Acrostic Poem, Trouble

Treacherous times ahead

Rumours  of nasty  things said.

Out spoken thoughts well hidden

Ups and downs  of life unbidden.

Bound  by secret ties

Lost  forever under stormy skies.

Ever  hopeless ever lost  storm clouds rolling in .



Hot  sun upon my skin , gentle breeze  lifts  my  hair and cools  me

I am relaxed my mind is spinning free, here upon the shore listening  to the sea.

I am alone,  I am at  peace , I love to  be here  on the shore

Silver reflections dancing  on  the water, I wish  this peace could last forevermore.


The birds  wheel and swoop  I hear  their cries

My heart  calls out  to them, as  do  my  arms  as away  they fly.

Alone and solitary but  feeling  free the sand  between  my toes

I  may be miles away  and sad  but to my  favourite  beach my mind flows.



Let it cease

It hurts it,  hurts  deep in the pit  of  my  stomach eating  away  at  my  soul.

Dragging  at  me  clawing, clawing ripping at  me  devouring  me  whole.

OH it hurts  so much  I am feeling sick it is  pushing  me over the edge.

Why does it happen,  why again and again  piecing my heart  with a wedge.


Pity, pity for  God’s sake  take  pity  on me

Give  me  a break loosen  your hold, and  set  me free.

Stop dragging  me  through  the fire’s  hottest  part

Cease pulling  at  my  scabs  and feeding  the dogs my  heart


Leave  me alone  let  this  pain cease.

Go, take  your hate  with  you and leave me in peace.

I am done  with your torture given with  a smile.

I refuse  to go  meekly  to your  lovingly prepared funeral pyre.

Mad Morning


Dear all I hit the publish button in error on my If we were having coffee post. I hope to publish it Asap so apologies to anyone who got half a post. Love to you all willow


If we were having coffee.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would  say hello  and how are  you this week , then we could  smile  at  the fact that  we can  have two  get together’s because  we have all had  coffee with  Paul    and  I really enjoyed  that!

Now  this week,  though I am hosting  we are going over  to the  The Blue Madame  to have tea at  her place! I am really  looking  forward  to  this  as I have heard  so  many little  snippets  about  what  she would  like to do. In  fact , I think it was last year,  she had a lovely  Tea Afternoon  with all her local  friends and her sister. She has lots of  lovely  china  which  she was delighted  to get  to use! … I hope  we get the best china  and as long  as there  are no  marauding Raccoon’s  hiding in the bushes I shall be sure  not to drop  any  cups  or saucers.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would have  say  isn’t  it lovely  here. Look we can either  sit in the garden ( yard if you are American) or inside ! Look  here is Deana  the cat  coming to welcome us , oh! hello  sweety  you are so pretty, it is so  nice  to meet  you at last. Look  there is the husband he is keeping  in the background… I think  that, that  apron  really  suits  him.

Aha!  here is  our delectable  and generous  hostess   Hi  there Madame  or  shall  we call  you Blue. It is  so lovely  to see at  last  we have chatted  or  wordpress  and the occasional email  it is so lovely  to be  here  with  you to relax over tea  and have a chat.

Now  as  we are  here on a visit  why  don’t  you tell us some  more about your  job  you always have me in stitches  when you describe  some of  your more precise clients ( code  for winging  moaners ) it always  reminds  me of  some of the awkward  souls I had to deal with in my customer service days!

Is  that  your  sister, I can see  the likeness, look she is coming over, hi  there  how are you today.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would  tell you how busy a week I have had , it just  has not stopped. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday  I was up at 6pm  and off to the gym. I have been told  by  the doctors  if  I don’t  exercise regularly my  back  would slip again  apparently  not where  they fixed  the breaks  but above or below. Luckily  my  two  classes  were not on this week  because I don’t  think  I could of fitted  them in!

view of  the lake

views of the the walk

IMG_20140723_120451818 IMG_20140723_133638032_HDR IMG_20140723_135837049 IMG_20140723_135926578 IMG_20140723_140004138_HDR IMG_20140723_140624865_HDR Monday  was  gym, shopping housework washing ironing, Tuesday much  the same , Wednesday  I visited a local beauty spot  with a friend  and we walked  around  it twice! We are in the middle  of  a  spell of  wonderful  weather here  in the UK  at  the moment  so with  the view the weather  and a couple of  stops  for coffee  and icecream  we had  a perfect day!

