Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
I'm joining Crafty Green Poet with her post of 'Mug Monday'
Here's one of the shelves in the kitchen: My mugs are top left (the cover of my book, a gift from a partner), middle right (a tea bowl for Japanese tea), bottom shelf (left: a cat I found in an Oxfam shop, middle, an antique stoneware tea bowl and right, a procelain mug with poppy (two for £3 at Morrison's).
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
You may have seen this campaign already. But if you've not already bought 'just one book', then please do consider doing it now. The 'just one book' campaign has raised £24,000 already - but to survive they need to raise a further £31,000.
That's quite a lot of books.
To help, Salt are offering a third off all books until the end of June.
There is now a huge 33% off ALL books in our stores till 30th June. Use the coupon code G3SRT453 when in the checkout to benefit.
I've just bought "Unexpected Weather" by Abi Curtis.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
I remarked how delighted I was to see them, and how beautiful I thought them.
Now they are being dismantled. The council have paid a vast sum for ‘professional dismantlers’ (three blokes and a transit van) who are very sensibly wearing coveralls and masks to remove the asbestos, but stand to make a tidy profit on the steel structures beneath.
You should have seen how cross the chap on the roof (obviously the gaffer) became when I took the photograph. You can’t tell who they are, and their van was unmarked, but it’s a good indication they were up to no good.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Crafty Green Poet posted a picture of her favourite plate yesterday, so I thought I would, too. Regular readers will recall me acquiring this plate last September, when I found it on the waste ground I refer to as the 'Wetlands Field'. I suspect someone in one of the adjoining houses had used it as a frisbee. It's a 7" plate that I've photographed befoe with ink cap mushrooms on.
With dinner in hand
I search the market
for the perfect plate
Friday, 12 June 2009
A Biblical mark
of the damned and flesh-welders
who laid out the vellum and opened the holes.
The trumpeting bark
of your sapient elders
devouring by hand all the moribund souls.
The onion eaters,
the trainers of fleas;
Remember the grave-bound you sent to the mist
The carpet-clad beaters
who do as they please --
ideas convoluted and thoughts often missed.
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
one side facing the graves
the distant trees and houses.
I am left to wonder
which way a person sits
To remember the dead
or reflect upon life?
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
and took the washing upstairs
then stood for a moment
looking out of the bedroom window.
A boy runs across the grass.
Outside the opposite house a woman sits in a car
smoking a cigarettes with the driver’s side window half open.
A woman pushes a child’s chair, talking on a mobile.
Next door a crisp packet blows across a daisy-speckled lawn.
On the stairs I linger,
tracing a finger across paintings.
This canal scene brings my sister to mind.
I bought it for her but kept it, and think of her more often because of it
in the way a photograph becomes invisible.
One beach scene reminds me of Borth, another of Devon
and a series of lithographs of the time
I was a professional artist.
At the bottom of the stairs I compose a poem,
but my voice falters when I video the scene
and I forget the pretty phrases
that flowed so well in my head.
And in the kitchen
my tea has steeped too long.
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