RDP #7 – PURPLE

For the information of those wishing to participate in the Ragtag Daily Prompt of 7 June 2018.

It’s a bit exciting because this is the first time I’ve provided the prompt and it is being done from our new Ragtag Community blog. So doubly exciting. The word is purple. Check it out. Please.
Regards. Tracy.

Welcome to the Ragtag Community Blog.  This is the place where all our Ragtag Daily Prompts will be located, so it should be much easier for everyone to play along.  We are indebted to Leaping Toes from Oh Border! for establishing the Ragtag Community Blog for us and for you.

Without further ado, here is the Ragtag Daily Prompt for Thursday, 7 June 2018.  We invite you to post something related to purple

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Broken-hearted that after tomorrow, there will be no daily WordPress prompt!

Please add your voice to Judy’s.

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

Please Join Me in Asking WordPress Not to Abolish the Daily Prompt!!

I am starting a forum campaign to prevail upon WordPress not to drop the Daily Prompt.  Please comment HERE to agree with me and perhaps help effect a reversal of their decision.

Not only has it been an invaluable aid to me in jump-starting me in my writing each day, but it was also a way to find new bloggers to add to my favorites list. Without it, I will once again just fall back on my favorites list without much of a way of meeting new bloggers.

Please comment both on the forum and in comments below.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/broken/

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Recycling – what’s in and what’s out

There has been much news recently about China not accepting our recyclable waste. Good on you, China. We need to grow up and take responsibility for our own waste. Booming On has some excellent tips for Aussies, and other planet earth citizens, about what you can do to improve recycling outcomes. She is right on about aluminium too. Want to cut down on carbon emissions? Recycle that aluminium.

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Plastic-waste-shutterstock_426187984-72dpiThere’s been a lot of talk in Australia recently about recycling, following China’s unexpected announcement in January it would be taking in far less of ours for processing. They do have over 1.4 billion people over there so they have quite a lot of their own recycling to contend with, but it was reportedly the high levels of contamination in recycling that was the catalyst for their revised import restrictions. It’s now set to ban 24 categories of solid waste – not just from us but the US, EU and Japan as well – in an effort to protect their own environment and public health.

This is sending Australian recycling systems into a state of panic. It’s also putting the onus back on us to work out other or better ways of dealing with our own recycling on our own shores, reducing our contamination rates, or even creating less…

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Thank You!!!

Dear Readers, if you enjoy reading historical fiction and memoirs, I would like to commend Martha Kennedy’s books to you:

• Martin of Gfenn
Savior
• The Brothers Path, and
My Everest – Thirty Years of San Diego Hiking with Dogs.

I have reviewed two of Martha’s books previously (links to my reviews above).

I am re-blogging a thank you issued by Martha Kennedy to readers of her books. Links to the books are on Martha’s website.  Why do I re-blog a thank you? Because I enjoyed the two books I’ve read so far. And, because it is hard enough being a writer, let alone writer, editor, publisher and publicist all in one.

Kind Regards
Tracy

I'm a Writer, Yes, I Am!

Everyone who’s read any of my books and taken the time to post a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. It means a lot to me and helps me sell books.

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Roast Pumpkin

Brian from Bushboys World told me about a recipe he had for pumpkin. Since I have quite a few pumpkins ready to be picked, I’ll definitely give this recipe a go. It sounds divine.

The Bushboys World website is very eclectic. Brian posts many photos of Australian birds. Check it out.

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I thought it was about time I started to put in some of my favourite recipes. I won’t claim it as all my own work but a modification/combination of other recipes that I have tried.
Hope you give it a go and tell me what you think

ROAST PUMPKIN

Ingredients
Pumpkin
Olive oil
Fresh sage leaves
Pepper
Sea salt
Garlic
Olives
Soft cheese – ricotta, even a brie (remove skin) or bocconcini may work.

Quantities are up to you but don’t over crowd the baking tray with olives or sage leaves. – 8 to 10 sage leaves, a couple of handful of olives.

Cut pumpkin and garlic and place in baking tray with olive oil. Cover with cracked black pepper or peppercorn(s) of choice (I use a four peppercorn mix) and a bit of sea salt. Place in oven – 200 degrees, bake for 10/15 mins, remove from oven and…

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What’s In a Song?

WordPress Daily Prompt  —  Song

The WordPress Daily Prompt has taken me back down memory lane to the time I sang in an Aussie secular gospel choir.  Our repertoire was mostly African-American spirituals.  That probably sounds too weird for words, but somehow it worked.  So why does an Aussie white sheila with no religious affiliation join a gospel choir?  I’ll answer that with another question.  Well, why not? Read more

December, in Kalgoorlie

Sometimes I get tired of my own voice – which is silly because I’ve tried to spare you every little thought that passes through my mind 🙂 . So I thought I would share another blog I came across recently – Shared Space, Musings of a Dawn Bird. There is a calmness in it that really speaks to me. I guess I’m just a country girl at heart. Enjoy.

A Shared Space

I’ve just returned from my last trip to Kalgoorlie for the year.  The two days went fast.  Too fast.  As I’m booked back-to-back on these trips, I always ‘escape’ to the Aboreteum during my lunch break.  I love my time with the gum trees and birds.

The gum flowers blossom on straggly trees, their boughs droop with leaves, nuts and flowers.  They are ordinary to the naked eye.  I know this because I have ignored them for as long as I can remember.  But, in the absence of other things that catch my eye, Kalgoorlie has introduced me to the beauty of these flowers, and, the perfume of eucalyptus.

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The gum nuts are hard, and each frosted nut, perfection-in-waiting.

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Evenly sliced around the crown, the flowers frill into bloom.

DSCN9688Delicate and fragile, the bees and birds lead my lens to them.

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DSCN9692Sharing this space with…

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