This week’s poem, Sky Ballet was inspired by the starling murmuration I witnessed over the M40 in October 2016. It’s one magnificent sight and my photograph doesn’t do it justice.
Costume Project was inspired by a sewing group at my local Victorian park. It is taken from my collection ‘In a Delightful Country’ which I hope to publish later this year. Costume Project was published in Reach Magazine, Indigo Dreams Publishing, February 2017.
This story is a work of fiction. I visited an Elizabethan house and let my imagination take over.
“Morning! Where an earth did all this snow come from?” Val asked, as she stomped her way to The Book Shelf bookshop, kicking the snow off her boots before opening the door.
If you are looking to replace your keyboard, there is a huge selection of excellent products from The keyboard Company. I work with Mac products and have been sent the latest Matias Wired Aluminium Keyboard to evaluate.
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I have been sent a new skin care product manufactured by A Vogel which is ideal for soothing and lessening the pain from bruising.
Farmyard Fugue is a jargon poem. It was inspired from an exercise taking jargon from one subject and using in another. I think you should be able to spot easily enough which two subjects I used. It was great fun. Farmyard Fugue was first published by Reach Magazine in February 2017.
This week’s poem, Stratford Mums, was inspired from watching swans and cygnets on the River Avon back in 2015. It was first published in Sarasvati Magazine.
DAY THREE If you have read the two earlier articles in this series you’ll know I’m on my way to see the Northern Lights (hopefully).
Richard was back at Birmingham Airport where, a few months earlier, he had met the world-famous soprano Gloria della Piazza.
If you are experiencing problems in your home with damp or mould, then adequate ventilation is essential. One of the ways to expel the excess moisture is with a dehumidifier. I have been sent the latest portable one from Xpelair and would like to share my findings with you.
I was twelve when we moved to Dunby. Rosie was only young then, maybe two or three. She lived next door, with Mr and Mrs Smith - and she was lovely, with her brown eyes as deep as pools and her long, soft locks of deep auburn tumbling down like the feathers of a beautiful bird.
This week’s poem is Now and Then. It’s a little different to my others because I wrote it especially for Mum when she was ill. I’m sure a lot of the readers will be able to relate to it.
This week’s poem, Grandad’s Garden, was inspired by a poetry workshop run by Alison Chisholm at Swanwick in August. Alison gave each participant a pinecone to study. Grandad’s Garden recently won first prize (Student Category) in the Brighton and Hove Arts Council Poetry Festival Contest and I was presented my cheque by the poet Laureate herself, Carol Ann Duffy. Quite an evening.
THE RUSSIAN BORDER
After the Hurricane the weather improved tremendously, and as we sailed to the very top of North Cape on our way to Kirkenes, near the Russian border, the sea felt like a millpond.
If you read the first article in this series you’ll know I’m on my way to see the Northern Lights (hopefully). I’ll keep the boring stuff to a minimum, so suffice it to say that we flew from London to Bergen.
That evening, Richard had been waiting for hours at Birmingham Airport. He’d got there at half past six in order to meet opera singer Gloria della Piazza from the New York flight, but fog over the eastern USA had delayed her departure.
Water Harmony is Part III and the final part of Seagull Sequence. I hope you’ve enjoyed the sequence. The sequence was first published in Sarasvati, Indigo Dreams Publishing.
A few years ago I persuaded my husband (who to be honest was not that keen at the time) to take a holiday in Norway. I’d read about the breathtaking landscapes, beautiful fjords, and vibrant cities, and I wanted to see it. All of it!
DAY 8. I am alarmed and the feeling grows with each passing hour.
It was two months before Christmas, and Santa Claus sat in his workshop holding a list. He scratched his head and sighed. Rudolph, the chief reindeer, walked over and nuzzled his master's hand.
‘Here’s my TV memories poem. I hope it brings back some memories for you too?’
When we moved into Tottering Towers, we waited a year before doing anything to the garden apart from growing vegetables. Our first Christmas in the country was lovely.
Invasion from Brighton is Part II in the Seagull Sequence. Part III next week.
DAY SIX AND SEVEN. Arctic Circle celebrations on deck this morning. This consists of some brave passengers having ice put down their neck by Neptune.
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The day began badly for Mark. From the kitchen window, he spotted a single magpie perched on the garden fence. He saluted it instantly.
I’ve just moved house. I haven’t moved often in my life. I know some people are regular movers and really good at it. I’ve decided I’m not good at it.
Last year I wrote about some of the herbal teas that Pukka sell. I have been sent some more of their flavours to evaluate and would like to share my findings with you.
New Version Of Streets Of London By Ralph McTell Featuring The Crisis Choir With Guest Vocalist Annie Lennox
I have been a great fan of Ralph Mctell since the late 60's and have interviwed him for my website. John Beresford has allowed me to share his description* below with regards to the new version of Streets of London.
Wrong Turn is the first part of Seagull Sequence which I wrote when watching my local lake over three consecutive weeks. It was first published by Sarasvati magazine earlier this year. Part II next week.
This week I am sharing some OAPSchatters pudding recipes. Lead image was taken by Bryony Hill.
DAY FIVE We awoke to another dark grey sky and the usual rain belting noisily against our boat’s porthole. I don’t know whether there were rough seas last night, if so I managed to sleep despite them. The grey depressing mood lingered into breakfast time when something uplifting happened.
I learnt to type on a heavy black manual typewriter at school in the late 1970's. Although I was keen to learn, I took a strong dislike to the messing about with ribbons, carbon paper etc.
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Some more 'facts' that are circulating around the internet, source unknown. Thirty five of them in all. I do not know if they are 'facts' or not!
Winter is almost upon us and we will all be thinking of ways to make nutritious tasty meals to warm us up and not have to spend an enormous amount of money to achieve results.
Despite the incipient thaw, the river was still partly frozen. January had been even colder than usual, the meadows white with snow and held in the grip of successive frosts.
Poetry in the Park was inspired by my Poet Residency at Worth Park, a local Victorian park that’s received money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore to its former Victorian beauty. Poetry in the Park was first published in May 2017 by Reach Magazine, Indigo Dreams.
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