Intro to Poetry – Day Four – Journey

east stratford NZ

Intro to Poetry – Day Four – Journey

East Stratford Taranaki NZ.

Journey I will never travel again

Visiting a relation twenty years ago.

A road so narrow and slippery

No car coming the other way could past.

Nerves shattered

Holding on to faith

Eyes closed

Begging to let me walk

No way would I be returning

On that mountain track

With no sight of land below

The banks that looked like hell

Who would live

In this beautiful valley

Where nature is still intact

With only a mountain track.

This is a true story, I just have to add that we did get to our destination, to find out that there was a perfect road coming in from the opposite direction, so needless to say I was so happy, no way was I going to travel that track ago, they would have had to get a helicopter in to take me out.

Intro to Poetry – Day Two – Face


Intro to Poetry – Day Two – Face

Most humans like looking at their face in the mirror

A few shutter even when their beauty is clearer

What would you do it you were a camel

A face that looks like bramble

Split lip that quivers with a drawn up nose that can close

Eyes that don’t get sand in even when there’s a storm

Then there’s the hair around the face

Humans love to adore their hair

What would that poor camel do

If he should look into a mirror

Just a well there’s no mirror to see its plight

A face that can serve humans day and night without a light.

Intro to Poetry – Day One – Water


Intro to Poetry – Day One – Water  #introtopoetry

“Haiku Poetry” is created by a vision it must paint a mental image in the writer/reader’s mind, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third.

The vision for this Haiku is the picture above of a child in a wave on the beach

The plight of a child

Water splashed all around her

Clinging tight with faith.

The vision for this Tanka Poetry is the same picture above as the Haiku Poetry using the word “Water”.

Tanka Poetry consists of five units – 5-7-5-7-7 is syllables.

Water all around

How did this child get like this

Clinging for her life

While seagulls whirling above

Waiting for their meal at sea.

Thanks, WordPress, I have already learnt something new on Day one of the Intro to Poetry, never heard the word “Tanka”.

Friday Fictioneers – Taking a Nap


Featured image Douglas M. MacIlroy. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneer Challenge only.

Each week,  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields hosts Friday Fictioneers where we’re challenged to write a piece of flash fiction in 100 words, more or less, based on the picture above.

Taking a Nap

Thomas was having a quiet nap on the stretcher in the corner of the room, when he heard something shuffling around the room, he wasn’t sure if it was in his dreams or something else, he opened his eyes and saw a figure with a queer head standing in the corner of the room.

He nearly let out a scream then grab his mouth, to stop it, he covered in head with the blanket too frighten to move.

After a few seconds, he heard some queer noises, taking a peek from under the blanket only to see his brother pulling the hood of his head.

He never let on to his brother that he had given him a fright after all that would be a sissy.

June 1-30 Challenge – Day 5 – Five Favorite Foods


June 1-30 Challenge – Day 5 – Five Favorite Foods


Tell us about your five favorite foods or five favorite restaurants. You can also share five favorite recipes.

Alternative: Write about your least favorite foods or dining experiences!

My Five Favorite Foods Are Cookies with a Cup of Tea

When my children were going to school there would always be some sort of Cookie (in my days they were called biscuits,) in the baking tin for their school lunches.

Some healthy, some not so healthy to today’s standards, because of their sugar content, which to me makes no difference because I still eat them, my weight never changes.

They didn’t always have a filing in them, so you don’t have to either , that’s a saving on the waistline.

Here’s my Five Recipes for Cookies with your cup of Coffee or tea.

Yo Yoes



  • 12 oz butter
  • 4 oz icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 12 oz flour
  • 4 oz custard powder

1. Cream butter and sugar
2. Add essence then dry ingredients.
3. Roll into small balls and flatten with a fork.
Bake 20 mins at 350F.
When cold put together with
2oz butter
9 Tablespoons icing sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons custard powder

Makes about 30 -32 doubles

Passionfruit Kisses



  • 4 oz butter
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz flour
  • 4 oz cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

1. Cream butter and sugar well.
2. Add eggs one at a time and beat again.
3. Add sifted dry ingredients.
4. Put small spoonfuls on greased trays
5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 400F

When cold, put together with Passion Fruit icing or Raspberry Jam and sprinkle with icing sugar.
You can fill with a butter icing and use any flavor you don’t have to sprinkle icing sugar on them.
Sponge Drops

Sponge Drops


  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

1. Beat eggs with a pinch salt, add sugar and beat until thick.
2. Fold in sifted flour and baking powder.
3. Drop small spoonfuls of the mixture on cold greased trays.
4. Bake 5 to 7 minutes at 400F.
Put together with strawberry jam and whipped cream.

