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  The sun rose ─ we rejoiced to see it ─ winter miseries on the way out, albeit late and slow. It didn’t get much better as the days went past. Some days hope rose with the sun. As July … Continue reading

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Each year on the Sunday nearest to 6th June, a simple and touching ceremony is held beside the memorial to the multinational crew of a Lancaster bomber downed in a nearby field. Today local families and expat Brits gathered as … Continue reading

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Hello, Goodbye

    Thankful the day’s about to end ─ goodbye to pain and irritation farewell to cold precipitation deplored in May, when leaves, new grown, pretend it’s summer. I thank the Lord the day is come to banish restless night … Continue reading

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Haiga for Celie

If you don’t know Celie and her wonderful blog at The Kitchen’s Garden, you haven’t lived. Here are two of the characters you  will find:  an anonymous piglet – those destined for the table are not named other than as … Continue reading

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Turgid dreams make a colourful night but at least I slept. image taken by my son, Robin James Smith A quiet week, but for the high spot on Tuesday: a lunch with four old friends at the bistro in the … Continue reading

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Six Word Saturday

It’s been a funny old week Foggy mornings and evenings with mist, low cloud and drizzle in between. Wednesday afternoon was special:  a poet friend brought another poet friend on the spur of the moment and the three of us … Continue reading

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Haibun Monday: Walking

    o Seasons are playing silly tricks on us.  I walked this path regularly last year, monitoring nature, seeking the first primroses and savouring the shapes of skeletal trees in winter.  Above you see it in full lush leaf … Continue reading

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Cheered by breath of summer warmth Lunch and a nap on the patio three days in a row.  Is this a record?  The network of contrails in the sky signals that holiday traffic is in full swing (see Thursday’s post). … Continue reading

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Tell me please

Machines trail lacy scarves knitted from white vapour yarn, write messages across the blue, encrypted puzzle for those below Who’s been playing noughts and crosses in our sky? Where have they come from, where are they going and why?

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Haytime in April?

On Sunday, the farmer cut the big field opposite the house.  He came and turned it at dusk on Monday and Tuesday.  The sun shone and the wind blew just enough to dry it beautifully.  I suspect he will collect … Continue reading

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Conception – the fun part Life – the  best part Death – the hard part Youth – love and laughter Prime – adventure, love and laughter Senescence – rest, reflection, love and laughter Grabbed by the scruff, it’s all worth … Continue reading

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Where I Write?

Wonder-blogger Celie at the Kitchen’s Garden wants us to show our writing places.  I nearly always write in bed,  or in my armchair – my definition of laptop is something that goes on my lap. The fabric over the back of … Continue reading

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What the Trees Know for Napowrimo Day 3

The Napowrimo prompt for Day 3  asks us to read a poem “The Girl Who Feared the Wind”, which begins “The trees know” and to write a poem of our own about what the trees know. A lonning (grassy path) in … Continue reading

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Quadrille: Grin

7.30 am  today   To see the sun pop up like a jack-in-the-box from the horizon this morning makes me grin with happiness. My morning walk will be all pleasure, unencumbered by waterproofs. Wet washing can be dried outside ─ … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung

Delight spreads over my weary spirit — daffodil cheer Magnolia magnificence adorns the sky— makes me happy And our neighbour has mowed his lawn.

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