#73 Photo Challenge

Ok – for something different. Because there were so many things I wanted to take a photo of today, here is a combined effort.  All of these things have links to writing and moi – yes even the bread!

Your challenge is to tell me how they are linked? Two are really obvious and the other two are more difficult. Good luck.

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9 thoughts on “#73 Photo Challenge

  1. I’ll go with the easiest one first. The NaNo post card sort of speaks for itself. I’m guessing the bread is a home-birth tradition (sort of makes sense). The pic is hard for me to see. At first I thought it was a copy of The Red Book, but it kind of looks like a page from Griffith Review Quarterly. The Ronald Dahl collection could represent numerous things, but if your anything like me, many of his books were favorites of your growing up and inspired you to begin writing. Also there are four items representing your Forth Fiction Novella.
    Am I close?

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  2. NaNo Postcard – tick! It is kinda self explanatory for anyone who recognises the plot machine illustration. I got my donators envelope yesterday.

    Roald Dahl – tick. He was my favourite author when I was growing up, I could get lost in his stories for hours and our librarian at primary school must have also been a fan because she read us both “The BFG” and “The Witches” as part of our libarary time. Danny the Champion of the World I think was the first *long* book I read and oved every minute of it. I got this collected works for a bargain through kindy and wish I could rip it open and start reading now.

    The Bread – cross! It would seem to be very homebirthy, but in fact it relates to something you actually mention. Fourth Fiction. I’ve been waiting weeks to go back to the bakery to be able to buy it.

    The Griffith Review – half a tick! While I would have loved to have entered a story for their first ever ficiton edition, I didn’t have the confidence and felt overwhelmed by what they were asking for, so didn’t submit. A friend did submit. Maybe she’ll pop over and stick her hand up.

    Thanks for having a crack. We’ll see if we can solve the bread mystery!

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      • It was *so* cruel! And now that it’s the weekend I’m not going to attempt to join the conversation there until Monday. Tuesday, my parents arrive for a visit from Canada. Why couldn’t the contest be planned around *my* schedule? 😉

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  3. Thanks for stopping by Constantine.

    Now I am utterly intrigued with the Vassilopita. It is nothing as fancy (I had to go and Google.) My favorite bakery, Flour Power, makes bread from all around the world, and apparently this is “Cyprus Bread” – I could get one with or without the crosses on top. I should ask if they make Vassilopita – but I’ll probably stuff up the pronounciation. They make all types of baked fare and have sour dough starter which is 12 years old. I should go and take a photo in there one day.

    I think for New Years I’ll have a crack at the cake though – I love traditions such as that… and will ensure I find out where and how I put the coin in (sounds like plum pudding for Christmas -though my Nanna never put money in it – think she was probably terrified someone would choke on it.) My newest favourite on this front is a pumpkin bread pudding – it was made for me by my soul sister to thank me and another friend for helping her out with some stuff – so to me it is always ‘friendship’ pudding.

    And just for the record, my friend and mentor, Edwina Shaw, is in this edition of The Griffith Review, and it’s a signed copy from her. The first ever fiction only edition of The Griffith Review (I was too overwhelmed by the blurb for what they wanted to send something in, and now I’m kicking myself for not having a try.)

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  4. Oh right! I should have guessed it with the crosses. It’s just never called “Cyprus Bread” in Cyprus for obvious reasons. I assumed it was Vassilopita (a Greek New Year’s Day Bread that contains a hidden lucky coin) because of the Fourth Fiction clue.

    It’s easy enough to make one. Just wrap a coin in tin foil and drop it in the cake batter. Make sure you cut yourself a big piece. Oh, and try not to bite into it with the tooth that has the filling…

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    • Cultural cringe happening here – “Cyprus Bread” indeed – where are the cool names for all the Greek breads like the Italian’s have? Pane Casalingo (Italian Housebread) remains my favourite though the Cyprus’s contribution was pretty damn good too.

      Did you Mum ever bake bread when you were a kid? (This harkens back to a drunken conversation we had here at home many weeks ago?) When we moved to the country my Mum took the time to bake gorgeous white fluffy bread. My efforts to date have been pretty poor. No wonder all those women fifty years ago were so fit – ten minutes of kneading negates any need to go to the gym to do an upper body work out!

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