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Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Continuous

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

~ William Wordsworth

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Part of an ancient clock in the Castle of Hoensbroek, my home town.


The water wheel of a mill in Maastricht. It is still used as main energy source for the bakery.


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Six Word Story Challenge: Retrospect

This week, the Six Word Story Challenge – 6WSC – is all about RETROSPECT. With the new year this close, it might be fun to look back at 2013. What kind of experiences would you like to transform into New Year’s resolutions? What would you like to forget immediately? And to which moments would you love to hold on forever?

What would you like to share about your past year?


The challenge for you:

Write a story about RETROSPECT in just six words. Let a photo or image inspire you to write a story. Or first write the story, and then make or search for a picture to go with it.

Here’s a Six Word Story by Ernest Hemingway.


Such an impact and unseen images in only six words…

Publish your Six Word Story on your own website/blog and paste the link to that post in a comment to this one here at Figments. I will include your contribution in this post, forming a list of stories.

Will you join me? Will you? Say you do. :) And share the challenge news!

I look forward to your stories.



Who’s next? :)

The next challenge will be published on January 22. Doe je liever mee in het Nederlands, ga dan naar Verhaal in zes woorden met beeld: Terugblik.

Older stories:
130226 – Poverty
130313 – Spring
130327 – Writing

130410 – Light
130424 – Music
130515 – Transport
130529 – Pets
130612 – Regret
130616 – Inspiration
130703 – Commercials
130814 – Vacation
130829 – Memory
130911 – Terrorism
130925 – Youth
131030 – The Weather
131113 – Film
131127 – Art
131211 – Food


Posted in Personal, Six Word Saturday

Counting down

My Saturday in six words:


My youngest son will fly to London tonight. He is spending the holidays with his girlfriend in the south of England. It will be the first time they actually meet.

I have been counting down ’till his dad picked him up just now to take him to the airport. I will be counting down until the plane lands safely on the other side of the North Sea. But most of all I’ll be counting the beautiful moments I hope they will share. Their first New Year’s Eve together.

Have an amazing trip, dear one, see you next year.

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Posted in Humour, Personal, Photo, Photo challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy



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Meet my darling parents at their 50th wedding anniversary, four years ago. Such a lovely and fun couple ♥ My dad had the giggles for over five minutes and each time he started anew. Happy times!

Have a joyful weekend.

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Posted in Animals, Nature, Photo, Photo challenge

Travel theme: Birds

Even birds dream…


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This feathered beauty was one of the highlights of my US-adventure. My first encounter with a raven.

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Travel theme: Winter


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Weekly Photo Challenge: One



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Posted in Six Word Saturday

White Polka Dots

My Saturday in six words:



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This is a tin can I found at a jumble sale years ago. As you can imagine, my attention was drawn towards the name Driessen. And since my mother’s name is Annie, I just HAD to have it.

Trying to look thoroughly uninterested I picked it up and asked how much it cost. Two euro’s. Oh yes, that tin was going to be mine! As I was about to agree, my former boyfriend dragged me to the side and insisted I should haggle about the price. Haggle? For a couple of euro’s?! No way, somebody else might take off with my treasure! If I see something I like and I think it’s worth it, I just can’t haggle. I simply pay and go home with my trophy. Which I did 😉 This tin has been adorning my cupboard ever since, together with many others.

Yesterday and today, my darlin’ V-man has been painting the walls of my living room ivory white, and as a side effect, various objects were suddenly polka dotted white. The last two walls will be English red. It will make my small room even smaller, but I don’t mind. I have been following my man around with paper towels and cleaning rags. So it was a necessity an excellent opportunity to clean the top of my cupboards. Everything was covered in tiny white paint dots. On a thin layer of dust. And spiders. Empty shells of spiders. And other unidentified carcasses. Hey, I never said I was the perfect housewife! But the walls are refreshed now and my collection of tins shines once again.

Have a clean weekend 🙂

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