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Garden Home Life Lockdown poems Nature

Outside and inside


I
It’s been warm the past few days

the mercury rising in the kitchen thermometer

but apart from an hour and occasional shower

the only thing to see outside

are the feathered friends who in air have flied


II
The stone guards are drenched

out in the backyard

Life of a garden fairy

at the moment – is hard

a lake is forming by the rocks

and drenching their once perfect locks 


III
And out in the garden the insects are about

with cascading rain – they’re being caught out

emergency mission – fishing them from the drink

before into deep water – they begin to sink

each beetle and ladybird fished from the rain

and put someplace safe – away from the drain.

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Acrostic Home

Bookshelf

#poetry #acrostic #home

Brimming with reading material

Old and new

Often hardbacks but sometimes paperbacks

Kindles and other consumable electronics on one bit

Softbacks, toys and notebooks for scribbling on another

Hardwired in the centre – a music box

Entertaining the listener with comedies and audiobooks

Life portrayed in photo and sound digitally

Filed away in a box of digital media cards

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Home Humour Learning Life

looking up words

#Socs #Wordnotfound

You would think , after years of primary, secondary and even tertiary education

There wouldn’t be a time when i’d need to check my spelling

Then again – the English language is full of wonderous words – and although the grand academics might not like this , some of them have been happily poached from our friends and neighbours across the English Channel.

Some have been invented and Some words and terms have been put in there simply because they’re used in common parlance

Howzat then ? because someone’s asked for a thingummy-bob to fix a watchamicallit as part of a job.

Normally Translated – A Spanner or wrench to fix a nut or a bolt, or an allen key to screw together two bits of wood with those magic screws – you know the ones – Hexagonal holes in the head of the screw

and as words keep on being added – the pages of the dictionary get bigger… And don’t think the computer can keep up – for poor old Hex has to have his Lexicon updated (sometimes daily) to keep up.

The true test ? getting listed in the OSW – Official Scrabble Words list – and there’s plenty in those pages!

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Acrostic Cooking Food Home

Ode to a fish slice

Salford, 17th May 2020

The latest challenge to members of the write club

Write a poem on a kitchen utensil……i did mine on a fish slice

Oh noble utensil

Rescuer of the friday night supper

As the chips cook under the lights under the grill

Note as you look after your charge

Guiding it around so its batter armour doesn’t break

Even your fellow utensils on the range know – this takes patience.

And when its time for the king of the cod to

Meet up with his army of

Brilliantly browned potatoes

Every precaution is taken to

Rest his majesty into the protection of his soldiers

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Garden Home Industrial Life Nature

The recyclers

Salford, 29th April 2020

They’re picking up your plastic

your glass, and paper , man

they’re taking it to the depot

in their big new shiny van

They’re re-using all those used things

you would normally throw away

no time to be sticking them in the ground

they’ve found another way

The rubbish is carefully sorted

from the differently bright coloured bins

so there’s piles of different types of rubbish

from plastics and cans, to steel tins

So they’re mulching up yesterdays headlines

for books in the libraries to learn

and they’re sending your food waste for compost

instead of just letting it burn

But its not just the plants that are thriving

some food waste comes back another way

it’ll return in the van, changed by a plan

to collect more things another day

And as the people are in libraries reading

the kids are growing gardens in school

and what do they think of your food waste

when it’s feeding the plants ? they say – Cool!

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Acrostic Fun Home

Clear

Salford, 23rd January 2020

#fowc #clear

Cloudy skies today ? hardly

light from the sun falls down like raindrops

even the sky is a wonderful shade of blue

a warm and bright day

ready for a picnic ? we’re headed for the park

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Food Home Photography

Challenge 30 – No10

Food…..or should I say Foooood!

I could be some time with this particular part of the challenge !(sic)

I mean where to begin – I’m a bit of a foodie. I enjoy my food – not just the meats but the pasta and vegetables as well. Christmas time sees a smorgasbord of delights, from Spiced Ham to cheesy pasta bakes – not forgetting of course Christmas pudding and Battenburg Cake

My Nephews are partial to a bit of Jelly and custard at Christmas, and for the adults aside from the Christmas pud, there’s usually the Content for a trifle on the go. But this year they helped make something really special – a tray of gingerbread men…now I don’t know if any of them escaped the Christmas table but one or two of them definitely did a disappearing act…

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abstract Home Photography

Challenge 30 – No6

A Snails eye view’

#photography #closeup #abstract

“You are a noisy mollusc….” Dougal the Dog to Brian the Snail – Magic Roundabout

This was a toughie when working on #challenge30, I mean – how do you get a snails eye view ?

You would have to be a snail wouldn’t you?

I let my imaginary snail loose around the house – where he found, in the kitchen, ready to be recycled this glass bottle – with the contents consumed it made a nice mirror for him to look in…(chortle)

Camera engaged for this one, my Sony DSC H300 – Great for close ups like this, the beading on the bottom of the glass look like beads…

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Home Life Poetry Transport

Early Morning

Salford 23rd August 2018

Squeaky doors

are better clarion calls

than any alarm clock

on the market

 

Slumbered silence

broken by a cistern

attracts you to the noise

of the nearby main road

 

Luna’s departure

allows Ra to announce

“The morning is here!

it’s time to get up”

 

And motorised monsters

or kings of the road

make their way delivering boxes

either side of the tarmac

 

Solitary Swallow

converses with the neighbours

on a nearby roof –

tweets the news – no laptop required

 

The rumble of early morning traffic

cascading through the windows

is followed by the crack of an egg

falling into sizzling bacon fat

 

Kettle whistles through the concrete

up through the bedroom floor

your first cup of the day is ready

milk and two sugars ?

 

 

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Acrostic Animals Home Insects Poetry

Spiders in the house

#spiders #web #house

22nd June 2018

an acrostic from inkdrop

from a prompt from the imaginarium

sometimes I wonder why they’re there

popping up from out of the garden and setting up in the kitchen

i get the idea, these six legged fellows don’t like the cold…

desperate, they’ll weave their webs in hidden spaces, like

every cubby hole or stair cupboard

Resident, until cleared out with a head of a brush