Monday, 5 December 2016

Co-op sleigh rides to see Santa

Does anyone else remember the old Santa Sleighs that use to be in Co-Op's? They were part of most children's Christmas around here, the Co-Op Santa was the best one to see and you got to go on the sleigh ride before you reached Santa's grotto. There was a piece on the news about them today. Coventry Transport Museum has got one working and is asking the public help to try and see if there are any more left hidden somewhere and information on the people who worked on them and the rest of the shops that use to have them. Brings back a lot of happy memories.

 The museum's piece is believed to be the only working vintage motorised sleigh ride in the country. It started running in 1956, with others based in London, York, Belfast, Dalston, Ashton-under-Lyne and Sheffield. Link to the rest of the BBC story.


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Trapped in a swirl



Spinning and turning in a never ending whirl.
Only this is no funfair.
Spin to the right,
Low mood heightens pain.
Spin to the left,
Pain lowers mood.
Up and down.
Round and round.
Always swirling this way and that.
Trapped on a never ending waltzer
Only this is no funfair. 


Inspired by Magaly Guerrero and her prompts for Aprils NaPoWriMo 2015.

4th of April 2015
Feeling So Deeply It Hurts
With this poem, show how an emotion might increase physical pain, and vice versa.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Trespassers will be chomped.



Pain you are a vicious foe.
You crept up so quietly.
Like a thief in the night.
You gradually tried to steal my life away.
You stole my sleep and flexibility.
You stole so many of my life enjoyments.
Yet there is one place you are barred.
In my head I will mount the barricades.
Barb wire will cut you.
Poisonous plants will bind you.
Dragons will burn you.
Dinosaurs will chomp on you.
If you should dare to trespass there.
Within my head there are worlds,
In which you do not belong.
My imagination soars far away from you.
Into far of lands, where time expands.
Pain you cannot reach me there.


Inspired by Magaly Guerrero and her prompts for Aprils NaPoWriMo 2015

2nd of April 2015
Creativity and Pain
This poem should explore creativity as a healing salve, as a shield, as a weapon, or as a negotiation method to use when dealing with physical and/or psychological pain.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Chelsea Pensioner on parade

Chelsea Pensioner by Teresa Thompson of Costume Cavalcade. Teresa makes lovely historically accurate cloth faced costume dolls both in 1/8th and dolls house 1/12th scales. I have quite a few of her creations living in my miniature abodes but this Chelsea Pensioner is most definitely a favourite.


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Early Postcard of Ryde Pier


Vintage postcard of Ryde Pier from the early 1900's, not posted.