Hedgehogs and Dragonflies show up for Spring

First of all, welcome one and all to Peter/A/Writer blog post number Forty, the first of the astronomical Spring, 2021. In the recent warmer dryer weather there has been much to enjoy of nature, though I did not during that balmy time see any hedgehogs or dragonflies. Now in the windswept and wet days ofContinue reading “Hedgehogs and Dragonflies show up for Spring”

St. Patrick’s Day Greeting (in both senses of the word)

It’s St Patrick’s Day but still morning so I positively haven’t allowed any alcohol to pass my lips; yet here I am in tears. (Note: a Scottish meaning of the word ‘greeting’) And why you may ask – what’s wrong with you man?  Well I’ve just listened to a rendition of Danny Boy by a four-yearContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Greeting (in both senses of the word)”

Unplanned Mother’s Day/Sarah Everard Blogpost

Today I have to depart from my general plan to post weekly. For various reasons, I feel compelled to include an extra short one but make no apology for that. At the end of a week which included International Women’s Day, I think Mother’s Day is as good a day as any to do this.Continue reading “Unplanned Mother’s Day/Sarah Everard Blogpost”

time in a world upside down

When I first check the time, it is 1.00 a.m. on 5th March. Now that’s earlier than I have been going to bed in recent times, so this is my chance. In an attempt to alter my upside-down lifestyle, I must go to bed NOW. Okay, I’ll do it just as soon as I checkContinue reading “time in a world upside down”

Review: Feverfew by Anna Saunders (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2021)

That Feverfew, the sixth and latest poetry collection from Anna Saunders, is laced with quality – at times luxury – is easily evidenced. What is more difficult to explain, though ironically it may be inherent in its stylish packaging, is the exquisite economy and value to be found in this publication.  In large part thisContinue reading “Review: Feverfew by Anna Saunders (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2021)”

Review: HONEY DEW by Darren J Beaney (from Hedgehog Poetry Press, December 2020)

Can love ever be perfect? Can poetry about love be perfect? Can two people living together for a long time be perfect? In my humble view, those are time-wasting questions because answers to them are virtually impossible. It would be more useful I suggest to dip into the approach adopted by Darren J Beaney inContinue reading “Review: HONEY DEW by Darren J Beaney (from Hedgehog Poetry Press, December 2020)”

Belated (but at last the final) Advent Blog, this one named Day 16: the Eve

Now that I have reached the end of this jumping-around-irrationally-at-the-wrong-time-of-year-Advent-calendar-of-blogposts, the question can fairly be asked. Apart from the specific pre-Christmas season sense, what does advent mean? The answers may be expressed in a range of definitions: a coming into place or view or meaning; arrival (e.g. of an important event). It is derived fromContinue reading “Belated (but at last the final) Advent Blog, this one named Day 16: the Eve”

Belated Advent Blog Day 15: The Penultimate

For the posts I have done to date I have usually started off with some rough idea that I have scribbled down somewhere. Sometimes a few notes, or a more or less complete draft. I thought I knew what today’s was going to be about but that has changed. I have just read on socialContinue reading “Belated Advent Blog Day 15: The Penultimate”

(Belated) Advent Blog Day 14: Strong Female Television Leads, including Dickinson/The Great

Taking subject matter in an entirely new direction, I turn my attention temporarily to television drama (of sorts). In recent times (for almost two years and for the most personal of reasons) I have paid only limited attention to the output of television, turning to it mainly for news and information. But gradually I haveContinue reading “(Belated) Advent Blog Day 14: Strong Female Television Leads, including Dickinson/The Great”

Belated Advent Blog Day ‘12A’: Just Your Luck, Mate

I am now nearing the end of this ludicrous task of 24 days of Blogs in the form of an out-of-time Advent Calendar. With this calendar, when you open the box you don’t get a chocolate, but in its place a random thought or two, this time on the subject of luck, good and bad.Continue reading “Belated Advent Blog Day ‘12A’: Just Your Luck, Mate”