I wrote the following mindful/reflective poem using the writing prompt ‘tranquil paradise’! It was such a lovely prompt to work with: as it transported me back to when my hubbie and I were on hols in my homeplace in Ireland with our girls. We would do nightly sunset walks along the beach – when our girls were tucked up in bed back in nana & grandads. The beach was a stone throw away and it was such a lovely evening ritual. I grew up in this place & now realise how much I took it for granted.
With lockdown we haven’t been back home since last summer. But we’ll be back again within the next few months (all going well 😉)
Atlantic Coast of Ireland and Those daily sunset walks – Shimmers on the salty sea Gold glistens as we talk A Gentle breeze grazing my cheeks, Sounds of swishing waves Tranquil paradise: I dip my Toes and splash away. Feathers float in setting skies Horizon mixed with glows On a shore where I grew up Such beauty as it shows Surfers surf in paradise like Dolphins play with waves Serene sunset, Atlantic Coast Sunset walks, those summer days
Have a lovely day and keep writing – it really is good for the soul 🙏💫!
As it comes to the end of ‘mental health awareness week’ (mental health foundation UK – a very worthy foundation) and its promotion on connecting more with nature, I reflect on the importance of this awareness. I feel a strong connection to nature and it is so beneficial to my mental wellbeing – especially throughout these uncertain times that ‘you’ and I find ourselves in. I’ve connected vastly with the outdoors throughout this pandemic.
It sounds so simple and it is: stepping outside, soaking up the outdoors and all that beauty – while getting a good blast of fresh air in the process! I know the thoughts sometimes seem harder than the actual doing! But ‘you’ start to reap the benefits from doing so…
Onto that lovely word called ‘kindness’
I shared the following poem about being kind as one of my first blog posts (I’m 2 months blogging now, so still a newbie 😉), and I’m sharing it with you again. With it being ‘mental health awareness week’ I think ‘kindness’ is so important and how a little bit goes such a long way. Its one of the first poems I wrote when I first started writing poetry during this pandemic.
Thank you, it’s nice to be kind
A gentle smile, a heartfelt word, clears the cloud from my mind: lifting me out of the darkest of places ‘thank you’ it’s nice to be kind. A little text with those words ‘I’m here’ travels the length of the earth – the racing mind slowly calms from every word and its worth.
In a world portraying so much anger yet still has so much beauty – spreading kindness every day is undoubtedly everyone’s duty. Be kind you say, how hard is this in a world with so much confusion? kindness helps one another, without the fear and intrusion.
To someone in need a simple hello or even a chat over tea – is the greatest gift for a person to thrive and also to somewhat feel free. A withered flower blossom’s again and is no longer blind. Lifting me out of the darkest of places, ‘thank you’ it’s nice to be kind.
– Bernie Egerton June 2020
Kindness is so easy
Little gestures – heartfelt words
The ‘kind’ that matters
Thank ‘you’ for taking the time to read my post 💖🙏. Be gentle and kind with yourself; may it be filled with lovely walks/jogs/cycles (whatever you enjoy) kindness and surrounded by the beauty of loved ones and nature 🌲🌱🌻
Have a beautiful day and keep smiling – you’ve got this 🙏💫
Dont you just love a good festival? Did you have tickets booked that were cancelled because of Covid? Those days ‘will’ return and the memories are what make it so precious to look back on!
I’ve been to a few festivals back in my festival going days and the one that really stood out as having that ‘peace’ ‘love’ and ‘happiness’ vibe about it, was of course the famous Glastonbury festival! I also loved Electric Picnic in Ireland (a much smaller but beautiful festival), but Glasto was just up there as being one of those ‘WOW’ experiences – you will know if you’ve attended this great festival.
Glastonbury started in 1970 (named Pilton Pop, Folk and Blues Festival back then) and had around 1,500 people. Today it has over 200,000 attending and sells out within the hour – the panic of that morning to secure a ticket!!
There is so much you can say about Glastonbury – with its beautiful location in Worthy Farm Somerset: portraying that peace, love and happiness theme it so famously lives by. Vibes with outstanding views, (as you know if you’ve visited this gem of a place mud & all), the banter and exploring the many quirky and fun areas!
So many areas to chill out in, browse around while soaking up the glorious and incredible creative and artistic creations displayed throughout – before the music even starts.
