Sunday, 31 May 2015

Stirring the Evil Within

As darkness fell,
It could be that you're now a resident in Hell.

The wolves they howl.
The craziness that has beset man, means that anyone can fall foul.

As the vampires await their first bite,
Before darkness turns into light.

    The Kelpies have risen from the lochs and the pools,
They're joining forces with the ghosts and the ghouls.

Tonight is the night for devils and their kin.
The full moon is shining and that is the reason for the stirring of the evil within. 

Friday, 29 May 2015

Digital Assets

    My partner and I made a will many years ago,  therefore I thought that I had tied up everything in the eventuality of my sudden departure. However, it wasn't until the other day when I was listening to a radio broadcast on the subject of digital assets, that I realised that I hadn't. I had forgot about my book, the sequel (due for release soon) and all my other works stored on computer and disk. So remember, if you want your work to live on after you die and those you love to take care of it, make sure you legally tie up these loose ends.

    'Remember man as you pass by here, as you are now and I was once, as I am now you soon will be prepare for death and follow me.' Overland Bret Herte 1921

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Park Life

    We tread the muddy paths, meandering in and out of the trees. The beauty of the landscape is uncovered with every step we take. A rabbit and a robin inquisitively stop in their tracks, to check out who has entered  into their world. I wish could I stay here with them, because life seems such a walk in the park.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Grave Interest

    There are times when the darker side of  my writing needs to be nurtured. The buildings in Barcelona fed that need previously and anyone who has dropped by here in the past may have seen a few of my photographs taken there.

    Another of my regular haunts, (excuse me) are old graveyards. The tombs and headstones display amazing carvings and some of them that I have included today are nearly 300 years old. What stories they could tell.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

At Home Amongst the Relics

    I'm a believer in preserving our past, so that generations to come can recognise the progress that has been done in certain fields and appreciate the history on our very own doorsteps, giving us a sense of belonging.

    Visiting museums and historical sites can give us some insight into the place and the people who live there. If you're a stranger in town sometimes you find out that there is a common denominator between yourself and the locals.

    Another reason of course is that once you start to see the years go by, you find that you feel perfectly at home in a building full of relics.

   #museums #relics

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Wake Up Call

Kittiwake colony, Dunbar Castle, East Lothian

        Being awakened at 3.30am most mornings, by a chorus of song in hindsight should annoy me; but because it's not some would be Pavarotti standing outside my bedroom window, I don't mind at all.

    The dawn chorus I awaken to, is provided by robins, blackbirds, collared doves and a few other of their feathered buddies. Their tuneful enthusiasm makes me smile, no matter what I think the day a head holds for me.

Ruins of Dunbar Castle at Dunbar Harbour

    However, after a recent visit to Dunbar, East Lothian, I was wondering what the chorus provided by the colony of Kittiwakes on the ruins of Dunbar Castle, sounds like each dawn. I think I'm just going to allow my imagination to run wild, because I have a feeling they may be a little noisier than the guys that hang around in my garden.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Lady with the Lamp


    Every day we read about another humanitarian crisis and see the shocking images on our screens.Whether it be Nepal, a war zone, or Sicily where hundreds of desperate migrants continually arrive, many will need medical attention.

    Organisations such as the Red Cross and Medicins Sans Frontieres, are continually called upon to provide nurses and other medical staff to care for the sick and injured.

    Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern day nursing and Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross are the names that most will recognise. But, what about all the nurses in our world that we don't know their names? They're most definitely the ones that keep the lamp burning brightly.

#NursesWeek  #Nurses



Thursday, 7 May 2015

Fountain of Knowledge

    When we're kids there are adults who come and go in our lives. They may only be around for a very short time, however they can have a great impact. One such group are teachers and although I'm no teenager, there are a few I still remember fondly. The thing is, at no time did I ever thank any of them for what they taught me, or nurtured in me and I should have.

One such teacher was only in my life for one year and sadly I know he has passed away, but if it hadn't been for him I would have never kept on writing.

    For many children #teachers are the only bit of stability in their day-to-day lives and the profession doesn't always get the thanks it deserves. But, this week has been #TeacherAppreciationWeek and I just want to thank you guys for being our fountain of knowledge.


Monday, 4 May 2015

Room for Reading

    There are not many places we can escape from it all, other than in our own homes. Of course, depending on how many live there, that may also may be pretty difficult and the bathtub may be one of the only place you can grab a little piece and quiet.

    I know that this is one of the reasons that stop many from settling down to read a book. However, I don't know what it is about bookstores, especially the #indies, I just want to spend at least five minutes there, to read a quick chapter. Is it the overflowing shelves, maybe the old comfy sofa, or the owner who exudes love for books? I don't know.

    But, if you want to find a place of tranquillity and solitude to read a book take just 20 minutes of you lunch hour, go buy and try it out. They're so worth the visit.

#bookstores #books #reading