I have decided to consolidate my websites – and move my poetry from my ‘Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing’ Website over to this one. That website will be closing tomorrow.
I will start by creating a page for my Hebridean poems, together with some of my son’s photos from his visit there last August.
My apologies for lack of posts over last couple of weeks. I have needed to take some ‘time out’ – my son, Richard’s leaving home has had more of an effect on me than I expected – yes – great that he is off to university, and enjoying his new life – but it has taken me a while to come to terms with this. Also, I have just returned from a visit to Swansea, South Wales to visit my Mum, just after the third anniversary of my father’s death. It has been lovely to see her again, and also my sister, and see the sea which I love.
Here is a photo of my daughter, Christina, on the beach at Blackpill, on Swansea bay, we went down to take some photos of the sunset. I have a lot more photos – especially some lovely ones of the sunrise yesterday, which I will try and post over the next few days.
This sums up comfort for me – and seems appropriate – this is my son – Richard, who has just left home for University!
One of my favourite places, and a place that has inspired a lot of my writing – see http://joanna77.vpweb.co.uk is the Outer Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland. My son, Richard has just returned from a holiday there, and has taken some great photos, which I will share here, with his permission. Sadly, I was not able to visit the Hebrides this summer – but I hope to do so soon!
If only I had seen the photo challenge topic a couple of days earlier – as we have had some lovely sunsets in London this week, with some very warm weather, for this time of year!
I don’t have very many sunset photos, but I do have this one, taken in Swansea, overlooking the docks, and close to the Marina, where we have had many happy family holidays, and where my Dad used to work as a young man. Swansea is a place of many memories, and a place I love. My Dad grew up there, lived there during the war, and my parents returned to Swansea about 15 years ago. My Dad passed away three years this month, and as we approach the anniversary of his death, I am looking forward to returning to visit my Mum who still lives at Blackpill (halfway along Swansea bay).
Thanks to ‘Third hand art’ (see link on blogroll) for nominating me for the Liebster Award!
I quote from ‘third hand art’s blog:
‘The Liebster Award is said to have originated in Germany and translated to English, Liebster means “beloved.” The Liebster Award is meant to bring more attention to blogs with fewer than 200 followers and has four rules.
- Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
- Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
- Post the award on your blog.
- Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the Internet. So I have decided to nominate the following five favourite blogs – and the links will be posted on the right hand side of the page (blogroll).
- They are:
- 1) Nikki Stuckwisch, 2) Claire Robyns, 3) Christine Murray, 4) 1st writes, 5) Amloki
- I will add a new page to my blog where I will post awards – including this one.
- And as always – a picture to accompany this post!
- This picture is of Swansea Bay – where my mother lives – looking forward to visiting her next month!
Here is a photo of a favourite place where I go to relax, think and find inspiration. It is in London – and is the place that inspired the following poem:
A rare escape from the crowding demands
of daily life: teenage noise, children arguing,
phone ringing constantly, meals to prepare,
cluttered house, tasks piled untidily,
one on top of another: endless chores,
chaotic ‘normal’ days.
One day of blissful solitude at Kew.
I lie hidden in deep pine-scented shade,
nurtured by silence.
I have time to finish sentences in my head
eat my picnic lunch in peace,
check my reflection in the mirror.
I doze for a while
under a canopy of sheltering fir trees,
wake up gradually
to the music of cheerful birds,
look up at radiant sky
through staccato evergreen leaves.
And only when I am ready, my spirits renewed,
go slowly on my way.
I have interpreted this week’s photo challenge ‘fall’ as ‘autumn’, and for another ‘fall’ photo – see the first photo on my ‘Why I love London’ page – which is possibly a better photo – but this photo is from a place where I have enjoyed sitting and thinking … a place with some peaceful memories.
Thanks to the Rachel Harrie writing campaign – I have been very busy discovering some great new blogs. Here are some of my favourites:
(All the links will be added to my blog roll – on right of page)
Allie Wilde – Letters from the edge
Claire Hennessy – Crazy California Claire
E Barret Writes
Kate L Lineberger
Kimberley Zook – Zook Book Nook
Andrea S Michaels (Belfast Writing)
L Aussie Writing
Tina D C Hayes
Nicole Basaraba’s Uni-Verse-City
Lacy Camey Writes