#SixWordSaturday ‘Who misses shady trees in November?’ #StreamOfConsciousnessSaturday

Who Misses Shady Trees in November?

Passers by sit and chat or rest

On those empty benches,

In summer,

Under the shade of sturdy trees.

Not now.

Today they’re walking on puddles

Under a cloudy sky,

In autumn,

Or sitting indoors, by the fire,


For the sun to shine for a while,

as it might tomorrow,

Or later.

No one misses the shady trees,

At all.

I took both photos last week in Cantabria, Spain.

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Check out Stream of Consciousness Saturday here. Today’s prompt is ‘shade’.

#AtoZChallenge ‘Y is for Yellowing’ #NaPoWriMo #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge

Yellowing Mist

Leafless trees witness

Silhouettes on wet pavement

Grandfather and child

Drift along telling stories

Charmed by the yellowing mist


I took this picture of my husband and our grandson on a rainy evening a few months ago, as the sun was waning. I was amazed at the yellow light from the sun, shining through the trees and reflected on the pavement, which gave the scene a surreal, misty aura. The yellow wall to the right, on the corner also adds to the yellow tinge.


This Tanka is part of Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge. This week we were asked to write a Tanka with synonyms of ‘enchant’ and ‘shape’. I chose ‘silhouette’ and ‘figure’.


This year is my fourth AtoZ Challenge. My theme this year is poetry once again. I’ll be writing a tanks today, instead of a haiku. I’m also adding a new hobby to the posts, photography. I will post one of my photos, or a donated photo, every day to accompany my haiku.

This April, I’ll also be sharing my poems and joining another group of poets at National Poetry Writing Month, organised since 2003 by Maureen Thorson. Write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m in! What about you?

One Word Photo Challenge: Rain, And #EarthDay 2015

Although I’ve been following her blog for some time, this is my first time on Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge. When I saw the topic: Rain, two things sprang to my mind, and I had to take part.

Firstly, I remembered I had some wonderful photos, which bring fond memories of  a rainy day in London, where I was on holiday over Easter with my children and grandchildren.


This photo was taken from a bus. It was pouring down, and although I’m no expert at taking photos, I often get ‘creative’ 🙂 I love the way the rain sliding down the panes blurs the background, like an impressionist painting.


It makes you think about life in general. Rain can be wet and unpleasant, or it can add another perspective to what you see and do every day. It washes away the ‘dirt’ such as anything that’s been ‘festering’ in your life and give it a new shine or angle, can’t it?



I’m singing in the rain!


My grandson is wondering what I’m singing about!


Secondly today, 22nd of April is Earth Day, and rain, as an essential ingredient for our planets’ survival came to mind. I live in the south of Spain, and we often have droughts, especially over the summer months, when it might not rain at all from May to September. It sounds like Paradise, but people who live here long for the freshness and cleanliness the rain brings.

Earth Day

It also inspired me to write this 100-word Flash.


‘Don’t forget to take your umbrella, dear. It’s going to rain.’

‘Are you sure?’

‘Says so on my weather App.’

‘It’s not even cloudy.’

‘There you go, you’d never know if it weren’t for modern technology.’

‘My father used to smell the air. He could tell when it was going to rain, and he was always right.’

‘Just like my smart App.’

‘Let’s have a look.’

‘Look, it says rain, very clearly.’

‘Yes, it does, if you’re in London, as we were last week.’

‘I forgot to change my location and the GPS must be off.’

‘There’s technology for you!’


We try to control our lives by the clock and with the help of modern technology, and although we know when it’s going to rain, more accurately than ever, we can’t control where and when it’s going to rain.

We’re ‘smart’, but we’re just guests on this planet, the forces of nature are stronger, have preceded us and will no doubt outlive us all.  Planet

Thanks Jennifer for the prompt, and organising the challenge.

Would you like to have a look at the other photos or join in? Follow this link.