Friday Fictioneers – Blood and Toil

ff220114Nightshoes had farmed the rocky strip of soil above Thorndale Manor since before anyone could remember. Best beans in the county were grown up there – ‘Young’ Joe Nightshoe was famous for his runners.

Last summer a couple of ‘townies‘, as Joe calls them, bought the manor. Fancy dreams of becoming self sufficient and all that – Joe wasn’t convinced, but he didn’t say nothing.


With winter slowly melting into spring, the manor’s windows are again boarded shut; out front a nearly new tractor is carefully being backed onto a waiting flatbed. Up on his strip Joe checks his beans – it was already looking like his best crop yet.


These words form my entry into this week’s Friday Fictioneers photo prompt challenge.

13 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Blood and Toil

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Thanks, Claire. Personally I always love a good name in these 100 worders where possible – Nightshoe is actually one of my more sombre efforts 🙂

  1. sustainabilitea

    My mind thought of nightsoil, which made me laugh. And there’s always the possibility that Joe had something to do with them “doing a runner.” You never know. But as is, you nicely showed the enduring farmer.



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