Messy

Childhood, Family, Growing up, Poetry

Messy

It might look like world war three has arrived in the kitchen

but in reality , a masterpiece has been created

sticky fingers and flour dust on kitchen tops

even more on the cupboard doors and floor

colourful paintwork adorned on the table tops

while the finished article hangs on the refrigerator door

and all created to send out a message

“Happy Mothers Day!”

Jolly

Christmas, Family

Jolly

It’s that time of year again….

can’t you hear the sleigh bells?

the snowflakes are falling fast

as tinsel haired lasses

in convoys make passes

at any lad they have passed

Giggles of joy from little un’s

as that thing they’ve watched all year

is delivered by the fat man

express and with good cheer

as Father looks at his pressies

“Socks and Jumper, again dear?”

Traces

Family, Heritage, Historical, History

Roots

24th august 2017

they say everybody has roots.

those tiny little things that define history

traces of who you are, set in your DNA.

back when I was studying at university for my HND, I got the opportunity to research my family tree

looking back through birth records…to draw up a computer program connecting the dots.

starting from little sis and me, and mum and dad, their brothers and sisters, and granddad and grandma 👵

this seedling was grown on strong foundations … when I dug deep into the archive , with a little help from imperial war museum north, I found a tale on my Great Grandfather, on my dads side who fought in World War I.

and by following the path of the family tree, I found the answers to the tales told around the kitchen table.

it might be the genealogical cross tween a bonsai tree and and an elm, but my family tree is pretty big … and I’ve found roots that I never even knew existed.

its an ongoing project…but I’m enjoying the digging.

 

Dense

Architecture, Buildings, Family, Home, Life

Greengate, Salford UK

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Dense

See that stretch of brown land in front of you

some town hall boffin has planted a seed

watch as the tiny cabins grow

aided by steel, concrete and cables

services for those who use them ?

that’ll come later

when the professionals meet

and mater and pater are pushing prams down the street

when the developer pays his fees

Unseen

Family, Food, Poetry

Unseen

The fussy eater
was caught off guard
by an addition of vegetables
to his favourite pudding

Carrots remained buried
under a mountain of sponge
and mum just smiled
as the kids munched away

What was that yummy stuff
under the sultanas and lashings of custard?
Mother knows what it was
but she’s not telling….

Empty plates all round,

Not a vegetable to be found

And fussy eater wont know

as for another piece he does go….

 

Value

Family, Life, Technology, TV

In response to the Daily post Prompt

Value

Funny thing is that word

VALUE

its quite easy to equate it in the mecca of shopping I know as ASDA but my American / Canadian Cousins call – WALMART

I walked round the American Giant that’s landed on its cousins shores

We were looking for a new TV – I’m No good with Measurements so i’ll put it this way

80 DVD Cases long, 5 DVD Cases High

Digital (of Course) , Sky Sockets, USB and High Def Sockets

Funny thing – they were all for a particular three figure model – the Kate Moss / Naomi Campbell / Kate Upton of Televisions…with all the mod cons – Blue-ray, HD, Hi-DEF and all internet connected by the wi-fi – and bigger size than the humble Digital Flatscreen that sat in the corner of the room.

My dad was completely convinced… until I posed a little question

My little sisters brood came into the equation….

“Is it Grandson Proof ?”

The search for a replacement continues…..

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UPDATE – Dad has his Telly!!!!

Its got all the mod cons he wanted – internet…On demand TV….Universal Remote…

After seeing his decision-making in the store, I’m glad he’s happy with it….