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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 7 May 2021, 02:59

Last night I ate like a pig. Mind you swill is a bit of an acquired taste.

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The Magic Pond

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A creative friend has created a magical garden-within-a-garden. We bought most of the plants, the pond liner and some of the materials, but we also scavenged a lot of cobbles and the wonderful Cornish limestone slabs you can see. We currently have a drought locally, so the pond is not filled yet.


This miniature pond is designed to be soothing to the eye and spirit, but also to act a wildlife sanctuary for a variett of small animals, We had hardly finished when this young hedgesparrow came really close to us. LIke robins they follow the gardener.


At night the area appears magical.



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Homage to Ogden Nash

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Of all the philosophic twists

Here's the one that most persists

Why does the Universe exist at all

When not existing would be more economicall

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Nursery Rhyme

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 29 Apr 2021, 01:06

There were two birds sat on a bough

If they’ve not gone they’ll be there now.


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One liner

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There’s a popular garden centre near here where what plants you get is decided at random. It’s called Taking Pot Luck.

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In school I remember we did a vocabulary test one day. When we came to the word adhesive most of us were stuck.
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When the Angel of Death came

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I’ve been fretting about a poem with this title for years and maybe coming close

When the Angel of Death arrived,

It was a Hummingbird at my ear.

I was astonished, and said, I thought you’d have strong wings, to carry me.

No no it replied, I am here to enchant and to guide,

Your wings alone shall bear you up,

 Let me help you emerge.

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One-liner

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 27 Apr 2021, 20:53

My grandson writes:

I have cat-like reflexes. Whenever I see a cat I instantly like it.


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Cherry Blossom

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These cherry trees stand at the front of my house.

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Five Rose Petals

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 24 Apr 2021, 23:52

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. 

A rose is a rose is a rose.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses.

He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.

It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.

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"I watch your face" - A napkin haiku

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Shrub Advice

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Laurel. Very Hardy.

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Daffinition

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resonance, n.

Ants trapped in amber.

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Woodland Ferns

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Our garden has a small patch of woodland, with thriving trees but the ground level plants are limited, apart from snowdrops and celandines.

So we've started working on widening the number of species, beginning with some ferns. We have acquired five kinds, three native to this country, one from China I think, and one from New Zealand. Some are deciduous so their foliage dies back in autumn, others retain their leaves throughout the seasons.

Ferns tend to like shade, but in varying degrees, so we've been trying to match their position carefully to their preferences. Not sure we have it right, it's a difficult judgement, but they can be moved later if necessary.

Not all in the ground yet, but the photo gives an idea of what we are aiming at.



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Haiku of Disappointment

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I was planning to mail you
Some salad but I
Couldn't post the lettuce.

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Dad Joke

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Why did Santa get priority for his vaccination? Because of his underlying elf issues!

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Caesar Joke

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 18 Apr 2021, 01:22

Q. Why did J. Caesar cross the Rubicon?

A. To get to the other side.

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Sonnet 71

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What a marvellous beginning this sonnet has:

No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell...

And it’s echoed by a famous sonnet of Christina Rossetti:

Remember me when I am gone away, 
Gone far away into the silent land; 
When you can no more hold me by the hand, 
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

I think the second is a thoughtful response to the first, and I think perhaps its standpoint is nobler. Read them both and see. What you think.


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Playground Joke

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Q. Where did the Golden Fleece come from.

A. Gold baaas!

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Old Saying

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A Roadside Verge in Spring

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 13 Apr 2021, 23:42

From my gate I can see this verge with its striking patches of spring flowers.


There are daisies (the Day’s Eye in Old English, because the flowers close at sunset and open at dawn); middle left, red dead-nettles (the botanical name Lamium purpureum more accurate about the colour); and celandines.

The name celandine is very poetic: Ancient Greek and Latin writers held that it flowered as the the swallows came in spring, and it was called χελιδόνιον, ‘ that of the swallow’.

From the OED:

1578    H. Lyte tr. R. Dodoens Niewe Herball  i. xx. 32   The small Celandyne was so called, bycause that it beginneth to spring and to floure, at the comming of the Swallowes.


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Unusual Garden Bird

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 12 Apr 2021, 01:30

Today a pheasant visited my garden.

I caught a glimpse a day or so back, but today she was there for a while and I was able to get this snap.






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It runs in the family...

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From my Grandson:

I can't take my dog to the park anymore, the ducks keep biting him. Should have know this was going to happen, he's pure bread.

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Garden News Flash

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In my garden today I found a fritillary blooming and another on the way. They are such magical flowers. I planted bulbs in the lawn two years ago, but nothing happened until now, I had almost lost hope, and was so charmed to see them.


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Is This A Record.

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More than 35 million UK jabs, what a vaxxy nation!

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