Falling through the cracks

Nature, Outdoors, Parks, Poetry

#octpowrimo #nature

Salford, 11th October 2018

It’s hard for a seed

To grow up in the big city

As it flies from its mum

And falls to the floor

Drifting in the wind

If lucky, it will land

Onto soft warm soil

But usually, it finds concrete

So it sleeps , and it grows

Fed by the rain

While it finds its own way

Through the sand and the drains

Popping up for sunshine

To the world saying hello

Don’t pull it from the pavement

For a bit, let it grow.

Here’s Another poem on a tree seed Helicopters, feel free to take a look and comment

Benches

monochrome, Nature, Parks, Photography

#C&BW #Benches

C&BW

I had to think about this particular challenge

I mean…. what kind of bench?

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One on a path in a park ?

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Or Perhaps one by the water?

Decisions decisions…

eventually I took the decision to do both, both were taken in areas of my hometown, the first was taken with my Nikon in the green surroundings of the local park in Ordsall, in Salford, whilst the second saw me cross the Trafford Road, into Salford Quays.

Look Out!

Acrostic, Poetry

Warning

Salford, 1st April 2018

When you’re walking through the meadow – its

A good idea to watch out for any signs you might see

Roads and paths tend to merge – and even in

Normal hours – the unexpected can appear – so

If you see a sign – saying men at work

Never ignore it – or you’re

Going to fall down into a great big hole

Wondering….

Life, Nature, Outdoors, Parks, Roman wall

In response to the prompt

Amble

My Home town has plenty of green space to go at…

Two canals, a river network that runs up northern tributaries to Lancashire, and south towards Cheshire

These canals and rivers meet up near the old dock at Salford Quays, formerly “Manchester Docks”, I walk that way when I either head for the tram bound for Eccles or when i’m on duty at the Northern Branch of the Imperial War Museum

 

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Narrowboats at Castlefield’s Canal Basin – Part of the Canal Network

 

The Canal itself leads on through Manchester and other parts of the county.

The opportunities by the waterside have seen the waterways cleaned up and provide leisure for people all year round.  Narrow boats are a regular sight on the canal network, and moorings line the route all the way to the point where the Irwell and Mersey meet

 

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Roman Wall, at Castlefield, Manchester

Opposite the Canal Basin at Castlefield lie the Forum where open air events take place, The Museum of Science and Industry, with its Engines, Cars, and Aeroplanes and the Roman Wall, where the Roman Fort remains are in situ.

Iwm Waterside

 

 

Lowry

The Lowry in Salford – Topic of the poem “The Musical Place”

 

 

Hidden

Animals, Garden, Nature, Outdoors, Parks

Hidden

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In the green of the park

Never miss a moment

Vast numbers of creatures live

In every nook and cranny across the field of grass

Some, sleep in the wood – whilst others live

In the ground, pushing up the grass you play on

Birds nest hide away – but you have to

Look closely after grabbing their food they hide

Enjoy your game of Hide and seek – with such luck – you might get a peek!

Gone

Home, Inspiration, Nature, Parks, Places

Salford, 3rd January 2017

in response to the prompt

Gone

The streets I knew have long since gone

covered up by flagstones and tarmac.

Veterans of those halcyon days

now sit broken tween two sets of fenceposts

 

Communities cast off

to towering islands

boxed up accommodation

piled up to the sky

 

Old friends apart

separated by miles

distanced by development

making moneymen smile

 

And newcomers have

no sense of history

except for the old hall to the west

with its gardens and trees

 

Enjoying the Greenery

Nature, Outdoors, Parks

In response to the daily post Nostalgia

Green Leaves….

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they bring back memories of many an event.

Festivals and Fetes on the large patch of green opposite Nine Acre Court.

I always wondered if the name of the flats had anything to do with the Tudor hall nearby,

It brought back memories of visiting my Aunt in the flats near to Nine Acre, sadly no longer there…though Nine acre has had a facelift…Brick Red changed to white and blue from behind the park.

Days of being younger, in my hometown of Salford, where the metropolis outspread the greenspace.

Not that it wasn’t there – those who read my pieces on the local parks would tell you there were pockets of green to enjoy.

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Walking through Ordsall , Peel and Buile Hill Parks in Spring, gave you a wonderful hit of the seasons…as the young played on swings and the older lads played football and the local crown green bowls clubs played on the bowling green

Blossoms covered the carpets of Green when the wind gently blew them off the trees branches.  Swathes of green turned to a carpet of pink, yellow and white.

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As the seasons changed – so did the colours – towards the end of summer the deciduous residents of Salford’s parks turned from green to yellow to red.  eventually the leaves would turn brown and fall off the tree – and made a wonderful noise as you walked through them.    If dry enough a crisp dry crunch as you stepped on them. Then during the winter, if lucky layers of snow would cover the ground like a canvas and the fallen leaves would shine like diamonds in the winter sun, painted by frost and snow.

 

 

G.M.T

Animals, Colours, Nature, Outdoors, Parks, Seasons

Autumn Leaves

The summer it leaves us
like the changing tide
and the wind changes course
as autumn arrives

Trees change their colour
from pallets of spring
and warm shades of autumn
to the eye they bring

As Mother nature turns leaves
from green to warm brown
Hibernating animals
begin to bed down

As Autumn paints pallet of leaves all around
Walkers feet all make a sound
as they meet with the carpet
of leaves on the ground

The skies seem much redder
and it quickens the night
as the darkness gets quicker
and the moon seems more bright

Colours of green disappear till its fate
and Winter waits for the snow
Mercury falls, and squirrels hibernate
as the birds to warmer climbs they go

Autumn’s upon us – time has moved on
Winter is coming – the summer has gone

Green

Nature, Outdoors

Green

#Napowrimo #Blogging101 #Nature #Colour #Green

An Acrostic on Nature in response to the prompt

Growing around the Front and back of the house
Really long and luscious blades of grass are reaching high into the sky
Everybody appreciates its colour, particularly in Summer as
Each little boy or girl goes caterpillar hunting.
Nice carpet on which to enjoy a summer picnic

Go Ahead! Kermit is hiding

Round a water lily in the pond

Each little tadpole enjoying the light dispersed by

Each Leaf on the conifers

Nice shady spot for the frogs