Category Archives: natural world

The Young Yew

In benign spring sunshine the field waits, as all fields are waiting, for the burst of bud and spurt of blade to finally wake after the long winter. Dotted about are signs of scattered feed for vanished ponies. An abandoned bucket, its garish … Continue reading

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A Tête-à-Tête under a pearl sky

In the words of Shelley: “The cold earth slept below; Above the cold sky shone…” … and flowering long before its time, this little narcissus. Damp and bedraggled it may be but light from its petals shines out. Crouched beneath a bare, … Continue reading

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Drizzle

I love rain – real horizontal rain, but drizzle! Drizzle by contrast is grey and invasive. It creeps in and dampens your hair and your shoulders before you even realise its raining at all. It lurks in the grey air … Continue reading

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Feedback is king

This year, in company with many other people, I sent Christmas cards that I had made myself and far fewer than ever before. I also cut back drastically on the number and size of the presents I gave. As a … Continue reading

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New Year – new adventure

Any regular readers of this blog may remember that just over a year ago, together with Jill, a friend who is also a writer and painter, I embarked on a career as a crafter at the local Country Market with the aim … Continue reading

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Windy Night!

We woke on Sunday to a blustery morning and the moan of a chainsaw, thought nothing of it and started the day – a cup of tea in bed. The chain saw moaned on! Eventually the sun burned off the remaining … Continue reading

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Olympic Storyteller – latest challenge

The latest challenge for the BT Olympic Storytellers was to pin down what puts the Great in Great Britain and to describe our greatest team for 2012. My piece was commended….so just off the podium this time! London 2012…the Greatest … Continue reading

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Close shave

Exquisite, bold squirrel, cheeks full of acorns, Evades watchful dog I’m no haiku writer, but this begged to be written.

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Improved ‘Warrior’ octain and one more

Thank you Caudia for helping me to sort the octain I wrote for One Stop Poetry’s Monday Form. I have added a syllable to the first/last lines and changed the 5th line to put the internal rhyme in the correct … Continue reading

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Another poem, inspired by a Rosa Frei photo

In this sand I see  the world, pattern too large to comprehend, too small to understand, each grain unwittingly playing its part. In this sand I see the world, spilt blood absorbed, often unremarked, storms whipped up to cloud the … Continue reading

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