Golden Pineapple Farm…Friday Fictioneers

Things had never been easy. However, bushfires, covid, and now the floods had
all but wiped out Jim and Sally’s small-time pineapple farm. While the tourists
were back, they drove straight past heading for the Big Pineapple. Now, down
to their last gold coins, hope was almost gone. Yet, despite being rabid
atheists, they fell to their knees in prayer.

Miraculously, Bill responded, proposing they could sell his dope crop via
their roadside stall.

Finally, they’d seen the light!

It was only meant to be temporary, and apparently the cops were turning a
blind eye.

That was until they stopped.


100 words PHOTO PROMPT Β© Brenda Cox

Thought I’d better share a photo of Queensland’s iconic Big Pineapple with you. It is 16 metres (52Β ft) high and was originally opened on 15 August 1971. It is situated on a 165-hectare (410-acre) site.

You can vaguely see it’s us in front of the Big Pineapple around 1977.

I wonder how many Australian families have had their photos taken in front of the iconic Big Pineapple. I know Geoff went with his family and here’s a photo with my family including my grandmother. I think my grandfather took the photo, and clearly we didn’t have a great camera.

What you can’t see in that photo, is that I was probably wearing my Mickey Mouse thongs. So, I decided to include this photo and thought you might appreciate the photo of my brother and I patting the kangaroo. I was very proud of my Mickey Mouse thongs, and would still be wearing them now if I had my way.

Anyway, this has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by our intrepid leader, Rochelle Wishoff-Fields at

Best wishes,


26 thoughts on “Golden Pineapple Farm…Friday Fictioneers

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Rowena,

    I loved the idea of rabid atheists falling to their knees. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing the pictures. And I also loved that you called your shoes thongs. That’s what I grew up with. Now we call them flip-flops because thong has come to mean something else entirely. Nonetheless the picture is adorable and I can see Mickey Mouse. πŸ˜€



  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much, Rochelle. I did have quite a lot of fun with this. Desperation drives us to do strange things, and along the road I had mentioned that praying was what her mother did and it was worth a shot.
    What might not have been so clear, is that God wouldn’t have opened up a pathway for them to sell illegal drugs as an answer to prayer. That would have a few believers raising their pitchforks in revolt.
    I forgot all about the American interpretation of thongs writing this, but at least you were awake.
    Hope you have a great week, and I enjoyed a few slices of fresh pineapple at a conference today.
    Best wishes,

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Bill. Desperation called. Easy to be high and mighty when you’re comfortable. As the saying goes…desperate times call for desperate measures.
    Best wishes,

  4. Rowena Post author

    Indeed, but I wouldn’t mind some pineapples fritters crusted in sugar and cinnamon. Yum.
    Best wishes,

  5. Margaret

    This was fun. Small businesses have to be creative to compete against the bigger players and this family diversified quite successfully. Shame about the law though. πŸ™ƒ

  6. Tannille

    I wonder what inspired the Big Pineapple? Weed? But, I guess there is a competition over east for the biggest eyesore. Fun. My favourite is the big rocking horse in SA.

    It’s terrible how quickly people can lose their lively hood.

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