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Flowers Nature Poetry

Pink Carnation

A Pink Carnation (Image : Brian F Kirkham)

#CYW #Carnation-Pink

Popping up around the spring

its the kind of flower that likes a party

noted for its use as a buttonhole flower

keeping up appearances at family occasions

Curves more wiggly than your

average rose

rows upon rows keep each other standing up,

not falling over

at the nearest breath of wind.

they don’t look much, but once trimmed and located

in a gentleman’s suit buttonhole

on a family occasion, they

never fail to impress the guests

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Poetry

The return of Spring

Salford, 12th March 2019

I hear the mercury creeping up the kitchen thermometer

but the boiler’s having none of it

steam rising in the cold air from his friend , the kettle

white mist still apparent from outside

while red skies mix with blue as evening falls

and the evergreens move in the breeze

whilst behind a spruce – an acer’s branches sing

“We’ll be waking up soon

Announcing the spring!”

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Garden Insects Poetry Seasons Spring

Bumblebee Bokeh

Salford 27th February 2019

#Spring #Bumblebee #Photography

Bumblebee on a purple flower, taken with a bokeh lens, slightly out of focus so attention drawn to the bumblebee
The bumblebees are back!
bokeh shot of a bumblebee by inky

The message is out

It’s getting warmer out there

as stripy furry workers

head for the sticky sweet pollen

hidden in those colourful flowers



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Photography Seasons Weather

Challenge 30 – No.26

“Weather”

5th February 2019

Red skies at Night, Shepherds Delight…..

Red Sky at Night, Shepherds Delight - an example.

This old phrase is still around today.

It was the shepherds way of telling fine weather – a red sky at night normally foretold of fine weather next morning

Whilst a red sky in the morning, normally was followed by grey clouds in the skies above. It gave the shepherd time to get his flock onto lower ground and avoid an immediate drenching 🙂

We’re not out of winter yet in the UK, no matter what the met office say, and I’ve known it snow in March, despite it being technically Spring.

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Clouds Poetry Weather

Singing in the rain

#In light of the lack of a fresh writing prompt – i’ve poached this one from the wordpress e-book – 365 Writing prompts….enjoy….inky.#

Salford 16th June 2018

Inclement is how the weathermen would have put it

the weather itself couldn’t make its mind up

the sun was out – the birds were tweeting – and everyone was content

that was of course till two sets of clouds collided into one another

and slowly, but surely, small waterdrops began to fall from the sky

pitter pattering into puddles – easily covered by peoples umbrellas

until the raindrops sped up – and turned into stairrods

filling up birdbaths and heading for waterways

the quickest way they could

ladies and gents diving for cover under the nearest shelter

till quick as it arrived – the stairrods departed

and cotton-wool clouds replaced the grey ones

while birds enjoyed the relax

in a pool provided by the cloud

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Birds Poetry

Flaunt

Flaunt

Manchester, 8th May 2018

For some its a time, to say

Look at me

As the peacocks and peahens , strut their stuff

Until the departure of jack frost, they were quite – “Reserved”

Now they fluff their feathers, on the Northern shore

Till their preening catches a prospective mates eye

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Acrostic Poetry Weather

Waiting for the springtime

17th March 2018

Sat in the toolshed on St Patricks Day

Noting the barometer turned

Over from Frosty to warm

When all of a sudden the mercury goes into

Fast flowing freefall

And white powdery masses

Land like leprechauns

Lightly covering rooftops and cars

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Clothes Life

Outer Layers

Outer Layers

Salford 19th August 2017

They say clothes make the man / woman

well, whoever wrote that obviously lives somewhere nearer to the equator than i do.

They’ve also never experienced the phenomenon that is Horizontal Rain.

If its sunbathing weather – then obviously i’ll be in shirt sleeves and a pair of shorts lapping up the sun and the blue skies.  Dipping my toes in cold sea water to cool off before returning to my deckchair and reading material.

On a Volunteering gig ? then i’ll have the customary event t-shirt and hat and (precautionary) jacket in case of a downpour. Nine times out of ten – i’ve never needed it

If though, the angels working in the cloud – decide the ground needs a shower that waterproof jacket comes in handy….oncoming athletes in a downpour sometimes look on in envy.

As the weather changes – so does the kit.  Organising committees on these events have adapted their kits to allow for my hometown’s inclement weather patterns – meaning during midsummer thru autumn , the occasional fleece is thrown in my general direction and unlike the waterproof – these do get used on a regular basis

for after summer – if the rain doesn’t get you – the wind most certainly will.

and you can always take these layers off if the weather improves, it gets warmer, wind drops etc.  Its why they issue volunteers with a bag at events.

Notable thing at these outdoor events – how the dress code goes out of the window when the sun has got his hat on, and the ice cream van is doing a rip roaring trade.

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Colours Garden Nature Seasons Spring Winter

It is easy being green!

It IS Easy Being Green!

Green

Its quite easy being green

Watching the plants wake from the cold of winter

sprouting new shoots from barren branches

Calamatous cold conditions

giving way to glorious growth

watching wiry stems produce perfect petals

Evergreens look on proudly

as new growth comes from fallen seed

proud parent watching little seedlings

Rainbows of colour

pop through the carpet of lush greenery

from red through to violet – dotted round the borders

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Colours Nature Poetry Seasons

Spring greens

#Coloryourworld #cyw #spring-green

From down in the ground

on cold winter ❄️ months

long 🍃 leaves take time to grow.

 

As their heads pop up from the ground

rejoice! For their dark green foliage

utimately signal

mother nature fancies a change of scene

 

the mercury rises

and the flowers 🌺 are coming

spring has arrived.