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.
Is R S I Holding You Back On Your Computer? The OrthoMouse From The Keyboard Company Will Certainly Help!
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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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If you are looking to buy a Console table or a Coffee table, these have both been made to a very high standard by an expert craftsman.
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.
We didn’t know much about the Philippines until my brother decided to retire there. He has lived abroad virtually all his life and was looking for somewhere to retire that ticked various boxes for him, the most important being that it had a tropical climate and he could afford to retire there on a limited pension.
DAY FOUR If you have read the earlier articles in this series you’ll know I’m on my way to see the Northern Lights (hopefully).
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.
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.
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).
Back in June 2017, I shared Broken Bone in Bucuresti, written around 18 months after my accident in Bucharest. Today I’d like to share Operation Bucharest which began its life while I was being operated on, awake, as I had a spinal anaesthetic. I’d be interested in comments regarding the difference between the two poems.
Snow Scene (Copyright Martyn Stanley)
In our twenties, OH and I dreamed of moving to the middle of nowhere and living The Good Life.
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, 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.
Heating is so expensive these days whichever method you choose to buy to heat your home. If you have central heating but don't want to have the radiators on in all the rooms, why not invest in a low wattage slim line panel heater?
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.
To cheer us all up in this cold weather, I thought it would be nice to look ahead to spring. Spring Garden was first published Spring Poetry, Brian Wrixon Books in 2014.
As mentioned in the newsletter, maybe some of you like writing short stories for pleasure. If you would like to send yours in, I will reproduce it on the website. The first one has been sent in from Sharon Boothroyd and is a light hearted romance. Sharon came up with the idea!
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!
If like me, you experience endless unwanted calls during the day and evening, maybe it is time to invest in a Call Blocker Shield from CPR Callblocker.
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.
I have owned many fan heaters over the years. Most have been standard on/off cool/hot switches and nothing really special to look at. I have been sent The Desk Friend from Dimplex to evaluate and this model is stylish, modern and compact.
I hope you enjoy reading this festive story.
This week’s poem is a bit of light-hearted fun and an appropriate time to post as Wednesday 25th October 2017 was World Pasta Day. They seem to have a special day for everything these days. Pasta À la Carte was inspired by a photo prompt when I was doing a poetry challenge a couple of years ago. I hope it makes you laugh.