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Chocolate Cooking Drink Seasons Winter

Instant

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It’s just the thing on a winters morning

Noted for the quickness in its preparation

Some aficionados might complain its not “The real thing”

Though if you checked the ingredients

And looked – Milk, Sugar, Cocoa – its all there

Noses attracted by the Chocolatey waft

That travels through the house from the Kitchen

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Greece Holidays

Forward planning

#Holidays

Christmas and new year are formally over

and winters gone to town

its made me think of warm places

where the sand is soft and brown

and the sea is brilliant aqua blue

and the waters are clear as can be

while little fish nibble away at your feet

for something for their tea

I’m sure it wont be for a while yet

as we’ve not yet escaped from this bug

but i’m hoping my nephews will join us

and give us all a hug

while we play in the warmth of the water

and eat in a taverna or two

or take in some local amusement

or even visit a zoo

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Outdoors Poetry

Snowy Peaks

#writephoto

Somewhere up here , there’s a

Number of sheep, celebrating the holidays

Of course – among the white stuff you’ll only spot em

When they move about

Yet, at the moment – they’re blending in

Shepherds keep an eye on the

length of the pastures grass as

over time – where the sheep are feasting

pastures grass gets shorter as they

enjoy uninterrupted festive feasts

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Poetry Weather Winter

Frosty

#weather #frost

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Its cold today

the mercury in the kitchen thermometer

wants the central heating on – quick

the water’s decided to

harden up

sticking to autumns fallen leaves

and while the sun has

popped over the horizon

jack frost paints

icy pictures on windows

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Birds Seasons Weather

Unseen

#writeclub #winter

The crows sat atop the garden trees

looking for their friends

They’d hopped onto a thermal wind

headed for lands end

the pigeons were still sat about

on a gable end

but the other birds were hidden

on a greenish bend

for while the trees were caked with snow

and the winter wind did blow

the birds at home stayed in their nest

away from the most unwelcome guest

Problem is the guest – you could not see

and turned up unexpectedly

with his chums rain, sleet and snow

popping up to say “Hello!”

and while the guest blew up the snow

amounts of white stuff it did grow

so deep in the evergreen the birds all flew

while winter turned trees into an igloo.

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Birds Outdoors Winter

Sunken

#winter #roads #water

With the arrival of winter

the tarmac on the road has retreated

and replaced by the snow and rain

the car drivers loss ? dodging potholes

are the sparrows and seagulls gain

for as its not as cold as previous ones

they’re dropping in from the roofs for a dip

before heading into nearby trees and shrubs

on an impromptu shopping trip

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Food Seasons

Freezing

#writeclub #freezing

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If you think you’re feeling cold today

count yourself lucky

you could be a bird

hanging about in the winter time

tending to its clutch of eggs

while cold winds from the north

blow through the trees

that said, you could be a fish

down in the water of the darkest sea

the ice might be on the surface

cold and bright white

but its perishing below

you could be a vegetable

freshly picked today

and put in a bag with others

before you can get away

then stored in a great big chiller

with the door closed behind you with ease

its a hardlife, living as it does

as a garden pea.

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Acrostic Poetry Winter

Hazard

#fowc #winter #hazard

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Holes in the pavement

and black ice – dont really make good conditions for

zipping about on a winters morning

as one or the other will see you flat on your back or

rolling about on the floor – worse still – the

drop might see you in a hospital bed

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Cooking Food Seasons

Chicken Soup

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#octpowrimo #soup #chicken

Its been cooking on the hob for a while now

blue gas flames keeping the cooking going

while the flavours mingle and merge

the star of the show has been bathing in a warm bath

while her co-stars have been cooking in the broth

carrots and onions, parsnip and turnip

together with the occasional green

regional variations see peppers and tomatoes

and perhaps the addition of garlic

(just don’t tell the seniors – that ain’t “northern”)

pearl barley or noodles give it bulk

served up in a bowl with warm crusty bread

a definite antidote to the retreating mercury

and the weather outside

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Acrostic Character Nature Outdoors

Waking Up

#Napowrimo

Acer tree in back garden, Salford

He’s been Napping for a while

in the garden, trying his

best to ignore the chill of the winter wind

each day he’s counted down

raring to show off his new coloured plumage

next to the evergreens

and now, its happening as his

trunk and branches begin to wake up and sprout

in a sign that things are warming up

outside, just in time for some

nice warm weather , picnics in the garden and return of the birds