Monday, 17 April 2017

Wild About Flowers

My brother and I  used to have Eye-spy books. He had airplanes, minerals, butterflies, trains and cars, I had wild flowers and birds. We would clutch these books in our rather grubby hands and try to spot as many as we could as we roamed around the common, the countryside or the town where we lived.
My favourite book was the wild flowers and the joy they give has accompanied me through the years.
To look at wild flowers, in a hedgerow, in a wind swept field is an everlasting pleasure. Butterflies and bees think so too, there they are hovering and buzzing, busy keeping up the wonderful, everlasting thrill of tasks that Nature has given them to do.
Then there is the variety of leaves, all the different shapes, all the different shades of green.
Go on a nature walk today and feel at one with the activity going on around you.
What a wonderful shape for a leaf

Wild honeysuckle



Red Admiral butterfly on hawthorn

Wild strawberries

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

On Top of the World

On my fortieth birthday, some time ago now, one of my cards said,
Not so much over the hill, more like on top of the world.

I really liked it, it cheered me up no end. We all like the feeling of being on top of the world. It means you feel really, really happy and free and your heart is full of positive, good emotions.
So how do you get that feeling in your everyday life? Not everybody likes jumping out of aeroplanes, bungee jumping, paragliding ,climbing to the top of Everest or  whatever that makes you literally on tope of the world. There are easier ways, like eating pizza on a terrace, going up the nearest hill, or listening to this cheesy song by The Carpenters and falling in love.

Take care of your pearly whites

A well known advert for chewing gum tells us to 'chew before it's too late'. Tooth paste adverts make us think we should have bright, white teeth.
Right from the start our mothers tell us that too many sweets will make our teeth rot and go black. It is rumoured that Queen Elizabeth 1 was very proud of her black teeth, it meant that she could afford to eat sugar which was considered a luxury treat. These days we are told that sugar is really bad for us, but we always knew it was bad for our teeth.
My brother and I were petrified of the dentist, even today his very name causes us to shiver. Poor man, he was only doing his job, drilling and filling our teeth. Modern equipment is less threatening, drills are light and bright.
My mother told us that our teeth, along with our eyesight were the most precious jewels we would ever own.
Today I had my teeth cleaned, and as usual for a short while I don't want to eat anything to spoil the effect, no coffee, tea or wine to stain their newly acquired freshness. As I sat there in the dentist's chair I remembered a poem from long ago which made me smile, by Spike Milligan (1918 - 2002)

English teeth, English teeth
Shining in the sun
A part of British heritage
Aye, each and every one.

English teeth. Happy teeth
Always having fun,
Clamping down on bits of fish
And sausages half done.
English teeth. Heroes teeth
Hear them click and clack
Let's sing a song of praise to them
Three cheers for the brown, grey and black.

So look after your teeth everybody and chew before it's too late.