A Truly Cold Dish – Friday Fictioneers, April 2022

Copyright Carole Erdman-Grant

Passed the old school just now.  Gotta say my artwork’s still lookin’ good.

I signed it Baz Woz Ere!

I’m not Baz.  That’s my mate. 

Landed him a heap of trouble, that.

My talent paid off though.  Got me sharp suits, flash car. 

And a new country gaff – on my way there now.

I think I see Baz as I park up outside the cottage.

He nods a weak greeting but doesn’t stop. 

Still sore, I guess.

I open the gate and stand back to admire… what the actual f***!!

Three feet high, red, blue, green…


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This photo of Kananskis café was taken near Banff, Alberta by my old friend Carole Erdman-Grant, the founder of Women on Barges, a facebook page for barge-dwellers, cruisers, and just generally female boaties.  Today there are in excess of 3000 members all over the world.  Earlier this year, during the storms that swept Europe, Carole suffered the kind of sudden, devastating personal loss, with ensuing change to her circumstances, that many of us have nightmares about.  Yet she keeps on keeping on.  She’s just about the strongest, most resilient and inspirational lady I have ever known.  Bless you, Carole.

Thanks also to another strong, resilient, inspirational lady, Rochelle, the leader of Friday Fictioneers, for keeping our happy band of writers going.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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20 Responses to A Truly Cold Dish – Friday Fictioneers, April 2022

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Well done Baz. Nice chuckle at that, thanks Sandra 🙂


  2. neilmacdon says:

    Sauce for the goose!


  3. Reena Saxena says:

    Thanks for sharing the story behind the pic, and your sailing background.


  4. Dear Sandra,

    I guess Baz laughs best. 😉 Many thanks to you and Carole for sharing her picture and story. She’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. As usual, you’ve written a good one. Love the way Baz retaliated.




  5. Dale says:

    Can’t say I feel bad for him. Fair is fair and all…
    Wonderfully done, Sandra! And thank you for the back story. Sending good wishes Carole’s way!


  6. Ha….revenge has that taste….interesting stuff about barges…upon my return am rather looking forward to get and live in a canal boat or barge…


  7. elmowrites says:

    Revenge is best served cold. Although I suppose it might not have been Baz… 😉


  8. I guess they are equal now.

    Thanks for telling us about Carole, what an amazing person.


  9. pennygadd51 says:

    Now they’re even. But I bet the guy with the flash suits finds a way of turning the vandalism to his own advantage.


  10. msjadeli says:

    Good storytelling made all the better by the personal story behind the photo.


  11. michael1148humphris says:

    Fine storytelling. I am sad to hear about Carole


  12. CGraith says:

    Love the sense of humor! Thanks for sharing.


  13. Rowena says:

    Love it, Sandra. Such a fabulous interaction between the two men. Sorry to hear about Carole. Hope she’s okay.
    Best wishes,


  14. Bill says:

    A wonderful story and backstory, Sandra, Well told and thank you for the explanation.


  15. granonine says:

    I especially enjoyed the backstory–always like to know about real people with real courage and the strength to keep on going. Excellent story, as always.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Margaret says:

    I really enjoyed this. What goes around comes around I guess. Love the voice here too. I also add my best wishes to our photographer Carole. Thanks for sharing that.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
    Sending kind thoughts to your friend.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. draliman says:

    Ha! Revenge is indeed sweeter when served cold 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  19. plaridel says:

    delightful story. glad to see your sense of humor manifests once in a while. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  20. James McEwan says:

    Looks like we have not out-grown our school day antics. It’s the least Baz could have done.


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