Bright Spots

Cheerful,
bright spots
of Autumn colour
liven up the garden.
Cyclamen.

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Task

Predicting
the weather;
no easy task.
Frequently choosing the wrong
clothes!

High Peak

Late
August, driving
through High Peak.
Low cloud, mist, drizzle.
Autumnal.

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On Wednesday we drove through the Peak District National Park up to Holmfirth (home of ‘Last of the Summer Wine’) to collect a roof-rack carrier for our tandem which had been made for us by a little one-man business based there. A most interesting man he is too; he developed the carrier design himself and it is probably the best on the market. Now semi-retired he is an ex-bicycle frame builder who still repairs bicycles as well as producing his tandem carriers. He also restores motorcycles to show condition for his own use. For six years during the filming of ‘The Last of the Summer Wine’ TV series he had a contract with the BBC to maintain and repair the bikes used on set.

The wonderfully hot weather we have been having deserted us and it was a much cooler day. As well as the damp misty drizzle over the High Peak we also had some heavy downpours.

We were pleased to note that The Roaches, on the edge of the National Park not far from where we live and where there had been severe moorland fires last year, seems well on the road to recovery.

Magnolia Flush

Second
Magnolia flush;
blossom both bold
and delicate, late summer
beauty.

Meerkat

Squirrel
thinks he’s
a meerkat, stands
alert on the lawn.
Scarpers.

Wildlife Restaurant (Elfje Sequence)

Wildlife
Restaurant open
twenty-four hours.
Come, eat and drink.
Welcome.

Morning.
Sparrows twitter
at bird feeders,
splash in mini pond.
Joyful.

Afternoon.
Mouse darts
from under shrubbery.
Warily nibbles fallen seed.
Opportunistic.

Dusk.
Three hedgehogs
eat from bowl,
drink from mini pond.
Disperse.

Afternoon Fun

Afternoon
fun, creating
mini garden pond.
Now waiting for wildlife
visitors.

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This is a project I have been preparing for a while. I will write about it on Monday and will include photos.

Holiday Haiku 6 + Elfje


Bright red, the poppies
growing among the field crops.
How they catch the eye.

Poppies were a constant feature of our time away travelling through France and Spain. They inspired both the above Haiku and the Elfje below. I couldn’t decide which version I preferred so have shared both.

Look,
bright red,
growing among crops
in the roadside fields.
Poppies.

Holiday Elfje – Breathing

Twice
a day
river water comes,
goes, in…out; tide
breathing.

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As promised, over the next couple of weeks I shall share the short-form poetry that I wrote while I was away. With the exception of this Elfje they were inspired by events during that time so I will post them here in chronological order – apart from Monday’s Haiku, which records an event towards the end of my holiday.

Cherry Tree

Pigeon
pair in
the cherry tree
draw my attention to
buds.

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