The Arrival Of The Snowmen

Art, Photography, Poetry

Salford Quays,  22nd November 2018

Christmas is coming……

We might be in November, but we’ve had a bit of festive decoration arrive on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal today

Four Calling Birds



A number of brightly decorated snowmen, have found themselves stood around and about in locations at Salford Quays.   From The Lowry to Mediacity UK,  They’re all based around Raymond Briggs’ original fun character and have been decorated by local children and young people in the area.

Its Been a buzzy few months for local artworks as previously we had Bee in the City land in Salford as part of the Hive in Manchester.  When they flew to pastures new, the Snowmen paid us a visit.  While the Bees raised money for the We Love Manchester Fund, This time all funds will go to BBC Children in need 

Feel free to comment on the snowmen I’ve captured….I’ll post more as and when i find them.


Two Turtle Doves


Six Geese a Laying


Magic Roundabout

Animals, Childhood, Colours, Fairground, Places, Pleasures, Poetry

Carousel

An acrostic on the Carousel, by Inky.

 

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Crazy, the way this

amusement ride of colour turns

round and around to the sound

of the pipes in its middle

under the musics charms the

stallions and fillies move up and down

expect laughter and cheers from the

little ones, who’ve been waiting all summer to ride it

Blackpool

Destinations, Exploration, Fun, Travel

Blackpool, 11th April 2017

Tuesday saw me take a little trip up the motorway to Blackpool with my sister Anne Marie and my two nephews James and George

 

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Blackpool Tower

It wasn’t really seaside weather so, we visited the Tower circus and the Sea life centre instead….

The sea life centre was our first place we visited – and we all enjoyed the sharks, and the dolphins and Rays (as well as the fish)

 

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looking at the big fish!

 

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Jellyfish

 

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Mr Lobster

 

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Stingray

 

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Big Grumpy Fish

 

 

 

 

 

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My nephews with their Mummy (my little blister)

 

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The Circus Ring – Before the Show

There were lots of acrobats, and juggling and trapeze acts at this show, and plenty of clowning around…and lots of laughter.

We finished off the day with a picnic lunch by the tower.

 

 

 

 

 

Realms of Dreamspace

Beach, Character, Childhood, Dreams, writing

Expectation

Its a little thing…

Expectation

 

it starts with the little things

growing up as a kid,

you really want to ride the big dipper,

but end up on the small caterpillar ride instead

 

And you want the best of the ice-creams

you saved some space after lunch

but the outcome’s much smaller than the picture

those biscuits look like they’re munched

 

But the fellow behind this is not fickle

and he’s not as mean as he seems

though harsh it may seem at the start

he wants to fulfil your dreams

 

So that space in that tum is not full yet

there’s a place that is not out of reach

selling bonbons and fudge and candyfloss

that you enjoy walking down street towards the beach

 

Northerly and westerly

Nature, Poetry, Seaside, Seasons, Weather

in response to the prompt
Wind
 

A Blustery wind

on a stretch of sand

a perfect launchpad

to set off a kite

 

As it captures

the northern breeze

it rises high

and its tail follows

 

Watch as the wind

and the sun in the sky

paint colours down

on the seaside below

 

Twisting and turning

the kite ducks and dives

using the wind

to stay alive

 

Other Kite poems : https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/ode-to-a-kite/

Summer – Poem II

Beach, Places, Pleasures, Poetry, Seaside, Seasons, Summer, Tradition, Travel

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

Ice-Cream Mix

Cooking, Food, Fruit, Fun, Treats

ic3.jpgA piece in response to the daily post prompt

Flavor #32

A new flavour for Ice cream ?

This is a job for my inner child….if not for letting the younger members of my family loose in the kitchen  to create to their hearts content

There’s already so many to choose from, it surprises me how the likes of Ben and Jerrys manage to come up with new ones.

However, there’s always something missing from the mix.

I mean – walking into Whittard’s there’s a whole host of flavours for coffee and hot chocolate…

So along those lines – how about a new Neapolitan Ice cream ?  a Deconstructed Banana Split, with Banana, Chocolate and Marshmallow flavours.  Thing is with Neapolitan is, it doesn’t have to be the same three flavours – pick your favourites and go wild.  You could go all zesty with Orange lime or lemon – or even deconstruct a northern English favourite with Vimto inspired flavours – i’m thinking Blackberry, Raspberry and Grape.

You could add your favourite sweets into the mix – Jelly Beans, Chocolate Drops, Popping Candy…”Space Dust” – now that would raise a smile.

And of course there’s always the fun fictional fruits – remember “willy wonkas chocolate factory” – Snozzberry ice cream anybody?

So let the kids loose in the kitchen as  their favourite sweets mix with their favourite flavours, banana with chocolate, chocolate with cherries, strawberries and cream…

The Fun thing about it is you’ll have three of your favourite flavours and as it softens coming out of the tub – it’ll mix into a heavenly taste.

 

Footprints in the Snow

Acrostic, Growing up, Places, Weather, Winter

In response to the prompt

Footsteps

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Falling snow, covers the ground

Over hills and more – wind is only sound

On a patch of land – some Y shaped feet

Towards a pond coming down the street

Perhaps they’re on a hunt for some food

Rallying in number – Not being rude

In parallel cyclists head through the snow

Navigating the way to the warmth the go

Towards the house leaving trails with glee

Some little feet – my nephews, heading home for tea!

Pacman

Acrostic, Video Games

I’ve been looking over my notebooks, and found this particular acrostic – I wrote it whilst I was undergoing tests recently at Salford Royal Hospital…(Don’t worry folks – i’m fine!) – I wrote scribbles to pass the time away whilst investigations took place.

Passing through Mazes

At lightning speed

Collecting dots and power pills which

Make the ghosts in the Maze – Disappear

As you eat – quick as lightning

Note though – the ghosts bite back!

Snowman

Fun, Garden, Outdoors, Poetry, Seasons, Snowman, Winter

A Gold winning poem on a snowman – enjoy

Out in the Garden
the white stuff does blow
winter’s construction kit
(i’m talking of snow)

And out in the garden,
the kids have a plan
to create something brilliant
in the form of a snowman

The snow piles high
as he begins to take shape
snowflakes compacted
no room to escape

A smile made up from pebbles
Hat and scarf from out of the hall
The jolly big snowman
Now looks over garden wall

Occasionally met by the owners cat
who sits near his feet (on a snow covered mat)
he watches in the garden – both night and day
especially in the daytime – when his builders at play.