Greystones Birds (Robins or Spideóg)

Monday 13 November It is a still morning, about 12 degrees Celsius and the birds were feeding in groups this morning. It was like one happy family with Robins, Sparrows and Tits feeding together. There was even a young Magpie in the mix. This time of year with Robins featuring in Christmas Ads and cards, […]

Snow hills in Helsinki

On the radio Massenet’s Meditation, and I picture a young girl in shimmering green playing the violin. I close my eyes stilled by the haunting melody. It takes me to snow hills in Helsinki where day and night are black. Candles flicker orange and warm circling sunless forests. Reflections from a frozen sea tint a […]

Blackbird Dawn

Winter skies, full of rain, the hush of a still daybreak. Christmas lights and garlands brighten neighbour’s gardens.   A blackbird tops the maple a robin in the birch, rivals for territory birdsong sprinkles the dawn.   Bare trees stand sentinel, limbs raised in gladness, twinkling with raindrops this soft December day.

Simple Beauty poem and garland

Instead of the traditional holly wreath to hang in the porch, a novel idea born from recycling sparked her imagination.   She gathered old decorations from dusty attic boxes, hoarded for years from fashion trendy trees, silver, gold, red and ecru appliquéd, sequined, glittered and frosted, she placed them on the kitchen table in order […]

Poetry challenge 10 words for Christmas, feel free to partake

spruce scarlet silver cinnamon cheer sparkling ornaments ribbons window lonely Unfolding Memories He carried the blue Spruce into the Living Room placed it, as always, by the window. She gathered the decorations packed away yearly in the large wicker basket, a gift from his mother that first year, a family tradition.   As each ornament […]

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