5 (one to go) 5 DAYS/ FIVE PICTURES/FIVE STORIES
Thank you for the invite Hollyheartafire

The challenge is –
“Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge……”.

So……. I challenge Alex https://alexraphael.wordpress.com/
a journalist with a lively blog from London

The life of Brian at Uncle Spike’s Farm….

The Talking Bird from Turkey is: ‘Gettin’ the hang of it!…..’

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catch up  here with everything  or simply  read on…….

Chapter 8

Wotcha Aunty Gill  – guess what? I’m still here!!

Mrs Fox hasn’t requested my services, so I’ve had a whole month in my job of Top Rooster. And I’ll tell you what, it’s a pretty Top Job too. Because of Mrs Fox and her constant demands to ‘borrow’ one of us each day, Farmer Spike put most of the younger gals (my sisters) back into the Girlie Pen, which is next door to Soup Row (where my brothers are). They are safe there he said, but I do kinda miss ‘em to err, ‘play with’. I wander past their pen every day and blow kisses

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I do however, get to live and play with the remaining senior ladies… that’s Mary and Missy. They got used to me now, and stopped beatin’ up on me. That was weird; ya know, me supposed to be ‘The Boss’ and all that! But now we are sort of ‘equals’, and we all stay together as a gang during the day, and sleep under the kitchen stairs at night.

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Ah yes, BIG news to report…. I don’t fall off so much now; nearly got the hang of this bit – and it’s rather fun too. I spend most of the day flappin’ my right wing to the floor, lowering my head, and doing a sort of ‘jig’… then I chase one or both my mature female companions to see if they’ll let me do my balancing bit J I used to keep falling off, which was all a bit embarrassing, but no more, haha!

I wanted a picky of me ‘in action’ – Farmer Spike said “No Brian, inappropriate; especially for your Aunty Gill!”. Oh well.

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Great Aunt Spike was here for a couple of months, and she used to feed me every day. I’m not scared of hoomans anyway as Farmer Spike looked after us as baby chicks, so we know he’s a good’un, so we reckoned his mom would be too. She used to feed me biscuits every afternoon at 5 o’clock. I got used to that, so Farmer Spike carried on that too – RESULT.

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Best wishes from Rooster Nephew, Brian xx
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Dear Brian
Thank you so much for letting us know how you and your friends are getting on. It is nice to know you are getting  your biscuits from kind Uncle Spike. You should try his  carmelised oranges recipe sooooo delicious. By the way~ in the top picture of you~ is that  a new comb one of the Girlies threw to you when you walked by?  Hey ho! Things are looking good Brian.
See you again next time
and take care
from Aunty Gill xx

Challenge: day 3

‘Let’s count the petals…..’
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Summer
Evening
Two voices
Under a tree

Laughter
A daisy
Held high
In a tease
Like mistletoe

Then silence
No laughter
Light fading
And a little voice
Saying
Do you love me?

Gill McGrath June 26 [19 petals]

…..That was my attempt for today 3/5
Thank you for the invite Hollyheartafire

The challenge is –
“Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge……”.

……. I challenge poet and author Richard Ankers @
richardankers.com

The Challenge: day 2…

the art of tra.nsformation art of tra. discuss……
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The sun has it
~ the art ~ that is
~ She takes this place
and whispers mist
then simply waits~
(for me to click!)
Gill McGrath© this morning June 25. 5 to 5
sunrise described [artoftra© 2015]

…..That was my challenge attempt for today 2/5
Thank you for the invite Holly a wonderful and gifted poet @ heartafire …go there!

The challenge is –
“Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge. So….

……. I challenge Dr Ali http://dralimanonlife.com/ who has a very special way with words….

Challenge. First attempt…..

Well here it is Holly……5 days 5 photos and 5 stories.

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YEAR AGAIN….

Another summer
Another day
Sky clear

Birds silenced
By the church bell
Ringing in the sun
Still running liquid honey
Beyond the little trees
….Still no one here.

Gill McGrath©
1)June 24 2015 [words] 2)June 24 2014 [photo taken]

Thank you for the challenge Holly @ https://aheartafire.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/day-four-5-poems-5-days-5-photos-challenge/

I Challenge Laura https://eljaygee.wordpress.com/

The Rules: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”