Tags from last 12 months

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Peony Pom-poms

encouraged by the sunshine 
exploding magenta bombs 
cheerleaders of the garden
perfect peony pom-poms 

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Woodland Dell

Down in the woodland dell
beneath tall, slender trees
lies a deep blue carpet
that quivers on the breeze

Sunlight filters through and 
shadows cast on the ground
the shallow stream sparkles 
plays a soft, soothing sound

The mossy fallen tree 
is the place where I rest
brush through feathered ferns
my hearts slows in my chest

I close my eyes and breathe
and relax for a while
my ...

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A month of persistent rainfall
gave us plenty to moan about
A change in the weather today
we rejoiced as the sun came out

We walked along the country lanes
dense hedgerow lined our way 
All the hues of a spring rainbow
made for a delicate display 

Glossy buttercups tall and bright
sturdy dandelion below 
Frail with age they become a clock
disappear with a puff and blow

Red campio...

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Reasons To Be Grateful Week 4 (Final Week)

A task set to capture the moment
when I felt grateful in any way
As I reflect on this week gone by
with a photo taken every day

An early evening walk
casting tall shadows down the lane
A late afternoon walk
during a brief break in the rain

The colour of rhododendron
to brighten the dullest day
A date booked in my diary
for a weekend getaway

Springwatch is on the TV
but my focus ...

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Meeting John Bishop

A memory on Facebook
from four years ago today
a trip to the theatre
which was subject to delay

Delayed due to the tragedy
of the Arena bombing
John Bishop shared a video
this message left me sobbing

His sentiments so heartfelt
the emotion overflowed
he felt is was only right
to postpone upcoming shows

I watched him through floods of tears
as he shared his thoughts that day
I w...

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This Is Me

Sometimes happy, sometimes sad
sometimes good, sometimes bad
sometimes hot, sometimes cold
sometimes shy, sometimes bold
sometimes dull, sometimes bright
sometimes day, sometimes night
sometimes curly, sometimes straight
sometimes early, sometimes late
sometimes right, sometimes wrong
sometimes weak, sometimes strong
all the above I can be
these things do not define me
always true, car...

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A month of persistent rain
has nourished trees, grass and flowers
Lush fodder for the rabbits
who happily munch for hours 

Springwatch is on the TV 
but my focus is drawn outside
I watch rabbits feed and play
their antics keep me occupied

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Tall Shadows

An early evening walk
up and down Gallowber Hill
Warm sun on our backs
no breeze, the air is quite still

Lambs relax in green fields
mellowed by the soft sun rays
Protective sheep keep guard
firmly meeting our gaze 

Rabbits take off in flight 
safely back to their burrow 
Busy birds search for bugs
in and out of wild hedgerow

A break in the weather
no sign of the forecast rain

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Stage Left

Today in the old Churchyard

scent of grass recently mown

A new pathway created

leads us to this old gravestone


Wild flowers among tall blades

subtle, delicate and free

Sounds of various birdsong

low buzzing of bumble bee


Stage left and stealing the show

Trumpets dazzle and delight

Magenta rhododendron

a symphony bold and bright

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Sunday Tranquility

Peaceful, calm, relaxing
Sunday tranquility
Ripples on the river 
Flow gently to the sea

A cool breeze blows softly 
Through new leaves on tall trees
Darting Swifts swoop and soar
Low buzz of busy bees

Fields tremble and whisper
Bright yellow, gold and green 
Springtime in Great Britain
This picture perfect scene 

Photo Credit Dr Amir Khan 

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Faster Than A Bullet

Startled by my presence

White bob tails in the air

Two young timid rabbits

I did not mean to scare


Faster than a bullet

Taking off in low flight

Straight back to their burrow

Out of danger, out of sight

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A break in the weather

A brief pause in the rain

We head out for a walk

Before it starts again


The River Lune runs fast

A deep turbulent squall

We get back just in time

Before the next downfall

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Kaleidoscope - Rehashed

Sat staring blankly through my window pane
Distracted, dismayed by the constant rain
I think of all those young hopes and dreams
Trickling downwards like the rivulet streams

The rain washing those ambitions away
Flowing down the drain for another day
I feel for the young and their hopes and dreams
Now lost and rinsed away in flooding streams

I bring myself around, tell myself I must no...

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Reasons To Be Grateful Week Three

A task set to capture the moment
when I felt grateful in any way
I reflect on this week gone by
with a photo taken every day

The early evening light and shadows
admiring the colours that they bring
Watching the garden grow and blossom
thanks to the miracle of spring

Receiving my second Covid jab
praise and thanks for the fabulous NHS
Looking forward to a night out
finding I still fi...

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Sweet Dreams

above the trees and roof tops
floating across the sky
a heavenly display 
shapes divide and multiply

an early evening sky scape
drifting clouds pass on by 
pretty pastel colours 
a candy treat for the eye

sugar coated almond hues
pale blue, pink, peach and creams
melting away my worries 
my hope to dream sweet dreams 

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Another Milestone

Along the road map to our way out
we reached another milestone today
We can take a trip to the cinema 
or visit the theatre to watch a play

Thirty people can gather outside
indoors it’s two households or up to six
Masks and social distancing keeps us safe
as we venture out and begin to mix 

Travel abroad is allowed once more
as long as the destination is green
We can holiday, take a ...

