The Moselle

Along the Moselle

A silver snake slipping between green hills

Red and white houses looking out over the water.

A flock of birds skim across the silent river

And time slows as we float past vine-covered slopes.

Regiments of ripening grapes line the terraces

And in every village a lego-like church spire

Points skywards – while we glide below a bridge

Linking each bank with structured elegance

Connecting in a swifter, busier way.




Singing again

There’s no exercise classes in August so I’m glad we did a few before our singing group on Thursday. It is the first time I have been able to hear myself. I suppose it was OK but if I didn’t know the tune I didn’t sing.I don’t think I’m a soprano.

We treated ourselves to new wedding rings for our 50th. They are celtic design and I tried to photograph one but I’m not sure how to use the camera.

I have to learn to text and post

To tweet to folk unknown

But when I try to snap a view

My camera is a phone!


However enticing the TV may be it is sometimes more enjoyable to go out and experience live entertainment. That is what we did last night and the Sussex Gruffs did not disappoint. This local male voice choir is gaining a reputation for their expert interpretations of show tunes and everything from jazz numbers, opera and novelty songs.

St Symphorian’s Church was a superb setting and the light refreshments a bonus. Worthing has a lot going for it, if only one looks. Sussex seems a very creative place to live.

Curious Verse

It’s a mystery to me

How someone knows a note is ‘C’

Or stays in tune when they’re alone

Tell me – am I the only one

Who cannot tell when tone is true,

Whose times for singing were always few?

A Christmas Carol, a well-known hymn

That’s all I ever used to sing

But now I’ve joined a local group

With hubby, in the distant hope

That in a choir my voice will ring

And I’ll discover how to sing.


August 20th

A special day, today, as we got married 50 years ago and we are still together – through thick and thin! We are going down town to get some new rings as our fingers are too fat for the originals ( like the rest of us!) I’m also getting some new spectacles and we are out for dinner tonight.

I finished the story for the competition and it is ready to post. I am building up readers for my new website Comments welcome but don’t be too hard on me, I’m still learning!

Story writing.

Well, I finished the story for the competition and reread the instructions. It had to be under 1500 words and I had 1900. Usually I have to pad out stories. This time I had to cut, cut, cut. First I weeded out any unnecessary description, then I had a go at anything repetitive and finally I had to chop some of the action. It should be obvious who is speaking in a conversation without all the ‘he saids.’

After three tries I had managed to reduce the text. Now I have to do the cover page and send it off. Most stories in the magazine have a few lines about the writers. That should be fun to do – not a full CV, just a taster!


I don’t know how I did it but I now have a link from my new website to this blog. I am getting quite excited about all this. Next I might try to link to Sea Scribes or twitter.

As for writing – I am in the middle of a short story for a competition. Getting back to normal. I also have a computer course to do on line.Will I ever be off my laptop!

Anniversary party yesterday with Rog and family. We are noted for making special occasions last a few days. This one is going to last into September!