One Four Challenge- Week 4

I’m back in business though I have a lot yet to download and sort to the new hard drive after it failed on me last week!! (my files were saved!)

I am too late for Monochrome Madness but here is  my Week 4 of Robyn Gosby’s Challenge. Be sure to check out all the wonderful submissions. This is the last chapter of Bonnie’s adventures.

I used a glow, a multilens filter and an overlay to give it a touch of an abstract dreaminess (or nightmare for some!).

my firefly doll2pastel
Week 4- Bonnie’s Delight

A Night in the Garden

Bonnie was still lying there on the table as the shadow of evening quietly slid over the back lawn.   An orchestra of crickets somewhere near the back gate began to tune their instruments but never quite progressed to a full blown melody. A mother racoon made her way across the lawn with a small train of babies following her. There were six in all including the caboose who threatened to derail them all by sniffing out a few fallen crumbs under the picnic table.  The mother stopped patiently to give him a stern look and he took his place again as they disappeared around the side of the house in the direction of the goldfish pond.

Bonnie could hear the stars singing as they winked into life and there was one that streaked across the sky in the note of high C.  She was sure it had fallen close by. The climbing white roses lit up on the arched trellis that led into the lower garden, and everything was humming with stardust.   There had even been a small explosion as the star hit the earth because immediately afterward, a cloud of glowing embers rose up and began to dart here and there. Of course they were fire flies, but Bonnie couldn’t differentiate them from pieces of stars.  She smiled in delight and didn’t mind at all that she had been left outside.

in the night garden (2)

During the night Little Miss dreamed she heard Bonnie laughing outside her window and  first thing she did in the morning was run out into the garden to look for her.  She was overjoyed to find the tiny figure still there and told her how sorry she was to have abandoned her out in the cold all night.  As they went back into the house and through the hallway Bonnie heard the canary singing from the library.  He had been captured after all and his cage put in a room where the windows were always kept closed. In spite of this he still hopped and sang a greeting.  It seemed he had forgotten all about his glorious moment in the sun though Bonnie thought his song had a wistful air to it.

All  Bonnie’s friends were happy to see her safe and sound. Cowslip had one less tear on her cheek, Buttercup smiled broadly and Bluebell sucked her thumb contentedly. By the evening Bonnie’s  glorious night out in the garden was forgotten too,  as  everyone in the house gathered in the parlour to listen to Little Miss playing “Twinkle twinkle little star” on the old piano.

________________________________________________

54 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the imagery of the crickets’ orchestra!

    Like

    1. Thank you Lizzie!!

      Like

  2. afairymind says:

    Love this edit, though my favourite is week 1. 🙂 Your writing is just gorgeous – I especially love the description of the star streaking across the sky in high C, though all of the descriptions are quite sublime. I’m glad Bonnie enjoyed her night in the garden. 🙂

    Like

    1. Again thank you!! your comment really encourages me to keep writing!!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. This is all so beautiful and very creative!

    Like

    1. thanks so much Valerie, a fun challenge!

      Like

  4. Robyn G says:

    Oh such a happy night in the garden, filled with delights! ..and such wonderful and gifted story telling. Thank you for sharing this in our challenge 😀
    Your image is so mysterious this week and they all lived happily ever after!

    Like

    1. What a wonderful comment Robyn and much appreciated!!! Thank you!!

      Like

      1. Robyn G says:

        Its truly a pleasure 😃😃

        Like

  5. I think you could make a great series of short stories for children, your characters are so lovely and entertaining, I could read over and over about their adventures. Cowslip, Buttercup, Bonnie…I love the names, so warm and friendly, they draw the reader into the vortex of your storytelling.
    As for the images, I voted for week 4. They are all so lovely, it was hard to choose. Week 4 has that magical glow so characteristic for your images, so I went with that.
    Such a great work, both the story and the images. Hope you continue to include the stories in this One Four Challenge.

    Like

    1. thank you so much Lore! I got so many people thinking the dolls were creepy!! 😀 I can understand that! But I liked them and the story was so much fun to do!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I really don’t find them creepy. Especially with the story, it helped me visualise yur characters.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Aquileana says:

    Stunning post and I love the dolls so much … Very spooky!~ . Thanks for sharing Cybele… All my best wishes to you!~ Aquileana 😀

    Like

    1. Thank you so much Aquileana!!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. A magical night under the stars – I’m a little envious of her adventure 🙂

    Like

    1. thanks so much Andrea!!! Your comments mean a lot!!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Maria F. says:

    This one is really surreal!

    Like

    1. lol!! My spooky dolls!!! thanks Maria!