Thursday  the gym  housework  then in the afternoon I  met  some  of  the girls I used  to work  with  before I retired …only  one is still working . Then in the evening  we were out  with friends  for an Indian meal  which  was yum!

Friday  we were up early  and , my  hubby  and I  caught  a bus (  new route which  actually   passes  our front door ) to our nearest large  town . We  did some shopping , had a coffee  and a chat  then  we walked  along  the river, we saw lots of  water  birds. The  stars of  which  was this Swan family. Dad  spent  a lot of  time chasing  the Canada  Geese  away… we have a lot  of Canadian Geese  we also have some English ones too!

Views  from that walk and  the Swan family

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:   I  would  mention  that  we went over to see the Newbie  who is growing so  fast I can’t  keep up !! Hubby  and son did some gardening , daughter in  law and I helped a little  then we played  with Newbie   and we all had a cup of coffee.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I will have to say I must  dash no  as there  is  a lot  to be done  this afternoon! I  would  love  to stay   but I have to go but  you are  all more  than welcome  to stay…OH! Hang  on Blue is it alright  if  everyone  stays a while.

Thank you so  much Madame for  putting  up  with  me  and  being  so gracious  to  all our  visitors!!

If we were having coffee I’d ask  you : would you like another  cuppa, or  a biscuit . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to here  what you would  tell me , If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from

If we were having Coffee: Guest Post From Paul.

If we were having coffee – July 27/2014

Of butterflies – of happiness – of aircons –and raccoons


Hi there, my name is Paul. Willow has graciously asked me to serve up tea and coffee here today– and that’s new to me, so I’m a bit nervous. I’m hoping that you, her readers, will drop by to chat and have a cuppa while we share stories.

Welcome and come on through to the garden – we’re having our coffee and tea back there where we can enjoy the flowers, watch the butterflies and have a biscuit while we chat. What is your favorite kind of tea or coffee? We have quite a selection, so just name your brand and I’ll prepare it. The cream, sugar and honey are on the table.

Beautiful day isn’t it? Where I’m from – Ottawa – we’ve had some hot days this week, over 30 Celsius, but it’s cooled down now and is quite enjoyable. That is significant to me because you see I’m pretty clumsy and when I tried to install my window air- conditioner recently, I accidentally dropped it out the window down two stories. No  casualties except the air con but I think I can fix it. I’m sure it would have been amusing had anyone been watching.

Well, what has been happening in your world this week? No topic is off limits. Me? Well, quiet for now (except for the crashing of an air conditioner) – the way I like it for the time being. Are you ready for another cuppa?

I’m often taken aback at where I get good life advice when I’m open and listening. Does that happen to you sometimes too? Just Wednesday this week I was resting for a moment on a concrete bench outside the hospital before I went in for dialysis and a young woman of about 16 years asked if she could sit beside me. I moved over to give her room and she sat down. She had a round and cheerful face and was dressed in a pink hoodie with matching sweat pants and sneakers. She told me that she was 17 days sober today and I congratulated her. There is an addiction inpatient program there as well as a mental health inpatient facility. Most are allowed out around the grounds when they are deemed

safe (for others and as a flight risk). She introduced herself as Karen (name changed) and then asked if people as old as her could learn to speak French.

It is Canada’s other official language and around the capital here much is bilingual and some is uni lingual French or English.

