Friday Fictioneers for July 29th 2022

I woke to a surprise this morning when I discovered that the Maven of freestyle, the Mistress of the breaststroke, and the Madam of fictioneering, Rochelle, had slipped in a prompt photo I took out in the wilds of my daughter and son-in-law’s west Texas grange.

Click on the remnants of the greenhouse to spread over to Rochelle’s blog camp so you can grow your own stories of 100-word micro-fiction.

Click on my prompt photo to go to Rochelle’s page with all the fixin’s.

Genre: Horticultural Fiction
Title: Greenman Phish-heads
Word Count: 100

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What happened here?

The well-water went bad years back. The plants died. Now it’s only what grows naturally: mesquite, cactus, and other wild things. The Green Man makes his home in there now.

What’s over there?

That’s Uncle Billy’s Phish Camp. That’s Julie’s cat house over to the left, and that big building is the main house.

Green Man isn’t real.

He’s real. Come back next Spring and you’ll see his magic. It’s beautiful. Get in the truck and I’ll show you the business end of the Greenman rebirth. Maybe you’ll meet him. It’ll make you a believer forever.

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Look both ways and learn to grow new beginnings.
Mind the gaps as you turn tragedy to treasure.
Greenman is all thumbs.
It’s never too late.

Click on Billy or Julie (in the current Greenman Nursery) to read other fantastic stories inspired by the prompt photo.

 

Click on the west Texas Green Man to learn more than you ever wanted to know about him.

56 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers for July 29th 2022

  1. I think this Green Man looks particularly friendly… Wouldn’t mind seeing his magic… ‘Course, I haven’t clicked the link.
    As for the cat house… it doing good business? I’m positive the Phish camp is doing a fine business.
    This was great, Birthday Boy! 😉

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    1. Thanks, Dale.
      They have lots of cats, some indoor and some outdoor cats. It’s wild country, so lots of varmints (coyotes mostly) that get the cats. The outdoor cats have a “house” to protect them. So, we joke about the cat house. 🙂

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      1. And yes. I am having the whole upstairs of the house redone. No one can inhabite during that time. So… as they are the age to fly the coop, they were encouraged to do so…
        Besides, they both wanted to leave! I’m not Italian so I never had plans of them living for me forever 😉

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      2. I fixed it (them). Cuz that’s how I am. 🙂
        No telling who reads our mail. Anyway… The owner of the “Phish Camp” is here for a birthday weekend in Austin. 🙂

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      3. Fixed “one” since I can edit comments.
        My BD is over. He is free and single once again, and been campin’ out for weeks, he will have his in Austin with whatever/whoever this weekend. 🙂

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    1. You’re right, Lisa.
      They do have other greenhouses in a very different place. The name of the business is “Greenman Nursery.” They also finally have “city water” out on the property.

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  2. Dear Bill,

    I skimmed the info for the Green Man. He sounds a little frightening and a whole lot fascinating. Thanks for the photo and a huge happy birthday to you. I swam 2700 yards this morning just for you. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks, Rochelle.

      I appreciate the workout since I am taking the day off from all forms of physical effort. 🙂
      Wow…that’s a lot a strokes, Lady. You are amazing!

      Peace,

      Bill

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  3. Happy belated birthday! It’s so sad to have to give up such a place. What happened to the well water, was it contaminated? With trees in the area there must still be some… the greenman must teach us to do stuff with less water.

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    1. Thank you, Gabi.
      It’s rough, arid country out there.
      Years ago, the ground water became too salty and mineralized to sustain most plant life (I forget exactly why that happened).
      The hardy natural vegetation was unaffected (mesquite is hard to kill even when you want to).

      That is one of several smaller nearby green houses abandoned for a variety of reasons, including location.
      Others were built closer to civilization and are still working. When “city water” was finally brought out to the property, the problem was solved and some of the smaller greenhouses are used now for seedlings, but the location is not good for retail sales.

      It’s not as ‘sad’ as it looks (despite what I just wrote on your story) and my SIL is considering alternative uses.

      His ‘Greenman Nursery’ is still in business with plant houses closer to town, where the lower photo was taken and water is less of an issue.

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      1. Also, the wildflowers in my header were during Spring, taken about 200 yard/meters east of the prompt pic. 🙂

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      2. No farming except for cotton. There is a river backwater lake that is also very salty. It may have been questionable water from the get go.

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  4. We could use a visit from the Greenman here. I live in the mountainous desert of Nevada. Green has to be carefully cultivated and nurtured. I grew up on the coast of Northern California where things are just green. Maybe the Greenman likes it better there. I know I do.

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