Uncle Oscar’s Flight of Fancy

This week’s prompt for Friday Fictioneers is one of my  photos, taken at Fairview Vineyard in the Western Cape area of South Africa.  For a picture of the inspiration for Fairview’s ‘Goats du Roam’ wine, see my Creatures Great and Small page.

“Isn’t it a bit bumpy Uncle Oscar?”

“Where I journey, son,” said Uncle Oscar, waving airily at the clouds, “I’m sure of a real smooth ride.”

“No pedals, so how does it go?”

“Just magic son, the power of a man’s imagination, the buoyancy of his dreams.”

“How do you bring it back down to earth then?”

A female voice bawled from back of the house.

“You get your pontificatin’ fat ass in here this minute, Oscar.”

Uncle Oscar flushed dull red, scratching his stubbly chin.

“Ah son, you’ll need a woman for that.”



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About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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110 Responses to Uncle Oscar’s Flight of Fancy

  1. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    i am still laughing. What a marvelous sotry. i am that guy and his story is mine.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  2. Dear Sandra,
    I’m rolling! This has to be one of your very best! Love it! Bravo. A standing ovation.
    Shalom,
    Rochelle
    PS Thank you for the stellar photo.

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  3. I’d comment more but I’m not going to appears sexist!
    Oh alright, it’s true. Nice job.

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  4. Sandra says:

    I didn’t mean to ‘like’ my own post – I was going for the ‘edit’ button without my glasses. Duh!

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  5. Alastair says:

    Oh that is class!!! I loved that. Still laughing.

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  6. Nick Johns says:

    A great take on a great photo. Thanks for the smile!

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  7. Sandra says:

    ‘you’ll need a woman for that’ Hilarious!! Loved it Sandra 😀

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  8. So, are you saying a woman is like an anchor or like ballast? 🙂 Great story and great picture. I was going to ask you about where you saw this, so thank you for the explanation at the beginning.

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  9. yarnspinnerr says:

    A good laugh is always welcome,
    a great take 🙂

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  10. claireful says:

    Really great story Sandra. Very funny.
    Claire

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  11. Beautifully and hilariously told, Sandra. I love this line:” the power of a man’s imagination, the buoyancy of his dreams.” So true.

    janet

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  12. Pirate says:

    Indeed! Beautiful pacing and timing Sandra, one of your hallmarks if you don’t mind me saying so! And wonderful photograph – thanks for letting us use it.

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  13. Honie Briggs says:

    Sandra! This made me laugh out loud. Nicely done.

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  14. elmowrites says:

    Sandra, you’ve nailed this story beautifully. I worried for a second that Uncle Oscar was dead, then it all came into wistful focus until… BAM… This is one of my all-time favourites (and the photo’s great too).

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  15. It does take two to make for a great ride.
    great story.
    I liked the title too – fanciful, but not too…
    Randy

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  16. Penny L Howe says:

    Sandra, this is wonderful. Going with the flow and then in the background the reality check or bawling voice. Yes I laughed too. I really liked this one a lot!

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  17. Love your photograph – so whimsical…!
    Your story brought such a smile with it… and so true..! 😉

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  18. Carrie says:

    roflmao! Oh, poor Oscar. Delightful as always Sandra. I really enjoyed the picture this week

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  19. One of the first I have, actually, laughed out loud!
    Thanks,
    Scott
    Mine: http://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/4290/

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  20. Absolutely wonderful, Sandra, every last word of it!

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  22. Lyn says:

    That was stunningly good in its simplicity! I just love Uncle Oscar and his imagination. I wish I’d known my Uncle Oscar – if he was anything like my dad, he would have been a great friend when I was a kid.

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  23. billgncs says:

    a fine picture and story. They are very well matched!

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  24. camgal says:

    That was hilarious. A woman is what holds a man to the earth lol quite true, we were made to serve as anchors I think 🙂 as the more rational and intuitive beings, wonderful story

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  25. Excellent Sandra, I laughed, great little story – thank you and thanks for the photo!

