Saturday, August 1, 2020

An Unexpected Guest

One hot and boring day,
I went outside to play,
I saw a dragon in the garden
and said ‘I beg your pardon’?

The dragon was surprised
he didn’t realize
that little boys could talk,
really, he was in shock.

He said: ‘I’m stopping by
to see a butterfly’.
his wings are gold and red,
his name is Happy Fred.’

I said: ‘oh don’t you worry,
I scared you, I am sorry,
the roses by the shed
are where we’ll find your Fred.

It really was quite sweet
to see the two friends meet,
we had a rugby match
and played a game of catch.

They both flew on to Rome
and me? I went back home.
Now do you wonder why?
‘cause little boys can’t fly.

Featured: A new softie friend.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A Five Star Review

Five reasons I'm giving Five Stars to:
The Bunburry Mysteries by Helena Marchmont.

1. The series - Alfie McAlister inherits a
cottage in the village of Bunburry. Someone
has died recently, the locals think that it is
an accident, but Alfie is not convinced.

2. The protagonist - Alfie is a Cary Grant
kind of protagonist - intelligent and
elegant with a keen appreciation of fun.

3. The literary connection - "anyone can be good in
the country, there are no temptations there" -
we are in Oscar Wilde country with a bit of
Miss Marple thrown in. 

4. The Atmosphere - these books are so
light they may very well float away
if you don't hold them tightly.

5. In short - if you are in the market for
a short and gentle read,
contemporary with a vintage feel,
these may well be the mystery novellas for you.

Featured: A felt needlework
of a garden my niece drew for me.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

A Sleepover Gone Wrong

Billy invited me
to spend the night,
it was great fun – 
we had a pillow fight!

When we went to sleep, 
I don't know why,
I wanted to go home 
and started to cry.

Featured: A new friend
with his own sleeping bag.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

A Conversation


Yellow says to pink:
"you're a fizzy, happy drink."
Pink smiles at yellow:
"you're a cheery kind of fellow."

Featured: A new blanket,
my big winter project,
finished just in time to go
into the cupboard until autumn.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

A Snail's Pace

There once was 
a little snail,
he got into trouble
and is now on bail.

He has a very
cunning plan -
to run from the law
as fast as he can.

Featured:  I sewed together 
little bits of leftover felt
to create a canvas for embroidery.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Five Star Review

Five reasons I'm giving Five Stars to:
The Rosalind Thorne Mysteries by Darcie Wilde.

1. The series - of historical mysteries starring,
you guessed it, Rosalind Thorne, has three
books so far, beginning with A Useful Woman.

2. The setting - the stories unfold during the regency
era, aka the Jane Austen years, and offer little
tidbits of history, without being too scholarly.

3. The Heroine - Rosalind is a lovely protagonist.
She is sometimes a little hesitant in matters of
the heart but always calm and resourceful
when it comes to detection.

4. The balance - the books do a fine job of balancing
the mysteries with Rosalind's rather complicated
personal history. They also make us appreciate the
many choices women have today.

5. To summarize - if you are in the market for a
light read with a well-crafted puzzle and a
likable set of characters, these could well be
the books for you.

Featured: Washing my jam jar covers,
wondering which jam to make next.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

A Bear on a Mission

A little bear has
set himself a mission -
he was going to climb
to the top of a cushion.

The dolls were concerned,
perhaps he should stop,
but the bear was going 
all the way to the top.

He packed his bag
with a drink and a snack
and hoped they would last
until he got back.

He bid farewell
to the dolls and the toad,
did a little warm-up
and hit the road.

After two minutes
the bear had enough;
I'll say this for the dolls -
they tried not to laugh.

Featured: A new cushion
and an old friend.