The Storm Outside

Attempting to find sleep in the early morning hours as the storm rages outside.
Watching the performers in my life struggle to find their perfect part.
Learning their lines but seemingly always missing their cue,
berating themselves yet not understanding my tranquillity as I watch,
thinking they have upset the balance, when in fact the play is perfect.

Rain lashes itself against the windows, rivulets running down the pains.
Tears of life falling yet strangely, I am unmoved by their flow.
I sit composedly in the middle of the floor, absolving all around me,
Calm in the middle of the storm on this early morning vigil,
attempting to make sense of the imposed wreckage outside.

The life I now lead is one of my choosing, I choose not to incriminate.
I am not looking for the storm to subside, it will exhaust itself
and I will remain seated on the floor in self absorbed satisfaction,
in the knowledge that the performers will learn to live with imperfection
as nature performs her imperfect dance outside the window.

The storm rages on as rain and wind lash the walls outside.
Calmness within the walls reflect how I see the storm,
it will blow over as all storms must, leaving behind broken branches,
but not a broken heart, not this one at least.
All the performers are important to me, they could never fail me.

There is no competition, each has won their own award,
a place in my heart that will remain forever theirs.
So let the storm subside. Let it pass us by.
Windswept and dishevelled, we can brush ourselves down and start anew.
We must all remain in the play as surely as the wind is part of the storm.

©2012 Trevor Litchfield

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Because I Can!

Just for the sheer hell of it, the image I’ve used today is one I took several years ago (in fact 11 years ago according to the date stamp on the photo!). It was taken along the Norfolk coast at Winterton-On-Sea and the buildings you can see are those found at Hermanus Holidays. I’ve always loved the look of this place but have yet to sample the type of holiday they have to offer………one day perhaps.

I love the Norfolk coastline and have spent many a happy afternoon (any season) walking the long stretches of sandy beach that are there just for the walking behind the dunes.

I have decided to make use of my Paper.Li account once again, this ‘publication’ features items from all the people I follow on twitter, so if I follow you and you post a link to a webpage or news item on twitter, you might find yourself mentioned in this ‘publication’. It is called ‘My World Tonight‘ (permanent link in ‘Other Cyberspaces in column on right) and is mainly for my own gratification as I often find it hard to keep up with everything everyone tweets. This way I have a handy ‘website’ with everything in one neat little package. Of course you are welcome to read it any time you desire. It is updated daily at around 18:00 GMT and you are also welcome to subscribe to it if you really feel the need.

I came across an new find in the magazine section of my local news agents yesterday evening. I’m always on the look out for something worth my money and most times come away disappointed at what is on offer. Yesterday I found a copy of Inter Zone, a Sci-Fi and Fantasy mag that features short stories from both established and new authors. Not that I’ll be sending anything to them but to find a mag that is highly readable, has no or very little advertising, is packed full of news and features, book reviews, film reviews, DVD/Blu Ray reviews, some truly excellent fantasy art and of course the aforementioned short stories, all for less that £5 is in my book, excellent value for money! The only downside is that it is published only bi-monthly but then it will give me time to fully digest everything within and maybe even find myself in Waterstones purchasing the odd recommended read!

Inter Zone is printed and published in the UK by TTA Press and is available worldwide by mail order from their website, I imagine it is available in the USA in larger magazine sellers. They also publish a bi-monthly horror mag plus other offerings depending on what you enjoy reading.
Their website is http://ttapress.com/if you are interested in finding out more about what they offer.

Inter Zone Nov-Dec 2011 Issue 237

Inter Zone Nov-Dec 2011 Issue 237

More Pie Dishes & Chilli

Picture of red kidney beans

Image via Wikipedia

First of all, I’ll tell you a bit more about the pie dish saga: I took a walk down the High Street to my local Lakeland store after work today and they have enamel pie dishes, 3 for £5! So I think I found an even better bargain than I thought I had. Friday will be the big day and the pie making will commence next week.

After some advice from a very close friend I made my first chilli con baked beans today. I like just about any food that has chilli added to it but I have always hated chilli con carne because I really do not like kidney beans. It seems I’m not alone in this dislike of the bean and it appears that quite a few people use baked beans to replace the kidney beans. The result was a very tasty meal enjoyed by yours truly and it is something I would recommend to anyone looking far an alternative to kidney beans.

