Welcome my friends, do gather round
For a grizzly a tale as can be found,
OK, not quite grizzly but still a tale
Of mistakes and woe and a project fail.
Perchance you’ll blanch when I confess
Our project seemed like a success,
We iterated and delivered,
At release sign-off I barely quivered,
Confident all would be impressed,
Imagine, then, quite how distressed
I was to find they did not care,
They behaved as if I wasn’t there;
Swaying in time as with weft and warp
Hoppoloi dreamt he heard the harp
Played by Lonia upon a bough
When he was woken by a messenger’s cough.
Lovely Lonia, his one sweet love
For whom he would mountains move
Had received a mortal wound
And now lay buried in cold ground.
The news to him was like a blow
It made him weep, rage and bellow.
He swore to avenge her life with war
And nothing would his purpose bar.
He pledged he’d never compromise
His quest now he had made his promise:
Without a pause, without a word,
He took up his trusty sword. …
There are still golden days left in the year. You know the ones.
The sun is warm enough to pleasantly tickle your skin and the breeze blows softly, hemmed with the only tiniest threat of winter.
Here in the east of England, summer is ending. The fens are beginning to accumulate more water. But for now, you can still hop over dips squelchy with rain and sidle round the muddy patches.
And it’s the perfect time to catch sight of the last of this season’s dragonflies.
We have around 24 species of dragonflies and damselflies in the wet habitat of the fens in East Anglia. Dragonflies are bigger and flashier, resting with their wings open. Damselflies are more delicate and harder to spot, perching with folded wings. …
Too much sitting in front of screens has made me restless and I itch to go outside.
I am lucky to live in a city with lots of green spaces all around. So I grab my shoes, keys, and husband and hop over the little cycle bridge that spans the river, intending to take a turn around the little nature reserve.
I hesitate a moment as we head out the door and place my phone back on the side table. No need for that. This is about a screen break, after all.
It’s winter and the field is doing its best to revert to its natural marshy state. …
While rifling though a stack of scrappy notes the other day, I came across a dog-eared piece of paper, all scribbles and question marks, a streak of wiped-away ingredients blurring some words.
It took me a while to decode it.
When I did, it brought back a rush of memories centered around conviviality and cake. The nostalgia I felt for getting myself into a mild state of panic over something as unthreatening as a cake was intense.
Ah for those halcyon days when popping ‘round a friend’s house was something we could do without the risk of passing ‘round a deadly virus. …