Small #WritePhoto

an old, carved stone whose recesses are stuffed with red and black ladybirds.

It was a too hot summer afternoon, so I had taken toddler Ava into a shady patch of the lower garden. We sat on the grass, in the dappled shadow of an oak tree which rose up over the reminds of the old family chapel.

Whilst Ava played with some of her toys, I looked at the fallen stone walls and large pieces of stone decor. It was hard to imagine what the chapel had once looked like but I had seen some photos and though it had been small it had been a splendid place.

On the other side of the chapel, out of sight down a sloping hill and nested around three willow trees, was the family cemetery. Every Bartlett was buried there and when her time came, Ava would be too.

I on the other hand, just a nanny, would be buried in the village church graveyard where all the other past servants of Bartlett Manor where.

‘Look! What’s it!’ Ava cried.

I turned, frowning and  saw the three year old pointing to one of the decorative stones. Picking her up, we went for a closer look.

Crowding into the nooks of what might have been a corner stone of the outside ceiling with a now moss covered leave like pattern on it, with hundreds of small ladybirds.

Ava squealed and tried to stick her fingers into the crawling mass. I grabbed her hand and pulled it back.

‘They are only baby ladybirds,’ I explained.

‘Lay-d-burs,’ Ava tried to pronounce.

I laughed at her and clapped her hands together as I sang;

‘Ladybird, ladybird,
Fly away home,
Your house is on fire
And your children all gone;
All except one
And that’s little Ann,
And she has crept under
The warming pan.’

We laughed together then carried on watching the ladybirds.

‘What lay-d-burs doing?’ Ava asked.

‘Napping. Like you should be doing,’ I replied.
Ava pulled a face and began to make a fuss. I quickly settled her down on the picnic blanket and started to read some fairy tales to her.
The heat and tiredness got to her and she was soon asleep.

 

(Inspired by; https://scvincent.com/2019/06/06/thursday-photo-prompt-choices-writephoto/ with thanks).

Ladybird nursery rhyme quote from; https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46960/ladybird-ladybird

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Dear Diary #46

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Dear Diary,

I know I’ve been writing this for the last few days but summer is officially here! A heatwave has hit and today it was 27 degrees outside. I know, I should be doing some more job hunting but I had an interview this morning and I have one tomorrow and one next week now. So I thought I’d take a break and enjoy the sun.

The garden wasn’t was quiet as I was hoping though, all the flies were out and being loud. I watched a butterfly for awhile and I saw some bumble bees and honey bees and they were all quiet, so why do the bluebottles have to be so loud?

I read a few chapters of my new book – the supernatural detective one. No way am I going to finish that before I go on holiday. The words are a lot smaller then the last two books though the thickness doesn’t look increased. Anyway, it’s a good enough book to take away with me and I ordered the next one today, so I can go straight on with it.

The heat got too much for me and I had to come inside for lunch but then after answering some emails and some texts from the job agencies, I went out again. The new next door neighbors’ cat was drinking from the bird bath. We both got a start!

Then he came over to sniff me and say hello.  He’s a really nice ginger tom, I bet he’s a Casanova with the ladies though! After a few minutes of petting, he went under my shed and into the shade. I didn’t see him again after that.

I long for a paddling pool! Some place nice to dip my feet into. Maybe I’ll go and get one tomorrow after my interview. My brother won’t mind. He’s not due back until Friday then he’s off to visit our parents and girlfriend then back again to fly off to Germany. I was wishing I could fly off some place but with this weather who’d want to do that?

I had a quick look at some more jobs this evening but I didn’t really see any I liked the look of. Everyone keeps tell me not to be so picky, but I want to find the right fit for me and I’m okay for money right now. My part-time job keeps giving me more hours. Also, I just can’t imagine being able to work in this heat!

I might go out for a walk now as it’s not so hot. Though there might be more bugs out there. Have to put some anti-bug spray on. It’ll be nice to get out for a bit though. I might see if there are any cute men around! If not there’s always the internet!

Heat

Wallpaper, Background, Sun, Planet

She felt like the sun was melting her so much that she might just turn into liquid and gurgle down the drain.