Ragtag Daily Prompt: Harvest

As the mother of her people, few things made Queen Pirouette more happy than a successful harvest. Every year of her reign had seen bumper crops. At this point, the storehouses were bursting with grain. The Kingdom could afford several bad harvests in a row at this point, and nobody would go hungry. Winds, rain and sunshine all came in appropriate amounts and at the appropriate times to guarantee agricultural bounty. This was but one of many reasons that Queen Pirouette considered her reign a mandate from heaven.

Cee’s FOTD Challenge: August 13, 2020

Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge

Hanging with Charlie B. and Friends

This photo was taken on August 10 at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church in downtown Annapolis.

Betty Louise’s AOTD: August 12, 2020

Betty Louise’s Animal of the Day challenge

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Fernweh

La Princesse Pirouette la plus jeune looked out the window and watched the column of mounted knights ride out of the castle walls. She couldn’t help herself as she heaved a great sigh. It’s not fair! She thought. Why do only boys get to ride off to war? As the gates closed behind the last rider, the young princess closed her eyes and dreamed of travel to faraway lands, fighting foe with her shiny sword, deflecting blows with her shield that was painted with her personal insignia. These bouts of fernweh had begun to assault Pirouette with increasing frequency since her fourteenth birthday last month.

Which Way Photo Challenge: August 12, 2020

Which Way Photo Challenge by Alive & Trekking

Butterfly!

So far this season, I’ve not seen very many butterflies. In fact, I haven’t seen one single yellow monarch. You can imagine my excitement when I caught sight of this beauty this afternoon. Hopefully this is the beginning of a trend.

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Space

Once Queen Pirouette had gotten outside the city walls, she spurred her horse to a gallop. Almost as soon as her mount had reached full speed, she slowed it down to a trot. She’d arrived to the place of interest- a plot of land not far from the city proper where she would build a shrine to her patron saint, Our Lady of Nepeta.

The area where the chapel would be was already marked off with ropes and stakes. When Pirouette looked at the space, she didn’t see an empty field, she saw a lovely edifice with a spire and stained-glass windows. She saw a hospice where weary pilgrims could find respite. That and other essential maintenance buildings of a less glamorous sort were part of her vision.

The shrine would be her legacy.

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