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Sleep Tight (rehashed)

It is the night of Halloween
time for the spookiest party of all
Stars imitate blinking disco lights
the full moon a sparkling glitter ball

The dance floor crunches under stomping feet 
a crisp carpet of Autumn leaves
Pumpkin lanterns glow by candle light
tangled cobwebs hang down from the eaves

The walking dead dance with the devil
witches recite rhyming spells in tune
Vampires flas...

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Extra Hour (A Repost)

Tonight the clocks go back an hour 
this time comes around every year
The long days of Summer have gone
the long nights of Winter draw near

The clocks fall back every Autumn
the clocks leap forward in Spring
It is not that much of a problem
until some instructions go missing

Take each room and clock in turn
every house forgets at least one
It's December when it gets noticed
by then ...

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Autumn Razzle Dazzle

Autumn trees razzle dazzle
in vibrant shades of copper and gold 
A last blast of warm colour
before the chill of winter takes hold

The harsh wind whips up a storm
the season ends in a wild frenzy
To mark this grand finale 
leaves fall like glittering confetti  

Photo credit Dr Amir Khan

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Rick Astley

Heading over to Leeds
on a cloudy grey Autumn day drive
Hope it’s fifth time lucky
we get to see Ricky Astley live

A cancelled Take That gig
and a moment of parental pride
Two pandemic postponements
we took them all in our stride 

We never gave up hope
and now the day is finally here
We are not going to be let down 
of that there’s no fear 

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Our first trip to Dalyan
made for a nice surprise 
The magical river setting 
a treat for our eyes

On the winding waterway
day boats lined up one by one
Captains promoting their tours
promising hours of fun 

Backdrop of ancient rock tombs
carved into the sheer cliff face
A grand and imposing sight
in this remarkable place 

We took the river taxi 
to a protected strip of land
A ...

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An Eerie Scene

A crispy layer of fallen leaves

slowly begins to grow

Underneath the shedding Autumn trees

a carpet forms below


Grey mist envelops naked branches

forming an eerie sight

It would take a brave soul walk this way

come this Halloween night

photo credit Dr Amir Khan

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Yorkshire Scene

This mornings glorious sunrise

over this typical Yorkshire scene

Miles and miles of grey dry stone walls

dividing lush, rolling fields of green


Photo credit Dr Amir Khan

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Autumn Scene

A late September morning stroll

foliage flutters down on the breeze

Crisp new floor crunches underfoot

the sun’s spotlight filters through trees


Leaves cascading like confetti

lay a carpet of golden snow

Autumnal scenes in the woodland

where trees perform their final show


Photo credit Dr Amir Khan

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New York Asters

These vivid magenta pink stars

with a luminous golden heart

Lighting up my Autumn garden

like glowing neon works of art


Photo credit Dr Amir Khan

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In the early morning sunlight

bright, vibrant cerulean glow

Dazzling, delightful display

striking stars of the garden show


A wreath of blue slender petals

surround the centre of light gold

This sea of daisy like flowers

make a splash of colour so bold


photo credit Dr Amir Khan

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The last blooms of summer

yellow, ivory and creamy

Fresh rose scent fills the air

perfumed, fragrant, sweet and dreamy


Photo Credit Dr Amir Khan

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Besides The Sea

The morning sun is high

glimmering brightly though tall trees

The lapping sea glistens

shimmering lightly on the breeze

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Rainbow Sunset

Fluffy pink candy floss clouds

in a sugar almond blue sky

A rainbow sherbet sunset

bids the daylight hours goodbye


The sea is calm and peaceful

the yachts and day boats come and go

The seafront is bustling

as folk capture the evening glow


Cherishing this familiar scene

whilst sharing an ice cold Efes beer

At last at our Turkish home

thankful to finally be...

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A Month Of Mixed Emotions

A month of mixed emotions
the right words so hard to find 
Through the most difficult days
hard to leave loved ones behind

Our travel plans were set
before receiving bad news 
Decisions had to be made 
there was no right way to choose 

We kept our travel plans
with an option to review  
Four weeks in our Turkish home
we had been looking forward to

Home was in our hearts and minds

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Testing Times

Remembering the good old days 
when travelling was fun
All you had to care about 
was not getting too much sun 

To travel in these times
has become a bit of a chore 
Tests and forms take up your days 
and are a bit of a bore

Testing, testing, testing
PCR or lateral flow
Please fill in your locator form
to keep us in the know

Tell us where you are coming from 
and where you are g...

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Saturday Morning Sailing School

Saturday morning sailing school
small white boats line up one by one
The sea is still, calm and tranquil 
under the bright October sun 

Voices carry on the slight breeze
as the young children have their fun
We stand and watch for a short while
as they follow on one by one 

We carry on with our walk
on our return they are done
As sailing school comes to an end
small white boats line ...

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Gem Of A View

Here we stop just for a moment 
to admire this gem of a view
Where the sea sparkles like diamonds 
above the deep sapphire blue

Villas spread across the hilltops
like small clusters and rows of pearls 
Pink ruby Bougainvillea
twisting into colourful swirls

Casting a molten golden glow
the topaz sun dazzles the sky
Trees and shrubs shimmer emerald green
sandy beaches glisten where dr...

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Yellow Summer Sky

As the yellow summer sun sets
and the evening comes our way
The clouds appear as inky swirls
at the end of a perfect day

The mirror sea reflects the sky
and the towns twinkling street lights
As the orange glow slowly fades
at the start of a perfect night


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Far Side Of The Bay

We chose to take a new route
for our morning walk today
It led us past Xuma beach  
across the far side of the bay

We reached a small shingle beach
with some fishing boats nearby
The sea calm as a millpond 
reflecting the clouds and blue sky 

There was a little cafe
wafting scent of fresh toasted bread 
We resisted temptation 
had water and coffee instead 

It was such a lovely wa...

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For Jake

Who could know on that morning
the angels would call your name 
Who could know from that day forward
our lives would never be the same


It’s impossible to find the right words 
to express the pain and sorrow 
to say how much you will be missed 
every day and each tomorrow

As a baby you arrived early
as a young man taken far too soon
for all those years in between 

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