Inhabit

Inhabit

Living in holes

in the side of a

very high mountain

in warmth and out of the cold

northern wind – was only

going to be the start

 

Logs pulled to ground in an

Instant – and bound together with rope made from

Vines provided shelter and

Instant relief from the wall of rain

Notably

Green from the leaves

 

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Wondering….

In response to the prompt

Amble

My Home town has plenty of green space to go at…

Two canals, a river network that runs up northern tributaries to Lancashire, and south towards Cheshire

These canals and rivers meet up near the old dock at Salford Quays, formerly “Manchester Docks”, I walk that way when I either head for the tram bound for Eccles or when i’m on duty at the Northern Branch of the Imperial War Museum

 

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Narrowboats at Castlefield’s Canal Basin – Part of the Canal Network

 

The Canal itself leads on through Manchester and other parts of the county.

The opportunities by the waterside have seen the waterways cleaned up and provide leisure for people all year round.  Narrow boats are a regular sight on the canal network, and moorings line the route all the way to the point where the Irwell and Mersey meet

 

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Roman Wall, at Castlefield, Manchester

Opposite the Canal Basin at Castlefield lie the Forum where open air events take place, The Museum of Science and Industry, with its Engines, Cars, and Aeroplanes and the Roman Wall, where the Roman Fort remains are in situ.

Iwm Waterside

 

 

Lowry
The Lowry in Salford – Topic of the poem “The Musical Place”

 

 

Gate

Gate

Salford 22nd July 2017

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Guarding the green grass of the garden

A way in (or way out) for visitors – path leading

Towards the front door

Expect a little squeak from time to time – hinges need greasing

Fence

Fence
For years, a defining line for who owns what

each individual tending their side of it

never forgetting of course to

converse with the neighbours next door

everybody keeping their patch of green tidy

 

what’s on the wall ?

Wall to Wall

Salford, 10th July 2017

theres one side of my bedroom that has become my own private gallery.

mickey mouse meets mountainous hills

one wall, contains a print of a local salford artist, joe Coffey…the connection tween the artist and myself ? We went to school together.  I went to one of his shows at the community art gallery in Langworthy…a short distance from where I live .  We had a brief reunion  whilst I saw his works and I picked up a signed print to help an old mate out.

the pic … tranquility…. is of the irwell and one of the green areas (possibly peel park) that it runs alongside

i picked up the next pic as I picked up some bedroom shelves in Warrington.  It’s a print of a Walt Disney cartoon…black and white…vanilla washed….mickey mouse and his dog Pluto, it raises a smile when friends come round.

The third pic…isn’t really a pic…it’s a mirror…but it’s embossed with a favourite character of mine…that bouncy friend of Winnie the Pooh…Tigger….I look at him as my reflection comes back….art with a dual purpose.

a picture of a mountain side by the artist c.todd overlooks the place I’m currently writing at.  And this is a real painting.  I picked it up from a craft fair in one of the local towns, and is of a mountainside, could be the Lake District, could be the peaks…could even be Japan..i like the colours that run through it

 

 

Home

a piece of poetry written by inky back in October 2011.

its had a bit of a brush up….inky.

 

empty windows, front and back

This old terraced house has seen an attack

lined up un boarded on a desolate street

overgrown garden weeds under feet

 

But park yourself a minute..in that old iron chair

take a few seconds to take in the air

theres life in those bricks, and down the whole street

with some plan and attention it’ll all be a treat

 

fix up the windows, paint the walls, add some seats

clean up the wood floors adding rugs to be neat

throw in a cooker, a table a bed

not forgetting kitchen where your family is fed

 

add in a telly, some stuff that is yours

with a lovely bathroom wi waterproof floors

plant your own flowers in garden and see

the return of the wildlife in form of the bees 🐝

 

this unloved old place, can soon be called home

as many a family, spreads out and does roam

it’s the people in the building that make it their own

which confirms that saying ….a house ain’t a home!

Honeycomb

18th May 2017

A San-San poem – Origins rooted on the Greek Island of Crete

 

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On holiday by a grecian water

I saw a flying insect having some tea

it flew for the pollen from flower to flower

occasionally passing a grecian sun or daughter

it was happy to pass through the flowers this bee

till it was time to head for home

where it spend a passing hour

away from the sun making honeycomb.

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

Interior

interior

 

2nd January 2017

It’s that place away from the winter weather,

never understated – because it’s yours

tables and chairs in the kitchen-cum-diner, settee and TV in the lounge

each room containing its own mark made by you

rugs with interesting patterns laid on hard wood floors

intrinsic patterns that took an age to fit

on the whole – its the way you thought it out, a

really nice, warm and inviting home.