Why the sudden reappearance of these type of posts on my blog? Not an easy question to answer but I have always felt the need to write and now after much deliberation plus lack of creative inspiration, I’ve decided to post on whatever comes to mind once again. I’m not going to pretend that this will be a daily occurrence because I know it won’t be. To start with I have a new love in my life and there are going to be evenings where I will simply be doing other things.

Thankfully, I’m also still in gainful employment. This is still a temporary ongoing situation but one that I intend to fight hard to keep, I will also be filling you in on this as and when the mood takes me. All I will say at the moment is that the store is readying itself for stock take, a task I seem to be heavily involved in as we prepare for the stock take team to come into the store.

Rather belatedly, I would like to wish one and all a Happy New Year, let us all hope that 2012 is one to remember, for all the right reasons. For me, 2011 turned out rather well in the end and I’m really hoping that 2012 carries on for me in the same vein. I made no New Year resolutions other than to enjoy life and to try to enjoy what ever comes my way.

Pie Dishes

Mason Cash Pie Dishes

The clock has ticked just past midnight and I can’t get off to sleep! I’ve lain there two hours now trying to reach the land of nod and all I’ve done is toss and turn, I’ve turned my pillows over several times. I plumped the pillows, I’ve punched the pillows, eventually I threw them off the end of the bed and got up!

So, what is keeping me awake on this early January night? Pie Dishes! Yep, pie dishes. You would think after the recent expensive season I’d be worried about paying for it all but thankfully I’m in that rare position of not having to worry about the credit card bill because A) I don’t own one, and B) I paid for my Christmas and New Year in cash! It wasn’t extravagant by any stretch but we had a good feed and a good drink. We enjoyed ourselves!

So, back to pie dishes then. To be even more exact, Mason Cash pie dishes (see image).

It all started Monday when I went into my local supermarket to top up on a few essentials and I noticed they had a piemaker in their sale for £15. Not a bad deal I thought to myself, I love a good home made meat pie and I’m certain this kitchen accessory would do a nice job but being the sort of person I am, I much prefer to have a few pie dishes in my cupboard so that I can make up a few as and when the mood takes me rather than have yet another electric gadget gathering dust on the worktop.

Earlier this evening I started searching the net for what pie dishes were on offer and where I could get a nice deal on some useful and easy to store pie dishes. Lakeland came up with the answer! They have a four Mason Cash pie dish set priced between £7.99 and £13.99 depending on what size and shape you want. This got me thinking of all the yummy meat pies I could concoct and what lovely meals I could enjoy. The thought of meat pie with tatties and veg covered in thick gravy two or three nights a week was beginning to make my mouth water. Chicken and sweetcorn pie, chicken and peas, minced beef and onion, beef and potato, on it goes all with tatties and two or three veg and gravy!

To try and clear my head of all these yummy meals I intend to have once I’ve purchased my pie dishes, because I will purchase four in the very near future, I’ve just had to get up and tell you all about why I can’t get to sleep tonight.

I hope if you are having trouble getting to sleep and you end up reading this that whatever it is keeping you awake is as mundane as the rubbish running around my head these past two hours.

One Autumnal Day

The path I walked was high hedged with narrow views,
gaps in the hedgerow offered enticing glimpses.
The banks too steep, too high to climb.
Life beyond the deep path, an aspiration.

I had accepted this as my route, happy with my view,
nature fully alive around me as I walked on my way.
I met occasional travellers as I walked,
some at peace, others full of dreams or regrets.

Taking a rest one fine autumn evening,
a gap in the hedge unnoticed, lay before me.
Then a hand offered itself through the hedge,
with some hesitation I accepted the offer.

Nervously I crawled through the hedge,
holding tightly to the offered hand.
Thorns scratching at my clothes, hampering my escape.
Finally I see an autumnal blue sky above me.

Now I stand with a companion by my side,
looking back at the hedge as the gap fills in.
Open fields stand before us, full of possibilities,
making our own path as we walk

I feel warm sun on my skin, gentle warm breezes on my face.
Winter now pushed to the back of my mind
as we take our first tentative steps together.
Enjoying the late summer sun, taking life on once again.

Words and Image ©2011 Trevor Litchfield

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