Karen told me that she had been accepted into a rehab facility but it was French. She also told me that she had a learning disability. From her logic and conversation I had suspected she might be challenged. I assured her that she could learn French a long as she practiced it – and that she could learn a new language with practice no matter how old she was. She then turned to me and said; “You know it really doesn’t take much to be happy does it? I’m happy with a safe place to live, people who will help me, enough food to eat, and some sunshine.” I agreed with her and then had to say Good-bye and go in for my treatment. Life really is that simple isn’t it? What do you think? What makes you happy?

Can I refill your cuppa? Another biscuit perhaps? You know one of my English friends described meeting a hedgehog recently. I’ve never seen one – they don’t live here in Canada. We do have a small woodland creature though that causes some havoc and survives well in urban areas – the raccoon. I understand that they have packed their little suitcases and emigrated to the European mainland but haven’t gotten to England yet. I suspect they’d enjoy the British countryside. They are very cute   read about  them  here.  but terribly curious. They are quite smart, can get into any containers, and are a pest. One of our major retailers –Sears – has produced

a commercial using a raccoon to sell their glasses. It is hilarious (and only 33 seconds)

The moral is: Don’t forget your glasses. Raccoons generally don’t get that aggressive but if they are used to humans they can. When my ex and I were still together, we had a raccoon family of four arrive on our back step one evening. They discovered a tub of jujubes that the kids had left there and were busy chomping and slurping the candies. We tried to shoo them away but they were not going until the jujubes were finished. It was too funny watching them get the chewy candies stuck between their teeth.

Well, it’s been great having coffee and tea with you today. I enjoyed our chat and hope you’ll come back again. Any comments or suggestions or just a “Hi!” are greatly appreciated. I will respond to them all. And a special thanks to Willow for providing the forum.


‘”The time has come,” the Walrus said,

“To talk of many things:…”’ – The Walrus and The Carpenter, Lewis Carroll

If we were having coffee I’d ask  you : would you like another  cuppa, or  a biscuit . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to here  what you would  tell me , If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from

SoCs, Lest We Forget.


Giant Rememberence  Poppy

Giant Rememberence Poppy

Lest we forget? a war  to end all wars

Yet everywhere  you look there  are more  and more!

We preach  peace, we say no more

Still somewhere, on every  continent,  someone is at war!

Neighbour  against neighbour  brothers and sisters  too

Always it is  the innocents  who do the  suffering.  What are we to do?


They are erecting giant Poppies to commemorate the start of  the first world war.

It started  in a foreign land, a duke  was shot  the result we know and  more.

The first world war started in 1914  on the 28th of July

Sadly looking round the  world , we have learned  nothing . Can you tell me why?


This  is my  entry  for  this  week  for  SoCs on Lindaghill .


Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people will come and read your post! The way to ping back, is to just copy and paste the URL of my post somewhere on your post. Then your URL will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. For example, in your post you can copy and paste the following: This post is part of SoCS:  The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Haiku to the Passion Flower.

Hi  to one  and all today  has  been  very  busy  and tomorrow  looks  to be  busy too as  we are  off to visit  the Newbie! I have been so rushed since  Wednesday  that I have not  managed  to publish  so  tonight I am going  to publish  a Haiku  with  an explanation  and hope  that  will suffice.

In  my  defense I have  been  editing  us all a treat for Sunday, Wink  and Bow  to Paul


Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Crown of thorns, nails, cross of wood

He died for man’s good.

Flower tells his tale of passion.


A piece of exquisite yet passing beauty, it comes from a bell-shaped bud to open and live for only one day and then succumb to its fading death in the same bell-shaped form. The tropical vine it grows on is lavished with multiple flowers and draws one’s attention immediately by the flower’s perfect shape and hidden mystery. The colors vary from deep purple (the color of Orthodox priests’ vestments during the Great Lent) to scarlet red, yet the numerical constituents remain the same: 10 petals (5 petals and 5 sepals identical in shape and color), 1 column, 72 corona filaments, 5 anthers, 3 stigmas.

