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Arts Clothes Poetry Tradition

Warp and Weft

Yarn

Salford, 22nd May 2017

A tale of Northern Mills

 

From north to south

and from east to west

crafty threads combine

on warp and weft

 

Coming from the animal

from out on the hill

and carded and threaded

and spun till wheels still

 

Or straight from the plant

coming over the sea

and landed at dockside

with the coffee and tea

 

then dyed in the colour

and sent onto mill

where fabrics created

from the thread from the hill

 

 

 

 

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Art Myths Nature Poetry Sport Sports Tradition

Shamrock

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Salford 23rd February 2017

 

Lucky 🍀 Irish green

You spread good fortune 🔮

To all who find you

Is it fortune or chance

That besets your finder

Only time will tell

As they scour the fields

On search for your four leaves

In time for the football match

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BASIC Photography Toys Tradition

Bearable

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Location : Brain and Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC), Salford

Date : 27th January 2017

An Afternoon of Close ups and scene changes today at BASICs photography workshop.

Fortunately, our Models weren’t that overly demanding!

The workshop took place in the centre Café – Food for thought .

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We had some fun and games in a still life session with some old bears!  These bears had been collected over the years by our tutor – and formed a core part of a marvellous still life session.  The bears were backlit and positioned on their thinking spots before we took the shots.  I like the end results we got from this session.

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Before taking each shot, we set up our “Stars” on their stage and adjusted lights and tripods accordingly – but being used to using my Sony Cybershot I mostly went for the point and shoot approach….I liked what came off the camera chip 🙂

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Animals Christmas Humour Poetry Tradition

Darn that table!

Uneven

The kitchen fairy has been at it again

pinching a footpad or two from the kitchen table

you notice their action

as little veg strive to become escape-peas

The family pooch is drooling

as table slips and slides

and silver surfaced platters

around the table ride

Turkey ready for serving

in oven it awaits

as peas, parsnips and carrots

roll about on the plate

But light hits our family chef

and gets him off the hook

sliding underneath the feet

a perfectly weighted cookbook

So table will be fixed for pud,

with a couple of little pads of wood

and pooch for now will have to enjoy his ball

and not the turkey that was saved from a fall.

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Fishing Poetry Tradition Water Waterside

The Fisherman’s Lament

17th December 2016

a poem for the daily post prompt Fishing

The fisher sits on his seat of green,
surveying nets he’s sat in between.
He’s been sat there, since start of the day,
and only caught one – which he let swim away

He hoped by letting go of little fish,
he’d catch some bigger ones to put in his dish.
And as he waited – it came dimmer in th’light
as wispy grey clouds gathered in tight

He cast out two lines, wi hooks brimming wi bait,
casting them out with his arm out straight.
As he looked up to heaven, and awaited fate
all he could do was to sit down, and wait

This Ancient ritual, of releasing the fish,
hadn’t so far caught summat for th’dish
Another cup of tea he pours
Listening to stories on Radio 4,

But, Alas what is this, he hears to the east
above the sound of the Canada Geese?
It’s the sound of laughter, that’s a raisin’
of the big fish, safe, in another basin.

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Christmas Festive Photography Tradition

Anticipation photo challenge

In response to the photo challenge prompt
Anticipation

looking forward to Christmas 🎄 😋
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Acrostic Tradition

Bespoke

Bespoke

Born from a humble oak or beech

Everybody wants this latest crafted item

Superbly fashioned by a master craftsman –

Perfect for Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch and Tea

Overall, the quality is second to none

Kept fresh by the finest oils and polishes

Everyone who wants it – are in a hurry to have it

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Toys Tradition

In miniature

Miniature

inside the toy store

the five fifteen from coniston

is about to arrive

sailing through tunnels in mountains

expertly created

by the big jobs

as the townsfolk stand frozen in time

anchored into a scene that will stay forever

(or until the model-maker returns)

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History Industrial Photography Places Poetry Tradition Transport Water Waterside

Photo Challenge: Narrow

 

Narrowboats, National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

 

 

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Narrowboats on Erie Basin, Manchester Ship Canal

 

 
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Saturday  July 30th, 2016

A Thought: Narrowboat

They carried the cargo before the rail

up and down the waterways

Colourful characters towing the coal

that burned in the houses, factories and mills

but then with the dawn came the engine of steam

much faster than canal – down rail lines – a dream

so leisure pursuits became boats new norm

where coalmen once slept – a visitors new dorm.

whilst some tell the tales of the canals to date

and visitors on them – they think that its great.
Another Narrowboat poem : https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/narrowboat/

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Beach Places Pleasures Poetry Seaside Seasons Summer Tradition Travel

Summer – Poem II

Salford, Wednesday 27th July

(Via Blackpool, Morecambe and Colwyn Bay :))

Summer

Parasols parade
A pageant of all colours
Prepared for picnics

Hermit crabs scuttle
Across the sandy shore
Safety in numbers

Candy floss floating
on long wooden carry sticks
windmills turn in breeze

And tiny fish await
A delightful day dish
Dipping down below