Glastonbury festival overlooks an abundance of greenery in a farm dotted with thousands of festival-goers and is just so beautiful to stand back and embrace on the highest hill of the venue.
Every area is evidently put together with so much love and hard work displaying amazing themes throughout the farm.
Festival of trust:
Everyone Is just in their element and so much trust is attached to a festival of such vast. From my own experience: I remember losing my bag with wallet, keys, phone and sunglasses in it (ok, a few ciders might’ve been involved) thought to myself “there is no chance of that being handed in”. I went to the lost and found area next day and couldnt believe my luck, when my bag was handed in and EVERYTHING was in it. That just showed the ‘trust’ and vibe of the place, making the experience even more special.
Dalai Lama Appearance:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama made an appearance back in 2015. It was so lovely to experience this as the crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him. As he left (as gracious as ever) he wished us a ‘happy’ life and that the sun would shine for us throughout the day. The minute he uttered those words the clouds split and out came that sun to a roaring crowd of festival-goers; it was such a magical moment!
Glasto is meant to lie on a ‘ley line’, aligning monuments and landscapes – having an energy like no other. That is entirely up to the individual and what you believe. Whatever it is, it certainly has a powerful energy attached to it!
Glastonbury has everything, from family areas, amazing food stands from every type of food, meditation fields, circus, comedy, oh the list just goes on; too many incredible areas. It really is a place anyone would enjoy. Lets not forget the music that is added to this glorious event. Standing at the top of that Pyramid stage overlooking the farm and feeling that connection is powerful. Live bands belting out tunes to a crowd of music lovers – soaking up the vibes and connecting with each other!
Those days will return for any of ‘you’ itching to get back to festivals. My festival days are over but its the memories that live on in your soul along with the people, music, fun, laughter and beautiful Worthy Farm Somerset that I’ll forever be grateful for experiencing!
Thank you for taking the time to read my nostalgic festival post. What festivals have you enjoyed? Would love to hear 😊
As the famous Glastonbury vibe goes: may you have ‘peace’ ‘love’ and ‘happiness’. Stay safe, be kind to each other and enjoy belting out those tunes!!
So things are starting to slowly open up again in England. Evenings are brighter, weather is just so lovely and there really is a buzz around the place. How are you feeling? Are the many months in lockdown making you feel nervous about normality returning and visiting places again? Its only normal to feel this way if you do. Its been a tough year.
I’m not going to rush back to non-essential shops just yet, but I’m enjoying meeting up with friends again for leisurely walks outside in parks, with take away coffees and a bit of banter!
I’ve really enjoyed the reflective work and my new hobbies (poetry writing and cardmaking), connecting more with nature and appreciating things you really took for granted when life was full of hustle and bustle before the pandemic.
Once cases get to a very low level, I’m really looking forward to getting back home to Ireland and seeing my family again. I’m sure you also look forward to that day and where you and I are mask free – with social distancing no longer being part of our norm.
This pandemic has changed us all in so many ways, having to deal with a huge wave of events, losing loved ones and having the virus. Its a time of constant reflection, looking at the small but important stuff that makes a huge difference to all our lives.
Throughout the pandemic I’ve been practicing mindful techniques and just being more ‘aware’ of the moment and appreciating the simple, yet powerful things in life.
So much beauty is out there when you stop, look around and look up.
On a recent walk with my daughter we discovered this little bee burrowing in the ground, flapping its little wings and it really was amazing to watch. We both enjoyed that moment in a little area with lots of pretty flowers. Nature is ‘always’ there.
Things are slowly going back to normal, new-found hobbies have surfaced throughout this pandemic and small mindful moments can be so precious.
Have a lovely day/evening, stay safe, keep smiling – look up and around you, enjoying those mindful moments ❤
Some days you think “I’ve got the hang of this new lockdown way of life”, then others you think its difficult. Missing your family, friends, a fun day out, and even a trip to the hairdressers (goodness, my roots are very ashen looking these days!) All the things you take for granted. Going out for a good blast of fresh air to blow off those cobwebs – really helps your soul. I love going for a walk, soaking up the outdoors and snapping a few beautiful nature pics along the way.
