Ripped from the headlines

Today’s prompt from 365 Days of Writing Prompts is similar to yesterday’s Daily Prompt, to which I responded.

One news item this morning caught my attention.  The National Archives has a project to put the diaries from WW1 online.  I am interested in this for various reasons.

  • My maternal grandfather fought in WW1
  • Hubby is interested in history and has visited the National Archives at Kew
  • I am interested in stories about people

The article I am linking to gives plenty of information about the project.  I am going to write about the time we went as a family to Kew.

The best known place at Kew is (or should that be are?) the Royal Botanic Gardens.  The entrance used (in my childhood) to be a turnstile operated by a penny (1d.).  Now entry is priced in line with other attractions, but still well worth a visit.  (If I had a bucket list it would include visiting Kew in lilac-time, something I have not yet managed to do.  I learned part of Alfred Noyes poem the Barrel organ at school.  It is in the link as the second poem.)

We had a family day out there and then we drove the short distance to the National Archives.  Our children still being very young, hubby went on his own to do some research.  The grounds of the modern building are landscaped with a pond and fountains  There were swans on the pond.  Although they are beautiful birds, they can be fierce.  My Grandad (mentioned above) once warded off a swan with his walking stick when we were out for a walk near a pond.

I was already tired after a day in Kew Gardens and did not anticipate that a child might try to stroke a swan.  Our son learned the hard way that swans are not tame!  (He wasn’t really hurt, just a bit surprised that it pecked him, if  peck is the correct word  with a beak that size.  His hand was in its beak!)

The prompt for today from 365 Days of Writing Prompts is

Ripped from the headlines

Head to your favourite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story based on the article.

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