|M. Bednar photo, Middleton Plantation, SC|
Faced with a prompt that barely made it into my muddled mind today, I thought I'd give it a pass but first I'd look into it just a little further. I usually enjoy the challenges at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.
Margaret's photos of stately homes caught my eye, but didn't filter into my brain. Then she mentioned archived challenges. Well, you know what archives are, dim, dark and dusty boxes of old papers. Aaaachoo!
Or, said same old papers scanned in the days before scanners became trustworthy. Illegible!
Margaret gave us a choice of three archived challenges to use with our choice of her photos. Ah well, can't hurt to look at one of the archived challenges.
#1 — A word list. Oh, how I love word lists! I love using all the words and patting myself on the back until I look like a pretzel. This was a very long word list, however, but I thought I'd just scan it...
at the bottom of the list...
and just before the bonus word (chthonic, which also sounds like a sneeze)
I saw one of my mother's favourite exclamations:
|M. Bednar, iPhone|
Middleton Plantation, SC
Mom used it a lot when we were young. It usually meant "Don't try to pull the wool over my eyes with that feeble excuse," and we knew it.
And then...oh, then! On the list, just above "horsefeathers" I saw another of her favourite words: "snicklefritz"!
She seldom used the two words together, however, as "horsefeathers" meant BS in somewhat more ladylike language, and "snicklefritz" was a word of endearment.
So, I had to try the prompt, for Mom, or for memories of Mom.
"horsefeathers!" an old lady exclaimed
as she toured the plantation garden.
the peahen's head came up
and she stopped
right in the middle of her pecking path.
"horsefeathers?" she wondered,
"do horses have feathers?
my mate says my feathers
are singularly unattractive
but I beg to differ with him,
even I am feathered more attractively
than a horse!"
Kay Davies, February, 2014