The Zephyr

Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Zephyr

James was quite happy that Dad said they would go and look at cars. James had his licence for only a few weeks buy Dad thought he was ready to have his own car.

“This is exciting,” said James, “Imagine me driving to my friends place in my flash car.”

They got into the family Holden station wagon which had seen better days. Three kids jumping around on the back seat, the smell of Sam the smelliest dog in the world Mum reckoned and a front bench seat that had seem better days. There was a story that one night, before they were married, Dad put the front seat into the recline position so he and Mum be more comfortable watching the movie at the Drive-In. Trouble was he couldn’t get the seat back upright again so he had to hang onto the steering wheel and drive. Mum opted to get into the back seat.

“Which car yard are we going to Dad? asked James.

“Not a car yard,” said Dad, “I have a mate who is selling his car as he doesn’t drive it as much any more.”

“I hope it’s a great car with all the stuff I’d love in a car,” James said. “What colour is it?”

“I think he said it was white.” James looked crestfallen. Noticing the look Dad said “but the interior is red” “Apparently it is quite a reliable car which will be good,” Dad said. “I don’t want to be fixing your stuff forever.”

“Is it a auto or has it manual gears,” James said hoping for a manual as they were more fun to drive. A manual dad said as they neared their destination. As they drew up to the front of Dave’s place, there was the car, gleaming white in the drive and the chrome dazzled.

James just sat there, mouth open. What the fuck is that he thought. That’s not a car, it’s a relic from some bygone forgotten era.

Dad and Dave started to wax lyrical about the virtues of the Ford Zephyr while James thought about what his friends were going to say.

photo from Car-from_UK.com
Manufacturer:Ford
Model:ZEPHYR
Year:1960
Type:Standard Car
Doors:4
Color:White
Seats:5
Transmission:Manual
Fuel:Petrol
Drive side:Right-hand drive

There were quite a lot of Zephyrs manufactured in Australia from the 1950’s to around 1962 from English specifications. Australia went a bit further and built Zephyr Station Wagons and Utes modifying the English designs. (source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Zephyr)

Bully

He said,
all we did
was come to taste
the nectar,
my friend
and I.

His friend said,
we flew in
when we saw
delicious flowers,
my friend
and I

They flew
onto my grevillea
coloured clowns
so I pecked
his head
I’m not a bully

Now it’s time
for a fly away
leave my flowers
just go,
his friend
and him

When is a carpet not a carpet?

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Carpet

When it is a Carpet Snake!

Carpet Snakes are Pythons and are non-venomous gentle creatures. They rely on squeezing their prey and swallow them whole. It’s not to say they don’t bite as they do. I have been bitten as I dragged a Carpet Snake backwards from my chook pen away from the baby chickens. It was a bit miffed I guess about missing out on dinner. I was probably too complacent but juggling a three meter snake and a torch with squawking chooks I took my eye off the snake and he whipped around at lightning speed and bit my hand. Just a bit of blood as they have backwards facing fangs. A short walk back into the bush well away from the chooks and I deposited him to slither away and find another place to eat.

These images are from my besties. Carpet Snakes make great biological pest controllers.