Friday, March 31, 2017

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Post 1493. Saturday April 1

A-Z Challenge 2017

Tales of everyday life in the coastal village of Amble Bay. 



Hello and welcome to Amble Bay at the start of what I hope will be an enjoyable few weeks together. I’m going to start by introducing you to Arthur. 

Arthur, come over here.  I’ve got people wanting to meet you. 

Sorry I shouted, he doesn’t always hear me!

Arthur is the village’s eldest resident. He prefers the word eldest because oldest makes him sound, well, old! You are ninety-five years young, aren't you Arthur?

I said, you are ninety–five...

Oh dear, he’s forgotten his hearing aid again!

Anyway, Arthur’s a farmer. He’s got a few cows which he milks daily, some pigs and hens. By the way, if you want some of his eggs they sell them at the Fish Inn down in Amble Avenue. If there is anything you want to know about Amble Bay our Arthur will have the answer. Won’t you Arthur?

Won't you Arthur?

That’s enough for now. I’ll let you settle into the Cherry Tree Bed and Breakfast. Doreen’s expecting you. I’ll pick you up Monday morning and take you down to the beach. Bye for now. Come on Arthur, it’s your round!

It's your round Arthur!






To read a brief description of Amble Bay and see a scribbled map just click HERE

Monday April 3 -  The Beach


Previous episodes –  A B C D E F G H I JK L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


80 comments:

  1. NICE TO MEET YOU, Arthur! :-)

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    1. He said nice to meet you too, and please don't shout!

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  2. Great to meet Arthur, he sounds very wise!
    Debbie

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  3. I accept your invitation. Thank you. Please pass on my salutations to Arthur. I'm looking forward to getting to know him. I expect his vivid recollections of the past will be fascinating. How's his short term memory?

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    1. Short term memory? Not good especially when it's his turn to buy the drinks!

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  4. Nice to meet you, Arthur! Will go find some of your eggs at the Inn. :-) Have a good weekend.

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  5. Glad to meet you, Arthur. I look forward to hearing from you. Amble Bay sounds like a great place. Can't wait to explore :)
    P.S: The map was very helpful! Thanks

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    Shweta from
    My Random Ramblings

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  6. Hope Arthur's hens aren't like mine - trying to fly everywhere, yet still wanting to stay close :-) Amble Bay sounds like a fun place to explore in April.

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    1. Oh no, he has then strictly under control! Thanks Ronel.

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  7. Amble Bay sounds like a lovely little laid-back town! :D Nice to meet you, Arthur!

    Calen~
    Impromptu Promptlings

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  8. Pleasure to meet you, Arthur!

    He sounds very knowledgeable. Love the insider dope on local history that only a long time resident and a senior citizen can give. Wonderful start to your A-Z!

    See you at the Beach tomorrow.

    Best,
    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse
    Theme : Arabiana

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    1. Thanks so much. He knows more than I do which is a bit worrying! Enjoyed your 'A' by the way!

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  9. Hi Keith - this will be fun and Arthur has started us off well ... he'll need some time to settle in to all these added friends ... but lots of history to tell us ... cheers and see you ambling around ... Hilary

    A - Z Challenge 2017 post today is

    Aurochs

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    1. He loves to be the centre of attention! Thanks Hilary.

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  10. Hello Arthur! Good to meet you here!
    And, Hey Keith! So good to meet you too!
    Looking forward to read your marathon story this April. Cheers :)

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    1. Thank you so much Shilpa. Looking forward to following you too this month.

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  11. Haha, what an intro, love it! I'll be interested in the rest too 😉
    I said, NICE TO MEET YOU ARTHUR! *shakes hand*

    On my Journey To Courageous Living A is for Achievements and Aspirations featuring the famous 'I'm a bitch, I'm a lover' - come, check out!

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    1. He said it's nice to meet you too Miss Andi!He would rather have a peck on the cheek than a shake of the hand!

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  12. Aha!! Arthur sounds like my kind of fella! Hopefully, when I get to his age I hope you'll be doing all the things he's doing! And... pinching Rosey's pretty posterior? ;-)
    https://ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com/

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    1. Me too! Cheers AJ. Great to find you again.

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  13. I learned a whole lot about Arthur without him saying a word! Excellent start, Keith, looking forward to a trip to the beach on Monday and meeting more of Amble Bay's inhabitants!

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  14. I like your A to Z badge at he top. Very colorful as opposed to that dreary one from the challenge. Looking forward to learning more about Arthur.

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    1. I thought it needed brightening up a bit! Thanks Denise.

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  15. Thanks for introducing us to Arthur, Keith. Beautifully written. Looking forward to all the episodes of fun in the tour around Amble Bay.

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    1. You are very welcome moon. Thanks for your interest.

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  16. A slightly one-sided conversation, but I'm impressed by carrying on with daily milkings at that age!

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    1. It's better that way I can assure you Nick!

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  17. Oh dear, poor Arthur, but maybe he prefers it that way!

    Looking forward to the journey! :)

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    1. He doesn't have a lot to say as you'll diiscover. The first real chatterbox will hit us on day 5!

