Monday, 30 August 2010

Poetry Corner

Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again,to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all
I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey m
ist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all
I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all
I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And qu
iet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

- John Masefield

Or alternatively Spike Milligan's version

I must go down to the sea again,
to the lonely sea and the sky;
I left my shoes and socks there -
I wonder if they're dry?

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Looking Really Pleased.

I don't do cooking. I really don't. So when the kids said they wanted to bake Grandma a birthday cake, I said "Go on then!" and went and hid upstairs.

The resultant giggles, sticky kitchen and gloop covered clothing didn't wholly prepare me for the green gungy 'disasterpiece' that the kids produced. You can see from Grandma's face just how thrilled she was to receive it too.
(It tasted like dumplings mixed with pancakes. Kind of heavy. The 'icing' was made from flour, sugar, water and food dye.)

We had some friends from Sheffield down for a couple of days. Angela and Russ and two of Ange's kids - Rebecca and Steven. It was lovely to catch up with each other. It's been a few years since we last got together. We refrained from offering them the birthday cake.

Today I went over to Much Wenlock to see Ruth, whom I used to work with. We had lunch at a cafe and took a walk down the lane. All these house martins were swooping around an oak tree. They just kept going round and round. It was quite magical.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Highland Fling Travels

So I've been off on my travels again... Highland Fling pictures, stories and mosquitoes can be found here.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

A Trio of Slovakians

This week we have had guests. Three Slovakians came to stay (via the Couchsurfing/Hospitality Club route).

Lucy, her boyfriend Tom and their friend Rasto stayed with us for the best part of the week.

Tomas and Rasto
They were great company and we enjoyed having people in the house.
Ludlow Castle.

Nick and Palafox

We took them to Ludlow Castle to start off with, then for a walk along the River Onny.

Jackdaw at Ludlow Castle.
They found their own way to Oxford, Stratford-on-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace), Birmingham, and the local pub (The Bell, since you ask!).
Stained glass in St Laurence's Church, Ludlow.
They came climbing with me and we took them down the forest.

Kids on tree by R. Onny.

On the last evening they bought us all a Chinese take-away and we sat and chatted and ate together. They are flying back to Slovakia as I type.

Meal together.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Under Canvas

We've just come back from a trip to the Lake District. Pictures and adventures here.