Sunday, March 19, 2023

A Dark Tale

Last night I dreamed
that I lived in deep space
I played with the stars,
that was some race.

But then I got sucked 
into a very dark hole,
it didn't end well for me
and I mean - not at all!

Then, in my dreams,
I lived under the sea,
it was beautiful there
with so much to see

Until a shark appeared
and boy, was he fast
I have to tell you -
that I did not last.

I woke up to find
I've survived all my dreams,
convinced that our world
is not as bad as it seems.

Featured: A star fleet
upcycled from paper rolls
with my little nephews.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

A Five Star Review

 Five reasons I’m giving Five Stars to 
Down a Dark River by Karen Odden:

1. The stage - the year is 1878 and we are in Victorian 
London, a time of discovery and innovation, 
a time when people are still bound by their class and history.

2. The lead - Michael Corravan is an inspector in Scotland 
Yard, a young man with a prickly character and complicated 
history, in no hurry to share his secrets. 

3. The supporting cast - Corravan is surrounded by a motley 
crew of friends and colleagues who all add another 
dimension both to his character and to the story.

4. The plot - the book, the first in a new series, 
begins with the disappearance of one woman, 
the murder of another and a river that runs between them. 
Nothing more from me, this is a spoiler-free zone.

5. The summary - if you are in the market for a 
hard-to-put-down historical mystery with a different voice, 
plenty of atmosphere, plot twists, suspense, quality writing 
and a satisfying end, this could well be the book for you.

Featured: I upcycled these bags
with a tea wash and embroidery.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

The Footwear of a Bear

There once was a bear
who liked his feet bare
but found the cold hard to bear.

In the winter you wear
shoes everywhere,
you silly old bear.

Featured: a little bear
hibernating in his
cozy new sleeping-bag.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The Speeding Ticket

There was a little girl 
who had a new doll,
she put her in a pram 
and took her for a stroll.

A policeman stopped her, 
looking harassed:
'You are pushing that pram 
way too fast!'

Featured: this little doll
was made from a wine cork.
Recycling rules!

Saturday, January 21, 2023

A Small Smile

I like playing games,
games make me smile,
and if I happen to cheat -
it's only once in a while.

Featured: a little friend 
with personality.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Time for Bed

The time is late,
the shadows are deep,
and all little boys
should be fast asleep.

The house is quiet
except for young Ned,
who is tossing and turning
upstairs in his bed.

"Oh, why can't I sleep?
I feel so awake;
could it be that I ate
too much chocolate cake?"

Featured: my dad made
this two doll beds,
guaranteed to provide
a good night's rest.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Season's Greetings

Sending you
my yuletide wishes
for a holiday
fun and delicious.

Good company,
food and cheer,
and all the best
for the coming year!

Featured: paper tree origami,
made from old magazines.