There’s a Mouse About to Go Out

 I ventured out socially for the first time in a 110 days. stealthfuly and carefully socially distancing and keeping as safe as I personally could.  It felt good to sit out in a beer garden in the sun and have a lovely meal.  It was with trepidation that we made the decision, and I amContinue reading “There’s a Mouse About to Go Out”

Tyger, Tyger still burning bright

What I know about tigers could be written on one hand (and I certainly wouldn’t be putting that hand out to one, calling ‘here kitty kitty” )  I’ve had a few tigers by the tail in my time, but here’s a list about what I know about tigers;- they are big cats, they are striped,Continue reading “Tyger, Tyger still burning bright”

The Bronte, Pooh, Poe, Briggs birthday party!

No sooner do I begin writing about one author whose birthday it is, –  another pops up!   Over the past three days Anne Bronte, A.A. Milne, Raymond Briggs and Edgar Allen Poe have all celebrated  birthdays, or to be exact, they have had their birthdays celebrated for them – apart from Raymond Briggs who at 78, is stillContinue reading “The Bronte, Pooh, Poe, Briggs birthday party!”

Happy Belated Birthday Sir Walter Scott!

August 15th was  the birthday of Scottish poet, writer and playwright  (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832). Scott was a 1st Baronet who wrote poems and historical novels.  He has the distinction in being the first english language author to achieve international fame in his own lifetime.  Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and the Lady of the Lake still remainContinue reading “Happy Belated Birthday Sir Walter Scott!”

A beautiful walk

It’s day 6 in my personal challenge to blog every day for a week on Bookstains. I heard a song ages ago.  It was one of those songs which just keeps going round and round in your head, but try as you may, you just can’t see to remember where it came from!  I couldn’tContinue reading “A beautiful walk”

Happy Birthday Emily Bronte!

Today is the birthday of writer and poet Emily Bronte (b.1818 – 1848 Thornton Yorkshire).  She was the fifth child of Patrick Branwell and Maria  Branwell, parents of the famous Bronte’s of Haworth Yorkshire.  Emily wrote poetry and one novel ‘Wuthering Heights‘ before she died in 1848 after catching cold at her brother Branwell’s funeral, refusing allContinue reading “Happy Birthday Emily Bronte!”

Annabel Lee

It’s the second day of my ‘post each day on Bookstains for a week’ challenge.  I came across this poem by Edgar Allan Poe, (1809 – 1849) the American mystery and horror writer.  The poem is about Poe first love Annabel Lee and is the last completed poem Poe wrote.  The subject, as well asContinue reading “Annabel Lee”

Goblins! Beware!

I remember being absolutely terrified by this poem when I was a child.  The poem is ‘The Goblin Market‘ and it was written 1859 by Christina Rossetti, sister to Pre Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti who illustrated it for her.  The descriptions of these Goblin men still give me the creeps to this day!  The poem isContinue reading “Goblins! Beware!”

Learn with Allen Ginsberg (not to smoke)

    Allen Ginsberg  was one of the original Beat poets who were in prominence in the 1950s.  I am celebrating 3 years of not smoking with one of his poems.  I shall be writing about Ginsberg and his contribution to poetry in a future post.  Meanwhile, please enjoy this (and don’t have nightmares).  If youContinue reading “Learn with Allen Ginsberg (not to smoke)”