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  18. Nice to meet Arthur. Looking forward to know what happens on beach.

    Manisha from The Nimble Mime
    A to Z Theme: Flash Fiction

    Letter A: Accomplishment

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    1. A lot happens on the beach including something that really surprises unsuspecting first time visitors! Thanks Manisha

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  19. Hello, Arthur. I said...! Oh, well. ~grin~ This is going to be awesome!

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    1. Hopefully so, I'm just crossing my fingers that I haven't bitten off more than I can chew!

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  20. Chuckles! Love the playful take on this Keith. Enjoyed the respite. Looking forward to lots of fun and laughter, all through this April!

    Hank

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    1. Thanks Hank. I thought I'd keep it light this year!

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  21. Hi Keith found your blog via Arlee Bird: What a fun beginning to the challenge.
    I will be back.

    Yvonne.

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  22. Nice to meet you, Arthur! lol Can't wait to head to The Beach - sounds like a delightful little place, your Amber Bay. :)

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    1. All these comments are going to Arthur's head! He'll be on I'm a Celebrity next! See you at the beach Vanessa

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  23. What a fun start to the alphabet. Hello, Arthur!

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  24. Oh, I can tell I’m going to enjoy this. So fun. Can’t wait to meet the rest of the crew, Arthur.

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    1. ...and they are looking forward to meeting you!

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  25. Hello Arthur, hope you can hear me okay, I'm shouting at the screen.

    Great start and this is going to be such fun to read. Can't wait for the rest of the tour.

    @Raesquiggles - Abbeys - a long history
    The Quiet Writer

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    1. That was loud! Arthur actually heard you! Thanks so much.

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  26. Haha! totally in love with Arthur, he seems like a wise man. Also love the name Amber Bay. Can't wait to read more!

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    1. I wasn't expecting Arthur to be such a celebrity. He's going to be a hard act for for the other residents to follow! Thanks so much.

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  27. He is pretty busy for a 90 plus year old!

    Finding Eliza

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    1. That's how he keeps well! Cheers Kristin

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  28. lookign forward to exploring Amber Bay some more and it was great to meet Arthur. Hope its a fine day for the beach on Monday and no cylcones like we have had here in Queensland. Stopping by from A to Z challenge
    http://ozzypipquilts.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. We've been hearing a lot about the cyclones. I hope you are safe. The weather in Amble Bay is unseasonably warm so we should be OK for tomorrow!

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  29. Hello Arthur! I can't wait to hear your story!

    Keith, this is a wonderful theme!

    Cheers,
    Anjali - Day-dreamer, occasional writer, guitar-hobbyist, and dog lover.
    https://akprowling.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/a-is-for-airplanes/

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    1. He'll be popping up in several of mty tales no doubt. That wasn't my original intention but he suddenly has a bit of a following!

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  30. I'm very pleased to meet Arthur! :D Fun start to the challenge.

    Magical and Medicinal Herbs: Ash

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    1. ...and he's delighted to meet you too! Thanks Sara

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  31. Arthur is a bit like my grandma in you have to talk very loudly for her to hear. She won't get a hearing aid because it'll make her look old (she's 85)

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. Funny you should say that - my Mum will be 90 next month and she won't get one for exactly the same reason! Cheers Patricia

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  32. This put a smile on my face. I look forward to more tales from Amble Bay. I bet Arthur alone has many to tell.

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  33. It's nice to meet Arthur. I was especially thrilled that he sells his farm fresh eggs. Monday at the beach sounds perfect because Mondays can sometime be pretty lame.

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    1. So right. Let's have happy Mondays during April!

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  34. *waves at Arthur*

    He sounds like a cutie. :D

    Anna

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  35. Your story made me laugh. Looking forward to more!

    J -- Co-host the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference and Speculative Fiction Writer
    2017 THEME = Speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.
    http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm delighted you liked it.

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  36. Greetings Arthur! Great to make your acquaintance!

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    1. He's delighted to meet you too Susan!

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  37. Oh, I'm going to enjoy meeting the folks from Amble Bay! :)

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. I'm sure they'll enjoy your company...just don't tell them you have a travel blog!

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  38. Hi, Keith! Shweta referred me to you. I've just learned that Sorchia Dubois is compiling a list of bloggers who are writing fiction for the A to Z Challenge. She's using LinxZ, so the opportunity to add our own blogs is open for only the 1st week of the Challenge. If you're interested in a bit more exposure, you might check it out. I just added Space, Time, and Raspberries, and I'm spreading the word to the other 6 fiction authors I've found, like you. I'm going to add an additional 6 from Sorchia, and publish them on my daily posts, too.

    http://www.sorchiadubois.com/a-cold-spring-a-z-blog-challenge/

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  39. What a delightful intro to a wonderful series for the A to Z, Keith! I'm on vacation this week, so won't get caught up until after the weekend but I wanted to stop by and let you know I'll be back for more! :-)

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    1. Enjoy what's left of your trip Josie.

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