Blog, Poetry, Writing

Over to you…

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An alternative post this week to my usual ones. After talking to friends recently, saying they’re bored and there’s nothing to do at the moment; it got me thinking.

It would be interesting to start a series of posts with two or more versions of a story.

How will this work?

I’m enlisting your help in writing a story, poem or description,

in no more than 150 words in total.

I will publish each one in a themed post on my site over the next few weeks. (Subject to work being suitable for publication, is not offensive, abusive and does not contravene any laws in any way.)

I will also write something for each theme and hopefully there will be a number of writing styles to compare.
Please send in work by the date listed with a written note giving me permission to publish your item on my site. I look forward to reading your work and letting others share your amazing stories.

So here are my writing prompts for a short story, poem or description. 

Week 1

To be published on 4th June, please send in by 2nd June

A deserted house sits at the corner of the street. It’s been vacant for years, no one goes in, no one comes out. What’s the story? 

Week 2

To be published on 11th June, please send in by 9th June

Think back to your childhood days and recall a memory of something that made a firm impression on you.

Week 3

To be published on 18th June, please send in by 16th June

Opening up a box of chocolates and selecting a favourite one. Describe why you selected it.

Week 4

To be published on 25th June, please send in by 23rd June

Shut your eyes and imagine your drifting along in a boat. Where are you going to? What places have you seen on your journey? 

Blog, Dandelion, Flowers, Poetry, Writing

The clock flower

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The Clock Flower

One puff,

Two puffs,

Three or more

How many breaths

To find the hour?


Fluffy globe

Like flower

Your seeds

Float effortlessly

Through the air


Four puffs

Five puffs

Six, surely no more?

Now I know

The Secret hour…

Poem by Nick

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Birthday, Blog, Poetry, Writing

Birthday Verse…

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Birthday Verse 🎈



A Special Day.



Your Birth.

We were


When you


Here on


Take time to


Presents, 🎁

And eat plenty

Of cake, 🍰


Choose a


To relax,

And savour


Kind thought

This day

Has brought.

🎁 Happy Birthday! 🎁

Poem by Nick

Dedicated to Linda and Ian both celebrating their birthdays soon…We’ve all been through so much recently. Keep safe and enjoy your day.
I found a Cake meditation  on Insight timer recently; I thought was  a really good way of doing something mindfully.

Blog, Chronic illness, Fibromyalgia, Florence Nightingale, Invisible illness, Nursing

Discovering Florence…

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Sometimes it’s easier to focus on others to put your own problems into perspective.

You may of read about Florence Nightingale as a student, but you may not be aware of her link to fibromyalgia or indeed Florence, Italy.

She was an inspiring person who despite illness and injury, lived an exceptional life.

Florence was quoted as saying

There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain”

Florence was born on May 12, 1820, in Florence, Italy, after which she was named. She was the youngest of two children.

Florence was born into a wealthy family and was expected to get married and have a children. Florence rebelled against this stereotype. She had always helped to care for sick people and started working as a nurse.

Florence was sent to nurse injured soldiers during the Crimean War. She proved to be a very dedicated nurse; visiting the injured every evening on a regular basis which started the phrase ‘the Lady with the Lamp’.

Because of her influence in nursing practices unsanitary areas were improved which increased the survival rate of patients.

Florence wrote about her nursing techniques from experience, which formed the basics for standards in nursing care adopted for the profession.

During 1860 St Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale School for Nursing was opened.

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Florence and fibromyalgia

Florence suffered from an invisible illness after she returned from nursing solders in the Crimea War.

Her symptoms are reminiscent of fibromyalgia; which was not a recognised condition at the time. Florence spent prolonged periods in bed, due to her illness. This was probably triggered by excessive stress carrying out her duties nursing in terrible conditions.

In recent years soldiers from the Gulf  War have gone on to develop fibromyalgia after they returned from war. The unbearable stress they were exposed to at that time triggering fibromyalgia.

Florence died on August 13, 1910; she received the Order of Merit in 1907 for her contribution to modern nursing practices. Florence was an amazing woman who cared for others and put others health before her own.