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There’s Nowhere Quite Like England — May 19, 2016

There’s Nowhere Quite Like England

This is a poem that I wrote many years ago but I have since updated by added another verse. For my 50th birthday, my sister and brother-in-law recorded my mum reading it for me and provided some background music too. I have put it at the end of the poem for you to enjoy.


There’s Nowhere quite like England

There’s Nowhere quite like England

with its counties and its shires

The ancient, rolling countryside

The marshes and the mires


There’s nowhere quite like England

The coastline and the sea

The churches and cathedrals

All steeped in history


There’s nowhere quite like England

The people are unique

We have our ‘quaint’ traditions

And like the Queen we speak!!


There’s nowhere quite like England

The climate so insane

One minute, brilliant sunshine

The next it’s lashing rain!


There’s nowhere quite like England

We love a cup of tea

Fish and chips and clotted cream

And juicy strawberries!


There’s nowhere quite like England

And, although it’s very small

To me, it is quite frankly

The most wonderful place of all




Ronovan’s Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt #88 ‘Lift’ & ‘plan’ — March 14, 2016
Ronovan’s writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt #75 ‘Charm’ &’Look’ — December 14, 2015

Ronovan’s writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt #75 ‘Charm’ &’Look’

Ronovan has been kind to us this week and given us ‘charm’ and ‘look’ as our prompt words for his weekly haiku challenge. He has asked that we try and make the two sentences oppose each other, which I always seem to find the trickiest part. However, this week, I think I have managed to do it!

Always being up for a challenge, I also decided to try out a ‘Freku’ as created by Ronovan. It is writing a free verse then a haiku afterward that sums it up. You can find out more about this if you click on the link above.

Here is my attempt on both this week.


The sun so bright and warming

The sky a brilliant blue

The land so green and luscious

There’s sheep on the hilltop too.


But this was not the height of summer

Nor the middle of  July

It was in  bleak midwinter

When I was driving by



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Oh, What A Beautiful Morning — December 9, 2015

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning

This morning was like a summer’s day down here in Kent. As I was driving around early this morning on the way to my patients, the sun was so huge and bright, that I could barely see, especially as it was so low in the sky.

I kept trying to get pictures of it and finally the one I got was whilst waiting at some traffic lights! I could hardly even look at it as it  was so strong. This is just unheard of at this time of year.

The other photos I took were just outside of Wye  just past the crown. it was so stunningly beautiful I just had to pull over and take a pic. Although I have lived in this area for years, I suppose I never appreciated the beauty of what was literally on my doorstep.

So, there I was chugging about in my little car with my Christmas tunes blasting out and a beautiful, almost blue sky. Much better than being stuck in an airless  hospital ward!




A Little Update — November 15, 2015

A Little Update

I wanted to write a short post to update you on how things are going now that it is just over the midway point for NaNoWriMo. I have managed to plough full speed ahead at the moment and have so far reached the dizzying heights of 36 858 words! I am beyond thrilled to be on target to complete the challenge, plus write my first ever novelette (well if it is worth editing I will at least)!!

I have also been lucky enough to have won a cover designed by the hugely talented  author Jo Robinson. I am not going to reveal it on my blog until the end of November, but suffice it to say, it not only fits my book perfectly but is absolutely stunning.

As far as work goes, apart from being shattered when I get home (still not used to full-time yet), I am enjoying it. My main problem at the ment is finding my way around some of the more rural areas.

On Friday I got totally lost! I had given myself plenty of time to get to this address which I knew was somewhere out in the countryside. Mr Satnav guided me out into the middle of nowhere. The roads were getting smaller and smaller as I meandered higher and higher through the North downs. I eventually found a little cluster of houses which was my ‘destination.’ None of them had the house name I was looking for so I kept going.

Tim my Satnav friend was cross and demanded I ‘turn around’, Easier said than done with those skinny roads! I did eventually head back down to the same cluster of houses, and seeing a man outside accosted him, asking him for his postcode, He confirmed that it was the same as the one I had been given but there was no house name around there with the name I was looking for.

Frustrated, I phoned the office to check the postcode, Needless to say, the  systems were down but they found it on a printout and it was as I had already got. I phoned the patient who told me he was just by the pub, That was good news as I had passed a pub not too far away,

I went back there and still nothing. I saw a man walking along the road and asked him if he knew of the house. He didn’t, He was friendly though and I phoned my patient back for directions from the pub, and realised that it was a totally different one altogether! Luckily that man I had asked knew of it, but it was a little ‘complicated’ to get to! Well, of course it would be.

His directions were brilliant though and I finally found the place I was looking for. My patient was highly amused to hear of my little jaunt in the country as the motorway was literally around the corner! I could have made the trip in less than half the time it took me in the end! The ‘Y’ on the postcode was actually a ‘U’ and that little letter made one hell of a big difference!

Hugh’s Photo Challenge Week 4: Isolated — October 31, 2015

Hugh’s Photo Challenge Week 4: Isolated

Hugh has chosen ‘Isolated’ for his photo challenge this week.

The photo that I have chosen depicts a beautiful piece of Kent countryside! It is just to the back of the offices where I am now based, and only a 10-minute walk from my house. Mr Grump takes Roxy for her walk there, as there is plenty of space for her to run around and tire herself out!  It is a pretty quiet spot though and you would not believe that there are shops, offices and houses, just a stones throw away!

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