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  26. Great photo and punchline 🙂

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  27. zookyworld says:

    So that’s where the photo is from… I was wondering about that! Your story is a lot of fun. I enjoyed Uncle Oscar’s flights of imagination and his being brought down to Earth. Your last line wrapped it up perfectly.

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  28. nightlake says:

    A clever take and fun. Thank you for the photo, Sandra

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  29. Trudy says:

    The dialogue is priceless, great observation and very, very funny!

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  30. Just love it!
    Brilliant!

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  31. Tom Poet says:

    Tooo good. Made me laugh because it seemed so real.

    Tom

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  32. Great story, with so much imagery. I love the line, “the buoyancy of his dreams.”

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  33. elappleby says:

    Hilarious! Still laughing!
    It’s good to see your funny side – I didn’t manage to find my dark side this week though – maybe next time…

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  34. jwdwrites says:

    Sandra that was great, very funny. I loved the last line and the way you set it up. Great Story and a fab picture.

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  35. Eleenie says:

    This made me laugh, such fun!

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  36. Joe Owens says:

    I loved this line : “Just magic son, the power of a man’s imagination, the buoyancy of his dreams” This is a fabulous picture, i am so glad we got to see and use it this time.

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  37. EagleAye says:

    Worth a great laugh. It’s all true. My wife keeps me on solid ground too, but very often she’s up in the clouds with me. Couldn’t ask for anyone better.

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  38. kz says:

    haha that was extremely hilarious! brilliant last line ^^ lol
    and thank you for the fab photo ^^

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  39. petrujviljoen says:

    A complete converse of my story! Both sides can be true. Absolutely loved this!

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  40. Sandra that was awesome. I love the picture first off, it is a real work of art. Thank you for sharing this photo. The story was hilarious, the punch line at the end was perfect.

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  41. Shreyank says:

    lol Sandra.. enjoyed reading this story 🙂

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  42. unspywriter says:

    Great use of dialogue–I could “see” everybody. Great last line!

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/siblings/

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  43. vb holmes says:

    You really captured your character with the dialogue–very well done. Also, thanks for the photo–great prompt.

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  44. The imagination a wonderful thing. I enjoyed your story. Your photo is fantastic.

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  45. wmqcolby says:

    See? It’s stuff like this, Sandra, that makes you one of my “go-to” authors. Fan-tab-bulous!

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  46. rgayer55 says:

    Just when he was riding cloud 9, a lightning bolt struck him down. I can relate.
    A great piece of humor, Sandra. Well done.

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  47. Sarah Ann says:

    LOL. Poor Oscar being dragged down so completely. Thanks for the lovely photo.

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  49. Cracked me up. So cute.

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  50. 40again says:

    Loved your story. Well written, as usual, loved the theme and especially the last line, says it all really
    Dee

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  51. julespaige says:

    Thank you for sharing your photo for inspiration.
    I really enjoyed your story.

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  52. Another delightful, funny story. Now why did she have to burst his bubble? Why? Because she can…that’s why. lol. Now that’s two stories in a row that made me chuckle. First Silent Kim’s and now your’s. And thank you for this interesting photo, Sandra. ps: Where did you ever find that rusty, old relic?

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  53. Lol…that was great! Poor Oscar, he don’t let her stop him from dreaming, bless his heart.

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  54. I love the ending! (And after following your link to the photos of Fairview Vineyard, I also love the goat ladder 😉 )

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  55. sandraconner says:

    Hi, Sandra. I’m writing you on this particular post because I am working on a book of short stories that will include the story I wrote for FF based on this photo from you. I’m including that story — with a little more development — in the book, and it will be much more interesting for the readers if I include the photo as well. I’m writing to ask if you would consider giving me permission to use your photo in the book — giving you full credit, of course, including your blog address. If you’d rather I do not use it, that’s fine, but I’d like to if you feel good about it.
    Just let me know. Thank you.
    Sandra

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