* Pennants flying in the breeze Pastel colours For pantomime dancers Hiding behind peacock tails. Pierrot smiles with his large red mouth And Harlequin kisses Columbine in an old-fashioned garden. * Flowers of grace and Ancient overtones Add mystery to Undertones of Fragrance and finesse * © HMH, 2021

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Are Diamonds a Girl’s Best Friend?

Does a dame need diamonds? Does a lady? Not really. It isn’t carbon or precious stones that determine the merit of a dame or a lady. Yes, it is the inner qualities that count. Does a Dame or a lady need a heart? Obviously. A dame and a lady, both, need the same. They need… Continue reading Are Diamonds a Girl’s Best Friend?


* Try to find mistletoe Not for kissing but To take it in oath Such plants are ever reluctant and Bring down the gods. Twilight plant Unwilling and dour But ever sealing our fate. The Norns rub their cold hands And smile as the pale berries Drop poison into Bleeding hearts From London Verses *… Continue reading Mistletoe

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Winter Berries by Lynne Henderson

It has been a great pleasure to follow Lynne’s thoughts about painting and her technique. Here is her last instalment in the series, a beautiful picture of winter berries. Also, I’d like to thank her for her generous contributions. Now I’ll give Lynne the last word to tell us about this acrylic painting. * Eventually,… Continue reading Winter Berries by Lynne Henderson

Parrot Tulips by Lynne Henderson

Take a look at these beautiful and lifelike tulips, Painted by Lynne Henderson. I find it remarkably interesting to read about her technique. It is a pleasure to step aside and let her speak for herself. *** Another technique I developed came from experiments during the textile module of an art and design course I… Continue reading Parrot Tulips by Lynne Henderson

Beauty and the Beasts

When I look in the mirror, what do I see? A scrawny half-starved girl or a beautiful lady? Inside, I’m still that skinny girl. No matter, with intelligence and a little luck, I can secure my future. It sure helps that my body has curves in all the right places. That is something you can’t… Continue reading Beauty and the Beasts

Green and pink butterfly

*** A breathless minute, a magical moment Occurred in a flash of flittering wings The porcelain colours, the filigree contours Make daylight and sunshine merge in a blaze. The seconds, repressed, still drop away pounding Your heart wants to stop but continues its beat Slowly, aware that a miracle holds you  So gently it takes… Continue reading Green and pink butterfly

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