From small stones

Small stony faces google out in varied directions, characters fixed by those eyes…those eyes…each a matched pair – yet not one the same. Uniquely odd are these pebble pals.IMG_3046

End of the year trip

Yesterday we went on a class trip to Seaview Wildlife Encounter; despite their excitement, the children were very well behaved. Everywhere we looked babies were in evidence – from the tiny duckling almost getting swamped by the larger ducks in their rush to get to the food being thrown by the children, to the little albino Joey sitting under a tree and avoiding our tempting marsupial pellets by studiously looking at the eucalyptus tree. A lone young penguin stood facing the wall in his enclosure; appearing for all the world like a naughty boy sent to stand in the corner. All he needed was the dunce’s cap of yesteryear to complete the image – meanwhile he was missing out on the fish suppers that his fellow Humboldt penguins were being fed by Year Three’s fishy fingers.
After a lovely day in the blazing sunshine the children went home to hear that there was a new arrival in the royal enclosure and that in London the spectators were out in their droves too waiting for a glimpse of the latest addition to the royal suit.

Writing practise

Chloe sits next to me while I am sorting out the resources and we have an end of term chat about friendships. She starts to talk about the boys in the class and she reels off a list of them who have written her love letters. There seem to be an awful lot for an eight year old. I ask if Davey is still her boyfriend*. She says no but smiles as she speaks. She admits that Davey likes her and that Brad likes Daisy and Gemma and she thinks that Brad likes her too – he is one of the ardent letter writers. I overhear Bradley commenting to Poppy that he has noticed that she is a brilliant glue-sticker-inner and I sense another interest forming.
I shake my head at this complicated state of affairs, but am actually quite heartened that, in these days of technology, there is still a little romance left in the world – even if it is all downhill from the age of nine!

*See: https://musingsfromarandommind.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/lessons-in-love/

A Baby Cambridge

Imagine sharing your labour with millions of other people – it’s bad enough with the hospital staff (and apparently for my arrival my mum had a class load of student doctors) the pressure on Kate must have been immense. Also she knew that The Queen was anxious to get off to Balmoral and eat some haggis. So congratulations to Prince William and Kate on the arrival of their little boy and only a week late; I confess to feeling a bit disappointed that it wasn’t a girl which would have brought in the new rule of succession but I suppose we haven’t quite got to the stage of ordering online the sex of your naturally conceived baby just yet…

Selene

Shy Selene shields her
luminous beauty
behind a darkening veil
of midnight edged with
palest blue.

A-Z of elfjes

After my elfje ‘Being referred to…’ was posted elsewhere, it was suggested that a dictionary of elfjes would be quite a fun challenge. For the next three hours we were hooked…

Aardvark
or anteater.
Burrowing nocturnal mammal.
Relative of elephant shrews.
African
© Vincent Valvona

Bee
humming loudly
gathering the nectar
then flying home quickly
HONEY
© Evi Schumacher (http://savoringbeautydaily.blogspot.com/)

Cosy
Comfortable feeling
safe and secure
bringing back memories of
childhood
© Vincent Valvona

Delicious
silky smooth
perfect dark orb
melting on my tongue
Lindor
© Evi Schumacher

Earth –
water-laden orb,
third from Sun
with single rocky satellite
Moon
© Helen Merritt

Feeble
poor attempt;
of low strength;
ageing or very infirm
Weak
© Vincent Valvona

Generous
of spirit
or in kind.
Better to give than
receive.
© Helen Merritt

Genuine,
at last,
opening his heart,
showing shy his feelings,
bravery…
© Catherine Van Vliet-Saivres

Heart
cracks open
letting feelings enter
hoping for gentle care
Love
© Evi Schumacher

Humour
fun, wit.
Of good humour
in a pleasant disposition
Mirth
© Vincent Valvona

Intellect
takes over
ideas spill forth
creative juices onto page
Poetry
© Evi Schumacher

Igloo
Inuit shelter
made from ice
carved into rectangular blocks.
Home
© Vincent Valvona

