Short Stories

Rain

Rain

viewed from my window.

Soup

Soup of Substance of Substance and Sustenance, Lentils and Spice.

CakeNutty Fruit Cakeeasily made with Fruit and Nuts.

Rain, Soup, Cake; that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Like the soup is sticking to my ribs πŸ™‚

Footnote: Recipes for soup and cake in my next post.

Β© silkannthreades

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55 thoughts on “Short Stories

  1. teamgloria

    when you were growing up did you have a Rainy Day Cupboard?

    there was one at the grandparents.

    so rainy days and the smell of soup and doing a complicated Puzzle…….

    ah yes.

    childhood memories.

    the soups were always with a floury potato base as we recall.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      No rainy day cupboard. But there was a trunk full of toys and puzzles and games that came out on rainy days. Our rainy days were in the tropics (Fiji), so soup didn’t feature 😦

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Yes! Yes! And indeed there were two trunks. They came from the UK to NZ (in centuries past), then NZ to Fiji, thence to Australia. I myself have two trunks that have travelled the entire world. They now lie all forlorn and unmoving in my garage. In my living room I have my mother’s glory box πŸ™‚

        2. Gallivanta Post author

          I have written about the glory box but the story rests inside the glory box. Maybe I will type it up one day, since you are interested πŸ™‚

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      We have more rain and snow today. Nothing like your snow but enough to keep us indoors again. That should give me time to write up the recipes.

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      1. Letizia

        Ah, I love snow! (although I admit, it’s quite a bother to drive in and to shovel the driveway, etc….). Do you get a lot of snow there?

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Snow for us in Christchurch is a rare event. Perhaps once or twice a year. And some years no snow at all. Other higher elevations in New Zealand get heavier and more regular snowfall.

  2. Forest So Green

    Rain is coming to us later today. I like to bake something when it is cold outside. I look forward to your recipes πŸ™‚ Annie

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  3. Shakti Ghosal

    Rain is usually such a beautiful experience, specially seen from indoors that we sometimes forget what catastrophe it can bring. A few days back, heavy downpours in the Himalayan ranges have brought untold misery and isolation to large swathes of folks living in the foothills.

    I sometimes wonder if Good and Evil are but two sides of the same coin.

    Shakti

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      The downpours in the Himalayan ranges were dreadful. It’s incredible that a substance that is so soft and silky and so necessary to life can also be so powerful and destructive. We have had severe flooding in parts of the country this week but the main damage has been to property and land. Thank you for coming by to read my post.

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  4. Sheryl @ Flowery Prose

    Looking forward to those recipes! Hope your weather turns around soon. It’s stormy and wet here too; I’m just getting ready to head off to work for the day and I’m not excited about going out. I’d rather stay indoors and curl up with a good book…. πŸ™‚

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Keeps the house and heart warm, doesn’t it? Is it early morning for you? Every night almost, just as I am starting to get ready for bed, you greet me via a post. It’s really nice.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you. The coffee mug is a favourite one because it is bright and cheerful. The design pattern is called Kimono. The soup cup was a gift from my sister. The shape is fascinating to me and it is actually very comfortable to hold and use.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Something to warm us on the inside and something to keep us warm on the outside πŸ™‚ The cake has a little brandy on it so that is extra warming!

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  5. cindy knoke

    Okay. That’s it. I’m coming to your house. I want to eat the cake, and the lentils, and the soup. I want to see the plants you are growing in the tubs. I want to feel the rain.
    Plus, is that a Jan Vermeer, in the book in the back?
    That’s it. I’m booking the flight now.
    Oh…..could you give me your address?
    You are a special lady.
    Cheers from the holler~

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      You are such a great traveller I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if you arrived on my doorstep tomorrow! And you would be welcome. The painting in the book is ‘Bridget Holmes’ by John Riley 1646 -1691. He was Principal Painter to William 3rd. Bridget who was supposed to be 96 years old when this portrait was done was a Necessary Woman at Court. It was unusual for an elegant portrait to be done of a servant at that time; or at any time really. Here is one source for my information http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/405667/bridget-holmes-1591-1691 Sometimes I feel like a Necessary Woman but I like to have a bit of glamour around my domesticity too. Will I live to be 100?

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  6. ordinarygood

    Warming tones of burgundy and gold and a fun game of hide and seek with a stick(?!) or perhaps someone lurking behind the Arras or a nice save before the curtain got a beating to remove the dust? It sound miserable in the South Island with more to come apparently. It is about 4C here with a little rain, heavy cloud and little wind……..so far…. but they are warning us about 130km winds…..
    Keep safe!!!!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Yes, you can tell I was trying to keep warm and amused with the assistance of props! It is not nice in Christchurch and worse elsewhere. But no snow yet for us. I am staying firmly indoors. I hope the wind is kinder to you than forecast.

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      1. ordinarygood

        We need to do our supermarket shopping after dinner tonight so fingers crossed the storm waits until after that AND after our daughter gets home from seeing The Phantom of the Opera in Wellington. We are beginning to feel a degree of cabin fever after days of rain and gloomy, gloomy light. More indoor days to come however.
        Take care!

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Hope there is something left in the supermarket. People were emptying the shelves in Christchurch yesterday. It was all slightly mad.

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