a town in bloom

July 7, 2017 1:07am CST
I can only assume that the Town in Bloom judging is imminent. My ridiculously early {it's Little Niece You Can Now Have Conversations With Day!} ramble along the High Street was brightened by a swathe of blooms in every colour of the rainbow. If that rainbow is predominantly in shades of pink and purple, with an occasional splash of yellow, blue or orange. It is very pretty, no question of that. But is it pretty enough to win a Town in Bloom Award? I am fortunate to live in a town which does pride itself on these things. We have flowers along the High Street {and by the church and around the war memorial and by the bandstand} all year, but when Judgement Day looms the town is simply festooned with flowers. We also have a street cleaner. I think he is probably the Go-to Man. He gets around town, sorting the bins, looking after the public conveniences and ... Hmmm. Chatting? If my town were the setting for a Stephen King book, he would probably be the character who saves the day, simply because he knows everything. I would be the weird woman, the quirky one who lives in her own little bubble and only talks to the neighbours when her cat goes missing, but who is surprisingly deep and useful in horrific situations. Even when clowns are involved. Who would you be? There's an old house next to the multi-denominational church which has two chimneys. Ivy grows up the wall and chimneys and it is shaped so that it looks like a child's drawing of a boat. I'm not sure if that is intentional or not! Goodness, put me on a bus and I can waffle about nothing for ages ...
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• Preston, England
7 Jul
I'd be the mad uncle chained in the attic who no one dares mention but who might escape at any minute
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7 Jul
Yep, definitely! The secret mad uncle.
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@xFiacre (4129)
• Ireland
7 Jul
@poppylicious I'm afraid I'd be the cranky old man who lives in the creepy, falling down house, but I wouldn't be the one who was drowning all the cats that strayed in my garden of brambles: that would be my melancholy young nephew recently come up to read medieval history at Cambridge from New Zealand who stays with me at weekends.
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7 Jul
Ah, he'd be the one who ignites both the hearts of young ladies and the horror that awaits ...
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@LadyDuck (141822)
• Switzerland
7 Jul
I love the idea to be a Stephen King character. I think I would be the sensitive, the one who feels that something bad is going to happen and try to prevent the event.
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9 Jul
Oh, definitely. You'd be the voice of reason, the one we all turn to when things start going wrong. :)
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@LadyDuck (141822)
• Switzerland
10 Jul
@Poppylicious I almost would like to live in a Stephen King adventure, it will surely not be boring.
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@WorDazza (9373)
• Manchester, England
7 Jul
Well there's nowt else to do on a bus so waffling is as good as anything!! I'd be the dapper, handsome leader of the gang who unmasks the criminals who weren't really ghosts after all. Oh hang on, I'm thinking of Fred from Scooby Doo. As you were!!!
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7 Jul
You'd be the dopey fellow who works in the local garage and wears a baseball cap. Dangerous looking, but turns out to be a puddy-cat. ;)
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@WorDazza (9373)
• Manchester, England
7 Jul
@Poppylicious And gets murdered horribly by the bad guy in the first scene
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@pgntwo (21344)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
7 Jul
Better than many, who wax lyrical from the confinement of their WC, it seems... or the table in the corner of their local coffee shop. Thanks for a refreshing take on another dreary, sticky, grey summer's morn.
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7 Jul
I don't get the phone in toilet thing. I can't even read in the loo. In and out, that's me! :)
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@pgntwo (21344)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
7 Jul
@Poppylicious It's odd washing your hands after the deed and someone's in a cubicle behind you discussing something with an unheard voice on the end of a mobile phone... Eery, even.
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• United States
7 Jul
i recall the days when folks tended their yards 'n property with pride. now such 'tis a rare sight to behold. must be jest lovely where ya live! 'f course i'm certain that moisture from the sky helps with all those beautiful flowerin' plants. what character'd i be? nary a clue 's i don't read stephen king novels. i'd love to see a pic 'f that church's chimneys :)
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9 Jul
It's a house next to the church and I'm always wary of taking pictures of people's houses!
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@aishanee (443)
• Cuttack, India
7 Jul
what a beautiful description.you're so lucky to live in real to what could be aptly called a 'dream city' and good to know that you're a nice and helpful neighbour too.
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7 Jul
It's less a 'dream city' and more of a rundown town in the middle of nowhere! But it's okay, and it's home.
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