A New Way Of Life – Day 19

We may be stuck in Lockdown County, but Easter was able to get through to pay us a visit… I think we now have enough essential supplies to keep us going for the remainder of the lock-down. As we head towards an Easter Sunday unlike any others in our life-times, I can’t help but wonder if we will ever experience another like it. I hope not, but as things open up again in China and governments are being asked about how long before lock-downs are eased, a possible feeling of deja vu may be a sensation we are likely to … Continue reading A New Way Of Life – Day 19

A New Way Of Life – Day 18

It is so frustrating when people don’t listen to ‘three little words’… I am talking about the people the UK government aim their instructions at day after day, and have been for weeks now. That message being the most straight forward and simple of instructions, ‘STAY AT HOME’ – there should be no chance of misunderstanding those three little words. Even if they were jumbled up, they should still be understood – ‘AT STAY HOME’ or ‘HOME STAY AT’ or ‘AT HOME STAY’ or ‘STAY HOME AT’ – it really is that simple. But as I have tweeted today to … Continue reading A New Way Of Life – Day 18

A New Way Of Life – Day 17

Help!!!! There are too may many books to read! (Is that really a thing?)…. No, I don’t really believe there are too many books to read, that could never be the case; there could never be enough books in the world, but sometimes I just become overwhelmed by the quantity that I have on the go at any one time. And that ‘any one time’ is now! Fiction, faction, text books, course notes, online stuff….you name it, I seem to be reading something like it. But in addition to writing, I am struggling to complete any one book – I … Continue reading A New Way Of Life – Day 17

A New Way Of Life – Day 16

Life needs some colour…. I thought I would give myself a short break from the words today, and have a go at something a little different. Having always enjoyed art in one form or another, and creating in general, there has always been blank books and colouring pencils, crayons, paints stored away somewhere. So I dug them out today with the aim of creating something colourful, something that the children in my neighbourhood will hopefully, enjoy seeing in our living room window. This creation is very rough and I am sure it can be improved, but I enjoyed doing it; … Continue reading A New Way Of Life – Day 16

A New Way Of Life – Day 15

Creativity runs in the family…. A number of years ago I agreed to write a series of poems. That series has never got any further than rough notes and a very loose plan. The plan had been to pen around twenty short poems, perhaps more accurately described as verses, to fill a small book that my mum had made. I have always thought that my own creativity has been passed on to me by mum, although I will never be as talented as she is. Over the years, she has tried her hand at so many different arts and crafts; … Continue reading A New Way Of Life – Day 15

A New Way Of Life – Day 14

Whether locked-down or not, learning continues… On day 14 of this new way of life, I received my tutor report and feedback on the fourth assignment of a creative writing degree course. With renewed vigour, I am now getting stuck into the fifth and final part of this first course. The encouraging boost I get from receiving a constructively positive report, gives me the impetus and enthusiasm to dive into the next learning task. So, ‘Plot and Structure’ here I come. Having now completed four parts of the writing skills course, I feel I can see the ‘green shoots’ of … Continue reading A New Way Of Life – Day 14

Alone – A Sad Farewell (Winter Now)

The lowering sun bid a sad farewell, Reluctantly slipping behind a band of grey that sat upon the winter horizon, Wrapped against the late afternoon chill, He fooled himself, Pretended that the tears were a watering, A result of the whipping wind against his face, But tears they were, Real and sad, Lonely droplets wiped away by a gloved hand. The wide view, Across the field was different, No longer shared as he leaned in isolation, Recalling the warmth of fond memories, Memories at the five bar gate. * The Five Bar Gate Series * Continue reading Alone – A Sad Farewell (Winter Now)

A New Way Of Life – Day 13

The Whisper on the Breeze Across the fields of her mind, To a sanctuary lost and never found, To a place beyond a green horizon, To a place where a summer breeze, Spoke words of calm, Of tranquillity, Of hope for pastures new. She lay in a field of green, Splayed and facing blue, The whispering breeze danced amongst the blades, The blades danced with freedom, As she whispered back, ‘Take me with you, To pastures new.’ She felt the breeze brush contours smooth, Cooling with sensations divine, Feeling at one with nature’s delight, Maybe this was her pasture new. Continue reading A New Way Of Life – Day 13

A New Way Of Life – Day 12

Normal service was resumed today…. The poor Devonian (Englishman) has been put back in his place…..the rich Italian has returned! After venturing out into the scary new world of face-masks and latex gloves, we gathered some supplies having not gone into a supermarket for around two weeks. Some luxury items were obtained, such as clothes washing liquid, medications and potatoes. There were also some essentials in the trolley like, chocolate, Belgian waffles and of course, a decent supply of……COFFEE! This weird new way of life could not be endured by this poor Devonian without a rich Italian. Cheers! Continue reading A New Way Of Life – Day 12