Friday Fictioneers: Pot Trouble

Thanks to Russell Gayer  for this photograph, I’m sure I’ve seen this type of rock before but have no idea where, probably the telly! Anyhow it’s a goody, happy new year to all you folks and thanks Rochelle for hosting this. For some reason I was concerned that the FF may not have appeared again this year, I’m really not sure why, funny how the perception of a new year commencing does odd things to ones mind.

“Little Pot” the Giant was having a slight whipped cream problem, over Cappadocia, whilst catering for the New Years festivities.

Jack and the Giants had long since buried the hatchet, and Jack was in the bric-a-brac business using golden eggs to buy old silver for the antique loving giants. He’d given them a battered silver bowl for storing the kitchen matches. 

Cooking pans were in short supply this day and time was of the essence as Little Pot was turning over the cream in the silver bowl; Mungo, who was helping in the kitchen, shouted,

“Cook Little Pot! Cook!”

There we are, 100 words on the nose, and we’ve got a nursery story mash up, a remix to get all you FF’s going, hope you like it and Happy New Year to all involved!

PS I think these mountains may well be in Cappadocia, hence the reference in the tale, I’ve seen the type of mountains on an album cover by Autechre, google them if you want some challenging music to listen to…





    • Jack bought an old pot from the magic porridge pot story, the giants preparing for the new year bash were in a hurry so Mungo the Giant shouted at Little Pot ( the other giant who was whipping the cream). The words “cook little pot cook” are the words which make the magic pot produce what is in the pot endlessly, Little Pot is making whipped cream which flows endlessly from the pot creating the mountains of cappadocia which I think look like cream!
      There you go, it’s a mash up of kids stories. Hope that helps

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  1. Dear Shrawley,

    Well look at you being number 7 this week! Lemme lay your concern to rest. I’ve not plans of stopping Friday Fictioneers anytime soon. It’s nearly 7 years since I joined this intrepid band of writers. 😉
    I do love the way you take children’s rhymes and tales and turn them on their heads. I’m glad Jack made peace with the giants. 😉 Love it.



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  2. I was born and raised in India. We Indians have a very limited access to children’s stories/rhymes written in English, except the extremely popular ones. But I liked your story without having any prior knowledge about the stories and rhymes you’ve drawn inspiration from. The whipped cream in the pot reference was very nice.

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  3. My dad was in the army so we moved around a lot while I was growing up. Originally, both my parents are from Calcutta. I am glad that you have a soft corner for my country. Thank you 🙂

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    • I’d love to take my kids there, one day, I travelled up to Kashmir 2 days after reaching India for the first time by accident! We stayed on a house boat on Dal Lake in Srinagar; it was January 1991, -20’c and gun shots rung out all the time we were there. A real adventure for a 18 year old!!

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      • There’s a lot of tension going on in Kashmir and it’s unlikely to be solved anytime soon. I’ve spent the first three years of my life in Srinagar back in the early1980s . I’ve some vivid memories of the boat rides we used to take on Dal Lake in summers. Things were not so grim back then. But, rest of the country is pretty safe for travelling now. I hope your kids would enjoy the place as much as you did in the 90s.

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      • Wow! I’d love to revisit Kashmir one day, it was so beautiful even though there was snow in the ground and the lake was frozen over. We were the only people staying on the lake, the Kashmir winter tourist season seemed pretty dead to be honest. We took a taxi from Jammu, through the mountains and a really long exhaust fumes filled tunnel.
        I really enjoyed Diu in Gujarat, Hampi, Karnataka, even Varanasi! I’ve been to the Taj, 3 times; once it was closed and so we discovered Fathepur Sikri which I think was about 4 hours away on the train if memory serves. I’ve got my diaries of my trips, I should dig them out

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      • These days, the tourist scene in Kashmir is not really favourable due to the civil unrest. And I can imagine things must have been quite bad in the 90s too. I’ve never been to Hampi or Varanasi myself, but I enjoyed Diu. It is a beautiful place to visit for sure. It’s heartneing to read someone gushing so passionately about my country. Thank you! This means a lot to me.

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