Flashes: Call for Submissions

Hi fellow writers. I am going to give a shoutout for Flashes. Flashes is a literary website where we publish short stories, non-fiction, flash fiction, poetry and author interviews. Our goal is to give talented writers a platform to showcase their creativity, with an emphasis on original voice, innovative style and challenging plots. If you... Continue Reading →

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UK Air Bridge to Portugal – is it Fair?

I am dismayed to learn that Portugal is in negotiations with the UK to agree on an 'air bridge' by the end of June so that British tourists can avoid the fourteen-day quarantine when returning to the UK after holidaying in Portugal. I may be having a senior moment but why actively encourage British tourists... Continue Reading →

Covid-19, Lockdown Reflections and Beyond

When Portugal declared the end of the State of Emergency and moved to a new phase, aptly named ‘Calamity’, I felt apprehensive. There are still no reported cases of Covid-19 in the western corner of the Algarve but with the phased opening of restaurants, beaches, shops etc., even with limiting the numbers, maintaining social-distancing, hand... Continue Reading →

Corona Lockdown Journal: Stay Positive – Setting Goals

Due to health issues and the fact we are approaching our winter years,  we decided to go into self-isolation on Friday 13th March several days before the Portuguese government declared a state of emergency and  'official' lockdown. We prepared well in advance thanks to our daughter who lives in France. She warned us what was... Continue Reading →

Garden Diary: February – Salad Crop, Potatoes, Confusion and a Rant Alert

While we've been enjoying beautiful weather we have followed storm Denis, which is ravaging parts of the UK, with horror. It certainly helps to put life into perspective when you see the devastation it has left in its wake. My thoughts are with you. This week's SOS focusses on the progress of my little horta... Continue Reading →

Garden Diary: January – Weeds, Seeds and My Garden Gnome

My garden Gnome worked his magic in the garden this week while I've been busy plotting, planning and repotting. I seek sanctuary and some degree of sanity from my garden endeavours as the craziness of Brexit comes to pass and Britain embraces the next phase of its history. 1. Raised Vegetable Bed My garden gnome... Continue Reading →

Flashes – Ekphrastic/Picture Prompt Challenge

Our Literary website, 'Flashes', is organising an Ekphrastic challenge. Using the image above write a poem or story (max 1000 words) that you feel best interprets this picture. Our team will choose two winners, one for the best poem and the other for the best piece of flash fiction. Both winning entries will be published... Continue Reading →

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