Trees n Stuff – Six Sentence Story

Artwork by Phil Burns

This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – RESTORE

Click here to hear the author read his words:

Trees n Stuff

This morning, after three days of high winds and heavy rainfall, which was not what I signed up for, the sunshine returned to my little Paradise-sur-Mer, and a further event occurred to restore my faith in Life, the Universe and Everything.

While taking my daily promenade, happily sans waterproofs, I was aware of some foreign object bouncing on, and then off, my uncovered head. (Though not quite as uncovered as Phil’s drawing suggests!)

Turning my eyes skyward, from which direction I surmised the aforementioned object must have come, I was relieved to see, not a huge flying beast of the sea-going variety, but a relatively harmless tree.

Since I do not claim to be a learned dendrologist, in fact it has oft been said that I can’t tell my ash from my eucalyptus (but fortunately I can spell ash), although I sometimes pine fir more knowledge of an arboreal nature, I was not immediately aware of what fruit this tall plant might have jettisoned onto my unsuspecting cranium.

Now looking downwards, I was pleased, if unsurprised, to see that I had not been assaulted by a melon (which I am sure some erudite arboriculturist among my admittedly limited readership will smugly inform me does, like money, not grow on trees), but a mere, slightly shrivelled, olive.

Woe, woe, trois fois woe, I think to myself, some poor 007 wannabe is going to be sorely disappointed when his dry Martini is served, not with this now escaped and badly bruised olive, but with the cocktail stick instead skewering a thankfully undropped melon.

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Quite chuffed to have 6 short pieces included on the Audio Drama Network in the USA:

Just click on item #2, and ta rah!

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32 Responses to Trees n Stuff – Six Sentence Story

  1. This is sure to be a poplar Six! Well done fun.


  2. Liz H says:

    “I can’t tell my ash from my eucalyptus…”
    Yes, the struggle is real, but we carry on.
    You crack me up. Ceayr! 😀


  3. By gum, it’s plane you have hankering fir arboreal drollery and I always know with your pieces that olive enjoyed them when I’m finished. Marvelous piece (and long may your sentences reign. 🙂


  4. A Douglas Adams fan perhaps? 😀
    Entertaining Six, C.E. Not only that but I’ve learned something new in “Woe, woe, trois fois woe”.

    Congratulations on your 6 stories included on the Audio Drama Network!
    I look forward to reading them.


    • ceayr says:

      Oh indeed, Denise.
      The ‘Woe’ piece is a just me having fun with the merge of a British comedian’s catch phrase (Woe, woe and thrice woe) and the French Hélas, trois fois hélas, which means pretty much the same thing.

      Please do listen to the ADN pieces, they are short!

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  5. clark says:

    (hold on…. hold on, I’m trying to find a set-up to use the word pit in a punny manner. damn! nothing… Ms Avery was anywhere near, I’d be all right and erudite.
    oh well.

    fun Six.

    (I was even gonna try to get deciduous in on the act… but have run out of space)


  6. Chris Hall says:

    Assaulted by an olive, eh! 🙂 And what a treat to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed all 6 little stories, beautifully read by Jenne and your goodself. I especially liked the bread knife one!


    • ceayr says:

      Thank you so much, Chris, for taking the time to listen to our broadcast. I admit that ‘Suburbs’ is a favourite of mine too, and beautifully presented by Jenne.


  7. The only olive to hit me on the bonce was an ex called Olive. Wonderful wordsmithery, sir.


  8. UP says:

    Clever and funny. Great job


  9. Well, at least it was an Olive and not the ‘huge flying beast’.


  10. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good thing it wasn’t a melon, but a coconut might be some concern.


  11. Lindsey says:

    Love ths clever and funny piece with a witty play on words. Mae me smile. Thanks.


  12. trishsplace says:

    Clever and funny. Love this line in particular ‘can’t tell my ash from my eucalyptus (but fortunately I can spell ash’.
    Long sentences – I’ve said that before. But I aspire to write short sentences, so these blow me away!


    • ceayr says:

      Thanks, Trish, glad you enjoyed.
      Re long sentences, you know that the one-line sentence and one-sentence line has been my oft-criticised trademark for many years on other restricted-word challenges, so I am just having fun with a wee bit rambling for a change!

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      • trishsplace says:

        Hopefully it doesn’t come across as criticism 😄 To me, it seems very cheeky that it’s a 6 sentence challenge and you get so much in because soooooo long sentences!

        Liked by 1 person

        • ceayr says:

          In my defence 😄, Trish, the last two pieces I’ve done for SSS have been concise tales, 100-150 words (not much more than FF or Carrot Ranch), each telling a complete story. When I have nothing to say, as is clearly the case this week, I amuse myself with word-play for its own sake, taking 250+ words to not say it!
          Just be grateful that M. Proust does not contribute to this challenge, as his sentences oft times contained many hundreds of words, and could best be described as utterly impenetrable, being of such length – occasionally stretching towards the1,000 word mark – that, before you reach the blessed release of the end, you have long forgotten, or indeed cared about, how they began. 😄
          Thanks again, Trish, for visiting so regularly, and for caring enough to comment with honesty and humour, both much appreciated.

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  13. jenne49 says:

    Well now, all that from simply walking down a street and being hit on the head by an olive!
    What an excellent illustration of how there’s a story in everything.
    And great use of language – you obviously relish running your hands through words and savouring them.
    Congratulations, too, on the Transatlantic debut for your stories!


    • ceayr says:

      With quotes from Shakespeare and/or Frankie Howerd, what more can you ask for!
      Thanks for your very significant contributions to the Audio Drama project.


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