Drusillas

We went down to Drusillas
for our anniversary
four of us this time, Bezza
Sally, Grace and me
There were parties of schoolchildren
but we made an escape bid
and marched on up ahead of them
so from the masses hid

Sal and I as senior citizens
got cheaper entry too
First time to take advantage
just for asking, as you do
And we made sure that we got there
when it opened on the dot
As that’s always best on days like this
especially when it’s hot

We saw marmosets and meercats
and penguins and anteaters
and goats and little horses
beavers, otters and some cheetahs
Capybara munching breakfast
Monkeys resting on their knees
some really laid back lemurs
and coatis climbing trees

It really was a special day
and we’re really pleased we came
As Drusillas is fantastic
and never quite the same
There’s always something different
to capture imagination
so it’s somewhere we return to
as it holds such fascination.

©Jemverse

Photo – laid back black lemur – Drusillas zoo park, Alfriston, Sussex – Jempics

 

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60/40 II (The day)

The day has arrived
the one after Solstice
so the light will be with us til late
And here in midsummer
down on the beach
the atmosphere will be great

We’ve friends who are coming
from miles away
we have not seen for some time
So you can be sure
that we’ll celebrate
and that everything will be fine

60/40 is here
Party and music
and dancing you can be sure
For this is the moment
for many months
that we have been waiting for

©Jemverse

This year, my soulmate Sal and I turned 60 and, in July we’ll see our 40th wedding anniversary. As good an excuse for a party if ever there was one! (Photo – Jempics)

Bouncing

Wolfgang was bouncing
and after his ball
We caught him on camera
which was a good call
Sometimes he caught it
sometimes he missed
But we always praised him
and gave him a kiss
Cos doggos need praising
and knowing you’re happy
Quite easy to do with
so bouncy a chappie

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Photo – Wolfgang and target ball in mid-bounce/mid-air – Jempics

Converse

I’ve been partial to ‘Chuck Connors’
since I was a lad
And mostly you will find me
with my feet in Converse clad

I have many different colours
Yellow, blue and pink
The oldest ones I had for years
Forty plus I think

I have ones I got on eBay
which I know are very rare
And some which are so vibrant
that folk will stop and stare

I have ones which are so full of holes
I scarce can wear them now
But I’m not about to throw them out
as they’re part of me somehow

I wear Converse in the summer
and in the winter too
And to be honest I prefer them
to a sandle or a shoe

And yes, I have my favourites
Several pairs I’d say
which you will find me wearing
almost every single day

©Jemverse

Photo – my ‘Bacon & Eggs’ Chuck Connors – my rarest pair – Jempics

Shocktoberfest

We all went to Shocktoberfest
up at Tulley’s Farm
to be scared witness in the dark
whilst keeping free from harm

The men with chainsaws all were there
as were the scary clowns
But loud was all the laughter
to keep away the frowns

The hayride though the orchard
was probably the best
But truth be told we all enjoyed
each moment of the rest

Shocktoberfest in Sussex
comes round once a year
But it is simply brilliant
to couple cheer with fear

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Photo – the entrance to ‘Shocktoberfest’ at Tulley’s Farm, Sussex, UK – Jempics

The Shocktoberfest Scream Park at Tulley’s Farm has been voted as the UK’ s best. We went last night.

Twelve months revisited

I wrote a poem for every month
twelve times throughout the year
Published on the first of them
whenever that drew near

I wrote of summer, as I would
and birthflowers several times
Springtime got a mention too
within poetic lines

But now the series is complete
twelve poems are now done
So now I need another theme
for twelve more months of fun

©Jemverse

Photo – dawn on a New Year, Thames estuary, Southend, UK – Jempics

[See ‘Twelve months seven‘ (published 180701) for links to the entire ‘Twelve Months’ series]

Because we can II

Staying til sunset
down at the beach
is something we do
‘cos it’s in easy reach
We might have a swim
or relax in the sun
but whatever we do
we always have fun

©Jemverse

Photo – from #Jemverse on instagram, July 2018 – Jempics

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