Hugh’s Photo Challenge Week 21 – Fresh


This week I thought I’d have a go at Hugh’s Photo Challenge – the prompt word this week is Fresh. I had just the photo in mind, flowers….. I like to photograph flowers.

The bouquet below was a gift from my friend who came to mine for dinner a while ago. I like to photograph flowers when they’re still fresh and beautiful. I always think it’s sad when they die so this is my way to preserve them, and  keep them fresh for me to remember them at their very best. That way when I look at them I remember the occasion too, which is always nice, a lovely memory to retain.


My friend and her daughter came round one evening for a meal, I went all Jame Oliver on them and made lots of fresh Italian food from scratch with fresh herbs, salad, and pasta!

It was a blast. Loved the company, the food and of course the beautiful flowers!

Here’s the photo of the salad (to the left,) it was so fresh, and inviting:  peppers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, oregano, cucumber,  and Greek feta…. It had a very fancy name:

Horiatiki salad

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I made Gennaro’s parma ham and red pepper with taglierini:

To the right is my photo of the sauce. I’m afraid the photo didn’t quite do it justice. It was yum.

Enjoy!! There’s nothing quite like sharing home cooked food made with fresh herbs and love.

Oh, before I go I have some news for you. I’ve been particularly inspired recently and have been editing my WIP. (So I haven’t had so much time for blogging, apologies if I haven’t been taking part in all of my usual weekly activities. I’m really missing my haiku, writer’s quotes, blog battle, etc…… So I’m trying to do what I can when I can….)

Amazingly my WIP now stands at 84,338 words!! My baby has grown so much! It’s putting on weight, getting plump. I’m getting it ready for the final read with beta readers…. And I’m so much more confident with its progress…..

It’s now on Wattpad, and I’ve decided on a title.  Doing a happy dance… 

The Curse of Time. :

Don’t be shy. Do have a read, comment… and share.

Thanks so much! I’ve really been touched by the enormous amount of support and encouragement I’ve had from the blogging community.

Love ya! xxx




Don’t forget to pop over to Hugh’s blog to join in the weekly photography fun:

Do you like to photograph flowers too? And cook food? What’s your favourite types of food?

Do comment, I’d love to hear from you.

Bye for now, Happy Sunday, Happy dreams – fresh flowers and food!




Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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About Marje @ Kyrosmagica

Hi. Welcome to my blog, Kyrosmagica. A blog about magic, books, writing, laughter, and much more! I'm a debut writer in the process of finishing my first YA fantasy novel, set in Cambridge. I write book reviews on Net Galley and Goodreads. I have a penchant for travel and have relatives in far flung places, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore, (my birthplace.) I grew up in in Bonnie Scotland, in Edinburgh, and now live in Cambridge. I love sunny, hot places, particularly Rome, Venice, Portugal, Barcelona, and I forgot to mention the sun drenched beaches of the Caribbean, how could I? I am lucky to have been blessed with two lovely daughters and a husband who I fondly refer to in this blog as my black sheep. Family joke! With my passion for travel, culture, beautiful beaches, good food, books, theatre, writing, and humour, I hope to keep you entertained. I'm loving every minute of this creative journey, please join me.
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30 Responses to Hugh’s Photo Challenge Week 21 – Fresh

  1. vinnieh says:

    I love the flowers.

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  2. Gary says:

    Flipping heck Marje….the more I learn the more I find still waters run deep…dragged in by such sharp defined images (truly wonderful might I add) to find blog battles, challenges, a novel, huge social everywhere thingamies…and watt pad….this looks interesting…what the heck is that and is it useful for promoting your writing.

    I may sign up just to get a heads up on your work now too!!

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  3. Wow! I wish I’d been invited for dinner, Marje. A great menu, and what lovely flowers for the hostess. They look so colourful.
    Thanks for joining the challenge this week.

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  4. Beautiful flowers, Marje, and congrats on your burgeoning WIP. That is truly exciting!

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  5. Al Lane says:

    Beautiful flowers… and well done on 84k words!

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  6. Annika Perry says:

    Such a bright burst of colour with the flowers – glorious. Then you post the sumptuous photos of the food and descriptions – yummy. I love olives and have started to put them in most things – not that anyone is complaining! Then a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on coming so far with your book – I love the title and am so excited for you. I’ve only recently started to take note of wattpad – but can’t quite get to grasp with its benefit. Do you sell your book on there or are they all on there for free? Stupid question probably…

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    • Thank you Annika. I like olives too! As far as Wattpad goes I’m new to this myself. As far as I can see books go on there for free, but I thought I might just put the prologue and first few chapters up to see what kind of reaction I get, rather than posting the whole lot…. I have seen other authors just putting up a prologue, and nothing else. Or another option is to put up their first book for free as a teaser to get people to buy their future novels. On the whole I’d say that Wattpad is mainly for those who want to share stories for free, to build and audience, and make on-line writing friends. Hope that answers your question? Marje 🙂

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  8. Elizabeth says:

    Flowers, fruits for sure freshness directly from Nature!

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  9. What lovely flowers Marje! I can almost smell the fragrance!! I love fowers!

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  10. kutukamus says:

    Homy—each and every one of them! 🙂 🍸

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