Saturday Friends!

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Baldock BootOut of all the thousands of photos of my car boot sale from the last 24 years, I think this one sums it up best. A group of people, sitting around a cup of tea and bacon roll, having fun. Laughter is so important in this topsy-turvy world, with its pressures and stresses, that we need to find it wherever possible. It’s just after 4.30am, I’ve answered the first of many phone calls and soon I shall be off to Baldock to enjoy the laughter and banter from a small field nestled in the hills of North Hertfordshire…

Sitting around a table,
laughter fills the air,
for many at the bootsale,
found friends while they were there.

Some haven’t seen each other,
since October last year,
they’re so full of conversation,
ready to bend an ear!

Saturday friends are preparing,
in their homes everywhere,
excitement is building!
I hope to see you there!

Whatever you’re doing this morning, wherever you are, I hope the sound of laughter is not far away. Have a great weekend.

© Baldock Bard 2016
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Every Saturday
April – October 2016

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High-Rise Nesting!

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CGooseIt is strange how some events happen year on year until they become the norm. For the last five years, more and more Canada Geese have chosen to breed on the grass fields surrounding our wood. Nothing unusual there! However one goose is different to all the rest…

Mother Goose nests in the old oak tree,
as safe and secure as she can be.
Mr Fox curses you see,
no goose eggs for him for tea!

High-rise accommodation can have its benefits!

© Baldock Bard 2016
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The Baldock Boot Sale
SG7 6RD
is the friendliest bargain bonanza anywhere!
Every Saturday
April – October 2016

With more FREE parking and a field full of bargains!

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The Warning Sign!

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warning1It is always of the utmost importance to be able to read warning signs. Ignoring them can lead, not only to misunderstandings, but also injury. Some years ago a friend arrived home after an alcoholic evening to face the fury of his wife ignoring all the traditional warning signs. Luckily for me, names and precise details have been obliterated from memory by the mists of time…

“What time of night do you call this?”
she stood at the summit of the stairs,
hands on hips, one leg bent at the knee,
She caught me unawares!

I gazed up through fog of alcohol,
called her to silence with a ‘shesh!’
started the ascent upon my knees,
vision seemingly obscured by mesh.

When I finally reached the top step,
stood carefully lest I fall,
She kicked my legs away,
and I tumbled back down to the hall.

…Breakfast was a meal taken in silence.

Have a great week and make sure you take note of all warning signs!

© Baldock Bard 2016
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The Baldock Boot Sale
SG7 6RD
is the friendliest bargain bonanza anywhere!
Every Saturday
April – October 2016

With more FREE parking and a field full of bargains!
www.u-boot.co.uk

 

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A Wonderful View!

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Fave ViewWhen I am talking to someone new I often wonder what their surroundings look like. When  talking to a friend from Topsham near Exeter yesterday, I knew just what the view from her house looked like. Stupidly I also admitted that it was one of the stock photo’s I carried in case I could think of nothing to write about one morning! Guess what? Yup! My mind is in weekend mode already…

At the bottom of Ailsa and Mark’s tiny street,
is a view that one could never repeat.
It would make such a postcard sublime,
that I had to make one at the time!
It’s got colour,
It’s got a view,
That’s why I’m,
posting it for you!

You know it’s Devon
‘Cos it’s close to Heaven!

Have a wonderful weekend, whatever the view from your doorstep.

© Baldock Bard 2016
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The Sylvanian Wedding!

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Sylvanian WeddingMost who have had a daughter or grand-daughter in the last twenty-something years will have been introduced to a Sylvanian Family. For the uninitiated, these are family units; cats, mice, dogs, meerkats etc. Once in your house, they will afford you endless opportunities to buy a myriad of accessories including; houses, mansions, boats, cars, planes and other Sylvanian lifestyle items that no self-respecting parent could possibly ignore. We are on our second generation that is ‘Sylvanian-obsessed’. Recently there was a riotous wedding in a Sylvanian house….

After Mr and Mrs Goat’s wedding,
in a Sylvanian house,
clearing up took a week,
around an unconscious mouse!

Plates were littered around the floor,
the wedding cake toppled over,
the newly-weds nowhere to be found,
was said they’d gone to Dover!

Cleardy-up has taken place,
lingerers shown the door,
uneaten cake removed from the walls,
and bottles from all the floors!

So before a Sylvanian wedding,
should hospitality fail,
you can always threaten Sylvanian toys,
with a trip to a car boot sale!
SylvaniansPlay nicely now children! Oh! You’d like the full-sized castle? Of course darling, I’m sure the families will be very happy there, and you’d also like…!

