The Best

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 15 May 2021,last week.

I was stuck for a response this week until I lemembered I had bought four of these from eBay.

Photograph of a large mug of tea.

That’s a pint mug, and it contains freshly-made tea, so you can guess what I will be doing for the next… while. Ahhhhhh, ‘scuse me.


for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 8 May 2021, spooky.

A new school attendee in Lahore,
Counted easily up to a score,
While it was indeed spooky,
To find such a sharp cookie,
He said, “Shall I go on? I know more.”


for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 1 May 2021, ruby.

My first thought when I saw the prompt this week was the song “Ruby Tuesday”. Which, if I’m honest, I can’t stand.

But it did prompt me to look on Spotify to see what other “Ruby” songs there might be. And I think I found a gem of my own in this track.

It’s called Ruby Falls, it is a US artist called Katie Crutchfield. She performs under the name Waxahatchee, and has a Wikipedia page here. Waxahatchee is the name of a creek where she grew up, in Alabama, and it sounded as though this was a solo musical project but I’m hearing male voices on some of her tracks, so perhaps not?

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a video of her actually singing this track, but I presume this is all low budget stuff. However, she has a beautiful voice and I think she’s well worth a listen. I’m listening to some of her other tracks as I write this (some of which have videos with a more personal touch), and she might well become somebody I listen to more often. I hope you enjoy it, too.

I should really have posted this response on our new Songshine site, shouldn’t I? My partner KK will be very impressed that I discovered some music less than 30 years old!

The Old Master

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 24 April 2021, junk.

When I needed some assets to free,
Took my heirloom to auction to see,
But when, full of mirth,
I requested its worth,
He said “Mister, about 50p”

If there is anything guaranteed to make me hunt for my glasses, hunt for the remote, and switch channels, it is when one of these “I never even realised this was lying dormant in my attic, and now I’m a millionaire” TV shows.

When my parents died, I got £200 for the entire contents of their house. That’s how much things are worth.

Even If

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 17 April 2021, outdoor seat.

I’m really sorry. Did I say something? I really don’t know what I did.

Continue reading “Even If”

Manual Transmission

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 10 April 2021, wheels. Click through.

Tour of Britain, 2011. Wells, Somerset


for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 3 April 2021, yellow.

From the sweet cove of Cork, we set sail,
But without my sea legs, I was frail,
When I passed the canteen,
I turned yellow and green,
Spent the voyage leaning over the rail!

The X Factor

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 27 March 2021, frightful. I beg pardon to any UK readers – I realise this is a UK prompt but most of my readers are probably more familiar with American pronounciations.

As a fog-horn, was not out of place,
For his singing, might wish to erase,
While he started, delightful,
He then tailed off to frightful,
As he shattered his cut-crystal vase.