Let’s decipher the numbers above according to Biblical story of Passions:

10 – Biblical account of Christ’s suffering tells us about St. Peter who distanced himself from Christ during His last hours, neither was Judas; whereas, 10 is the number of remaining Disciples of Christ at the time of crucifixion;

1 – Column of flagellation;

72 – Traditional number of thorns on a crown of thorns set upon Christ’s head;

5 – Total number of wounds inflicted to Christ at time of crucifixion;

3 – Nails.

Additionally, the vine’s leaves are shaped like a spear used to pierce Christ’s side. Some even find representation to Judas’ 30 pieces of silver (dark round spots on the underside of some species). Ominous may it seem to some or not, this flower graciously and quietly speaks of the most inspiring, life-changing and soul-bending story ever told to mankind.

I got  my  information  from  here  , I just  could  not explain as well as  the article. The  photos  were  taken by  me though.

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Wordless Wednesday.


all photos by me

all photos by me








Guest Post By Paul. If we were having coffee.

Hello everyone! Now  this is a new  departure  for  me so fingers crossed  that  all goes well .    Pause  for  sharp intake  of  breath  and nervous shuffle  from  those  among you  with  more  delicate dispositions! 

What , I hear  you all asking , is  she up to now? 


Photo by  willow

Photo by willow

I have stared  a  new  weekly  challenge   called  If we were having  coffee  which is  meant  to go out  every  Sunday  ( sometimes  and I am late   and it  goes  out on Monday!)  . The  original idea  came  from Diana   AKA    part time monster   .

Okay  now  you know  what I am talking  about.  I want to introduced  to you   Paul   If you have , and I hope  you have,  followed  the link  on Paul’s  name  you will find   out that Paul  has a Gavatar  but not blog!

Through  no  fault  of his own Paul ‘s  laptop  will not play  at blogs nicely.  This means  he cannot  contribute any  posts  but  he  does  read our  work and comment ! 

Well,  Paul  left  a comment on  my  blog    on 20th July  which  was worthy  of a blog , as I have noticed many of  his comments  are.  So Paul and I have  agreed  that  he will email  me an  “If we were having coffee”  in time  for  me to post it on Sunday,

  So welcome  to Paul.       Pause  for applause! 

Today is  Tuesday, well it is here,  but so as not  to beat about  the bush  anymore   here is Paul‘s comment  promoted  to 



If we were having coffee I would tell you that:

Your new Grandbaby is amazing Willow. I thought that smiling and sleeping through the night were behaviours that occurred later on. He sure is awesome.

I’ll have that cuppa now, if you don’t mind. This week was relatively good for me. No bad news. I managed to get my medications (vitamins and such) and I feel much better. Dialysis went well this week – little pain and good runs with few interruptions. I picked up some bread and have enough to get me through to my next disability cheque.

The ceiling is still leaking bad when it rains hard but the manager has promised to get it fixed. He has also promised to replace the wallboard and ceiling where it is molding from all the water. Here’s hoping he keeps his word.

No luck on the job front, but it’s been over 2 years of trying now and with my age and health issues, I doubt anyone will want to hire me. Like I said, no more bad news this week, and that is good.

I’ll have another cuppa if you will – thirsty today. Ha! I popped over to Grandmalin to wish her my best – from one cancer survivor to another. She seems in a good mood today, but as she noted, some days are better than others. I guess we have to appreciate what we have and be grateful. It seems to be a part of the answer.

I’m sad that your in-laws are upsetting you. I don’t know what to say. At least your hubby will be better shortly – bad luck getting food poisoning. I’ve had it before when travelling and it is terrible – please give him my best. When he is better perhaps it will take some of the in-law pressure off of you. Meanwhile you have your new Grandbaby to coo over (at least in photos). I never did have any children so it is a pleasure I’ll never have. Enjoy.

And how is your garden coming? Do you get many butterflys visiting? It must be very relaxing to have your coffee in the garden surrounded by all that beauty.

Well, I’ve had my two cups of coffee and have to go now, it is a long way home. 😀 I really enjoyed our chat and I hope we get to do it again sometime. You should make this coffee time a regular feature – just to keep in touch. Take Care and I’ll see you next time Willow.


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