Quirky

3 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

And I am a community
fascination here to pique
All along the river bank
quirky and unique
Houseboats here in residence
tradition to bizarre
Conformity is alien
I’m not particular
But I’m as much a part of Shoreham
as the townsfolk either side
Here on Adur’s mudflats
where my people all reside

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Continuing the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series, Quirky is all about the houseboat community on Riverbank. Moored along the mudflat banks of the River Adur estuary at Shoreham, the boats vary from the traditional to the not-so-traditional. The one in the background here is part of the ‘Verda’ community built, owned and resided on by Hamish, a local Shoreham sculptor. Photo – Jempics

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A colourful story

Colourfully painted
they have seen many days
Sitting next to smokestacks
on England’s waterways
Functional yet lovely
water for the boat
Keeping engines running
flotilla here afloat

Inanimate, their story
over all the many years
would cover several pages
but will never reach our ears
So here’s some inspiration
to help you on your way
Captured when I saw them
in the sunshine yesterday

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Photo – painted water containers on a barge in the Gas Street Basin, Birmingham, UK – Jempics

Gas Street Basin

The Gas Street Basin barges
look lovely in a line
Here in the heart of Birmingham
peaceful and sublime
Once this would have bristled
with industrial ingress
But now it is a haven
free from turmoil or distress
Testament to memory
preserved in the best way
And perfect for the passer-by
at any time of day

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Photo – Gas Street Basin on the Birmingham & Worcester canal, Birmingham, UK – Jempics

Little Venice

Paddington Central, London town
a haven here I found
Little Venice, tranquil peace
despite the noise around
Ducks upon the water
Longboats moored at bay
A rather pleasant find
at the start of this fine day

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Little Venice is a honeypot location in the heart of West London where the Regents Canal meets the Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal. The name ‘Little Venice’ is thought to have been coined by the poet Robert Browning. Photo – Jempics

Down by the seaside

Spent two hours on the water
beyond the outer buoy
Half a mile or so from shore
moments of pure joy
A gentle swell from rising tides
bobbed me around a bit
Watching sailors from the club
out there enjoying it

Then later when the sea lay still
to the beach I then repaired
And soaked the sunshine up a while
as many others shared
Bank holidays are made for this
for times of idle pleasure
Made perfect by a gleaming sun
for all our seaside leisure

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Photo – my kayak and converse, Lancing beach, August bank holiday 2017 – Jempics

Sealegs Wobble

We’ve been back home now
for almost two days
with parts of us still out there
in many different ways

It’s called a ‘sealegs wobble’
after a week at sea
A strange but lovely feeling
from a place we love to be

It’ll fade a little every day
but for now it brings a smile
Etched with indelibility
in our memories for a while

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Photo – the promenade deck (deck 9) of the Thomson Dream cruise liner – Jempics

Sixteen hundred

Part 20 of 20 in ‘The Aegean Shores’ series

And of the sixteen hundred
just one-thirty occupied
Five this week we’ve been to
many more of which we’ve spied

Corfu, Kefalonia
Crete, Santorini, Rhodes
Five islands we’ve just been to
Though Greece, of course, has loads

It’s been a superb holiday
and though we’re homeward bound
we’re far from disappointed
with the joy there that we found

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Photo – the Thomson ‘Dream’ cruise liner – Jempics

[This is part 20 of a 20-part series charting a seven-day cruise with Tui from 11-18 August 2017, travelling from London to Corfu, then Kalamata (Greece), Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Piraeus (Greece), Kefalonia, Corfu and London, some 3,870 nautical miles]

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