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Jordan Banks RIP

A young footballer taken from this world
Just having fun, doing what he loved best
An amazing boy with the biggest heart
Raising funds to help others was his quest

In a final act of awesome kindness
Now three families send their love and thanks
One life tragically lost, three may be saved
Rest in peace, the brightest star, young Jordan Banks


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WOL Anniversary

A comment made on here last week
Took me back to a moment in time
Led me to revisit my WOL blog 
To my very first attempts at rhyme

Today is my anniversary 
A year since I came across this site 
A year of being grateful 
For the kind likes and comments on my writes

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Reasons To Be Grateful Week Two

A task set to capture the moment
when I felt grateful in any way
I reflect on this week gone by
with a photo taken every day

A glorious sunny evening walk
feeling the sun's warmth on my face
We both agree how lucky we are
to live in this beautiful place

Our cosy Saturday evening
a TV film night just for two
A short Sunday stroll together
appreciating the woodland view

I sit and w...

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Calm, serene, peaceful scene
Ripples gently radiating 
Birds rejoice the new day
Lake mist slowly dissipating 

A moment when time stops
Close your eyes and absorb the peace
Keep it in your minds eye
Draw a deep breath, hold and release 

Photo credit Dr Amir Khan

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Rhododendron trumpets
Take centre stage to perform
Bursts of bright pink flowers 
Weather the day’s thunder storm

Photo credit Dr Amir Khan

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National Limerick Day

The travel list is like a traffic light
Available to read in black and white
Red, amber and green
No shade in between
Feeling blue with no holiday in sight


A funny limerick I tried to write
I tried my best to get the rhyming right
My limericks were so bad
It made me feel tired and sad
This rubbish attempt took all day and night


PS I am rubbish at limericks

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At Last

Breaking free through the thick ice
From the deep, dark depths below
Bright light stings exhausted eyes
Bathe in the radiant glow

Awakening all senses
Notice the pressure decrease
Draw in each breath of fresh air
Slowly exhale and release

Emerging from the darkness
Comforted, safe, warm and snug
A moment long awaited 
At last, embraced in a hug

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Come Dine At Mine

Their visits should be discouraged
but, they are so cute in every way
I love to watch two young rabbits
frolic in my garden every day

They come to help with the weeding
keeping the dandelions at bay
They bring much happiness and joy
like watching two small children at play

Teasing and chasing the blackbirds
a double act, a mischievous pair
Innocently flashing their white tails

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Escape Room

A short walk today
led us to a shaded dell
Where lay a vibrant carpet
of fragrant bluebell

Following the narrow path
treading carefully
Down to the shallow stream
beside the fallen tree

So peaceful, calm and still
no one else to be found
The gentle burbling brook
rhythmic hypnotic sound

Close my eyes and breathe
take a moment to unwind
Keep this image safe
the escape room in m...

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Bluebell Woods

In the enchanted forest, far, far away
rabbits dress in waistcoats and chat about their day
Fairies live in toadstools, deep in the wooded dell
they sing and dance to the chimes of the quivering bluebell
An Enid Blyton story, a fairy tale or dream
or closer to the truth, than at first it would seem

Down in Bluebell Woods, which is not so far away
the magical spell of nature creates a myst...

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Tonight’s Walk

The end of yet another week
it’s been cold for the month of May 
A cruel mix of hail, rain, and snow
the skies mostly cloudy and grey

The weekend is now upon us 
and the sky is sunny and bright 
We enjoy a long evening walk
early evening on Friday night 
We cross over the old stone bridge
the shallow brook calm, still and clear
Curious young lambs take a drink
distant birdsong is a...

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Reasons To Be Grateful Week One

A task set to capture the moment
When I felt grateful in any way
I reflect on this week gone by
With a photograph taken every day

An evening walk along the river
The heron graceful and low in flight
The gift of a beautiful orchid
A favourite view comes into sight

Sunday dinner cooked just for me
A freshly made bed and a good nights rest
An appointment at the hairdressers
The result ...

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Little Robin

Look closely at this photograph 
A little robin you may spot
Nesting in the garden centre 
Amongst the ivy and the pots

Photo credit Mr Robin Ree

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The Fourth Of May

There is snow on the distant fell
The sky is heavy, dark and grey 
Cold, wet, dank and gloomy weather
My outlook for the fourth of May 

This view reflects my emotions
The world feels heavy, dark and grey
Cruel, harsh, mean and unfair real life 
Throws worries and concerns my way

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Dawn Chorus

At 4.30 I lay there wide awake
Not woken by the alarm clock ringing 
Wakened by the dawn chorus performance
Loud and proud the garden birds are singing

I wonder what they find to sing about
So early, each and every morning
Could it be they just give praise and rejoice
That another brand new day is dawning

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The Covid-19 Memorial Wall

150,000 lives are remembered
Illustrated by each heart on this wall
At over half a kilometre long 
There is a space and a place for them all

One minute on this memorial walk
Represents 15,000 lives lost and taken
One heart, one loved one commemorated
Lost too soon, gone but never forgotten

Photo credit Dr Amir Khan


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Old, New And Incomplete

Bridges span the river
Buildings rise to the sky
New, old and incomplete 
So much to meet the eye

Photo credit Dr Amir Khan 

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