monday verse: auguries of innocence

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour from Auguries of Innocence by William Blake I know, I know, I'm no longer doing Monday Verse. Yet it's Monday, and here I am again. It seems … Continue reading monday verse: auguries of innocence

monday verse: the last rose of summer

’Tis the last rose of summer Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone; No flower of her kindred, No rosebud is nigh, To reflect back her blushes, To give sigh for sigh. from The Last Rose of Summer by Thomas Moore This weekend saw our first snow and below zero temperatures … Continue reading monday verse: the last rose of summer

monday verse: gloire de dijon

When she rises in the morning I linger to watch her; She spreads the bath-cloth underneath the window And the sunbeams catch her Glistening white on the shoulders, While down her sides the mellow Golden shadow glows as She stoops to the sponge, and her swung breasts Sway like full-blown yellow Gloire de Dijon roses. … Continue reading monday verse: gloire de dijon

flaming june

I've been neglecting my blog disgracefully for the past couple of weeks, largely because summer has arrived with a vengeance in Grahy. We've had days of blue skies and sunshine, with temperatures today and yesterday in the mid to high 30s centigrade. It's a bit too hot for me, to be honest, although I'm really … Continue reading flaming june


Sometimes it's good to look more closely at things, and see past the obvious. Take roses, for instance. Your attention is immediately caught by the gorgeous big, colourful, fragrant flowers. But underneath, there is also a simple, stark beauty in their stems, with their arsenal of wickedly, wonderfully curving thorns. I've had a go at capturing that beauty … Continue reading thorns

weekly photo challenge: work of art

I always look forward to this rose coming into bloom. It's an English Rose from David Austin Roses, and it's called Golden Celebration. It was a gift from a very dear friend and colleague when I left work at Leeds Library Service, and as she said at the time, it's a little piece of England here … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: work of art