Fork in the road

9th February 2019

#Travel #Journey #Poetry #Decisions

You’ve travelled straight down this road

for what seems like an age

heading for a destination, unplanned

life seems so uncomplicated

following the signs in blue

and passing the trees in green

when all of a sudden – a yellow alert

a fork in the road

One way to the peaks , the other to Wales

Decision to be made

Blue John or Welsh Mountain Stone ?

Roast Dinner or Fish and Chips ?

Seal

#OWPC

A response to the One word photo challenge : Seal

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Picture taken at the Aquamarine centre, Guia, Algarve

A resident Seal at the wildlife park

No Place like home

Salford (Via Crete, Zakynthos, and Kos), July 21st 2018

Have Albus backpack will travel….

When i’m travelling, what things do i take for a piece of home

(1) My camera kit

It’s my hobby, and there’s no better time to capture some cracking scenery with my Nikon DSLR.

(2) Diary, Notepad and Writing stuff

When im out taking snaps, it pays to record where i’ve been.  I normally keep a travel log of the events whilst im away, and this usually finds its way on to here,

(3) Boiled Sweets / Jelly Babies

I Buy these at the Airport, and they usually last all week.

(4) Paperback / Kindle / Phrasebook

Reading Material for when the beach is out of bounds, the phrasebook helps me with the street signs and if i need any local questions. The kindle also acts as my music box and has a couple of video games on it

Dim

Dim

In the dawn light of a winters morning

its very hard to see

why the important man with his

very important briefcase

should be stood at the platform

getting covered in snow

if he’d listened to the announcer –

a bus arrived two minutes ago

but he let it pass

and like an ass

he stands there in the snow

in the Dim light of the station

Will he catch his train….hmmm? No.

Inky takes to the water

Venue : HMS Belfast, London

Date : 20th February 2018

Early morning for me yesterday, as i took up the chance to visit another branch of the Imperial War Museum.

As a Member of the Volunteer Team at IWM North, I’d been to Duxford, and Headquarters in London…but yesterday gave me the opportunity to visit a branch of the museum i hadnt been to, HMS Belfast, Anchored on a branch of the River Thames.

Walking around the sections of the boat, we got to see everything from Navigation to how sailors slept on board and a view of the engine room…the heart of the ship that made it move through the water, we were also given a little bit of the boats history and its role in world war two, escorting civilian ships against attack during the Arctic Convoy Missions

We were given a full tour of the cruiser by one of the Yeoman of the Ship, before being given a lunch in the galley and opportunity to explore for ourselves.

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HMS Belfast Nameplate

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HMS Belfasts Guns, with Memorials and Bell

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Deactivated Seamine, Now used by HMS Belfast for Donations

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View of Tower Bridge (From the Bridge)

Permitted

Permit

Peter smiled, as the postie dropped the

Envelope through the letterbox – no more

Rumpus waiting for taxi cabs

Movement around town – was now assured

Indeed , he could go all around the region for the same price

Today, he’ll check out whats happening – Tomorrow, he’ll be there (with his carer)

Things with the Letter N

#CFFC #LetterN #Photography

We begin with something Nautical – the Manchester Ship Canal

(or as we now know it – Salford Quays)

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The various waterways are connected by a series of footbridges for Navigation around the quayside.

Located in the Northwest of England the basins are still used by ships and boats at certain times of the year.   Everything from Royal Navy and Merchant Navy vessels to Narrowboats which use the waterway as part of their navigation of the canal network

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I like the narrowboats as they’re painted to the owners original design.

Salford Quays has its own narrowboat named after the painter LS Lowry, and it does cruises up and down the Canal network.

Honk

Honk

15/11/2017, Salford

Wail like a graceful swan dear driver

it doesn’t matter – everyone around you is looking

to others – its like the circus is in town

the only things missing are your make up and

evaporating sense of humour

reacting to traffic was never your strong point – and its showing

Happy

#CFFC #Letter H

So, what makes me Happy ?

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Holidays, with clear blue skies

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Home, in the winter months

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Hopping on a bus , and heading off on a canal trail or two