Friday, July 19

Poem for Thursday...dVerse ...mix and match



I'm taking as my prompt...
...Beautiful Solitude ...I don't want to miss the second birthday celebration of dVerse...so I spent a few hours down the field in my quiet place taking in the "soul-touchers" around me.
I think that this needs quite a bit of rewriting...but here are the bare bones of my contribution for the party....thankyou Tony Maude for the thoughts!!




Swing thoughts

The evening sky
Creams
Down on the horizon line
And an eastern breeze
Chants in the labyrinth grasses

Young swallows
Lower their standards
And scream down the air
For late…late insects

Give me your virgin fly past
And while my soul cries stay
Stay
And fill the gap
Winter is coming and
I may live in this town
But I don’t belong here.

...so this is for dVerse Poets Pub ..."mix and match"and a very happy birthday to all those lovely poets who contribute and give me so much reading pleasure.

Monday, July 15

An 80th Celebration!







We were up at the Bay for most of the week...
...amazing weather...sandcastles galore!!

 
..the weekend culminated in the celebrations at the Midland Hotel on Sunday.
...80 Years built!...

 
So out came the vintage dresses...very Morecambe now anyway with more and more vintage and collectibles in the shops.

 
We went for the ice cream and afternoon tea.
...vanilla ices...
...and coffee actually with home made almond cakes from one of the stalls...
...I loved their aprons...want one!!



We sat for hours and people-watched!
...lots of people did...I like to think that maybe this glamorous woman remembered the days of the hotel's youth...she certainly was captivated with the music...


 
...we also listened to the jazz singer ...Harri Deane...singing those 1930 songs....sang along...couldn't help myself!



...then I did a bit of "cherry-picking" from the stalls which were laid out beneath Eric Gill's famous NW Coast line Relief.
...silk devoree jacket and some rabbit moulds for the southern grandgirls...they have just become the besotted owners of bunnies!!



 
.....outside patient donkeys were doing their duty with little children...
..though I suspect it was more of a photo opportunity for the parents!


 
...and Pimms with strawberries was drunk ...
 



... the hotel lounge hosted a Palm Court band ... gently lulling those folk in the armchairs to sleep....
...the chairs positioned over the rug designed by Marian Dorn in the 30s.

(I still remember "The Arcadia" in Portrush in the late 40s ...the palms ...the ice cream and the band....)


...you can just see the rug here.....

Stalls aplenty...

 traditional sweets...

..and .lots of 50s glitz...





...a sunset to drool over...


...dropping down behind the western lakes.