Saturday, July 26, 2008


Croissants for me are weekend breakfasts, fresh from the corner bakers shop, where people queue along the street for the cakes and croissants, despite the convenience of a supermarket across the road.

Croissants seem quintessentially French, but my favourite breakfast I ever had in France was at a long wooden table where we all broke off chunks of crisp baguettes, loaded them up with lots of butter and apricot jam and then dunked them in bowls of steaming hot chocolate.

Croissants for Weekend Wordsmith

Friday, July 18, 2008


You are a ghost in my memory
a wraith in my thoughts
a breeze in my hair
as I walk down the street

you're a floater that's not
quite blurring my vision
tinnitus that blunts
the edge of my hearing

you stalk my days
and haunt my nights
I'm not scared of ghosts
so what do i fear?

a quick scribble about ghosts for Sunday Scribblings
there are ghosts in some of my poems over on Crafty Green Poet too, you can read them by following the links below:
The Lost Dances of Cranes
Corstorphine Sycamore

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Leonard Cohen

We were lucky enough to get tickets for Leonard Cohen's concert at Edinburgh Castle last night. It's a great venue for a summer concert and Mr Cohen performed brilliantly to a very enthusiastic crowd, choosing an excellent selection of his very wide repertoire and coming back gracefully for several encores though as the rain fell during his rendition of Closing Time, I think everyone got the hint and realised that there wasn't going to be any more music!

I'm currently reading Beautiful Losers, a novel written by Cohen the year I was born! Written with the same magical ability with words as are his songs, the novel is a wild and brilliant mix of native American land rights, Catholicism and sex. Definitely an 18 certificate!

I really want also to read some of his poetry, he published several collections before he started singing.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


a crush of velvet and lace.........satin and silk.......glitter of silver jewellery
deep colours and black, lots of black......pale faces and dark eyes
long hair in ribbons........stiletto heels and mini skirts
lycra and neon glow sticks.......corsets and fishnets
Victorian costumes and embroidered fans
military boots and spiked belts
loud music and melancholia
gothclub dancefloor

hey, we meant to go dancing last night but never got there.....

crowded for Weekend Wordsmith
For a different type of crowded, visit Crafty Green Poet