Here in England, all non essential shops are re-opening soon and outdoor dining – so it will make it that bit easier and hopefully avoid another spike in cases – lets remain focussed & optimistic
Breathe in that fresh air, notice all that beauty that surrounds you and go with each day as it comes. This is new to you and I, but we’re riding this storm together, learning and growing each day and have been for over a year now. Days filled with hope are here, now a vaccine is well and truly rolling out.
Sitting in the garden with a hot cuppa, a stroll in the park while the sun is shining and watching your family playing together: the simple little precious mindful moments that make a challenging time seem so much brighter. Focussing on whatever those ‘special’ things are, that make all the difference in ‘your’ life.
Be kind to yourself and be gentle to yourself. There is so much love and hope surrounding you during a time, when some days it really does feel like that light is harder to grasp. Some days are challenging, and thats ok. Focus on what gives ‘you’ joy.
Heres to the light at the end of that long pandemic tunnel getting closer each day.
Stay safe, keep smiling and keep writing!
What gets ‘you’ through these times of uncertainty? ❤
I do enjoy learning about poetry – all about different styles, metaphors, alliteration and playing about with words – when you get the time to do so, that is! The following poems are rhyming couplets (first poem) and free verse (second poem).
I wrote these poems last year when ‘R numbers’ were part of daily stats and a term frequently used (still is as you know), and christmas bubbles/household mixing was discussed as the cases were creeping up, after yet another lockdown was being lifted prior to christmas.
Tensions are building as Covid prevails Wind slowly taken from all of our sails. Restrictions in place life changed as is Seen, In a world taken over by Covid-19.
Our leaders control, believing whats right In a battle where Covid keeps winning the Fight. The virus is here, of that we sure know Families apart – we wait for that glow.
Infections keep growing, R rate on the rise Tougher restrictions from medium to Highs. Economy bleeds, lockdown now a fact, Care staff overwhelmed to save many Lives.
Family and friends stay safe for each other We wait for that time to see one another, Be kind and stay safe as we cope with this Rain In a world where ‘hope’ will ease Covids Strain.
A Covid Christmas beckons, household Christmas Bubbles arranged. I think, how daunting, outlandish this situation is –
mixed messages thrown around, pass the parcel as Government dictates our festive period, a solution mix of three bubbles.
A joyous festive time tarnished by a silent venomous predator – sweeping through global darkness, yet sparks of light and hope arise as a vaccine is born.
Mankind, they battle a respiratory war, frontline staff gasping for air, putting up a fight – calamitous to humanity.
Christmas Bubbles, will this cause further cloud filled lockdowns, overwhelming phenomenal, depleted health staff? Inevitable.
Covid-19 prevails. Christmas Bubbles like never before, Twenty twenty – I’ll be glad to close your opaque door. I’ll be glad for the vaccine to soar.
Stay safe, keep writing and keep smiling! Hope is there and the light is waiting. Normality will return. You’ve got this ❤
When I started writing poetry I was eager to learn more about the skills attached to this incredible creative outlet.
The following tips can help ‘you’ strengthen your writing skills and to understand more about the art if you’re just starting off. Its a few pointers on what helped me (and still does) starting out. I continue to learn every day and I’ve had a few poems published to date.
Ten Poetry Writing Tips:
1. Read a poetry handbook to learn more about the craft, highlighting sections for future reference so you can always refer back to (I still refer back to mine!)
2. Read poetry every day, from a range of different poets, styles, themes, even if its just one or two poems each day.
3. Listen to online poetry readings and recordings, feeling the flow of the words and to connect in a form different to reading.
4. Listen to a poetry podcast
5. Keep writing when in the flow, when inspiration hits and feel that poem.
6. Edit later, or leave for a few days and return to edit with fresh eyes and read aloud.
7. If feeling overwhelmed with writing, give it a breather and read poetry instead (you’re still learning and absorbing all about the art)
8. Find what style you prefer and work on it.
9. Join poetry clubs and share your work
10. Lastly, enjoy the process 🙂
Recently I’ve been focussing on writing shorter types of poetry such as Limericks and Haikus.
A Haiku consists of 3 lines in total and the traditional rules are: Line one has 5 syllables Line two has 7 syllables Line three has 5 syllables
A Limerick consists of a five line poem and it can be witty and fun to write. Traditional rules are: First second and fifth line rhyme Third & fourth line rhyme (AABBA) First, second & fifth lines have between 7-10 syllables Third & fourth lines have between 5-7 syllables
Hope these tips help ‘you’ with your poetry writing – its what helped me when starting out!
