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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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Outdoor Pursuits Outdoors Poetry Scouting Scouts

Backwoods Stew

#Scouts #Cubs #Beavers #Supper

The ingredients were simple enough,

Taters in the embers of some dying beechwood

Corned beef, Some Carrots and a very big onion

Butter for frying, and some stock cubes for flavour

The Metallic billy can protected by the finest washing liquid

as flames licked the sides of the can

As the potatoes softened, the onions went see-through

hiding amongst the beef

and as the bubbles rose bringing the feast together

chef prepared his serving spoons – as it was served in tin mugs

in the other can ? usually tea but not that night

as chocolate buns were served for afters – with hot cocoa.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Ventures all headed for bed after Campfire – with Smiles on their faces.

They said “Ban Soap at Camp”….but this rule didn’t apply to the cookware….as the recepticles enjoyed a dip in the bubbliest of alfresco baths and a scrub getting rid of charcoaled washing liquid

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Outdoors Photography Places Pleasures Poetry

Vista

#writephoto #vista

View from the top of this very big hill

is breathtaking (literally)

some say its a bit barmy climbing up all that way

to take a picture or admire the view – but

at the end of the day – its worth it (even better with a picnic)

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Acrostic Outdoors

Idyllic

#Fowc #Idyllic

It’s some people’s idea of paradise

your place away from the hustle and bustle of

days in the mighty metropolis

lakeland water set among peaceful hills

likelihood is though – everyone else has descended there too! 🙂

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Poetry

Soaring through Salford Skies

#Salford #Birds #Blue #Skies

24th May 2020

Swiftly flying through the blue

a whole host of feathered friends

lift their wings and soar through the air

for while the humans stay indoors

only the odd cat need be looked out for as they

roll about and enjoy the summer air

dancing around the tree tops and saying hello through the windows

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Animals Poetry

Sentry

#writeclub #sentry #cat

Sat outside the house

expectations – minimal

No – one is going to get past this clever cat

they will get an awful shock if they try from those

really pristine clipped claws

you think he’s a house cat – he’s more of a tiger!

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Memories Places Poetry Schooldays

Castlerigg

#Napowrimo #Room #Dorm

Reflection of a shared room (school retreat)

Painting from photo : Castlerigg Manor, Keswick (p) Brian F Kirkham 2020

Keswick, 1987

Up in the hills

by a mountain stream

a place of reflection and retreat

the room shared three

with a view of the lakes

a place to ponder, relax and take breaks

colour scheme – calming

a sight of some sheep

and during our breaks we would gambol and leap

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Poetry

Saturday

Saturday 25th April 2020

#Napowrimo #Outdoors #Covid-19

Somewhere outside, there’s a demon with

a seriously bad sense of humour

the people are relaxed, as they walk around the town, but

until the medics say its ok, we can only enjoy the weather

relaxing in the front garden….or limited exercise

doing anything in groups – at the mo – a serious no

and all you can do is take solace from that moment in the

yellow warm sunshine you’ve been given – enjoy the Vitamin E and watch the wildlife

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Abstract Nature Outdoors Poetry

Drastic Haircut

In order to save their bosses some cash

the boys in charge of pruning

on the posh side of the road

gave the walkways arbors

really serious hair cuts

people were amused (or aghast)

as the trees they walked past

cautiously walking over in their shoes, pumps or boots

raised bricks caused by lumps of the trees roots.

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Animals Insects Poetry

Ode to a fly

#Napowrimo #fly #insect

A fly flew round the mulberry bush

the fly himself got bored

he headed for an open window

and through the air he soared

his little wings a flying

he stopped upon something sweet

he landed on the bowl they were in

and decided to enjoy a treat

but then who should come wondering,

as he came out of the cage

with feathers red blue and green

landing by little flies stage

and the bird had our small friend for dinner

as on the orange he munched

so now say goodbye, to our small friend , the fly

who the birdie has just had for lunch