DP Daily Prompts: Free Association

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Write down the first words that comes  to mind

when we say…

home— abandoned

soil— rocky

rain… damaged

Abandoned home, rocky soil,rain damaged

Raymond saw an ad in the newspaper of a home on sale, the government took over the property as the owners never came forward to claim it.

He called the office of the real estate, the price they quoted was too attractive for him to ignore it. He made an appointment to have a look, he went alone to see it, what he saw did not please him. He sat on the grounds wondering how he could improve the look of this house, he agreed there was a lot he’d have to do to make it fit for his family.

He discussed with his wife about buying the property when he described the house, Melinda was against buying it. Raymond felt he wanted to buy the property because of the land. He could not imagine buying a piece of land so cheap anywhere in the city.

The words abandoned home,rocky soil, rain damaged made Melinda furious, she could not understand why her husband wanted to buy a piece of property which had nothing positive about it.

Raymond made up his mind to buy the property with or without his wife’s consent. He saved enough money to enable him to make this purchase. He consulted his lawyer and the two got in touch with  the company.

Within a week Raymond became the owner of this home. None of his friends liked it, they called it ‘a piece of junk’ Raymond did not care, he hired an architect to design a house on the property, soon contractors were employed to demolish the present house and build a new one.

Work was going on full swing, Melinda knew nothing about it, one day she asked, “Raymond is that property sold?”

“Oh yes he said I bought it.”

This announcement caused a lot of tension in the house, Melinda was so upset she went to her parents house for a few days with their two kids, Jeremy and Janice, they were only five and had no idea why they were going to their grandparents without Dad.Melinda made an excuse, that Dad could not come because he had too much work to do.

Months passed Melinda made no attempt to go back home. Meanwhile the kids were missing their toys, books and their favorite bedroom.

While Jeremy stayed quiet Janice thought she should ask mom, when will they go home. What mom told her terrified her.

This news affected the little girl so much she became ill, she stopped eating and lay in bed crying day after day. She was losing weight and soon she was too weak to get out of bed. Her grandparents were concerned they called their family physician to check their grand daughter. When this was happening, Raymond’s home was ready for occupancy.

The physician’s diagnosis scared Melinda, she sat by her daughter and promised she’d take them home soon. Surprisingly the word home completely changed Janice’s complexion, she looked radiant, happy and started talking to everyone in the house, she ate more than she ever did. The change in her daughter made Melinda realize she was wrong to separate the children from their father.

Within a week Janice was well enough to travel, Melinda packed up her things and went home with her two children.

Raymond was so busy with his work he couldn’t even tell how long he had not seen his family. When he saw them coming up the steps he ran to greet them, Janice ran over and said, “Dad I missed you.”

Melinda apologized for her behavior and asked “what happened to that property you bought?”

“Well he said it’s a surprise, let’s go and see that Abandoned home, with rocky soil around it and the rain damaged property.”

Raymond took them to their new house, it looked so beautiful “Wow they all said in unison, this is a gorgeous place!”




DP Daily Prompt: Reviving Bricks

You just inherited a dilapidated,crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside. Assuming money is no issue, what do you do with it?

I have inherited a dilapidated mansion in the countryside, what will I do with it? I must pay a visit to the countryside examine the grounds and the mansion itself. Since I’m not an architect, I will hire one to find out if the mansion can be saved or is it too damaged to renovate, depending on the reply from  the person I hire.

If I get a positive reply that the mansion can be saved but requires a lot of work. I will ask the architect to give me an estimate of the cost, I might get more than one opinion if they all say the same thing, I’d hire the one whose estimate is lower.

The work will start sooner than later, a dilapidated mansion needs to be looked after at the earliest possible time, to avoid further damage. If there is furniture inside decision has to be made whether we keep it or trash it. In any case if they’re worth keeping they have to be moved outdoors until the mansion gets a face lift.

Obviously equipment and men who are assigned for the job will draw out a plan, how to begin,which side needs to be addressed first.

Once everything is decided the work will start, it might take six months to a year, to complete the task at hand. After completion i.e. the walls are painted the doors and windows are taken care of. The furniture belonging to the mansion which are already fixed by a different set of people e.g carpenters and painters.

The mansion inside will be cleaned up and the furniture will be put in the respective rooms.

Next the walls will be decorated with pictures appropriate for a mansion, for this work I’ll have to hire the services of an interior decorator.

Last and not least, I’ll invite my friends to a grand party to celebrate the renovation of my “Grand Mansion”!



World’s Largest mosque-two

Inside the Faisal Mosque

Inside the Faisal Mosque (Photo credit: Swamibu)

Margalla Hills

Margalla Hills (Photo credit: Waqas Ahmed)

Faisal Mosque (Black and white).

Faisal Mosque (Black and white). (Photo credit: stop that pigeon!)

Specially decorated during Eid Holiday

Specially decorated during Eid Holiday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Day time off center view

Day time off center view (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vedat Dalokay

Vedat Dalokay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Faisal Mosque is the largest mosque in Pakistan.It was completed in 1986. Vedat Dalokay a Turkish architect designed the mosque.It is situated at the North-end of Faisal Avenue.It is at the northern most end of the city and at the foot of the Margalla hills.It can be seen from miles around day and night.It is located in the national capital city of Islamabad,Pakistan.

The mosque is named after late King Faisal bin-Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia.He supported and financed the project.The shape of the Faisal mosque is an eight-sided concrete shell.It is inspired by a desert Bedoiun’s tent and the cubic kaaba in Mecca,flanked by four unusual minarets inspired by Turkish architecture.

Au Revoir and God bless,till we meet again!