The Unmentionable Lady of the Night

“Never breathe a word.” She urged, breathlessly. Not that she was breathless, I hasten to add, she just didn’t breathe. Vampires don’t tend to do that.

I found her standing by the bus stop, just as we’d arranged. The coldest night of the year so far, and she stood there in a skimpy vest top, bathed in a gentle light from – it must have been the bus stop, as the gas lamp she was standing under wasn’t working… and the Moon was hidden behind multiple layers of cloud.

“Never.” She urged again. “My name must never be uttered by your lips.”

“Can I type it on my blog?” I asked, in a moment of madness. I knew what her answer was going to be.


OK, then. Lady of the Night it is. The Unmentionable Lady of the Night in fact. I can’t see her having a problem with that.

So, why would I be meeting this strange lady on the darkest and coldest night of the year? Why? So she could give me her vote in the Love Referendum, that’s why! I’ve told you the question has been thrown out to literally thousands of characters through time itself. The results are slow in coming back, averaging at about one a day, which is handy considering I have extended my Valentine’s celebrations this year just a little. Not that I do Valentine’s, I must say, but this year I wanted to do something different.

So, this lady was asked is love a good thing or not. Two possible answers. Yes or No. What did she say? (Oh, and she had to provide a haiku as well. I always forget to mention that part.)

Dark clouds and dark hearts
Veins pulsating with passion
Needs and thirsts are met

The Unmentionable Lady of the Night votes: NO

The Lady of the Night says: “Love? Who has time for love in this day and age? Most people don’t have time to eat, never mind love. I make sure I feed, that’s what I make time for. A nice evening meal is enough for me. At my age, I don’t need love, but I need to live. There’s no point in voting for something if there’s no time for it, is there? Now. Never breathe a word.”

I don’t think the last line was actually part of her reason, but she said it at the same time so in it must stay. She started to develop a hungry look, so I made my excuses and left shortly after she gave her reason. I still have weeks of these posts to do, don’t you know.

This lady’s vote will not be included in the count until tomorrow’s post, as the count is always a day behind. Currently, however, the count stands at:

There will be more from the referendum tomorrow.

Today’s post has also been part of :

The Easter Bunny

What? The Easter Bunny??? In February?!?!

Ah. I see. White Rabbits!

February already! Can you believe it? Happy February!

Anyway, I digress.

Here’s the Easter Bunny leaping out of the bushes to take part in my (now) World Famous Love Referendum. She certainly isn’t leaping into Spring, that’s for sure… what with all the snow we are apparently having.

What do you mean “Hang on; what’s this Love Referendum?”? – Where have you been? As I don’t do Valentine’s, this year I am doing it… of a fashion. I’m holding a referendum and have invited hundreds of legendary characters to take part, if they so desire, and provide a haiku whilst doing so. The referendum is a choice between love being a good thing (yes) or not (no).

The current vote stands at:

Which currently doesn’t include today’s vote. The count will be reflected in tomorrow’s post (should anybody call by, that is!)

Easing Easter in
With love and a little leap
As it’s cold and wet

The Easter Bunny votes: YES

The Easter Bunny says: Love is to be loved. No more, no less. Although it can be loved a little more by a chocolate or two. Any chocolate. Nice, luxuriously smooth chocolate that melts in your mouth and makes you lie back and sigh a resounding ‘Mmmmmm!’. And expensive chocolate hearts really show the love. And eggs. Don’t forget the eggs (I have to say that though…) they are an absolute must when it comes to showing love. Yes. Without love there can be no love of chocolate, and that is a definite no no.

More tomorrow.

The Love Referendum


It’s that time of the year once again where most of us are overcome by a whirlwind of love and find ourselves swooning without a moment’s notice. Not me, obviously, as I’m immune to such things. So much so, for this year, I have decided to extend my Valentine’s celebrations somewhat.

Oops. Somebody fainted then. Oh no, my mistake… they merely swooned.

Long time visitors will be aware that I don’t do Valentine’s. I turn it into a mini Hallowe’en. I like Hallowe’en so it helps me through the lovey dovey season.

For this year’s extravaganza, I have trawled through the ages to find characters to help me with a little referendum. To decide once and for all whether they think love is a good thing or not.

Sorry. Somebody swooned again then.

As I was saying, these specially selected characters will provide a haiku, and will then publicly cast their vote to say either ‘yes’, yes, love is a good thing, or ‘no’, no, it isn’t. They also have the option to give a reason for their decision, but only if they so desire. Well, it is Valentine’s.

And kicking things off we have Cupid.

Love is like the Spring
Sometimes fresh or very hot
Most times elusive

Cupid’s vote: NO

Cupid says: “It’s too much hard work. For me, I mean. I have to keep flying around, firing arrows through people who have absolutely no idea that I’ve done it. I’ve been doing it for Millennia and all I have is a mention here and a painting there. AND I have to be careful not to impale myself whilst doing my treacherous and unpaid job otherwise I end up falling in love with myself when I see my reflection, and it is so embarrassing when that happens. It takes an age to sort out. It was alright to start off with, but for me, for now, it’s a resounding NO”

Oh dear. We aren’t off to a good start, are we?

More tomorrow!

Two Thousand Five Hundred Posts Later

This is it! This is my post to mark the posting of two thousand five hundred posts here on this blog!

That figure is actually reached next week, but I felt a weekend party celebration would be a better idea.

To become one of the ‘Twenty-five Hundred’ is very simple indeed. In the comments, simply add a link to something you think others may find useful that you have found on someone else’s blog. Or, if you provide a service that you’d like mentioning, link to that as well. Chat amongst yourselves, have fun!

In my invitation post, I suggested that this post be a platform for showcasing talents. All you need to do, dear guest (apart from having a good ol’ nosey around the Mansion / blog) is provide a link in the comments. Or a comment. Or both, but leave something to show you’ve been here! Chat amongst yourselves. I’ll be along throughout the day to update this post with any links received, but why not visit any that are left directly through the comments. Perhaps:

You found a blog post that inspired, moved, uplifted, energised, or motivated you in some way


You may have a favourite post of your own that you’d like to share


You may provide a free service through your blog / site and you’d like to highlight that


You’d perhaps like feedback on something you do from other bloggers who don’t yet follow you


You’d like one of these nifty badges:

Then claim one when you leave a comment – it’s free! Just comment. Chat. Have fun!

A partytastic Six Word Saturday post!