      Like

  9. chaniarowan says:

    Love your imagery!! Lovely and enchanting storytelling and photo!!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. lauramacky says:

    Welcome back 🙂 It was really hard to choose! I voted Week 2 but it’s splitting hairs because they really are all wonderful.

    Like

    1. thanks so much!! I always appreciate your feedback Laura. This was a hard one as so many thought it was “creepy.” But I had to slog on and try to finish it with this week’s process. Truly for me this time around it was the story that I worked on and I am fairly happy with that aspect. But the porcelain face was not a hit with everyone lol!!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. lauramacky says:

        I think creepy is good. Dolls can have that look about them especially in that soft light. I think if you evoke a reaction, it’s a good thing. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  11. Ohhh the orchestra of crickets! I chose week 3 in the poll 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Christy!!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Andrew Seal says:

    Such an interesting gallery of images. I chose Number 2 for its monochrome tones and close up that filled the frame in a somewhat disturbing way. Great job 🙂

    Like

    1. thanks so much for stopping by and voting Andrew!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. I am going with Week 3. I think the subject matter suits the sepia tones and old time look.

    Like

    1. thank you for voting!!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Bastet says:

    Hello Cybele! Glad you got back from limbo, so tiresome when we have to use old slow computers when trying to write on W.P. I enjoyed this edit, but really loved the third one, which I voted for. I’d like your permission to pdf your story to read if off line if you don’t mind. In the meantime don’t work too hard!

    Like

    1. PS and thanks so much Bastet!!

      Like

  15. svtakeiteasy says:

    What a creative, dreamy edit in week 4. Definitely my favourite and in sync again with your story. Lovely.

    Like

    1. thanks so much Chris!! This post doesn’t seem as popular as the others but I quite like it!! lol.

      Like

  16. lensaddiction says:

    Still creepy but less so this week, I like the softer sparkly tones but why is the image now divided up into three with two lines across her face?

    Like

    1. Thank you! It’s just a multi lens effect giving it a through the window look as per the story!! The photos really are part of my little tales and I don’t know which comes first- sometimes the image, sometimes the tale!!

      Like

  17. I think this may be the creepiest image so far. And I’ve really enjoyed the story, but can’t help feeling a little sad for the canary. Some beautiful writing and imaginative photo editing 🙂

    Like

    1. It’s funny that a lot of people find the doll face creepy but some love it!! 😀 ! Thanks for the lovely comment on the story!!

      Like

    2. PS: I love ghost stories involving dolls!! brrhahah

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Ann says:

    I can’t pick a favorite – they’re very different from one another. Thank you for putting all four together in this post. It shows how much you can change the whole mood of a photo with a creative touch (and a few cool filters).

    Like

    1. thank you hugely Ann!!

      Like

  19. Dreamy abstract calls it right! Love your little story. The music from Frozen is so pretty. I wonder how long that song has been around (Twinkle Twinkle) because I was taught it as a toddler and I go waaayy back! 😉 ❤

    Like

    1. thanks so much Linda. I especially love that people have enjoyed the story!! Yes Mozart wrote piano variations on it when he was a child but I think it’s very old!!

      Like

  20. It’s lovely Cybele 🙂 I’m rather sad that the canary is back in his cage. Perhaps you can arrange a flight to freedom again for him and he can sing along with the twinkling stars 🙂

    Like

    1. awww, I just didn’t want him to get eaten by a crow!! lol. I just added a poll as I’m a bit distracted with all the pc problems I had this last while.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Oh it’s a bit of nightmare isn’t it!!! Our home server died a couple of weeks ago and Simon’s still trying to get the network running properly again. I think a canary could enchant a crow with its pretty colour and song 😉

        Like

      2. yes to soothe the savage heart!!

        Liked by 1 person

  21. Joanne says:

    This is lovely. Week four is definitely my favorite. Very creative, very nicely done!

    Like

    1. thank you Joanne- I forgot to add the poll and I just did!! ( I’ve had pc problems this last week so trying to catch up)!!

      Like

  22. This image is my favorite of the 4. I’m glad she had a nice adventure in the garden.

    Hope you computer issues get resolved today without any problems.

    Like

    1. Thanks so much Circ,! yes I am plugging away as we speak!!! and trying to catch up too!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. What a sensuous garden full of delights. I loved every word of this supremely original piece of writing, Cybele, my particular favourites being the orchestra of crickets tuning their instruments and the star streaking across the sky in high C. That multilens and overlay effect works just perfectly.

    Like

    1. what a wonderful comment Sarah!! I am so pleased you enjoyed it!! Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

Come on , don't be afraid to squeak up!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.