Poetry Weather Water

Rainy Day

#SocS #Day #Rain

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Rainy Days ?

They happen more than less at my home town

thing is people casually forget

the city and county i live in – has a number of rivers and canals

when the sun comes out this causes evaporation

and occasionally formation of the odd cloud or two

yes, they tend to drop when they’re not wanted

but the stuff that falls keep the wells and reservoirs full

and when the time is right, putting a pair of

bright red wellies on and splashing in the puddles

is great fun.


Rock Garden

#SoCs #Trees

Photo by Ryutaro Tsukata on

Resting in the corner of the back yard

on granite and limestone

conifers and other evergreens

keep their spot looking tidy

Growing at a pace

a number will have to wait till their

rosy flowers appear with the warm weather

deciduous plants cold in the cold of winter

except when they’ve been clipped for

new table decorations at Christmas

Christmas Festive Poetry


#Socs #reveal

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that time of year is here again

someone’s carefully and thoughtfully

bought you something

and placed it under the tree

to unwrap after christmas dinner

colourful wrapping, tags and bows

get lost in the whirlwind

of little hands getting hold of their gift

leaving a tide of colourful paper

to clear up after play is over

Christmas Cooking Food Historical Victorian writing

The plum pudding paradox

#socs #closeeyesandpoint

A Christmas Pudding – Too early ? (C/o Bing)

Above, you’ll see a picture of a ‘traditional’ plum pudding, eaten at dessert time around the table at Christmas time….before anyone goes ballistic….i’m following the rules of the previous challenge – and it just happened to fall on the page on the origin Christmas puddings

So, when did the craziness start inky?

Those in the know state it kicked off as a wheat porridge with fruit in the 14th Century. Veggies might not have liked this however – as recipes varied – having additions of beef, mutton or even porpoise

(Not to be enjoyed if you have veggie suet in your christmas pud!)

Three centuries later – they thickened the mix with breadcrumbs and eggs – and Dried fruit and your Christmas spices of cinnamon and nutmeg were added – alas – no plums. In 17th Century Yorkshire – they ate it for Breakfast (Not a bad idea)

We eat the Victorian edition of this classic today – No Meat, but spices, fruit, sugar and flour (oh and booze!). Usually after a suitable pause after the Christmas Dinner.

Art Poetry

2B or Not 2B

#Socs #Black #white #Grey

Playing around with a blank sheet of Brilliant white paper

can be difficult without the use of colour

Monochrome worlds with greyish tones

can be difficult to translate

if your subjects moving about

reds turn black, blues black and grey

but pressure applied is down to your hand

and sometimes your picture isn’t always as planned

you can use your eraser – to fade things away

but sometimes results – don’t go your way


Do i like mustard?

#socs #closeeyesandpoint

now here’s something for a Saturday Afternoon

apparently there’s more mustard in the world than custard


i dont mind if its on a burger – or hidden away in some sauce or dish, but it surprised me to find out (thanks to the elves @ QI) that i’d been eating variants of mustard i hadn’t even realised

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In a salad with my tomatoes and cucumber (Lettuce, Radish)

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Or served up with my Sunday Roast (Carrot , Turnip, Broccoli, Sprouts)

It might explain my hesitancy to eating the green stuff bar the peas when i was little…

but now i eat them all the time (and that includes Salad Cream as a Condiment)

As for Custard ? Both are nice (egg/vanilla) – but i’ll eat them after the Mustards!

Photo by Anh Hoang Pham on

(A Custard – Not Mustard :))

Childhood Halloween Haunted


#childhood #halloween #octpowrimo #socs

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On Halloween Night

the tables were turned

for there was nothing more frightening

to the monsters , ghosts and ghouls

than the sight of little children

playing peek-a-boo

under their bedsheets


tippy toes

#socs #bodyparts

tippy toes

toddling down stairs for a

tasty treat or two

ten little tippy toes

taking care i don’t fall over

travelling down the street

ten tippy toes

telling you about

the warmth or coldness of

terrafirma below

taking socks and shoes off or putting

those warm slippers on



#Socs #If #Inkdropnotkipling

If people could be a little more thoughtful

and not thought of emptying shelves

there might not be “panic buying”

indeed – there’d be stuff for yourself

If people could be a bit kinder

the world would be a happier place

and they’d be looking around at their hometown

instead of staring out into space

If some could think of the others

instead of their wallets instead

then the others could make bread,

of standing outside foodbanks led

If some shared their knowledge with others

you’d find that fellow a home that is warm

and things to keep him inside, instilling pride

instead of being outside like the norm



#socs #aspire

He sits at his easel

with pencil, pastel and paints

creating a vision

of what he has seen

purply blue skies and bright yellow stars

coin shaped replicas of earth venus and mars

ambition portrayed for the locals to see

not bad going for a lad of three

and he’s left his thumbprint, in the corner of the page

wonderful effort for a lad of his age

Future Lowry ? the critics agree

but now he’s washing his hands – time for tea!