Poetry · Quote of the week

Quote of the Week – Us Two

Yes, it's a Quote of the Week this Monday, rather than a Word of the Week. Why? Who knows? Just felt like it. In fact, I was reciting this to myself as I carried out a reconnaissance mission on Saturday to find the office I will be working at for the next month. As I… Continue reading Quote of the Week – Us Two

Quote of the week · Stationery

When one notebook closes…

You know the old saying that goes "When one door closes, another opens", well I've had that experience with my general notebook. Having finished a journal and started a new one earlier in the week, I am finally on the last page of my current Mark and Fold A5 notebook. I've been using this for… Continue reading When one notebook closes…

Fashion · Kojak · Poetry · Purpose

Need inspiration?

I've been working recently on re-composing my inspiration board. The board itself is marvellous with a lovely summery beaches-and-boats fabric. When I was a little girl I had a dress with a sailboat print, and I keep looking every summer to see if anyone manufactures anything similar to bedeck the more mature me. Until that… Continue reading Need inspiration?

Poetry · Quote of the week · Reading

The ultimate outsiders

Continuing the theme I have been exploring of fitting in, or standing outside, both the insiders and the outsiders in Walter de la Mare's poem are equally estranged. The Listeners "Is there anybody there?" said the Traveller, Knocking on the moonlit door; And his horse in the silence champed the grasses Of the forest's ferny floor:… Continue reading The ultimate outsiders

Nostalgia · Poetry · Quote of the week

Best poem for Christmas Eve

  There is no better poem for Christmas Eve than the marvellous "King John's Christmas" by A. A. Milne. Here it is in its entirety for you to enjoy. You can check out some other popular Christmas poems at Pan MacMillan. King John's Christmas King John was not a good man - He had his… Continue reading Best poem for Christmas Eve

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Quote of the Week – Little Grey Rabbit

From the brilliant children's author, Alison Uttley, I am bringing you an excerpt from her festive story, Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas. To set the scene, Grey Rabbit lives with her friends, Squirrel and Hare and the story concerns their preparations for Christmas, sledging in the snow, and a visit to their neighbour Mole. When the… Continue reading Quote of the Week – Little Grey Rabbit

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Quote of the week – Snow by Macneice

  A wintery poem by Louis MacNeice. Snow The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was Spawning snow and pink roses against it Soundlessly collateral and incompatible: World is suddener than we fancy it. World is crazier and more of it than we think, Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion A tangerine and… Continue reading Quote of the week – Snow by Macneice

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Quote of the Week – G K Chesterton

  Here is the first of the Christmas quotes from A Child of the Snows by G K Chesterton. Never we know but in sleet and in snow, The place where the great fires are, That in the midst of the earth is a raging mirth And the heart of the earth is a star.… Continue reading Quote of the Week – G K Chesterton

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Quote of the week – He had a sort of look

Here's a random shot of a Norwich alley to accompany a random quote; they only go together in so much as I took the photo yesterday and was reading the poem this morning in the bath. Tomorrow I will start my December reading of a book of poems called "Christmas Please" and the next four… Continue reading Quote of the week – He had a sort of look

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Quote of the week – Robert Frost

  I was recently reminded of a line by the American poet Robert Frost, 'Good fences make good neighbours', then I had to go and search out the poem which is, of course, the marvellous "Mending Wall". I am pretty sure I first read this poem at school. My favourite part is: He only says… Continue reading Quote of the week – Robert Frost