Saturday, January 14

Beauty surrounds Health abounds.

You will know if you have read a few of my posts... that we love the coastal town of Morecambe...
...up  here in the north west of England.
My first visit to this little bit of seaside was when I was 15,
and came over on the Heysham ferry with a load of Belfast school children.
I loved it!
The amusements...now mostly long gone....the swimming pool...now long, long gone...
...ah well.
I have great memories of the freedom of those days.
We have a neighbour, young and creative... who has taken on the task of researching and finding many of the people of those 1950's days.
The following is her latest art film, backed by the Arts Council, dedicated to many of the entertainers...
... and joy of joys....
...the swimmers...
... who entranced me and my friends with their syncronized swimming in the Olympic sized  pool to the music of the organist who appeared out of nowhere to entertain us!




......."Give me sunshine".......

Tuesday, January 10

Penketh poetry group!

Today we held our very first  poetry group at Claire's Cake Shop and Cafe in Penketh.


The whole place is very inviting
  ...Cath Kitson and Laura Ashley...
 but with a good old northern twist!
Very relaxing.


Baker par excellence is Claire herself. She has just been opened a few short weeks and already the word has gone around about the deliciousness of her cakes and the super decoration for the specials.
Well I should know, what with "neviepiecake" goodies  as it were "in the family".
So it's such a pleasure to meet there for our very first poetry get together.

At the moment we are just four....
....maybe the "Just Four?".... no that 's a joke and not a very good one!



We had treats to help the whole day go well...
tea in china pots,  poured into china cups,
victoria sponge and lemon drizzle cake....
.......so bang go the good intensions of cutting out cake for a while!

We heard Robert Graves poem..."A Slice of Wedding Cake" read out ...
...very apt as Claire had such a cake half- finished on the servery!

Arthur read some of Grey's Elegy and moved us to tears with his reading and choice.
He is over 90 and brought all of his experience of living into the reading.

I read one of Carol Ann Duffy's poems...
Virgil's Bees
and  this morning I was unexpectantly loaned a book by Kenneth Steven...
...Island Collected Poems...
...soI also read his view of "Bees".
His work is full of Celtic spirituality and west coast Scottish Island tenderness.



With a good tale under our belts about a dead bird
and a grandchild wondering how many came to the funeral?!....
we thought that it could be the theme for our first attempt at writing a poem together.
Lots of laughter...good for the soul....


I finished off with my own poem..."Living in the Now"...
...and a promise to meet once a month to share some more beloved poetry.