My poem, Hard Times, is about recession. I wrote it during the awful Credit Crunch of 2009.
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If dandelions were rare, we’d call them by their Latin name, Taraxacum officinale and pay big money for a single plant.
My silly kid’s poem Clicking Gran, was my first attempt at poetry.
Do you help run a club, group or charity that benefits older people? Could your organisation do even more with a £500 award?
My poem, The Delivery Man, is only partly autobiographical.
An awful lot of my posts seem to be about beer but as I’m married to a CAMRA member maybe that’s no surprise.
When my sixteen-year old son asked me to buy Ovaltine, I was not only surprised, I was suspicious.
My poem, Father’s Day, was hatched after a beery conversation in the pub with a few male drinking friends, one of which, (after a few pints,) shyly exposed his brand new pair of Homer Simpson socks.
A message from the Dean: I am delighted to be able to invite you and members of your church/community to a coffee morning on Tuesday 31 May, 10.00 am – 12 noon, in the Deanery garden.
My short poem, A Grain of Truth, was written for a humorous verse competition on a writer’s website I belonged to at the time.
I have never been excited about trying out a new lawn mower before, but after using the GTech Falcon cordless, I am very impressed!
On the second day we walk to Trogir; a walk along a busy road but with interesting sights to see; the buildings, the wild flowers, the gardens, the houses.
The rhubarb is thrusting vigorously upwards and our chard which was looking very moth-eaten after the winter has started bursting with new growth. So last weekend we had 2 springly, kingly snacks.
All the world appears to mill around Gatwick. The stress is obvious, the security a necessity, the patience of everyone varied, the wait tedious.
A certain person was annoying me, so ladies, I wrote this little ditty about some of the men in our lives, Bless 'em(not)
Does your imagination ever run away with you?
As a teenager, I always loved walking and secretly longed to go off backpacking, to explore pastures new and exciting. Unfortunately, my friends were more interested in fashion, boys and nightclubs, and it never occurred to me to find others with similar outdoor interests.
Last year, I was delighted to receive three taster bags of gourmet popcorn from connoisseurs Joe & Sephs. This week I have been sent four different flavour packs and a jar of caramel sauce. Let me begin!
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We’ve finally given in to pester power, and got a puppy. Our sixteen-year old son Jeffrey researched breeds and breeders, saved up the eye-watering cost himself and, after a long wait, Alex the labrador/retriever arrived two weeks ago.
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I have been sent three bottles of Silicolgel to evaluate. I must admit that I have not heard of this product before.
Mentally strolling down memory lane while writing my memoir My Gentle War, I thought of all the fun I had rummaging in Grandma Havard's 'clothes box' as a six/seven year-old.
Celebrity Rules is a poem about the ridiculous celebrity culture that we have allowed to proliferate over the past thirty years.
There was an article in the Spectator last week. Professor Ernst argues that to use herbs safely and effectively, you should only buy over the counter products that contain a single herb or herb extract, which has been subjected to rigorous scientific research.
It has been reported that, due to fly-tipping from a cannabis factory on a Swansea valley road, a flock of sheep were seen behaving a bit ‘odd.’
Sometimes you know it’s time to move on, no matter how big the wrench. We’ve been considering a move from Herefordshire for some time so last week put the house on the market.
Two sunny summer styles in an extra wide fitting have been launched by Cosyfeet. They are feminine, flattering and specially designed to be ultra-comfy.
Two Poems - My Mistake (The Death Of Love) I Held You (Love Won Then Lost, But The Memories Live On)
Here are two poems which I hope you will enjoy.
My poem, Swine flu, was written at the height of the epidemic in 2010.
Chicken, Leek And Lemon Risotto, Comforting Food For Young And Old Alike. A Delicious Recipe From Bill Sewell
Thank you Bill for your latest recipe. As you say. 'This is the most delicious and comforting dish for leftover roast chicken. In fact I’d never make it unless I had leftover roast chicken. Surprisingly it doesn’t really matter how much meat you’ve left on the bird.'
That’s what my grandmother used to say but despite her warnings the day has come when, although it is still May, my familiar uniform of jeans and sweatshirt seems too heavy, too sombre and too dark, for, at last, the sun is shining.
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Do you prefer powder, liquid or gel capsules when machine washing clothes? I like to try them all!
Blue is on trend for footwear this season and Cosyfeet’s new Sandy boat shoe in limited edition Powder Blue is designed for ladies who need a good looking shoe with a comfy, extra roomy fit.
I am delighted to share my first poem for the website with you. I hope you enjoy reading it!
It is time to replace my vacuum. After fifteen years of picking up dust. pet hairs, food, etc etc, my trusty machine is ready to retire. So many models of all shapes and sizes to choose from. Where does one start?
Is This The Best Cordless Hedge Trimmer On The Market? GTech Model H205 - Plus Is Number 1 In My Household!
How does one choose a new hedge trimmer? The truthful answer is 'I don't know!'
IT WAS DOOMED FROM THE OUTSET. What was doomed I can hear you ask?
Now that Spring has arrived, I hope you are amused by this poem. Both men and women who have read this have said "How did you know what my (my husband's) shed looked like. All I can say is I've been there!
Best Place In Hereford For Home Appliances? The Wash House Sells High Quality Products And Gives Friendly Knowledgeable Professional Service
My freezer has gone to meet his maker. Where do I buy a new one from? Should I go local or online? I was walking past The Wash House in Hereford a couple of weeks ago and called in to have a look around.
It’ll be better for the children,’ the wife said. ‘Pembrokeshire's beautiful and has to have a better climate than at home – please, I love the house, let’s buy it.
My poem, The Barbershop Quartet, was written soon after I’d published a short, Al Capone, gangster era story called the 2nd St Valentine’s Day Massacre.
I have been a loyal Healthspan customer for more years than I can remember. For quality and cost this company beats all the other competitors.They have the accolade of being the number 1 UK company in the vitamins and supplements market.
It’s launch day for Blue Nun, time to see if all the hours spent scrubbing every bit of her, hoisting sails (during which I managed to turn the boatyard air blue as I fight with one end of a flapping Genoa (sail) whilst Tom bellows instructions from the other) and the long, hard, expensive fight to install a sea loo have paid off.
Derek Coles and Norman Turner
I came across this 'song' in the Daily Express last Saturday 12th March. Jennifer has kindly allowed me to share it with you. The lyrics trip along quite nicely to the suitably cheery tune of My Favourite Things from The Sound Of Music. One. two, three.....
I wrote ‘At My Expense’ during the first days of the MPs expenses scandal in 2009.
Keeping bees is both an art, and a craft. It teaches you the benefits of patience, organisation, record keeping, hygiene, and safe food handling. In a good year you’ll get honey to eat and wax to make into polish, soap and candles too.What more could you want from a hobby?
My wifes friend at work was going on about how her hubby could make up a poem out of anything. My wife, not to be outdone, said I could too. So I was set a challenge, to come up with a poem that contained two statements of fact.
Well. These are extraordinarily good brownies. Chocolatey and deliciously gooey but with just a trace of salty graininess.