My favourite place


Favorite Place

salford quays, March 23rd

Sat on a bench by the Manchester ship canal,

just watching the water go by

and letting the lemon cake I’ve just munched on digest

as the feathered residents of the quays go by

dont think they know much about their famous neighbours

but it’s relaxing watching them travel through the water





That trinket you wear

around your neck

like your fortunes depended on it

is holding court tonight in the

same fashion you wear it every Saturday

maybe it will bring you luck

as you make your way to the competition court…you

never know, it might improve your game


Salford 21st March 2018



An acrostic on the Invisible prompt by Inky


If you can’t see me – it’s

No magic trick – or

Veil to hide under

Its the subtle way, people

Seem to see through me

I end up

Blending into the background – I’d

Like someone to spot me, but

Engage in conversation – its a far off dream

Banana Muffins

I like Bananas…I Like Muffins….I Love this…Deserves a Reblog

In an Irish Home

Top Banana Muffins

This has to be the ultimate banana muffin {or bread} recipe! Soft and delicious and easy to make…these are right up my alley…especially in times like these when the centre of my universe has been in chaos for months! Teenagers will do that to you. 

I also like this recipe because it appeals to my “waste not want not” belief. If you’ve got bananas with skins as black as midnight on your counter or in your fridge…give them a purpose and mix up a batch of these delicious muffins. You’ll be glad you did!


Banana Muffins

Makes 18


4oz/ 1/2-cup vegetable oil, plus more for greasing the muffin tin

6oz/ 1-1/4 cup all purpose flour, plus more for sprinkling in the muffin tin

5 very ripe bananas

1 teaspoon bread soda {baking soda}

1/2 teaspoon salt

8oz/1 cup sugar

2 large eggs, lightly beaten


1. Preheat…

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Another award…..

Salford 20th March 2018

hi folks.  The fabulous author of The romantic quill has put me forward for another liebster award, thanks Lupa for the honour….and Boys and girls feel free to check out her great site

now as protocol follows, I’ve got some questions to answer….
When creative writing, do you completely rely on your imagination or lift off from real life or both? If both, how much of which?

This actually depends on what I’m writing about…some characters I’ve created come straight from my head, whilst others are based on real life individuals

(ii) In fiction, what is more important to you – plots or characters? Please elaborate.

good characters make a story…each of my characters has to have their own codex, what makes the character come to life

(iii) Which author/writer do you most wish to emulate in your work and why?

oooh…..there’s so many 😀 but I’d guess if I can type out a Piece like Robert Rankin, Jasper Fforde or Sir Terry Pratchett ….I’ll be pretty chuffed

(iv) If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why? Non-human characters are also welcome.

i have an affinity with that bear of very little brain…Winnie the Pooh, but I could also be everyone’s favourite troll philosopher….sargeant detritus from Terry pratchetts discworld

(v) Which medium/platform(s) do you rely on to find out about the latest books, read book reviews, etc.?

kindle and the kindle app on iPad

(vi) How do you really feel about romance novels?

given I tried my hand at writing one recently….I do like reading them, they take a back shelf to the sci fi and travelogue though

(vii) What are your most and least favorite things about blogging? Why?

both answers…coming up with new stuff for the reader

(viii) Which of your blog posts is your personal favorite and why?

my Portuguese travelogue…..eleven days in the summer sun.  I composed it in ink on holiday in Albufeira, and took the photographs as part of the final post.

(ix) What would be your perfect day?

Fish and Chips, on a seaside bench on a blue sky day

(x) What was your favorite subject in school and why?

english, it’s what got me started on the comprehension

(xi) If it were up to you, what would you add to the school curriculum/syllabus for future generations? Why?

two things ….. coding and cooking…both valuable life skills.