Ragtag Daily Prompt: Remote

At the time of her marriage to King GarGar, Queen Pirouette had been less than enthusiastic about the match, but with time, she grew to love her husband who gave every appearance of being completely devoted to his wife. Within the first five years of marriage, she gave birth to two beautiful daughters and a son, and the love for their children drew them closer together as a couple. One can imagine Pirouette’s shock when she learned that GarGar had taken a mistress. And not just any mistress, but Pirouette’s Lady-in-Waiting, and best friend La comtesse des poignards du dos.

Another of her Ladies-in-Waiting couldn’t wait to tell the Queen about it, delivering each word, whispered in her ear, like a poison-tipped dagger. They say that they even chased the Archbishop himself from the Sacristy of the Great Cathedral in order to be alone, the lady hissed in Pirouette’s ear. Even as she spoke, silent tears ran down the Queen’s cheeks. The Queen was not one to wallow in self-pity for long. Nor was she one to confront her husband with hysterical recriminations. She knew enough of human nature to realize that such a course of action would simply drive her wayward husband deeper into her friend’s arms.

“With friends like you,” Pirouette said to the comtesse, “who needs enemies?”

As fate would have it, the comtesse was a very young, and very rich widow. The Queen had no trouble finding her a new husband who lived in a castle that was nestled in a remote, forested region in the south of the country- a week’s ride from Catapolis.

Cee’s FOTD Challenge: March 20, 2020

It should come as no surprise to anybody who follows this blog that I am a big fan of the daffodil. Often used to symbolize the Resurrection, the unique shape of its blossom affords endless variation. Following close on the heels of the crocus as a harbinger of Spring, it makes my heart leap with joy when I see their long, thin leaves pushing through the cold, hard soil at Winter’s end. At the risk of being redundant, I submit these images for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge for March 20, 2020.


Jez’s WWE Challenge #19: March 20, 2020

Eastport 15Eastport, Annapolis, August 18, 2019, Spa Creek. This is my contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere Challenge #19

IMG_0777Severn River, Jonas Green Park, Annapolis, February 24, 2020.

Butterfly and Bonus Ant, March 20, 2020

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Please note the prominent proboscis above and below. It’s exactly like a straw in a milkshake. Butterflies taken in nectar one sip at a time. Order Lepidoptera.

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Below we have a trusty ant, a social insect from Order Hymenoptera.

Blossom with ant

Finally I give you our little friend for the day in black and white.

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