Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

The fields all around us are suddenly populated by tiny lambs, and the air is full of their plaintive, high-pitched bleating. It's a lovely sight, as few baby animals are so full of wobbly charm as a lamb, and it means that spring really has arrived. The ewes can appear to be fairly casual mothers at … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

weekly photo challenge: admiration

I have always been vaguely aware that there was such a thing as the language of flowers, but I've only taken a keen interest in it since I began to make jewellery. I like to include a hidden meaning or symbolism within my designs when I can. Many plants and trees have folklore and mythology … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: admiration

monday verse: in the bleak midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago. from In The Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti A wintry landscape for my last Monday Verse. We had a couple of really cold, … Continue reading monday verse: in the bleak midwinter

monday verse: futility

Move him into the sun— Gently its touch awoke him once, At home, whispering of fields half-sown. Always it woke him, even in France, Until this morning and this snow. If anything might rouse him now The kind old sun will know. Think how it wakes the seeds— Woke once the clays of a cold … Continue reading monday verse: futility

monday verse: autumn journal

September has come, it is hers Whose vitality leaps in the autumn, Whose nature prefers Trees without leaves and a fire in the fire-place; So I give her this month and the next Though the whole of my year should be hers who has rendered already So many of its days intolerable or perplexed But … Continue reading monday verse: autumn journal

monday verse: amor mundi

“Oh where are you going with your love-locks flowing On the west wind blowing along this valley track?” “The downhill path is easy, come with me an it please ye, We shall escape the uphill by never turning back.” So they two went together in glowing August weather, The honey-breathing heather lay to their left … Continue reading monday verse: amor mundi

monday verse: an arundel tomb

Side by side, their faces blurred, The earl and countess lie in stone, Their proper habits vaguely shown As jointed armour, stiffened pleat, And that faint hint of the absurd— The little dogs under their feet. from An Arundel Tomb by Philip Larkin The heatwave that we've been enduring the past few weeks has had … Continue reading monday verse: an arundel tomb

monday verse: when I am dead, my dearest

  When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me; Plant thou no roses at my head, Nor shady cypress tree: Be the green grass above me With showers and dewdrops wet; And if thou wilt, remember, And if thou wilt, forget. I shall not see the shadows, I shall not feel … Continue reading monday verse: when I am dead, my dearest

monday verse: the road not taken

I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. from The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost This particular less travelled path is in North Yorkshire, near Reeth. It's … Continue reading monday verse: the road not taken

weekly photo challenge: early bird

This photograph dates back to when I was working at the Central Library in Leeds. I used get up early to catch a train into the city centre, then walk up to the library and start work at 8.30 - you can see from the Town Hall clock that I was there in plenty of time on … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: early bird