Outer Layers

Outer Layers

Salford 19th August 2017

They say clothes make the man / woman

well, whoever wrote that obviously lives somewhere nearer to the equator than i do.

They’ve also never experienced the phenomenon that is Horizontal Rain.

If its sunbathing weather – then obviously i’ll be in shirt sleeves and a pair of shorts lapping up the sun and the blue skies.  Dipping my toes in cold sea water to cool off before returning to my deckchair and reading material.

On a Volunteering gig ? then i’ll have the customary event t-shirt and hat and (precautionary) jacket in case of a downpour. Nine times out of ten – i’ve never needed it

If though, the angels working in the cloud – decide the ground needs a shower that waterproof jacket comes in handy….oncoming athletes in a downpour sometimes look on in envy.

As the weather changes – so does the kit.  Organising committees on these events have adapted their kits to allow for my hometown’s inclement weather patterns – meaning during midsummer thru autumn , the occasional fleece is thrown in my general direction and unlike the waterproof – these do get used on a regular basis

for after summer – if the rain doesn’t get you – the wind most certainly will.

and you can always take these layers off if the weather improves, it gets warmer, wind drops etc.  Its why they issue volunteers with a bag at events.

Notable thing at these outdoor events – how the dress code goes out of the window when the sun has got his hat on, and the ice cream van is doing a rip roaring trade.

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Well worn Blanket

Salford 16th May 2017

Blanket

Back in Nineteen eighty two – i started taking this long woolly blanket to camp

Like many other scouts i stuck it at the end of my tents sleeping bag, and

As it got cold, i wrapped it round me to keep warm

Now, each camp i went to – i picked up a patch from the campsite – and these were

Kept on the woolly blanket…covering areas from Cumbria to Derbyshire – I

Even had a whole heap of locations such as

Torquay , paignton and brixham and these found a spare spot on my sleeping spot

Yellow

Yellow

A Zesty colour

sign of the start of spring and summer

daffodils and daisies explode with colour

and marigolds make hay in the morning sun

Lemon sponge sits in the oven cooking slowly

for a farmhouse lunch –

Vanilla custard softly turning in a copper pan

as breakfast is served – a soft boiled egg

with toasted soldiers and yellow butter.

Nose in a book..and a cake…

Sunday, 4th December 2016

Mother Nature is keeping her cards close to her chest today,

perfect blue 🌌 with not a ☁️ in the sky.

but there’s a definite nip in the air…little Jack Frost is up and about, and he’s painted every fallen leaf 🍃 in sight

Antidote to the cold ?  A cup of tea ☕️ With a 🍪  in the community room at the back of church after mass.

returned home 🏡 and am parked by a radiator, thawing out.

im reading the late terry pratchetts last (?) offering…the witches vacuum cleaner and other stories, whilst I do

might give me inspiration for a scribble or two…

 

 

Toast

Toast

A piece of….

written by brian f Kirkham 16/05/2010

 

TOAST!

Cooked by the heat

of a thousand suns

the silver toaster’s

red hot grill

gently warms the

Soft White Bread

until golden brown

yellow butter melts

as the cook heads

forth – for Imminent

arrival of the

strawberry Jam

Hot Chocolate

In response to the prompt

Pick Your Potion

Brown Gold.

That’s what it is, hot steaming liquid gold.

A perfect thing on a cold, frosty winters morning

A cup of warming hot chocolate.

It waft’s the aroma of something pleasing on a frosty day and warms up the fingers in the surroundings of a motorway service station.

Normally drunk by the cappuccino set as an alternative to their high caffeine fix, the coffee houses up and down the motorways have seen fit to get into selling it…and the Makers of the refined coffee cant wait to sell it

What flavour would you like ?- the barista asks

(Barista – supposedly the guy who blended the coffee or chocolate mix – but on this occasion – the guy who’s operating the fancy machine behind the counter)

Mint, Orange, Blackforest (A special for Christmas) or  Peppermint

I plump for Peppermint – pay the man behind the counter and sit down with my brew and a gingerbread man, as the vapours of chocolate and Peppermint travel through the air towards my nose

And as the mug transports the Brown Gold to my mouth, the ice begins to thaw – a perfect antidote to a winters morning.

Chocolate Dreams

A Mug of something magical - normally my mug of hot cocoa from whittards!!!
A Mug of something magical – normally my mug of hot cocoa from Whittard’s!!!

Chocolate Dreams

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pick Your Potion.”
I really enjoy a Hot Chocolate at the end of the day. Particularly on winter days like today. I love it when the hot cocoa melts into the milk releasing the lovely smell of dark milk or white chocolate into the air.
It’s something we should be grateful to the Aztecs for…as they had been drinking it for years before the Spaniards came along….
Nowadays of course – there’s so much variety – Coffee-infused chocolate for the Cappucino set who drink at your Costas or your Starbucks, Orange Flavoured or Banofee Flavour for those who like something sweet and now there’s a heap of White Chocolate varieties too…Crème Brulee and Strawberry Flavours have recently found their way into the local branch of Whittard’s which stock these yummy treats

My Favourite Flavour ? It’s got to be minted hot chocolate. Its really rich, warm, dark, satisfying and most of all – Minty.  If Whittard’s get any in during Christmas then Costa may have a job on their hands to entice me in…as there’s nothing better than a hot chocolate you’ve made for yourself.
I can smell those aromas as I’m typing…and I’ve not even entered the kitchen yet

Time for a little something, I think.

Heatwave

A set of three-liners to do with the summer season, enjoy

Ra has awoken
sending his blessings
to his worshippers, below

Patchy blue skies
Cannot stop arrival
of Bright Blue Bermudas

As Mercury rises
coolness of oceans
provides a delightful breeze

And Ice-cream men
across the land
smile at empty serving pots

The Heatwaves delightful
under a parasol
and the sea ? Dive In!