With Acclaim, Cap Off to Crispina (in Six Sentences)

whitewashed-mill-in-mist-cpOne of the wonderful people I’ve met here in the Blogosphere is Crispina Kemp, a writer and photographer who also hosts a weekly bloghop, Crimson’s Creative Challenge, a very open invitation to respond to a photo prompt in a variety of ways.

This week’s photo from Crispina is of the Tunstall Smock Mill, built in 1900 and restored in 1944, its purpose to run pumps to drain marshlands, and while the purpose of my local smock mill (1746) was to grind corn (maize), you can see the architectural similarities.

1e318767ec951f1728a2eb8c718e6618The cap rotates so that the sails can be put into the wind, which brings up a local debate- the sailors claim the saying “three sheets to the wind” is nautical in origin (though the sheets actually refer to the ropes attached to the sail and not the actual sails); landlubbers claim that the expression refers to the sheets on a windmill, for to have any but two or four sheets in the wind would cause an imbalance.

HS-Old-Mill-FeaturedEither way, I think the point is, two is better than one, and certainly better than none, which is why instead of claiming to be too busy, or that the photo doesn’t always spark a response, or the timing is simply off, this post is in response to two prompts, Six Sentence Stories, (“claim”) and Crimson’s Creative Challenge, for if Crispina claims that just about anything goes, and if Denise only requires six sentences, well, maybe this suffices.

six sentence story copyBoth Crispina and Denise are generous bloggers who host a bloghop every week with fun prompts, and who reliably visit and comment on the efforts of others. I encourage you to go by their blogs and see what they’re up to and to sail with their fun weekly challenges.

30 thoughts on “With Acclaim, Cap Off to Crispina (in Six Sentences)

  1. Thank you 🙂
    What a delightful offering this week. Until reading this, I had no idea of the origins of the term “three sheets to the wind”!
    I have seen Crispina’s comments at many other blogs. One day I will participate in Crimson’s Creative Challenge 😀

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    • I was wondering what I would do for ‘claim’, and really had nothing then saw Crispina’s post and voila! Doesn’t always have to be a story, does it? I’m finding that when I’m stumped combining prompts helps.
      (I also fear it is a sign of a worsening condition, a heightened affliction, a growing addiction) Yeah…

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  2. Having never been accused or complimented on my penchant for finding alternative interpretations to every day remarks, comments, stories and Six Sentence stories, I feel comfortable saying, “Ah ha!”

    This provides me with a sense of connectivity to your comment regarding the identity of the captain in my own Six. (Well, sure, the MC does refer to himself as a ‘captain’.)

    (btw: whatever the term denoting the pleasure experienced when a person emphasizes a lesser known bit of knowledge in a manner that allows the reader to learn without feeling lectured to (“…at? upon?!)1

    That business of ‘sheets’. cool

    We have, (or had, haven’t been over there in a great while), a windmill that sounds like your ‘smock mill’, over on Jamestown.

    *the Victorian’s form of ultimate poly-significant word**, akin to the modern ‘Dude’! Condemnation and appellation, expression of pride prejudice and passion all with the slightest of inflection on a very simple sound.
    ** probably not a ‘real’ word
    1) wait a minute, I do know, its called being a clark (the enjoyment of little, not-likely-to-be-encountered-in-any-number-of-conversations-but-when-it-does….)

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  3. Very informative six! My dad was in the navy and hence I knew the meaning of 3 sheets to the wind but I’d never heard about the saying being referred to as a windmill. Very interesting!
    This reminds me, I still have Crispina’s challenge to do 🙂

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    • I am fairly familiar with the one mill, but until reading Crispina’s account, did not know this type are called ‘smock mills’. I also found it interesting that the design was not so different between her mill and one despite the one and a half centuries between their constructions and their different purposes. And, yep, words and phrases are fun. Glad you enjoyed.


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