Note: Dissolve a packet of Jelly crystals in 1 pint of water.
Set jelly in wet patty tins or sponge oyster tins.
Put cream on one sponge drop and turn out a jelly on top of each.
These look very attractive in different colors for parties.


Melting Moments


  • 7 oz. butter
  • 3 oz icing sugar
  • 4 oz flour
  • 4 oz cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1. Cream butter and sugar well.
2. Add sifted dry ingredients,
3. Roll into small balls
4. Place on cold greased trays
5. Press down each biscuit with a fork or this mixture may be put through a forcer.
6. Bake about 20 minutes at 350F

Put together with raspberry jam or an orange or lemon butter filling, or just eat them as they are.

Ginger Crunch

Microwave Ginger Crunch.

No eggs in these microwave cookies.


  • 125 grams (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Icing: 50 grams ( about 2 oz )
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 finely chopped crystallized ginger

Beat butter and sugar until soft.

Sift flour, baking powder and ginger.
Stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture, mixing well.

Press into a 22cm x 30cm (9inch x 12inch) microwave slice dish.

Elevate and microwave on HIGH power (100%) for about 3 1/2 minutes or until base looks cooked.

Allow to cool.
When cold ice with ginger icing.
Cut into squares when icing has set.

Put butter and golden syrup into a glass jug.
Cook on HIGH power for 30 seconds or until butter has melted.
Sift icing sugar and ginger.
Add to melted ingredients.
Stir well.
Cook icing on High for a further 30 seconds.
Fold in the crystallized ginger.

Friday Fictioneers – Welcome Home

Welcome to Friday Fictioners

Each week,  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields Hosts Friday Fictioneers where we’re challenged to write a piece of flash fiction in 100 words, more or less, based on the picture below.


Thanks to Pita Singh for this week’s photo prompt.

Welcome Home

Walking through the bush, searching for memories that had haunted me for some sixty years, I came across a stone shack with the door wide open as if it was welcoming me back home.

Just as I was about to enter the door a figure appeared scaring me half to death.

It screamed at me and started dancing around the room pointing over to the corner, all I could see was a bundle of dried out old bones.

I glanced sideways to try and see what it was that had frightened and shrieked at me, I could see nothing.

I think I will abandon the mission and go back to dreaming.

The Blogging Meetup Weekly Wednesday Prompt 6/01/2016

Trees Hagley Farm

The Blogging Meetup Weekly Wednesday Prompt 6/01/2016 

#WeeklyWednesdayPrompts  Here are the prompts:

  1. Dream – Write something inspired by a recent dream you had… good, funny or a scary dream… just write.
  2. Age – What is the most difficult thing about being your age?
  3. Legacy – What do you want to leave behind when you’re no more?

I’m a little late writing, I have picked this one.

Age – What is the most difficult thing about being your age?

In New Zealand in the last couple of weeks, we have had very wet stormy weather.

The result is that two large Blackwood trees fell across the fences.

The weather cleared this week so from Wednesday to Friday my husband and I have spent three days chainsawing and burning all the rubbish from the trees, there were seven large loads of firewood taken back to the shed to dry out for future fires (at the moment they are too green to burn.

Now that’s where the above title comes in, ” Age – What is the most difficult thing about being your age”?

My husband is nearly eighty I’m seventy-six in September to us there is no limit to what we can do, only got a little slower, age has nothing to do with not being able to do whatever is needed to do in life, to us, it’s all about mind over matter and attitude to life, you are never too old as long as you have lived a healthy life and are in good health, last May I had ACC Cancer I’m still under a specialist, but I won’t let that stop me from living and doing what is needed to live our life.

Yes, today we are both rather tired but it’s Queen’s Birthday weekend in New Zealand, Monday a holiday, so that’s what we will do relax in our home in town.

Baling Hayledge

Sunday we will go back to the farm and move stock into a new paddock for feed, very soon we will be feeding them hay ledge which involves a Quad and trailer which we open the late bales of hay ledge and peel off the feed from the large bales, put it on the trailer and feed it to the cows, admittedly we only have 65 animals to feed as we sold stock in the autumn, we had 150 animals during the summer.

There are no limits to us in old age, we have a farm and animals to look after when we can no longer work we will sell the farm.

Happy Days Living.