Flight

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IWM Duxford , Cambridge, 5/6/2017

 

For a brief moment today,

looking around the hangar in Cambridge

I got to see the marvels of flight first hand

Great planes – from early pioneers to new planes and even spaceflight

Hoped to see something special – and I wasn’t disappointed

Tomorrow – i’ll take a look at what I captured

 

 

It is easy being green!

It IS Easy Being Green!

Green

Its quite easy being green

Watching the plants wake from the cold of winter

sprouting new shoots from barren branches

Calamatous cold conditions

giving way to glorious growth

watching wiry stems produce perfect petals

Evergreens look on proudly

as new growth comes from fallen seed

proud parent watching little seedlings

Rainbows of colour

pop through the carpet of lush greenery

from red through to violet – dotted round the borders

Snow 🌨

Salford 28th February 2017

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Winter ❄️ returns to Salford (c) brianfkirkham 28/2/17

So, here it goes

new Year and January have left the party

old father times moving on to spring

winter ❄️ you would think 💭 is getting ready to take a nap 😴

somebody didnt read the script at the pole

northern winds have delivered something, covering

over the terracotta tiles of the towns terraces

white, and fluffy and wild in places

spring seems to still be in hibernation

nice to look at the falling snow … clinging

on to every green branch in sight,

what i want to know, is could we build a snowman ⛄️?

sticking like glue while the mercury stalls,

nice to look at behind heated walls

overcoats needed as the white stuff falls

with only the hardiest making house calls

Photo Challenge : Graceful

Graceful

graceful

Gliding across the ice like a top ballerina

rotating circles into blue ice with her blade

audiences applaud this brilliant ice dancer as she

circles around creating patterns on the ground

everyone appreciating each light move –

floating in the air as she spins

until the time comes for her to

land delicately on the ice…to receive her flowers

 

 

The Garden Christmas Tree

All dressed up, and nowhere to go
a tall high fern sits gathering the snow
collecting white stuff from branch to root
as flakes cover all things that are under foot

He’s had a haircut since last year
when he gave children some Christmas cheer
Birds are away, having flown west
So up in the tree he’s having a guest

A squirrel up high – is sleeping round snow
and under the leaves – a mouse is a go
collecting some goodies before he’s asleep
in his winter house a few twigs depth deep

And lights around tree – do cheer and inspire
those wassailers visiting houses in Christmas choirs
but best thing of all – the thing all enjoy
is the smile for the tree from the young girls and boys

Anticipation

In response to the prompt
Anticipation

Anticipation

As you know, there’s a day in the year where endless

Numbers of children up and down the land

Take to their beds (early)

In the hope that in the wee hours of the

Christmas season starting, they’ll get a chance to

Inspect what’s been left under the decorations.

Presents, delivered by mr claus

After he’s landed his snow covered sleigh and entered the house

To the little ones, its the pinnacle of all those days

In school and at home – being good

Of course – by the time he gets here they’ll be asleep – coming from the

North Pole with his Naughty and Nice List.

Taking a biscuit for a paddle

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When the weather is particularly choppy,  I like to sit down in a nice comfy chair and enjoy a biscuit with a cup of hot chocolate.  It reminds me a little of my youth, when I used to enjoy a cup with my little sister before bedtime.  We still share the same enjoyment of the tasty warm cocoa drink, but now we share it with family and friends,  in particular … my two nephews who like it as a treat just before their nanna and granddad tuck them into bed when they are visiting

The hot chocolate shop has many different flavours to go at.  In the beginning, I’d go for the standard, no messing about, hot chocolate..70% Cocoa – Deep Chocolate Flavour.  It would last me for two to three months, due to the size of the tin it was in.  But since then, I’ve been introduced to a smorgasbord of chocolate flavours, everything from cherry to Rocky road (it’s got marshmallows in it) and orange to mint…most recently the creme brulee has had an outing…and I’ve really enjoyed it’s flavours of vanilla and caramel…when the nephews are coming round they like this too…but they also like the minted chocolate…that’s their favourite

Of course I sometimes enjoy a biscuit with my cocoa.  So if I’m in the mood i will get a bag of cookies from the local supermarket…just as good as the ones you get from the coffee establishments…but cheap as chips if you happen to be passing the bakery section at just the right moment….at the moment I like the coconut based cookies…really soft and squishy…but lovely in a cup of orangey chocolate.

When I’m out with friends we often hit a particular well known cafe,  the flavours might be limited but the number of flavoured syrups you can add more than makes up for it…it’s the place where I was introduced to minted hot chocolate, and I suppose you could say I got my love of the dark brown liquid gold.

Well, that’s enough from me,  I’m going to get an early night , Taking a leaf from my Memory Workshop class which awaits in tomorrow afternoon…but before I do,

I’m going to take a biscuit for a paddle…