An ENORMOUS new wicked word awaits you!

August 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Quick – go to my Wicked Word page to find a really BIG new wicked word with really interesting and unusual origins! It’s HUGE, it’s MASSIVE, it’s STUPENDOUS!!!!!!

17 days to go…

August 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello all you budding writers out there! How are your holidays going? Are you getting just a bit bored with all that relaxation? Just a bit twitched with all that nothing-to-do?? Just that tiny bit interested in getting the old brain cells working again???

Well, here’s the solution – get out your pen or pencil and a nice big block of paper, and write a funny or freaky or just plain fabulous story for my Sizzling Summer Story competition! Take a look at the Competition page to see the choice of three subjects – one of them is just bound to suit you and your own unique style. Then send it to me at sarah@auspicioustimes.com in good time for the end of this month when the competition closes. You never know, you might be a winner and get published on my blog! Go for it!!

Watch out! There’s a Tiger in the Loire Valley!

August 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Bonjour mes amis! It’s Tarini the Tiger, just back from a terrific trip down the Loire Valley in France! Here’s my photo album featuring moi and beaucoup de castles – enjoy!

 

Here I am setting off from Paris on the train to Tours with my favourite French magazine! (Of course, I am a very literary tiger with advanced reading tastes!)

My favourite French car, called a “2cv ” which means “Deux chevaux” or “Two Horses“!

 Here I am helping my canine friend to guard the Royal Hunting Residence at Loches – in this famous castle, Joan of Arc persuaded the prince to go to Reims to be crowned King Charles VII of France!

Here I am with my friend the Medieval Knight, in his suit of armour. But I reckon I’m MUCH scarier!!

Here’s your favourite tiger in front of the famous Chateau at Chenonceau where the wicked Queen Catherine de Medicis spent her holidays plotting and planning – she was even scarier than Temujin!

The wonderful Chateau de Valencay – one of the great Emperor Napoleon’s favourite castles where he liked to show off how powerful he was to foreign princes! He held three Spanish princes hostage here, for five and a half years!

Here I am sitting in front of the fairytale castle of Chambord, which is said to have inspired the famous story of Sleeping Beauty – of course, I’m much more beautiful.

My famous self posing in front of the famous Loire River, overlooking the rooftops of Amboise, the seat of many a royal French king.

In front of Clos Luce, where Leonardo de Vinci lived his last three years and died in the arms of the French king Francois I. Here he invented many of his famous inventions and wrote many wise things and painted many of his famous paintings. He even made a giant mechanical lion which spilled Fleur de Lys out of its mouth to entertain the king at one of his grand parties!

At last – back to Paris on the train with my new friend the Spotty Leopard. My mum says he’s just a pencil case, but I don’t believe her!

And last but not least, here I am having a cuddle with my mum. Mum’s are the best!

Au Revoir and A Bientot! (Which means “Goodbye and see you later!” in French!)

 And don’t forget to write a story for Mum’s Sizzling Summer competition on the Competition page – you might win one of my mum’s great books!

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