Reblog: Spring

I’m not keeping up with blog reading enough but a quick peek at the blogs I was following from starting my blog turned up this one. I really enjoyed watching the Sketchbook Skool video shared at this post. I was just posting about gardening intentions and seeds recently…I’d love to get round to drawing, must dig out materials then starts the garden…

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This is how you do creative.  I came across the creative woman Jill Weber a couple months ago and I was so inspired by Jill’s creativity and passion for gardening and obviously life.  It made me want to do several things:  1. Watch it again.  2. Go draw something. 3. Thumb thru our seed catalog and plan our garden. 4. Thank God again for so many things that really make life rich.

We make life so very complicated yet producing shallow results.  I think my life’s motto has become:  “Nothing has changed, God is still longing for someone to just walk with Him  in a garden.”  Enjoy.  I especially liked the little wheel of seed growth!

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Monday’s Mundane post (less than 700 words)

Reblogging a reminder to self to leap back to q14, still unanswered in my Leap2020 challenge started way back (Matchmakers Q&A I think it was called) Don’t ask about the forfeit for failing to complete in better time!


I caught sight of a photo post challenge response from Indira’s Blog earlier today and thinking I’d maybe take part, hopped over to check the Mundane Monday Challenge rules. Just my luck that this week has been declared the last week of that challenge, unless volunteer(s) step up to host it. After a whopping 150 weeks hosting the challenge, it is understandable that someone might need to draw a closing line and take some rest from it.

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[Reblog] Spoonerisms and Jackanapes!

While I’m gettin around to getting back to#betterblogging, this was such a fantastic story to both read and to hear being read aloud. Wow! Happy new year, hopefully, for all – doesn’t Time flyby, day or night, hope all are safe, well and contented 🙂 Thanks Anand for recent visiting and a wonderful revisit to your blog (albeit briefly, for now)…

absolutely bunkum!

Zaza: A sitara was playing a sitar. Jackanapes had a fly on his nape and he was a whippersnapper, dipper and dapper. Sanguine sang-froid babies sang Freud songs under porcelain gouache posters. A conniption in an anon, a canon of heroic deeds, needs, reeds, feeds, gingerly steps, jejune firefly, Mayflower, shower.  Jazz.

Logos: Zazz.

Zaza: His sasur asked for a raised ration in a susurration. Ratified conflagration. A national annexure. That proscenium osculation under the weather of bellwether.

Logos: Bomb of aplomb ensconced in the throne of winter balloon.  Functionaries riding frowsy waves of perfunctory glances. 

Zaza: A logician taught tautological logics about logistics to his pupil who were also under the titillating tutelage of a humongous master who disabused them by training them into rhetorics.  Take your own effigy and burn it like you blaspheme gods of reasons and then thy spirit of reason will bear fruits in due…

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Late again (MLA)

it may be grey and miserable, using the lower case i as a lower caste english person of no caste and no class system in British culture of my near fifty years… the high and mighty here made sure the majority recognise their shows of ‘no class’… but anyway, a break in the hot sunny weather we had for a week or so in April and again toward the end of May, would be nicer if it wasn’t quite as chilly. Not many nice days for going out with particle activity in the air too often and feeling coastal ionisation in the midlands is a bit unsettling too.

Dread to think what must be going on in other realities. Maybe it’s just nature and I’m completely barmey for ever wondering on anything.

I hadn’t planned a ‘hiatus’ but for April I was planning a post to say, I need a rest. Not been blogging properly for ages anyway. Guess it shows. Hopelessness.

Anyway, hopefully, now I’ve felt like enjoying some music and noise-making again, devising geriatric keepfit practise in my kitchen, jigging along, nearly keeping up with the washing-up and not really worrying about anything too much.

Political representation all stood down so there’ll be some celebrations in retirement and enjoyment of life then, hopefully. The whitewash that follows could be nobody’s business. Hang on, I’m just putting ‘Anarchy for the UK’ on for a listen, 4:40am, Japanese walls, gotta keep it quiet…

can’t find it, probably not blog if I put that on… Meat Puppets instead, Forbidden Places…

yeah, right, flippin’ CD player reads like I have to have authorisation and current displays ‘no disc’… funny thing is that ghetto blaster hadn’t worked for discs in ages, till I went to the shop once a few months back. Now the usual tinpot kitchen player got trashed for CDs and this old one magically worked again. Maybe just needed a nice long rest. So, old ‘pirate’ tape (archival back-up) with Chemical Brothes, ‘Dig Your Own Hole’.

We could find ourselves suddenly awakening to an elitist world of traumatised indignants for whom we have no contextual understanding of why our clumsy classless Englishness is so bloody offensive to still be allowed our own freedoms of expression.

Because we might have had a slither of factual news here and there but we had a couple of ‘news blackout’ times here and there too. Just news washes away so fast and can easily be replicated or filled with ‘convincers’. So who the hell knows what’s round the corner. I’m paying no attention to media. Obviously. Most of the time. Fave local radio on – in the next room -but their transmission keeps going down occasionally – maybe can’t afford 24 hours and people get ill or stuck in traffic so don’t assume no broadcast is blackout, tech issues. Interference.

