Saturday 29 February 2020


Water everywhere,
Venice has come
                            to Ironbridge.
Everyone is distressed
by their material losses,
                            the flood damage.
But Poppy is captivated -
the novelty if it all
                            fills her with excitement:
the sun reflecting
on the surface of the water
                            making pictures,
glittering, star-spangled...
an Angel's face here,
                            a darting mermaid there.
To a six-year-old
it is such a magical
                            unique adventure.
Travelling everywhere
by boat instead of car
                            is exhilarating.
She never wants it to end.
She wants it to rain forever,
                            to live in a houseboat.
But Mummy and Daddy
aren't happy at all
                            and try as she might,
Poppy just can't understand it.
What is this thing they don't have
She thinks it is called



    Oh! My! Goodness!
    Storm Jorge is predicted to bring more wet and windy weather to the UK today and tomorrow, following Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, both of which battered the country and meant that Ironbridge, Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury have faced ruin in flood water.

    The Wharfage in Ironbridge has been closed as the River Severn reached a peak of 6.8m earlier this week. Several houses and businesses were evacuated on Wednesday as the fast-flowing water overwhelmed part of the barriers.

    The road surface was also badly damaged when part of the flood barrier was forced back, scraping and gouging the tarmac.

    By the way...What is 'Insurance'...?

    My daughter and hubby live in Stoke~On~Trent...
    Not good there either..She's thinking of selling
    the car and getting a Gondola..!

    I like the BBC reporting somewhere or other, and
    rescuers approached an end building, and shouted up
    to a chap looking out the bedroom window..saying..
    "Your surrounded by water..l don't think we'll be
    able to get you out"..And this guy..shouts back one
    word..."GOOD"..It was funny..HeHe! :O).

    1. Haha...think that guy saw the adventurous side of the situation too!😉
      Kind of scary though, don't you think? Perhaps Noah will be reincarnated shortly...we could definitely do with his expertise if these storms keep battering us!! Lol

    2. HeHe! Poor old Noah..! :O).
      Where did Noah keep the bees on his Ark?
      In the Ark hives...

      What kind of lights did Noah have on the ark?
      Flood lights...

      Why did the worm leave the Apple?
      Because Noah said to travel in pairs...

      Which bird did Noah regret taking on the ark?
      The woodpeckers...

      What did the aardvark say to Noah?
      What do you mean you only brought two ants!?

    3. Hahahaha 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  2. Luckily children see mostly new adventures in life's upheavals.
    Unfortunately adults must live in reality and accept facts instead of fiction.
    No insurance...that hurts!

    I always love your writings, my dearest make everything become poetry.

    All my Love and Big Hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

    1. Yes, makes you wish you could hang onto that childlike optimism throughout life, doesn't it?!

      Many thanks, dearest Jan...I so appreciate your kind words of encouragement!😊😊

      All my love and hugs back ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  3. I was on Venice few years ago, such a beautiful city, too bad what is happening out there in Italy with the virus!

    1. Yes, it is such a pity. I imagine they will lose a great deal of tourists this spring.🙁
      It seems the virus is rapidly spreading across the world now too...
      Stay safe, my friend! xxx

  4. Ouch.
    That no insurance/inadequate insurance has bitten a lot of people here this season (not helped by the insurers going out of their way to refuse payment).
    Love that someone at least can see the beauty and wonder in disasters.
    I also love (as always) the different perspective you present so beautifully.

    1. Oh to have a child's perspective sometimes, eh?!
      These floods are the worst I have ever witnessed, are so widespread.😕
      I just needed to find a positive side...
      Many thanks, Sue...I really appreciate that!😊😊

      Love and hugs xxx

  5. Enjoyed.. Intuitive.. The world can be so much better through the eyes of a child☺

    1. Thank you so much, Anthony...and really happy you enjoyed!😊😊
      Yes, I guess we need to release the child within helps to retain our sanity in times of crisis!!😉

  6. It sounds like the six year old was truly enjoying the moment she was in!

    1. Certainly does, Lon...and I guess we could learn a lot from her sense of adventure!
      Many thanks, my Friend!😊😊

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    1. It certainly does, Rue!
      Many thanks for reading...😊😊 xxx

  8. Loved reading your words.

    We had terrible hail stones today! I was pleased I was inside looking out! I just hope the rest of March will be better.

    Have a good week Ygraine.

    All the best Jan

    1. So glad you enjoyed, Jan...and thank you so much!😊😊
      Yes, we had those hail stones too...made such a noise on our conservatory roof that we could barely hear ourselves think!!
      Here's hoping for a much better month ahead!

      Wishing you a good week too!

      Hugs xxx

  9. this is lovely poem dear Ygraine

    seems to deal with multiple ideas at same time

    Venice is dream destination for me ,floating town on surface of water is fascinating and utterly appealing
    innocent's eyes find treasures of happiness within small wonders of life indeed and i feel that childlike excitement in my soul each time i see such beautiful visions
    floods are no joy at all for men though they also work mysteriously for us by setting example how wild and damaging nature can be sometimes and that we should stay alert and equipped all the time as life is unpredictable

    wisely done my friend!
    blessings to your days ahead ,hugs!

    1. Dearest Baili...oh you are so heartfelt thanks!😊😊
      It seems so unfair sometimes...we have all these floods, when other parts of the world are suffering devastating droughts. All this surplus water could save people's lives...
      By trying to see through the eyes of a child, I hoped to see the beauty of Nature, rather than Her arbitrary ferocity.

      Have a good week, my dear friend!😊😊

      Much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  10. Well Worded And Very Thoughtful - Stay Creative And Keep Writing Your Truth


    1. Thank you so much...I really appreciate that!😊😊
      I will keep keeps me sane!! Lol

      Have a great day!


  11. Oh thank you so, so much, Yannis...with much appreciation!😊😊
    It is always a real pleasure to visit your blog!!

  12. Very beautiful reflection!
    Maybe happiness is a matter of looking at things not as they look like, but as they really are. And children do it very well.

    1. I totally agree, would certainly help us to see the world through the eyes of a child at times of crisis!
      Many thanks!😊😊

      Hugs xxx

  13. I wish we could all by like Poppy and only see the magic.

    1. Oh too, Amalia!
      Thank you so much 😊😊

      Hugs xxx

  14. ahh i like your poem. Now i'm going to go google ironbridge.

    1. Thank you, Sandy!😊😊
      They were among many places flooded here this year 😕

    2. yes after i read your post i went and looked up the news about this.

  15. Floods are calamities, but calamities are not entirely the will of God, floods can come due to human behavior that does not care about the environment and the natural system

    1. I agree, Ibrahim.
      It is down to each one of us to do all we can to change the way we live our lives...before it is too late.
      Many thanks.

  16. Another great write Ygraine!!! I love how you describe everything!!
    glittering, star-spangled...
    an Angel's face here,
    a darting mermaid there.
    Big Hugs!!


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