Garlic Soup

Garlic. I’ve just planted the bulbs for next year. I love it and add it most main dishes. It’s incredibly nutritious and healthy: it enhances energy, lowers blood pressure, strengthens bones, improves cholesterol levels, fights colds, and promotes health and wellness throughout the body. What more can anyone ask? So here’s a recipe for garlic soup, apparently guaranteed to cure a hangover …

GARLIC SOUP

take one cup of garlic cloves
peel them with a flick
of thumb or knife                                    

peel and chop
one cup of potatoes
with one cup
of chopped carrots

put all of the above
into four cups of stock
or plain water

bring to a boil
and simmer
for approximately
25 minutes
purée and yum …

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my scans - after 18 112 cover To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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Second hand Clothes

I like shopping in second hand stores. Here I can browse and where I invariably find exactly what I’m looking for. In retail ‘new’ stores I get completely overwhelmed by the racks and racks of clothes that are all the same colour and style …

SECOND HAND CLOTHES

I finger the racks                         
at the Sally Ann
sniff and feel
wanting to buy
the sweater and pants
that carry the scent
of lavender soap

or that jacket
with the faint aroma
of cigar butts
tucked into pockets

perhaps a satin dress
pleated and ruffled
not my style but
a child’s dream
for dressing up

then I find the shirt
and jeans that smell
of her Nina Ricci and
my tomorrow

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9781771333054_FC ‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.
From Inanna Publications, 2016.

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In the Larder

Red pepper relish, blackberry jam, dried peaches … My larder is crammed and I’m looking forward to a tasty winter! I have a whole book of zucchini recipes and I tried a new one this year: Zucchini bread & butter pickles …

IN THE LARDER

I have stored
summer’s happiness                
in quart jars

dried fullness
canned ripeness

put all on dark
shelves in a cool
room of austerity

smiles cross my larder
detecting company
from fruit to
pickled onion
beside rosemary
and sage vinegar

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Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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Heads Locked

Deer are on the move, rutting in our back woods, and elsewhere, though I haven’t managed to get photos of them in action …

HEADS LOCKED

I came into the room                        
to get a book but
movement on the patio
stopped me

two young bucks
head to head
antlers locked
swaying back  forth

unhooked   stood back
focussed forward

tangled   stumbled
fought  lurched
in battle
while leaves fell
from the maple tree

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my scans - after 18 112 coverTo Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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FaceBook Frazzle

I don’t spend a lot of time of FaceBook though I like following what people are doing, admire the successes, and share the griefs. There are occasions, however, when it drives me nuts …

FACEBOOK FRAZZLE

there’s a pattern                    
to FaceBook that
I lose somewhere
around the third
news item from
a friend
…………I grab
the message   click
‘like’ then add
a comment   get side-
tracked by a ‘share’

can’t find my way
to contribute what
it is that’s on
my mind except to
add a photo four
sizes too big because
I’ve no idea how to
make them smaller
which makes me
just another klutz
beleaguered by
sudden messages
instant ads
who is trying to friend
the friend
of a friend
who knows a friend …

first published on Short Humour

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Frame and the McGuireNEW! Frame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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The Annual

It’s the time of year when birds are migrating, trees change colour as they stop storing sugar to begin their resting time. It’s also the season of storms, power-cuts, and other seasonal joys …

THE ANNUAL

I bend and hear
the reeds whisper                           

of mallard and frog
of coot and wind

I crouch listen to
yet more news

they speak of rain
fog and swans

of low-flying geese
and quiet quail

no word of fear
anger or despair

only joys that come
to them each year

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my scans - after 18 112 cover To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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A Litter of Roads

The Anglo-Saxons called this month Gerstmonath, barley month, that being the crop usually harvested at this time. There are two special days to celebrate: Sept.13 is International Chocolate Day and Sept.16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Definitely we should feast on the 13th, and pray hard on the 16th, even as we go exploring …

A LITTER OF ROADS

runs past my house                           
mapping a landscape

of old mattresses
on sidewalks

medicine cabinets
leaking dosage on weeds

a tricycle falling
on a sandy verge

a wrecked car stares
through hawthorn

candy wrappers gleam
between stream & cedar

these highways
litter-strewn

 

photo by Jon Weston

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9781771333054_FC ‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.
From Inanna Publications, 2016.

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