So i’m looking forward to a little bit of spring-cleaning and maybe painting the alcoves in the living room – I bought enough paint when I moved in five years ago. Would be nice to get round to that. Matches the chimney breast’s old ‘Khan’ style (BBC sitcom) wallpaper only there’s was yellow mine’s not. It might be July before I get round to it. I’m already late. June!

B52s on archive mp3 somewhere to hand – June Bug and a jitter along jotting… if i can’t find that an old Talking Heads tape and Road to Nowhere etc will have to suffice. Cardiacs ‘the Whole Window’ when the disc player co-operates.

I do know i should use a semi-colon in lists. But preferred the full stop. Period.

Any way, i disrupted listing.

If I were going to the cinema I might like to see the new movie with judi dench as Queen Victoria. But there was a youtube ad for a psychological thriller about disappearing people that looked fascinatingfor both storyline and cinematic effects. Dunno that the adrenalin would be good for me so a cinema would be the best place to see that. Can’t remember the title. Knowing me I’ll arrive at one and decide to watch whatever the kids animation is. Last film i saw at the cinema was ‘How to train a Dragon, it was fantastic. Glenn Miller Story on youtube was a fab find a few months ago. i tend to find myself always not really having any leisurely time at home, in spite of my obvious laziness of lifestyle. Restless.

I could look forward to planning a trip to the seaside.

February is the best time for a day at the beach on any day the fish and chip stop still opens. But I might plan a day out anyway. And a day away.

I’d look forward to good news but should know better. So I look forward to ignoring whatever it is and try to live with more gratitude and try and make some progress.

Work in progress. I look forward to three lingering assignments to complete and some really excellent reading opportunities, even if I only get as far as extracts and passages. Currently reading ‘Under the Sleepless Mountain’ by Parijat – the English translation maybe misses the beauty of the original language. I might have to look for an audio book in the original language so I can hear it. I don’t mind not understanding. There is still so much you can experience in listening to language. And I will already have some familiarity with the story. I’ll have to pencil-in a window-shopping at Amazon day for that.

I bought a couple of Cid Corman books – one of short essays and one of poems. Got as far as the end of chapter one in reading Stephen Fry’s ‘The Ode Less Travelled’. Iambic pentameter is a stumbling block. Until I can do that excercise, I am going no further. There’s alot of poems I want to look up now he’s pointed to  them. We didn’t learn poetry in that formal classical style when we were schooled in state education. We learnt natural poetry. It’s not that it’s easier – but it makes it very difficult to learn the antiquated style. It gets traumatic though realising the origins and corruptions of language and the historical happenings are nightmarish.Perhaps that’s why.

Looking forward to learning more, contextually, about differing styles and forms of international english and finding my concerns about global pressures to standardise our native language to AmEn style are impossible to achieve when region to region we all value our natural language and prefer to respectfully uphold cultural rights and traditions of all. Wishful thinking.


Need to get on. Looking forward to being in better time with MLA next time. And maybe getting back to… Cheers (and Soap!)






Monthly Look Ahead

Source: Seasons…. Writing

Hey it’s really nice to see a spring in someone’s step and stepping into sunshine or snow sending love and good wishes and hopefully so… it’s really nice meeting real nice blogging neighbours in this wonderful virtual world here at WordPress! i dunno about you guys but I love it here (WordPress generally, I don’t mean ‘at my blog’! BUT I haven’t been getting around and about as much as I would have liked BUT I know you don’t mind cos isn’t it nice sometimes to get a bit of peace and quiet and taking time with other peeps 🙂

So, wherever you are in the world, hopefully that’s not in floods, wading through waste-water’s no fun… and thankfully here, I’m not, but some may have been, but this lunchtime, the sun is shining and the weather is fine.  (is this post too long for a ‘status’ format?)

I love Sarah’s blog(s) and the co-learning encouragement and virtual coffees and that’s a great Springy post I thought I’d share while saying thanks to you all who drop by here and there too 🙂 #blogging101 was fun trailing through july and august in our own time and at a comfy pace but 2015 was an age ago now! Y’all planning a two-year(or-plus) reunion splash post for virtual summer fun? Or we missed your earlier classes blogging celebratory posts already…? Anyone ready to help us save Blogger’s World somehow, stop it slip sliding away while Anand, Rashmi, K. and all the others who puts so much effort in early on and along the way – is your commenting or author level access even working there? Today’s theme is sposed to be ‘tuesday trivia’ if anyone’s up to posting to it, do it! Be nice to see some returning community spirit but ‘we gotta figh,.. for the right,.. to p-a-r-t-y…’ as the Beastie Boys would lead us to believe! #everydayinspiration (hook’em wivvaquote’ll never work, will it???)


Marching on – it’s MLA time again!

Here we are again as Monthly Look Ahead flies round so soon…

…and there’s much to look forward to these next few weeks. I’ll be another whole year older by the end of the month – and glad that doesn’t happen every month. Whether I’ll be any the wiser for my older age remains to be seen, but I’d hedge my bets toward ‘most unlikely’. 

