P for Poetry Phenomenal and Pretty.

After having written about many several different topics on 'Abcw', I seldom miss an opportunity to write about one of my  favourite subjects .....'Poetry' or Poets.It is impossible to pick favourites because there are are so many. I do enjoy reading humorous Prose and limerics, but then, who could resist 'The Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner' by Coleridge or The Village Blacksmith by Longfellow. 
Maya Angelou really stirred  something within me when I first read 'Incredible Woman'.

O for Oh Dear !.. Whatever next ?

I've always been a firm believer in taking whatever life throws at me 'straight on the chin' in other words, don't whinge just get on with it. last week we had a most challenging week, in fact it was so awful I seriously considered sitting in the corner of a darkened room and screaming my head off. Fortunately, common sense prevailed, and instead of having a total melt down,  I sat quietly in my favourite reclining chair, played some soothing music then poured myself a brandy on ice with soda water.
Oh Dear ! Recently I wrote about my husband Ian, who is awaiting open heart surgery which is due to take place on the 25th of May, but what I haven't mentioned that in the midst of all this he has been put on kidney dialysis.

 He had either the choice of going for dialysis at the hospital three times per week which would have been extremely difficult because he is my main carer, (I have severe rheumatoid arthritis), or to have treatment at home.Initially, he had surgery t…

N for Nomads,

My very first visions of Turkey, as our plane seemed to glide in slowly over the tops of verdant  Pine trees, on the forest shrouded  Taurus Mountains, was Wow ! Are we really landing at Izmir Airport, in Turkey? I just couldn't believe how green and fresh it looked. 
I imagined it to be very dry and barren but it was quite different  the scenery was breathtaking, As we turned to land, we could see the turquiose blue waters of the Aegean sea on one side and people in bizzare clothes working on the mountainside. These people turned out to be Nomads. I must confess, I did hold my breath at that stage we seemed rather too close to the mountains for comfort! 

M for Merriment.

As anatural optimist I always try to look on the bright side of life. MERRIMENTon a daily basis can wash the blues away. For that reason I have a fine collection of humorous poetry, limerics, one-liners, and many stories of silliness. When I was younger and carefree I was always ready to party with friends, visit the theatre take part in pantomimes and plays. We would regularly have friends, neighbours and family around for a social 'get together' which would include MERRIMENTby the bucketful, and not forgetting, the food.
After the food out would come the guitars, tambourines, Irish drums, violin and so on. All jolly good fun ! 
The Tagine, would take centre stage and would be accompanied by Cous-Cous, Flat bread and salads.

L for Library.

At  The Library of Congress in 1979 a very talented writer called Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989) gave a lecture called 'The Book'.She was an American Historian and Author. She focused on writing popular history. One biographer said of her,  "Tuchman was not a historians historian but a lay person's historian, who made the past interesting to millions of readers". Here is what she said at her Lecture called;The Book. "Books are the carriers of civilization without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, (as the poet said), windows on the world.Lighthouses erected in the sea of time". They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print". Where I lived as a child there was an Art Deco style Library.I spent many a happy hour browsing t…

J for random J's,

Thomas Jefferson. 1743-1826. Was the third President of the United States 1801-1809. He was a highly educated man, an American Founding Father, also he was the principal author of the 'Declaration of Independence'.  He coined the phrase ......'All men are created equal',  which in my mind has an ironic twist because he owned  plantations with hundreds of slaves working on them. To be fair to him he did inherit them from a relative. In 1807 Jefferson signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves.Moving on from Jefferson's statement 'All men are created equal' The highly acclaimed  novel by British writer George Orwell Animal Farm ( A brief synopsis of the story). It evolves around a group of animals lead by the pigs, they decide to take over the farm and run it themselves, Old Major the oldest boar dies and the two younger boars Napoleon and Snowball, tired of the drunken farmer Mr Jones mistreating them drive him away,  renaming the farm from Manor Farm in…

I for Ink.

I love writing with Fountain pens that I can fill up with real INK.  My favourite pens aremade by Watermans in Paris,  I have a fine collection of three ! Two are displayed below,  along with my cherished gold Parker Propelling Pencil with which I like (attempt) to complete cryptic crosswords. The Ink I use is called Parkers Quink which I believe is the best one can buy, I have used it since my primary school days. In all it's splendour, (above)  may I present to you, the original bottle of Parkers Royal Blue Quink INK.
I cannot begin to tell you the joy I felt, when I was presented with a fountain pen, an exercise book and bottle of Parkers INK (Quink). This was for the Easter term spelling prize, in my year.
When I first learnt to write we began with pencil then progressed with a pen and a pot of INK.
The pot of INK fitted neatly in an ink well which was in the top left hand side of my desk.