A twist on Snakes and ladders

BASIC, Health, Learning, Leisure, Life, Memory, Pleasures

Salford , 30th July 2019

Basic and spinal injury centre, Salford.

We’ve all played the board game of snakes and ladders before

Snakes and ladders board game cartoon illustration

The idea is you roll the dice, go up the ladders and down the snakes

all very straight forward , but has anyone tried playing it the other way round ?

Where you go up the snakes and down the ladders ?

It’s just as fun – and requires a lot of concentration – as you hit a ladder at the top and find yourself going down it instead of up.

We played it both ways – the reverse game is a lot more challenging.

Chequered

Concentration, Learning, Leisure, Poetry

Brain and spinal injury centre, Salford

26th June 2018

two friends locked in a meeting of minds

heads of two mighty armies

engaging in rank from rook through to queen

keeping an eye over each army

is the ruler of the of the land at either end

night facing off against day in a battle royale

grey matter in play, as tactics employed

Knitted

Acrostic, Growing up, Learning, Leisure, Life, Toys

Knit

Knights of the realm could be toppled by this – but

Not my mum, or my aunties or Nanna

Its where i learned some very basic steps

To create a scarf for my teddy bear.

To be honest, the twists and turns of loops and purls were

Extremely difficult, but by the end of the month – i’d

Done one that was just the thing for a bear in the cold

On the corner

Cities, Cityscapes, Leisure, Outdoors, Parks

Salford, 6th September 2017

Corner

“No man is an island” – or so they say.

Living in Salford, Nr Manchester there’s loads of housing, which makes it a vibrant and lively community.  There are Squares, in the sense of traditional gardens with houses around it,  but you’re more likely to lead into a path onto a main road.

They spread out like trees, with little side streets and cul-de-sacs.  The houses opposite my bedroom/office weren’t even there when we first moved into the house we’re living in.  It was affectionately known as “The croft” – an overgrown waste site which housed the occasional wildflowers and with them butterflies and wild animals

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So what’s on my corner – a redeveloped docks, and a dual carriageway and just up the pavement – a patch of green known as the local park, there’s two areas, Ordsall and Monmouth – but those who use it know it as Ordsall Park

Its got its own entry on the blog here

Shallow

Acrostic, Holidays, Leisure, Life, Pleasures, Sea, Seaside, Seasons, Summer

Salford, 29th July 2017

Shallow

Some say its easy, splashing your feet along the sea on a

Hot summers day, but its important to be

Aware of your surroundings

Lots of people like to dive into that

Long stretch of blue water –

Only they know their limitations

When they wade into it – don’t go in too deep!

Scamper

Acrostic, Animals, Holidays, Leisure, Life, Outdoor Pursuits, Outdoors, Parks, Pleasures

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Coniston, Lake District

an acrostic response to the prompt Scamper

2nd July 2017

 

So here we are, by one of the lakes

Chasing sticks with the pet dog on the marina sands

As little dogs go, he’s very clever

Missing fewer than he catches

Pressing his paws into the soft brown sand

Expecting you to chase him after catching every stick

Really nice way to spend a summers afternoon

Flight

Acrostic, Airforce, Airport, Leisure, Museums, War, Winter, World War II

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IWM Duxford , Cambridge, 5/6/2017

 

For a brief moment today,

looking around the hangar in Cambridge

I got to see the marvels of flight first hand

Great planes – from early pioneers to new planes and even spaceflight

Hoped to see something special – and I wasn’t disappointed

Tomorrow – i’ll take a look at what I captured