As usual there’s ongoing blogging goals. I can’t be bothered to think about them much just now, kind of mapped out already and more of the same ole same ole and lots of lingering to-do’s.  I don’t know how long this ‘blogging my way back to life somehow’ might take, but I’ll get there, wherever ‘there’ might be. Maybe I just need more determination (to get a life, not to blog! LOL). This month I’m still looking to get my blogging house in order and retaking the BloggingU customisation and everyday-inspiration ‘courses’, but not from here and hopefully not in my usual scatterbrained here, there and everywhere ways…

I’ll be carrying on my appreciation of Cid Corman and delving into getting to know Frank O’Hara’s poetry better. Hopefully I’ll be immersing  with reading and experiencing poetry aplenty, learning some more about more poets and maybe even trying to write some more poems myself too. Maybe it’ll help me drag myself into being more creative in other ways too, like getting a daily drawing routine going – it’s been a failing goal for much too long. I definitely could use some better therapeutic activity time and a lot more often.

Somewhere to hand I’ve some packets of flower seeds that should still be good for sowing. Increasing exposure to natural daylight and more outdoor fresh air would be a very good idea. Fairweather gardening might be do-able in small bursts, providing winter doesn’t strike with avengeance. Even if it does, there should be some window for gardening type enjoyment and the fencing really needs patching and propping up more sufficiently.

This panel doesn’t really need my shadow to prop it up, unlike other parts in need of more than my shadow…

Although I’ve not yet made it onto the bouncerciser at all yet, nor my wii-fit, and even though excercise can be counterproductive they are at least available if ever I feel up to some. I live in hope. I used to love walking, just getting anywhere at all under your own steam, but my capacity and tolerance has been reducing year on year for the last eight years. It’s quite concerning to now, or still, be at this current stage and on the one hand seems totally unrealistic to be even thinking about excercise and on the other hand seems totally defeatist not to be. I’m managing up and down the stairs a bit better again – and quite often in comparison to a while ago. So, being grateful for small mercies…

I’ve been managing to eat more regularly without cooking much as such and have restarted co-enzymeQ10 supplements. They’re no good without good food enough and food’s not much good with insufficient enzyme production. So keeping up with food and nutrition and making sure to enjoy food is definitely on the menu again. Washing up may be off the cards most days of the week but I’m making sure not to make much of it by labour-saving strategies and by letting it wait around looking like still life. I even got photos to prove it but I’m not sharing those here and now. I might draw from them when I’ve washed up forgetting to get round to drawing any beforehand.

Anything else besides will be an added and appreciated bonus and be bound to get a mention – I almost forgot to add that I’ve managed quite a lot of reading books for pleasure these last few weeks. That makes a nice change. I’m quite enjoying reading Scott Nicholson’s post-apocalyptic ‘After’ series, they’re quite an easy read and very more-ish; I already finished the four books of his that I bought and so need to buy more – or find a better way of getting kindle books and ending my boycott, cos kindle versions are loads cheaper as well as having the environmental advantage and the instant delivery. Yet a real book will still work for very much longer than any gadget and there’s nothing quite like turning a page.

I haven’t forgotten my family, honestly, even if it’s not what it looks like; we’re quite long overdue for a visit but will get around to it eventually, one of these days…


Monthly Look Ahead event hosted by Coolbeans4, visit their post for March here


Farewell February, onward March!

This was the scene beyond my backyard, on yesterday’s last morning of February…


… and two days ago I spotted these two tiny snowdrops finally making their annual emergence and remembered to capture this somewhat hasty and poorly composed snap of them while outside with my camera to hand…


Maybe this year I’ll manage something better with the garden! I used to love gardening but for all sorts of reasons I haven’t managed any here enough. These bulbs were brought with me from my previous garden at the family home I left behind. Nothing else survived beyond the first year. Bordering a country park and nature reserve type area there are creatures like moles around and my gardens shown signs of molehills for a few months now, so I wonder if the bulbs get eaten perhaps – or maybe there’s just too much shade and damp.

Here in the Midlands we haven’t really had winter so far, although it was cold today and there had been warnings of ice to look out for, though no sign of any by the time I got myself outside. Until ‘storm Doris’ hit last week – ripping my fences to shreds some more – winter has seemed unusually and eerily quiet and the skies have all too often been jewel shades of blue. I haven’t kept a sky-watch as much as I’d hoped for being quite out of sorts, as is embarrassingly obvious when looking back at my scatty ranting posts(!) Never mind, could be worse and if March winds doth blow, we could still soon have snow comes to mind, (but apparently that rhyme should be ‘The North wind doth blow…’ it’s just not how I remember it).Really, it should be daffodils making an appearance, given that  I did buy some daff-bulbs for this garden once upon a time and as it’s St. David’s Day… but two tiny snowdrops are better than none at all and will have to suffice for now. Maybe next year’s spring garden will be blooming lovelier… in the meantime, Happy March onward, hopefully 🙂