A Very Special Houseplant – By Andrew Bell

Some months ago, I took over the care of an anthurium or flamingo flower, an exotic house plant which is a native of the tropical climates of South America. It came as a gift to my wife, but very soon, I took a liking to it.
I love its generous display of shiny, waxlike pointy leaves and the flowers, which consist of beautiful salmon pink bracts or blooms; and, sitting on top, a vertical spike of tiny flowers that begin with a whitish colour, but then slowly change to a pleasing limey green.

I also keep a small family of spider plants that all came from the very first plant we had which, for many years, held pride of place on a small table in the hall, by the front door. Spider plants are much less needy but, with just a little TLC are just as pleasing to the eye as the more exotic plants.

Right now, this flamingo flower has no companions. Trying to discover how to give it the care it needs: maintaining the right balance of warmth, moisture, feed and light is still a bit of a challenge, but I know from experience with the spider plants, that, in time, this knowledge will arise by simply taking a few moments to give the plant my undivided attention.

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Prompt of the Week

Our prompt this week is:

Local

You can use this any way you like – Location; Locality; Localise, or even Lo-cal! It would be lovely to hear a bit about where you live, but just use the word to inspire you. Why not try a bit of freewriting, just 15 minutes of pen to paper – no stopping, or punctuation, just a free flow of words, a bit like word association if you like. See where it takes you. After that, you can either edit it into a fully formed piece, or just search it for gems. The finished piece can, of course, be prose, poetry, fiction or biography, or anything else you can think of! We look forward to reading your work.

Readings in Retford

This weekend the North Notts Lit Fest was in full swing in Retford and the Retford Writers Group reading was just one of many exciting events taking place in different venues around the town. Since our slot was fairly early on Saturday morning we weren’t expecting too much of an audience, so were pleased to see the newly created cafe filling with people as 10:00 a.m. approached.

Eleven members each read a piece of their work, and for this session we all chose something a little lighthearted, which we felt was more appropriate for a sunny Saturday morning!

Although there was a fairly modest number in the audience, they all seemed very appreciative, and we were delighted to hear afterwards how much they had enjoyed the session. Our thanks go to the organisers of NNLF for giving us the opportunity to share our work with local residents, and we very much hope that the rest of the weekend was as successful as our session!

This Week’s Prompt

Scratch

Isn’t it funny how a scratch can be both hurtful and soothing? If like me, you’ve been dead heading the roses all summer, your arms may well be covered in scratches, and they sting like anything. But I’ve also been bitten half to death by the proliferation of insects that seem to think I taste like the best thing since sliced bread this year, and of course, all I want to do, night and day, is to give ’em a good old scratch.

So already there’s a couple of options to write about. But then there’s animal scratches, scratchy pens, scratched initials in a tree trunk, ‘scratch that’, ‘you scratch my back…’ oh so many ideas… and I’m sure you could think of lots more. So where do I start??

As always, use the prompt in any old way you choose – Poetry; prose; fiction; non-fiction… it’s up to you. Be inventive, be cheeky, be funny, be scary, be serious! We’d love to hear your work, so do share it here.

This week’s prompt

At our last meeting we, as usual, set a prompt/trigger for those of us who need a little inspiration to start writing. This week it is:

TEST

Of course you can use it in any of it’s forms… tested, tester, testing, in any context, and in any discipline you like: prose/poetry/flash fiction/biography… you name it!

So start writing ‘write now’ and do share your work with us, we’d love to read it.

All the Write Pieces

All the write pieces cover imageWe are all getting very excited about the upcoming launch of our super dooper anthology which is taking place this Thursday (9th May, 2019) 18:00 at Retford Library.

To give you a taster of the contents, members will be reading some of their contributions to the publication, and there will be time for a chat, some celebratory drinks and of course, to buy a copy (or two!) of the book.

It’s our first joint publication, so a very special occasion for Retford Writers.  Hope to see you there!