Archive for ‘Photos’

May 4, 2021

May the fourth be with you

by Jem Croucher
Obi-Wan Kinobi
five years ago today
came to join our family
hip-hip, hip-hip, hooray

So May the Fourth
be with you here
with Obi-Wan
to bring you cheer

April 30, 2021

The Big Gay Gull

by Jem Croucher

In the grounds of our Emmaus

Old Portslade village, Sussex way

stands proud a wooden sculpture 

of a seagull tall and gay

The ‘Big Gay Gull’ was built for ‘Pride’

a diverse celebration

in partnership with charities

for summer jubilation

April 29, 2021

Begging your pardon

by Jem Croucher

The sunshine is glorious

here in the garden

so if you don’t mind

and begging your pardon

I’ll just sit me down

right here and right now

and turn my nose skyward

for the warmth on my brow

April 27, 2021

Repurposed llama

by Jem Croucher

Repurposed my lighty-up llama

as his battery gave up the ghost

and as he needed to have a purpose in life

I made him a spider plant host

So now he stands proud in the garden

but instead of glowing at night

instead he will proudly grow spiders

and look his best in the light

April 24, 2021

The Plan (Part III)

by Jem Croucher

I’ve carried the frames

one by one down the the road

as they were quite awkward

so, to lessen the load

I decided four hikes

was better than two

to get the frames there

well you would, wouldn’t you?

April 22, 2021

Bring it on

by Jem Croucher

It’s really taken hold of things

with new growth there abundant

and the garden’s looking lovely

now that winter is redundant

They’ve even gone so far to say

and promise us it seems

that for the next few days we’ll bask

in warmth from bright sunbeams

April 21, 2021

Taking me time

by Jem Croucher

It’s midweek and I’m on holiday

and enjoying every day

as rest-respite is needed

now and then from the foray

Five days to think of nothing else

but enjoyment just for me

doing stuff I love to do

most of it here for free

April 16, 2021

Tri-haiku XVIII (Summer’s child again)

by Jem Croucher

Concluding ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse (12 of 12)

I am summer’s child

Born of Spring I blossom and

bloom to full glory

I am summer’s child

My warmth grows stronger by the

day as sunshine comes

April 15, 2021

Sunshine shadow revisited

by Jem Croucher

11 of 12 in the Jemverse series ‘The Spring 21’

Sunshine shadow

casts a glance

with nonchalance and whimsy

warming through the window

but outside still frail and flimsy

April 14, 2021

Yup – still singing

by Jem Croucher

10 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse

 

Wet roads glisten in sunshine

fresh from the rain

as I sit here gazing

from my window again

Very little here passing

lock-down in full swing

but there’s full colour highlight

born of the Spring

April 13, 2021

Spring (finally) again

by Jem Croucher

9 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse

And finally Spring

arrives in a day

long hours of sunshine

hip-hip hooray

On the breeze is a fragrance

carried with grace

as we welcome the Springtime

with warm embrace

April 12, 2021

Perfection in pink again

by Jem Croucher

8 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse

The clematis against the fence

of the allotment in Ham Field

has many words which may describe

the beauty here revealed

But I’ll keep it nice and simple

the best way here I think

and simply say in these eight lines

perfection’s here in pink

April 11, 2021

Spirea

by Jem Croucher

7 of 12 in ‘The Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

 

The spirea in full bloom

with white flowers there abundant

and warmth of the sunshine

means winter’s redundant

and I’m pleased about that

and it fills me with joy

something first realised

when only a boy

April 10, 2021

Verdant again

by Jem Croucher

6 of 12 in the ‘Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

 

Luxuriant this time of year

the grass is verdant green

and unless I am mistaken

looks the best it’s ever been

It’s thick and lush and lovely

and loves the Springtime sun

which bathes it in a golden light

until the day is done

April 9, 2021

A pocket of Springtime revisited

by Jem Croucher

5 of 12 in ‘The Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

 

Sitting in a pocket of Springtime

warmed by a welcome embrace

breathing in deeply the fragrance

feeling the sun on my face

knowing the winter’s behind me

forgetting the long months of chill

looking forward to summer

promising warmer days still

April 8, 2021

Indicative too

by Jem Croucher

4 of 12 in ‘The Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

 

Indicative of summer

the Springtime grows and grows

it’s getting warmer by the day

as only April knows

The light has changed, it’s brighter now

and days are longer too

more growing time much needed

brings colours into view

April 7, 2021

Green again

by Jem Croucher

3 of 12 in ‘The Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

Green grass freshly mown

breathe deep, smell the loam

Green shoots on the trees

sprouting now into leaves

Green fronds, nature tells

there’ll be sun and then bluebells

Green of April leaps to Spring

giving life to everything

April 6, 2021

A warming II

by Jem Croucher

2 of 12 in ‘The Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

 

Hues in garden

Springtime green

open window

bright sunbeam

Weather warming

yellow’s here

sunshine beckons

with good cheer

April 3, 2021

Easter Egg Hunt

by Jem Croucher

I’m devising an Easter egg hunt

it’s a giggle

as I had to squeeze into some spots

with a wiggle

too cunningly hide the eggs

with some guile

as my children have been at this

for quite a while

March 25, 2021

First Cut

by Jem Croucher

I cut the grass
it’s looking good
but then I always
knew it would

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March 24, 2021

Back to the allotment

by Jem Croucher

Got back to the allotment
armed with strimmers and a plan
spare batteries in the backpack
and refreshments in a can
The grass had taken over but
we kind of guessed it would
not that this would stop us
as with strimmers there we could
remove those months of overgrowth
and flatten it once more
revealing something of the plan
for it we have in store

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March 23, 2021

Fine days and sunshine

by Jem Croucher

Sitting in my garden
thinking ‘grass – it needs a trim’
but I’m content to sit here
in the sunspot I am in
and sip an IPA I found
in the cupboard waiting there
for just a moment such as this
I’l say with ‘savour faire’

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March 22, 2021

Days

by Jem Croucher

Days I can throw wide abandon
open the window and sing
breathing in deep the fresh morning air
warmed by the sunshine of Spring

Such as these made for enrichment
filling us each with sublime
for spring to the step and joy to the heart
in which we all are entwined

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March 21, 2021

Reflection replete

by Jem Croucher

I took a picture of our house today
in the hub cap of a car
parked across the street because
it looked spectacular
The car, the house, reflection
I’m talking ’bout all three
and something in particular
there which fascinated me

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March 20, 2021

And today there were sheep

by Jem Croucher

And today there were sheep
In the lower field still
jumping about and
climbing the hill
They ignored us of course
but I waved just the same
as they didn’t know
the reason we came
For today there were sheep
but sometime there are not
Sometimes it is cold
and sometimes it is hot
But we always come
because this is our grace
and together we three
are alive in this place

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March 18, 2021

Grins as wide as wide can be

by Jem Croucher

I have my Apple USB SuperDrive
to play those old CDs
on my MacBook Pro Professional
a simple way to please

I have my old bureau to sit at
note book and pen right here
A cup of coffee waiting
for simple ways to cheer

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March 17, 2021

Pink IV

by Jem Croucher

A little sprig of pink
in the winter brown today
captured my attention
as I passed upon my way
So I whipped my iPhone out
and took a picture on the spot
as it seemed the thing to do
and I thought ‘why ever not’

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March 16, 2021

Goldfinch

by Jem Croucher

Goldfinch in my garden
hopping round about
looking for some nibbles
Spring is here. No doubt.
Grass needs a good cutting
but I’ll leave it for a bit
give it a chance to take good hold
not make too much of it

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