Gardens: Fly-By

The Garden"

In this one of many possible worlds,
All for the best or some bizarre test

It is what it is and whatever,
Time is still the infinite jest

The arrow flies when you dream,
The hours tick away,
The cells tick away

The Watchmaker keeps to his schemes,
The hours tick away, they tick away

The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
So hard to earn so easily burned
The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
So hard to earn so easily burned

In the fullness of time,
A garden to nurture and protect

In the rise and the set of the sun,
'Til the stars go spinning,
Spinning 'round the night
Oh, it is what it is, and forever
Each moment a memory in flight

The arrow flies while you breathe,
The hours tick away,
The cells tick away,

The Watchmaker has time up his sleeve,
The hours tick away, they tick away

The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
So hard to earn so easily burned

In the fullness of time,
A garden to nurture and protect
(It's a measure of a life…

Uncommonly Clement Weather On The Common; Soccer Analysis.

Selsey Common, near Stroud.

Down below a stillness in the valley and little activity  in  the village of Kings Stanley.

Last Monday ( 11/ 6 )  D. and I drove up to Selsey Common. It was a perfect Summer's day with clear blue skies and visibility reaching  a distance of over 16 kilometres. Very little wind, uncut grass and no evidence of cows, which often graze upon it. Indeed God was in  his heaven.
I sat down, ate my sandwiches and glorified in the scene in front and near me.

There is  nothing more to be said. A day to remember.

Football Analysis 

Premier League
Predicted                        Actual Final Placing
1 Chelsea                         5th 2  Man Utd.                     2nd 3   Man City                    1st
It was the year of the two Manchesters.
 City ran away with the title leaving Utd trailing in second. 

Chelsea rallied  in the closing months of the season and won the F. A. Cup.

Champions League
1 Aston Villa                4th 2 Fulham                      3rd 3 Read…

May Time: Fishy Tails. A Call from the Wild.

Hi All,
As you can see, since the last time of posting. I have been laidback and taking it steady, waiting to spring into action.

Well May Day arrived and so, as usual it became incumbent for me to wake up a few trees, so knowing bark is worse than bite, I performed the ceremony on my own trees and then headed out to visit more greenery in the nearby area.

The above pics come from the  Prinknash Abbey grounds, taken on May Day. In the last photo, you can see the walled garden in the distance.

May Bank holiday came and gave us our Euro required summer; which lasted about three days; until normal and sensible  British temperatures prevailed  and our coats went on again.

Later on in the month, feeling the feed for a fresh fish, D. and I found ourselves at the Bibury Trout Farm.

Bibury Trout Farm

Situated, near the town of Cirencester, Bibury is at the epicentre of the Cotswold tourist industry , serving each day mostly visitors from the Far East and the States. Parking is generally a chaotic af…

A Sparkle Jar: Photo Gallery.

"Conversation is but carving, give no more to any guest, then he is able to digest " So wrote Jonathan Swift ( 1667 -1745 ).

I think you will agree, although a memorable quote, it is not the usual fare a mother  gives to a young youth, but in a curious way, it describes the singular person Chris Packham, who finds social intercourse with people difficult and instead uses all his energies in the detailed study of all creatures, big and small.

This is Chris's wonderful book " Fingers in The Sparkle Jar. " Note the intricate cover with its bird motif and sun peeping through. This is so typical of the care that Chris takes with all his work.

There are no photos within the text, yet the eloquent and rich imagery allows the reader in see in the mind's eye a Kestrel swooping; a fish darting and insects swarming. Everything is precise and truthful and what he sees; when he sees it; is recorded.

Here is an example of his writing:

" Saw the scarf of the otter, be…

Rhymes and Words: A Snowy Scene

Well here we are again. It's already beginning to seem we've been in the year 2018 for quite a time.
Just waiting for the first Snowdrop, to announce Spring is on her way.

I don’t know where this rhyme is going Because the future is really unknowing 
From my thoughts words slowly dribble  But is it really art or merely scribble?
Thoughts cascade from my pounding skull Some quite coherent, but mostly, null.
I need to assemble the best phrases. To bring a higher quality that raises This snow storm of  useless verbiage  Making heart heavy and eyes squirmiest.

Oh to produce a  memorable ode Upon the minds of readers to bestow, a word, a phrase or slight refrain that makes a stay in someone’s brain.
So  I’ll look for pearls in oysters and plant myself in quiet cloisters. 

Ck 16/01/ '18

I wrote the above piece, using the app " Writr. " This allows you to input a word. The app then
instantly gives you words that rhyme  with the word inputed.  It pulls up words wh…

Quiz Time: Football Predictions: Major's New Year Message.

A Good New Year to one and all.

Let's start at the end. The following people have all passed away in 2017'
Can you guess their names?

1 This lady captained the England ladies’ cricket squad from ’66 to ’78. She was also the first female to score a six.
2  This gentleman was amazing in “The Elephant Man “. He died aged 77
3 A big favourite of children in the ‘60s and ‘70s, who loved his sheepdog, died aged 88
4 A bit of a scaly,  all his life he duck-rocked up to be one of the first  musicians to be inducted into the Rock ’n ‘ Roll Hall of Fame. He died aged 90.
 5  A celebrated  Children’s Author died in London aged 91  not far from a railway station, which bore the name of his best known creation
6 This loved actor, died aged 91 was the only star to appear in all 295 episodes of this popular sitcom.
7  Starred in Coronation Street for many years. She died aged 77
8 Running in the ‘60s and later in the ‘70s it’s likely you would have known this actor, who died aged 79.
9  He sang those…