Sunday, 18 July 2010

If at first you don't succeed.......... and a quick trip on the Poetry Bus.

I don't know how many years I have been trying to grow bergamot, but this year my patience has been rewarded and this plant is just coming into flower with lots of buds to look forward to. It is a gorgeous colour, quite a bit richer than this picture suggests.


I couldn't resist taking a couple of shots of this cantaloupe melon. I just love those shapes and the ridged texture ...........

.........not to mention the subtle blue bands against the very pale green background. It's almost too lovely to eat, but I expect we'll manage it.


I was going to leave these in the garden for the birds to enjoy the seeds and to see them sparkling with frost in the winter. Our garden doesn't seem to know about that, and seedheads just go soggy and dark brown when the summer has gone. These would never have survived and I rescued them from torrential showers and strong gusting winds for me to enjoy on the mantelpiece in a vase. As it was, two of the stems had almost broken but I straightened and strengthened them by pushing an old knitting needle up inside each one.
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This week's poetry challenge has been set by Argent who suggests we write about unrequited love or something with a humourous theme. I think I have incorporated both in the same piece.
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A True Story of Unrequited Love.
She moved majestically through the shoulder high summer grasses.
He followed, trying frantically to catch up,
even though he kept losing sight of her.
She was young and very beautiful
with long slender legs and creamy blonde tresses -
oblivious to his advances.
He was middle-aged
with very short legs and wiry dark grey hair -
besotted and distraught.
But then, she was a Pyrenean Mountain dog
and he was a Cairn terrier -
it would never have worked.
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I have finished the allotment piece but can't photograph it yet as I need to get a batten so that it can be hung. Also, the light is very bad today and it has just begun to rain so there is no chance of photographing it outside. I am so relieved it is completed and have spent too much time looking at it, I don't even know if I like it anymore. Like many other projects - it seemed like a good idea at the time!

18 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

What that little cairn terrier needed was a good strong soapbox!
Love the melon shapes and also the alium seed heads - I have two in my study - they have been there for three years and I can't bear to part with them.

maggi said...

Lovely photos, especially of the allium and the melon. Lucky you with the Bergamot. The poem made me laugh and reminded me of the time when my long haired German Shepherd fell in love with a pretty Yorkshire Terrier bitch, that was definitely not going to work out either!

Erratic Thoughts said...

Haha...
That was a great wrap up :D
And I loved that Melon's texture..Nicely Captured...

Helen said...

I loved this ... so funny to think of dogs with these human qualities! But have them they do ...

Peter Goulding said...

Oh very clever - you had me going! I was wondering what the leg sizes had to do with anything!!

Gina said...

Your poem made me smile!

downunderdale said...

Wonderful texture Heather - and I have never been able to grow Bergamot....

Doctor FTSE said...

I like this, particularly your "take" on the subject. I haven't been running after the Bus for very long . . but did notice yours of 15th. March, which I much enjoyed reading.

Enchanted Oak said...

You had me from the word "majestically" and I loved every moment of it.
Masochistic Rhythms

Niamh B said...

aw what a lovely visual picture, the poor little fella!!

Domestic Oub said...

aw, lovely poem, made me smile :)

Maureen said...

See your Bergamot makes me ask - where has mine gone to this year ??

sharon young said...

Lovely poem , as usual, Heather and fitted the theme perfectly, and it made me smile, can't be bad.
Well done with the bergamot, I'm not a gardener but admire those that have the patience to be.

Julie said...

A great post today Heather, I loved it all especially the ode to the cairn terrier, poor thing :)

Jeanne Iris said...

Oh Heather! This is so great! Reminds me of the relationship between my schnauzer and golden retriever. Thanks for this.

Linda said...

I LOVE your poem Heather....so clever and funny. Great arty photos too...especially the seedheads and the raindrops; just beautiful!

Totalfeckineejit said...

What I like best about this is I didn't guess the punchline even though I was looking for one.Nice work Heather.

And talking of nice work your poem 'Come fly with me' is going in The Poetry Bus mag'I don't seem to have your email.Could you please put a few lines about yourself in my TFE blog comments box.I don't tink I even have your surname!

And (a little secret) Ron of the Watercats has done a fantastic illustration to go with your poemI think you'll like it!!
Thanks, Peadar.

The Bug said...

Oh that was great fun!