So as the famous saying goes (no need to repeat it, as you know it quite well!!) I started saying it to my husband one day when this lockdown malarkey was losing its novelty. He quickly turned around, stopped me in my tracks, and as calm as you like said “bite the f*****s”😬🍋!! Well. It fairly brought me down from my unicorn clouds with a bang (will leave them to my two little girls)
Now, I’m not saying its a great motto to stick by. Sometimes ‘you’ just have to ‘bite’ those tangy, yellow oval fruits and see where those sour pulps and pips end up!
During Covid (I know) you find yourself at times giving the inspiration a little nudge and are like “pass me the gin”🍸. Lemons are great companions along with whatever tipple ‘you’ enjoy (In moderation, especially when you’re a mummy, otherwise, being Irish you’d drink the bottle).
Sometimes you just have to turn daunting situations into ‘humour’, to work through those sour pimpled bad boys. Until you work with them, slice them and put them into a glass of whatever gets you through those days, when all you want to do is have a good old cry and a gin..
Now, If anyone had told you this time last year that sticking a gigantic cotton bud up your nose, and swirling it around your tonsils was the new normal; you would’nt believe it and would’ve laughed it off! Well here I am, giving a detailed account through an instruction type poem of my experience (overall it wasnt that bad) of such a test. We all need a bit of lightheartedness right now!
Pilot Home Testing Kit
Covid-19 test arrives in the post.
Contents: Instructions pamphlet (here we go) DIY flat cardboard box the size of an Ipad. Small clear plastic bag and a slightly larger bio hazard bag (scary) Swab (a gigantic cotton bud, note to self – DO NOT insert into ear) Pretty lilac cap test tube with saline solution and barcode (so cute) Security label.
Test: I wash my hands thoroughly for 20 seconds as instructed. I unwrap and place the gigantic cotton bud swab into the back of my throat (thrilling) Rub each tonsil 5 times (as instructed, trying so hard not to gag of course). Best bit to come… I Place the gigantic cotton bud swab into nostril and twist while going as far up as I Can (lovely) Test over. Relief. I sneeze about twenty thousand times before washing my hands yet again!
Final part: Unscrew pretty lilac cap, place swab into tube with clear solution – while snapping end off (as instructed, just so you know) Place into clear plastic bag, seal, then place into scary bio hazard bag.
Register barcode online to register your name and details (why of course) Fiddle about assembling the small cardboard box while flustered/annoyed. Place bag with pretty lilac cap test tube, and swab into box (while flustered/annoyed after assembling). Attach security label and seal with a kiss (maybe not) Skip to the nearest priority post box, and post.
Two days later I receive a text: “Your test result is negative” (Woo hoo) “You did not have the virus when test was done” (oh ok) Pilot home testing kit complete. Great – I will not be included as a daily figure stat. I cough – Oh no…
(A mummy trying to stay sane during a global pandemic!)
So, here in England the kids went back to school on Monday. Parents all over were delighted – no more home schooling and toddlers (and parents) climbing the walls. So that’s a good thing, right?
Well, here’s the thing, does this mean another spike in cases (again) In a time of uncertainty and constantly treading water? It’s inevitable to feel a little nervous about what lies ahead in the coming weeks. But, we’ll get there in the end with this awful virus, as hope is there, now a vaccine is well and truly here.
Until then, you keep the creativity flowing or whatever helps you through these waves! We’re all riding these choppy, choppy seas together.
I wrote the following free verse poem during this third lockdown, when my little lady was missing her friends in Nursery. She donned her adorable princess dress at the time. She’s delighted to be back & lets hope it stays that way.
Very Soon Princess
‘Mummy can I see my friends’? My 3-Year-old asks. A crown resting upon those long golden Locks. Oversized transparent princess Glitter shoes on her tiny size 6 feet. Toes creeping over the top; Touching the grey carpeted floor.
She dances, heels bereft from clicking With other tiny feet – Swirling like an angel in her blue and Lavender dotted jewelled Elsa dress.
My youngest flips pages of her Peppa Pig Book, sitting on the floor squealing, the High pitch Leaves a ringing in my ears!
Very soon princess
Waiting for that day Swirling lockdown princess Swirling with her Swirly playful friends.