© Baldock Bard 2016
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SG7 6RD
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Back every Saturday after Easter 2016

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The Seasonal Visitor!

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SnowmanYesterday the winter temperature reached 14 degrees Centigrade and took with it the last remains of a seasonal visitor. He arrived on the 17th and left 8 days later along with his dog (who I never saw!). He is not likely to be back anytime soon as forecasted temperatures for the next fortnight seem unusually warm. So it’s fond adieu and bon vacances to Monsieur Bonhomme de Neige…

A man stood in the garden,
tweed cap upon his head,
eyes as dark as coal,
didn’t show a leg!

He stood there on the lawn,
watching our lives with glee,
his little friend who made him,
was as happy as could be.

But then came the time,
he had to go away,
slowly he just melted,
until he’d gone today!

None of us last forever,
and when it’s time to go,
I hope that I just melt away,
Like our visitor made of snow!

With appreciation to all the ‘adults’ who reverted to childhood in the past week, what fun it was to see so many varieties of snowmen in gardens around!

© Baldock Bard 2016
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SG7 6RD
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Milk, our daily miracle!

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MilkThese days we take so much for granted. In the main we care little where or how something was made or grown. Many years ago I worked on a dairy farm, I am embarrassed to say that I give very little appreciation to milk (normally only when the bottle is empty!). So this is for the dairy farmers from a simple ‘Arable Boy!’…

Milk is our daily miracle,
most of us agree,
we have it on our cornflakes,
We have it in our tea!

When I was a student,
one cow hated me,
she always was bad tempered,
her name was Marlene Three!
She’d always make a strike,
with her sh*ty tail,
then cover me with warm stuff,
her aim would never fail!

Here on our doorstep,
no milkman does arrive,
I get it from a shop,
not the parlour at half past five!

Many thanks to all those who are up way before the dawn to make sure my coffee and cereal is just the way I like it. And ‘Yes!’ I still miss Marlene Three!

© Baldock Bard 2016
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Back every Saturday after Easter 2016

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Farming on Mars!

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Space MilkThere is much joy and celebration at the successful ascent to the International Space Station of British astronaut Tim Peake. It has given this nation something to celebrate after a long period of bad news. It makes one wonder what will be the next milestone…

The very first farmer on Mars,
said to astronaut Lars:
“I can’t seem to sleep,
no counting of sheep,
but plenty of rocks and some stars!”

Congratulations to Tim Peake from all of us looking up at you. Stay safe and enjoy the next six months!

© Baldock Bard 2015
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Bard Cooking (When Tins Collide)!

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Bard CookingMrs Bard is a great cook. Sometimes, during intimate candle-lit evenings, we can be found watching cookery programmes! However when Mrs Bard is away, I flounder with fish, fail to greet meat and survive on temperate toast. This weekend, when I had a guest for supper, I attempted to be as adventurous as a Masterchef contestant. After all, how difficult can it be to ‘take a dish to another level’…

I went to the freezer to grab me a meal,
it always looks easy when cooking by feel!
I grabbed a package whose label had gone,
Into the microwave, set for how long?
When defrosted I looked at the mess,
could have been anything I must confess.
I added tinned tomatoes like Mrs Bard does,
creating a creation gave me quite a buzz.
Into the fridge and poured in some cream,
was looking peculiar, not the best I have seen.
Found in the cupboard a can of baked beans,
looked more like a one pot seen in canteens.
Italian mate Tony always adds pasta,
It think it makes cooking go a bit fasta!
At last it was ready, my guest at the table,
I’d plied him with drink so eat he’d be able.
After a mouthful, to me he did turn:
“For heaven’s sake Bard, when does she return?

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The Evil ‘S’ Word!

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SugarThe nose-in-the-air do-Gooders have moved on. The war against tobacco has been won and climate change protest is now part-time since governments discovered it’s magical revenue-raising powers. The new target, in a supermarket near you, is now (whisper it if you dare) sugar. Yesterday I came under scrutiny from one of the new ‘Sweetner Warriors’ and it wasn’t a pleasant experience…

Loading the checkout from my heavy trolley,
any comment would have been mere folly,
a bag of sugar – the devils thirst quencher,
was followed by chocolate milk – a sugary drencher!
Four bottles of green Coke came along next,
(the lady in front, now really quite vexed)!
Ten bottles of water ignoring ‘water-miles’
Sixteen cans of coke (all of them sugar phials!),
Three litres of Grouse on special offer,
Her face by now was ‘disgusted proper’!
She’d tutted so much her bottom lip quivered,
Her sweet-free shop she’d next have delivered!
But the funniest thing (I grinned all the way home),
She weighed rather more than my sugared twelve stone!

© Baldock Bard 2015
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