Jelly –
wibbly wobbly
ice cream partner
or a trifling filling…
Party!
© Helen Merritt

(apologies to Evi – a bit along the same lines)
Kindred
creative spirits.
Sharing poetic thoughts,
ideas sparking from others –
community
© Helen Merritt

Lovely
how words
fall into place
binding us all together
Poets
© Evi Schumacher

Money,
the root
Of all evil –
unless you win the
Lottery…?
© Helen Merritt

Masquerade
an act
of being another
Hiding ones true self
pretence
© Vincent Valvona

Marvellous
it is
sharing small stones
all over the world,
unity!
© Catherine Van Vliet-Saivres

Money
cannot buy
happiness of course
but security is important
Safety
© Evi Schumacher

Nanotechnology
microscopic machines
The worlds future?
Or maybe its doom
Uncertainty
© Vincent Valvona

Narcissist
too busy
admiring the self
not able to see
OTHERS
© Evi Schumacher

Oreos
Perfectly circular
crisp chocolate heaven…
especially for deprived dogs.
Torture

© Helen Merritt

Ovation
everyone stands
applauding the band
the music still humming
INTERNALLY
© Evi Schumacher

Perfect
without blemish
flawless or intact
cannot be improved on
Divine
© Vincent Valvona

Perfection
much sought
but rarely found
life is all about
REALITY
© Evi Schumacher

Quixotic
Impossibly idealistic
Setting the bar
Too high to be
realistic
© Helen Merritt

Quintessence
the purest
particle is condensed
such joy is found
NIRVANA
© Evi Schumacher

Quasar
huge star
emitting massive energy
its centre a black hole
humbling
© Vincent Valvona

Realization
that life
at best is
imperfect yet still wonderful
MATURITY
© Evi Schumacher

Rare
unusually precious
not seen often
but when it is
cherished
© Helen Merritt

Simplicity
often overlooked
yet such joy
allowing mindfulness to flourish
PEACE
© Evi Schumacher

Salsa
latin dance
rhythmic and flowing
partners entwined, moving together
sensual
© Vincent Valvona

Talent
long buried
but when found
such richness flows forth
WRITING
© Evi Schumacher

Tangled,
wondrously web-like
not necessarily deceitful…
yet can be complicated.
Caught.
© Helen Merritt

Tiptoe
move carefully
manoeuvre around delicately
try not to disturb
sneek
© Vincent Valvona

Unique
something special
not often found
yet such a treasure
ART
© Evi Schumacher

Unravel
open up
discover the plot
to come completely undone
solve
© Vincent Valvona

Vincent –
master painter
of thickly encrusted
paintings and eleven word
elfjes
© Helen Merritt

Veneer
often used
to hide imperfection
or protect fragile spirit
SHELL
© Evi Schumacher

Water
life’s fluid
so very important
in our daily lives
NECESSITY
© Evi Schumacher

Walls
have ears
so they say –
but can they hear us…?
Chatroom.
© Helen Merritt

Xylophone
can be
a joy or painful
depending on the artist
MUSIC
© Evi Schumacher

X
Marks the
Spot where treasure
And hype mingle. Too
Bad.
© Helen Merritt

Yellow
uplifting color
brings deepest joy
lightens a dark mood
SUNLIGHT
© Evi Schumacher

Yearn
Long for
wish for something
a deep seated wish
pine
© Vincent Valvona

Zebra
striped one
running in herds
covering mile after mile
WATERHOLE
© Evi Schumacher

zygote
primal cell
made from two
the beginning of life
creation
© Vincent Valvona

Zee –
strange magician.
Used to work
at Sandown Pavilion together.
Stagestruck!
© Helen Merritt

zz Top
bearded guitarists
Texan blues band
Tribute band was good
Yesterday
© Vincent Valvona

For more of Evi’s amazing writing and her beautiful photos see: http://savoringbeautydaily.blogspot.com/

The Old Man and the Sea

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The old man and the sea.
Looking for coastal gifts –
stones to craft and share.
Amazing what treasures
this oft deserted shore
can yield to those who see.
As one we seek
and
find.

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