Rugby; Light: Trees

Glos Rugby
Rising from the Shed voices full of glee, All the rolling RRRRs are in ascendency.
Through muck, sweat, grime and mud, Blood and bandages are in fullest flood.
 Pushing  and shoving  and making their way, Irresistibly forward to give them  the day.
 The line is crossed and the ball  ground, The stadium erupts in  full-throated sound.
The victory is gained; they gave them a licking,  The Cherry and Whites have made a rich picking.


Yesterday (09/ 12 /'18)  we visited Westonbirt Arboretum  to see the Christmas lights in the trees. The night was, not too cold with no rain so,  an ideal temperature for walking the especially prepared mile circuit. To avoid crowd buildup, we were given an allotted time. In our case 17:40.
Here are some shots I took of the trees.

Autumn Glow

Autumn Glow
A butterfly pirouetted in corn stalks. What I wondered was it doing
     in this late October day?
I had reached my beeches, for another  year of wonder.

I walked, or rather stumbled along the dusty track and looked  over at the land
meeting the horizon in gentle wold folds.
It was quiet enough to hear nature in the raw.
Birds flew disturbed from the trees while insects hummed and buzzed an autumn symphony.
Ahead, along the path lay   Notgrove or was it Nutwood 
in Rupert Bear land?

Stepping into the grove,
 a tree-world  filled with leaf 
encrusted paths and I felt a
 zephyr of wind
 move the evergreen leaves.

They seemed to make music,  far above my hearing range dancing notes that swayed
 in graceful leaf minuets. 
 Spiders groomed
and cobwebs swoomed
laying down their traps.

 Leaves were falling and
sprawling to be received
 by the ground underneath.
Winter would be coming
before long. 

I made my mark, not with the vigour of youth,
 but sufficient to ensure an annual pact with the soil.
 Stepping out tree-ro…

Deer Me

Dear Me.

Contained Always looking  in the shadow behind reality in a day-dream
wondering. or merely  confused, as thoughts  passage their way through the hemispheres.

I listen and sometimes in
mind's eye visualise
the monks chanting
 and moving beneath
 as of old
 All the ages
 becoming as one.

While cobwebs swoon 
and spiders groom
preparing their traps.

Our webs are more fluid,
But in the chime of time
we are  all caught.

Autumn warmth as precious as a stolen kiss
pervades the interior
And so I pause 
and savour
whilst the world
 continues rutting ebbing and flowing  and  I lift my coffee
cup and drink in life.


Photos: 1 "Deer park at Prinknash " 2 " October Sun at the Lido Cheltenham.

WiFi for Now, Ck.


A Tiddly Fish Tail: Lyme again:pics.

A Tiddly Fish Tail.

There's no plaice like bone......

Feeling in need of exercise; so after
cod-atating I left the bass-ment,
climbed the stairs and went trout
the door.
Having a head-hake  and more than
a little chubby, I climbed the nearby hill
even though  I had a damaged eel.
Finally I reached my favourite perch,
sat down and looked upwards 
noticing  a tiny bream of light
shining down  through the mackerel



Two shots taken at Lyme Regis.
A quiet beach and a panoramic  view looking down from
the "Hix and Oyster " restaurant, from where
the plaice photo was taken.


(New changed filter )

It was good to still see this sculpture still
undamaged  from the Forest of
Dean at Speech House.


Cheltenham Town Football Team has a new manager Michael Duffy, whom in younger days played for the team. He progressed to the Premier League, via Burnley; to whom after finishing playing he was put in charge of the under 23s team. His first Cheltenham match in charge versus …

Caption Pics: Expansive Thinking

My Garden has just floated by.

Depends on the Pecking Order

Rays-A- Laugh


"Abbey Gardens;" Cirencester.
Upton On Severn.
"SeaQuarium. "   Weston- Super- Mare.

As you know, should you follow my Twitter feed (@curlykale) I am very keen on the "Expanse " TV series (Syfy channel). With the conclusion of series 3b (yet  to be screened in the UK ), it was feared that Series 4 would not be made. But due to fans unprecedented protests, this happened:

"The Expanse has been saved! Amazon has closed a deal to pick up the sci-fi drama series, which is in its third and final season on Syfy. The announcement was made tonight by Amazon’s boss himself, Jeff Bezos, at National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles where he was an honoree. It happened an hour or so after The Expanse panel at the same event that featured exec producer and showrunner Naren Shankar and cast members Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Ste…

Premier League Winners: More Moonshine: Point of View

On my last blog, I gave my football predictions for the Championship; League 1 and League 2
This week I look at the Premier League, which started today, 10th August 2018 A.D.

1  Manchester City      4/6

2  Liverpool                 4/1

3  Manchester United    8/1

4  Chelsea                     14/1

The only certainty is that Manchester City will win the league again. They will not  drop twenty five points in order to facilitate a challenge  to their title. They have the strongest squad in the league with at least two quality players for each position. Team morale is excellent. Enough said.

Liverpool should prove their strongest challenge. Klopp has strengthened the team with some good signings, including a top goalkeeper. They should be capable of more wins and less draws this season. I feel, however that the two Manchesters will once again prove their nemesis and lose them points. I hope Klopp will manage to win a cup and break his jinx of never, ever winning anything.

Manchester United will…

Butterflies: EFL Football Predictions: Blue Moon Remembered.


As I sit;
I can
Or even
They are
All In a
I close
My eyes,
Time for a
Bye Bye

Ck 03/08/'18

(with apologies to LJG )


Well bless my ( football ) boots, we've just over Moscow and the World Cup. Who remembers:
( Midnight in Moscow, with Kenny Ball  and band released in  1961-  Thought so !) 
 Now today  ( 04/08/'18) the EFL Football League ( 2018- '19 ) begins. That being so, it's time for my soccer predictions:

1  Aston Villa     (12/1)
2   Stoke             (11/2)
3   Swansea         ( 16/1 )
Villa having narrowly missed out last year, by 0- 1  to promoted Fulham. With new  money in the club, they  should surely join the Premier next season.
Stoke relegated last season has  a major chance to regain the top in one go. No-one will relish going to Stoke's Victoria Ground. The hostile atmosphere generated there should yield many points for St…