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the puzzle shooter


the puzzle shooter  (  a  p o e m  )

parapets & paratroopers

parrots pecking speckled roosters

onion rings & solar saturn

pupils swat the ogre tutor

penguin suits & twinkled pewter

tudors smocking wrinkled suitors

battle ships & phantom caverns

dragons snap the shattered rulers

pepper pots & barracudas

puffins tooting stolen scooters

knotted vests & battered taverns

badgers blast the silver tuba

snorkel snorts & sunken scuba

drunken tinkers trawling sewers

pitta bread & splattered patterns

settle sings the puzzle shooter



Top tip: How to correct slippery relief printing ink

I’m using Caligo Safe Wash Relief inks to print my ‘Oak’ linocut. When it came to printing the dark green layer defining the acorn and its leaves I found the mix of phthalo green and phthalo blue ink was really slippery, it didn’t roll out like ‘velvet’ and I didn’t get that ‘kiss’ sound between the rolled out ink and brayer. 184 more words


September song

Happy September darlings!

Possibly my favourite month of all. For the last couple of weeks the leaves have been trying on a different colour ( and so have I)  and as we are now into autumn ( by the Gregorian calendar used by the met office) I can happily use the A word and not be booed and feel like a  summer hating killjoy. 486 more words

Jo Malone introduces new "English Oak" scents

Whilst I have been thinking of the kind of blog posts I want to write to get back into writing on my blog, something exciting happened last week. 393 more words

Autumn Winter Fashion Trends - Women

Acorns are not the only fruit...

When I visited my oak tree just a couple of weeks ago, I could see tiny acorn cups developing (see Summertime oaks).

However now it’s clear that these are never going to develop acorns – the stalks are starting to atrophy. 221 more words

How to charm a storm

On a day I chanced to sit
Under Hornbeam in my mitts,
Looking out across the vale,
Sheltering from the howling gale,
Tightly wrapped in scarf and cloak, 149 more words


Summertime oak, Day 24, #30Days Wild

It’s nearly a month since I’ve visited my oak tree and there have been plenty of changes.  The leaves have lost their fresh spring green for one thing, and the post which I’ve been leaning on as a marker when taking regular photographs is now so smothered with willowherb and nettles that reaching it is tricky. 131 more words