Monday, 7 April 2014

▎▎ the other side of the tracks

alongside the train tracks
near the street where my Ma once worked
is a little food market
on Maltby Street
small businesses under the arches
share their space on a Saturday
with artisan bakers
chocolate makers
a reclamation yard turned into a gin palace
I'm sure Lady Diana would have been proud
that her wedding glass was filled with
a delicious Negroni cocktail!
not too many mind!
we have to go onward to the
a collection of colour in fabric
food still a theme here
these two delicious prints by Marcel Vertes
radishes good enough to wear
floral soft tones by Chagall
abstract map like forms by Donald Hamilton Fraser
dancing shapes by Alexander Calder
and riotous acrobats by John Rombola


Thursday, 27 March 2014

▷▸ beach combing

exceptionally crazy weather
super spring high tides
reveal treasure
Pseudolimea Duplicata
a jurassic bivalve 
{it is handy when one of your knit club friends
has a husband interested in palaeontology}
and a memory of an Ogden Nash poem

At midnight in the museum hall
The fossils gathered for a ball
There were no drums or saxophones,
But just the clatter of their bones,
A rolling, rattling, carefree circus
Of mammoth polkas and mazurkas.
Pterodactyls and brontosauruses
Sang ghostly prehistoric choruses.
Amid the mastodontic wassail
I caught the eye of one small fossil.
"Cheer up, sad world," he said, and winked—
"It's kind of fun to be extinct." 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Sunday, 16 February 2014

า by hook

way back in December 
an invitation to take part in a 
'hook along' from this lovely lady
a crochet mood blanket 
each colour reflecting your day
beginning in January
I decided to make a square blanket
instead of the usual smaller granny squares joined together 
each colour a day
different stitches
rust the colour of iron under the Pier
blue sky daydreaming
pale pink the colour of cheeks in the rain
I might have to start another!

Thursday, 6 February 2014

⩎⩏ a break in the clouds

it has rained every single day in January
 but on Sunday the sky was big
so we drove to Bradwell-on-Sea
 St Peter on the Wall is the 19th oldest chapel in England
the cockle spit beyond was alive with winter birds
the next day we checked the tides
and walked under Southend Pier
the longest pleasure pier in the world
it's had a rough time in it's life
creaking but still standing

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

❑ hip squares

rain rain so much rain
light the wood stove
put the kettle on
4 chain, slip stitch
3 double crochet into the space
wool meditations
for a beautiful project
sharing the crochet love

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

☾ new moon

now is the time to choose a word
that resonates with me for the coming year
better than a resolution, an intention
 my word is ~

extend |ik'stend|

verb [trans]

cause to cover a larger area
make wider or longer
expand in scope, effect or meaning
straighten or spread out (the body or a limb) at full length


wishing you all a happy and surprising new year