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The Tardis of Woy Woy…Friday Fictioneers.

Bill was completely bamboozled. The ringing in his ears had become so blaringly loud, it sounded like someone was banging inside the donations bin. Yet, that was ludicrous. He had the only key, and guarded his charge like a hawk. There was no way anyone could get in or out without his explicit say so.

However, everywhere else, the tinnitus decrescendoed back to its annoying pianissimo.

Monday, Bill was making his coffee when the banging became an explosion. A flash of light, and the red bin was gone like the Tardis.

 Ouch! What was he going to tell Head Office?


100 words exactly. PHOTO PROMPT © Rowena Curtin (me)

This is another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields. We’d love you to join us: https://rochellewisoff.com/

By the way, this week I have an unfair advantage. I supplied the photo prompt. So, I can also let you know that the photo should be rotated left with the beam of sunlight in the top left corner. That was my fault. Well, I’ll blame my dodgy photo editor and trouble rotating images.

This clothing bin is a bit battered and bruised, and I felt it looked a bit like it had crash-landed from outer space and would make great inspiration for Friday Fictioneers. Despite being an avid amateur photographer and responding to other people’s photo prompts for many years, this was my first contribution. I can’t wait to read all of your responses.

BTW in case you’re wondering, Woy Woy is in New South Wales about an hour North of Sydney, Australia. I know this is quite a throw back. However, here’s a link to a 1932 movie of Woy Woy and I particularly loved seeing a steam train crossing the Hawkesbury River Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci3_j_1iQpY

Here’s a few local images, and you’ll be excused for thinking Woy Woy is home to the pelican:

Best wishes,


Pelicans Sleeping

Tonight, Geoff and I went out for dinner at The Entrance, about 2 hours drive North of Sydney on the NSW Central Coast. Our daughter goes to school nearby and had a party to get to. So,  Geoff and I headed out for dinner.Snatched away some time together, especially as our son is away at a Scout camp.

The Entrance-NSW

I have to be honest and say we were the only people out photographing The Entrance after dark on this chilly Winter’s night. The pair of us are pretty hopeless and can’t leave the house without the camera and the reflections on the water were very alluring.

Much of the place was closed but we did notice a throng of young people hanging round outside the restaurant after dinner playing Pokamon Go. They actually brought some life to the place.

To be honest, The Entrance wasn’t a thriving metropolis tonight and it was rather spooky walking round in the dark before dinner passed the closed fairground equipment but, as I said, it’s Winter and so many beachside areas shut down during the cooler months.

Storm Boy

Storm Boy

When I was about 7, we went on a family holiday at The Entrance and I haven’t forgotten the magic of seeing my first live pelicans. This was around the time that a famous Australian movie, Storm Boy, was released. I highly recommend it, even though it completely broke my heart and had me in tears.

The Entrance at Tuggerah

The Entrance at Tuggerah’ – RAHS/Osborne Collection

My Dad’s family has lived in Sydney since the 1850s and generation after generation had holidays up at The Entrance and even though there is a real blend between the old and the new, there’s still that sense of timelessness. That the tides keep moving in and out. The pelicans keep paddling by and people are fishing, swimming, walking along the shore. The only difference is that these days, the Pokemon have moved in.

Have you ever been to The Entrance? Or, perhaps you have a favourite seaside place you love to visit?

Hope you are having a great weekend!

xx Rowena

Only Fools Go Fishing: Fisherman’s Wharf, Woy Woy, Australia.

I stumbled across this photo as my reorganisation of my digital photos continues. It was taken at Fisherman’s Wharf in Woy Woy about an hour’s North of Sydney’s CBD. Just in  case  you’re thinking “you had to be there”, I managed to snap this pelican strutting straight inside the fish & chips shop looking for a feed. From my perspective, it’s a rather cocky-looking character who acts like he owns the place.

Unruly pelicans and sea gulls squabbling during feeding time.

Unruly pelicans and sea gulls squabbling during feeding time.

The pelicans there are very bold and audacious. Indeed, gangs of pelican thieves have been known to snatch and swallow plastic bags filled with fish from unsuspecting diners.

Mister with my aunt at Fisherman's Wharf back in 2004 when he was only a few months old and bald was beautiful!

Mister with my aunt at Fisherman’s Wharf back in 2004 when he was only a few months old and bald was beautiful!

Of course, the pelicans are gorgeous but they do extract their pound of fish.There’s nothing like a free lunch!

xx Rowena