Autumn walks, collecting leaves
Feel a chill upon the breeze
Lotsa layers, long coats
Breakfasts made of yummy oats!

Autumn colours, reds and browns
Fallen leaves covering ground
Dark skies, jumpers thick
Bringing home that treasured stick!

Treasured Stick

Who is ready for autumn? 🤎🍂☂️🧡🧣❤

#autumn #seasons #changeofseasons #poetry #childhood #nature #naturewalks #childhoodtreasures #loveofsticks #sticks

X. X. X.

It was an eXistential crisis!

The Xenophobic creatures called.

A Xerus in a bowler hat…

They were eXtremely appalled.

The Xerini leader shouted – Order

An eXpert in these matters.

He declared this one creature eXempt.

EXposed as the Mad Hatter!

Xerus by DA Whittam (nope not pam)

What fun! Originally written for Deb’s X prompt found at Nope, not pam:

X has never been a common initial letter in English, and even with today’s enormous vocabulary you can still only expect around 0.02 percent of the words in a dictionary to be listed under it. But why not try boosting your vocabulary with these 40 words that start with X.


On its own, the letter X is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary as a verb meaning “to cross out a single letter of type.” X. X. in Victorian slang meant “double-excellent,” while X. X. X. described anything that was “treble excellent.”


A night of laughter with friends

Is there anything better

Tears of joy rolling down your cheeks

Getting wetter and wetter

You try to stifle the noise

But a dreaded snort comes out

That sets you all off again

And has you rolling about

The noises escape

And your tummy aches too

If this continues

I’ll need to run to the loo

I’ve just spent a fabulous night laughing with an old friend. We laughed so hard, I couldn’t take it anymore. My bladders not what it used to be, when I said that it just made us laugh more. 😆

When was the last time you enjoyed a real laugh?

Toucan Travels

Tommy Toucan took a thrilling flight to the tropics
Tommy Toucan’s friends all thought he was psychotic
Tommy got a yellow bill, and he soon felt ill
So he had to take lots of antibiotics

Toucan – A Letter A Week – T – nope, not pam

A bit of fun written for NOPE, NOT PAM‘s challenge – A Letter A Week – T , this week’s prompts:

Place – tropics

Emotion – thrill

Adjective – tactical

Verb – tempt

My animal – toucan


Flushing cold, flushing hot

I think the flus what I’ve got

I thought it was covid

But the tests say its not

I’ve taken the night nurse

To numb the pain

Hopefully tomorrow,

I’ll feel right as rain.


“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”

– George Eliot

I wake up hot and sweaty,

I stumble down the stairs,

You smile at me and wag your tale

Waiting patiently right there

You don’t care that my hair’s a mess,

Or that I’ve not yet brushed my teeth,

You still greet me excitedly

As I let you out to pee.

Showered and dressed we’d head on out

Before others begin their day

You sniff and stop at every tree

Marking out your way

Home it’s time for breakfast

You curl back up in bed.

As I prepare for work, You prepare

for a sleepy day ahead

Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms. – George Eliot

Originally written in response to Marsha’s WQW #27: Agreeable Animal Amigos

We lost our little old lady earlier this year, and although there is a space in my heart and in the house, we’ve decided at this time, we’re just not ready to have another. I still instinctively go to open the back door, the other day the white of a sheet flickering on the laundry line caught the corner of my eye and I briefly thought it was her wandering the bag garden waiting to be let in. My little boy has asked us more than once when she’s coming back from her holidays. I’m still not ready to tell him she’s never coming back. Anyway, whatever path she’s wandering (and I like to think it’s got a lovely beach with water to splash around, or a nice forest for her to sniff around excitedly), I hope she knows we love and miss her.


The children charge in the room
Brighter than the morning sun
“Come on, love!” I shake their dad
“You know that it’s your turn”.

He grumbles and rolls over
Has a stretch and scratches his head
In the meantime the little monkeys
Have resorted to jumping on the bed

He wanders out to the hallway
Has the world’s longest pee
Takes forever doing god knows what
It can’t take that long brushing teeth!

The chaos in the bed ensues
I get a book thrust at me
“Read it mummy”
Beautiful eyes plead with me

Before I’ve gotten to page three
I’ve had a car driven down my side
And an elbow to the stomach
Followed by the excited squeak “hide”

“Here comes Daddy monster”
Blankets thrown up in the air
Toes are tickled,
squeal and laughter everywhere.

“Right you lot, let’s roll out”
Daddy says with a mighty grin
“You know the rules, it’s Saturday
Mummy’s having a lie in.”

“Right it’s time for breakfast”
They all leave full of glee
Just when it’s quiet and I finally get some rest
I need a bloomin’ pee!!

The hoard of toys which made their way into my bed!

On my mind

I don’t know what to say

I don’t want to get things wrong

I’m trying to keep it all inside

I’m trying to be strong.

I’m trying to not cry

I want to be brave

I’m trying to think of all the things

I really ought to say.

My emotions are in tatters

And my heart truly aches

And I’m terrified of all the things

That we need to face.

Mother Now

As she looked into his tiny eyes, still so milky and new,

her heart doubled in size, she was a mother now she knew.

His fingers curling, grasping at nothing and batting with no control,

she caressed them gently, saying how much she loved him so.

Her little one, the very thing that had wrapped around her heart,

evoked bravery, fierceness and loyalty so loved from the start.

Life would never be the same, from this very day,

Yet now she couldn’t imagine it any other way.

Originally written in response to WQW prompt – Mother’s Day.

“Rest your head close to my heart never to part, baby of mine.”