Why Trade

You trade your trees for a view,
green for just a bit more blue,
muffled forest for city clatter,
quiet walks for telephone chatter.

You’d rather have a black-top street
than wild flowers at your feet,
a perfect  world without the bees,
I wonder, can you tell me please,
why trade.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

Do not cut more than 20% of plant at one time. For drying, cut before it flowers. Dry in bags. Strip leaves from stem when dry.
Uses:
Prevents breakdown of acetylcholine in brain cells thus prevents Alzheimer’s disease, Improves memory,
Prevents hair loss,
Cancer fighting,
Use in sleep cushions to aid breathing.
Helps drowsiness, lethargy, as a love potion
Myalgia, neuralgia, rheumatism, arthritis, salve for wounds, helps circulation.
Rinse for brown hair,
Chronic fatigue syndrome,
Food preservative
Whole sprigs to flavour vinegar, jellies, meat especially lamb, fish.
Strong tea with catnip to repel insects.
Deer proof.
Guards the garden, sprinkle dried leaves around to repel slugs and snails.

Means: remembrance. Herb of sentiment. Latin ‘dew of the sea’

“Smell it oft and it shall keep thee young” Banckies Herbal.

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Mice In Our Flower Bed


Mouse Plant Arisarum proboscideum
Arum lily family. Low growing ground cover. Herbaceous wood lander from South of France. Flowers early Spring. Sitting just below the leaf canopy is the real interest.
Tubular vertical spathe – 1” wide and 1” tall, white with reddish-brown stripes on the lower half and reddish-brown on the upper half. The reddish-brown colour runs up the length of the filamentous tip which rises from the flower to around 6” high – enough to take it well above the foliage. Looks like little mice with long tails.  A dear friend gave us a root from her garden in 1975 and we still have little mice in our flower bed.

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There’s Going To Be a Great Red Currant Crop This Year

Tiny red currant flowers in the rain.  A good crop on its way.  Mmm red currant jelly this year!

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Friendship Is a Well Built Nest

The bird a nest,
the spider a web,
Man friendship.

~William Blake

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The Lost Art of Anticipation

Soon there will be cherries.

Tweet, twitter, Instagram,
call, text, web cam –
get it done, see it now,
never wait,
don’t know how.

Envision, dream what you desire,
watch tiny sparks
light a fire.

Half the joy of wanting
is the thing that seems
most daunting

Believe,
wait,
anticipate.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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Know Thyself

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
~Cervantes

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Waiting

“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.”
~ Jonathan Winters

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The Head of a Man

“The head of a man is not like a pawpaw
that you can split open and know what goes on there.”
~An Akan proverb in Ghana

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Be You

Whatever you are, be a good one.
~Abraham Lincoln

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Inner Peace


Fuge tace et quiesce –
Live in solitude, silence and inner peace.

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Heart Sounds of Life

Hard to describe the sound of a happy fire on a chilly morning –
like the sound of my heart when I have my head underwater,
or wind through a cracked open window,
air sucking in,
flames bouncing, wood crackling
and behind all that
the heart sounds of life –
warmth and comfort.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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Poet In The Tub

It’s not that easy
writing in the tub
book edges are wet,
blue lines smudge
but fluid inspiration is best written
when it flows.

Submerged in tepid water
thoughts unclog and ideas gel,
but by the time I’m toweled off
lofty words have dried as well.

So here I lie,
pen in hand,
waiting for my muse to land.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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The Play


The play ended
on an unhappy note
not how we wrote,
nor as we’d hoped.

But as the curtain
dropped to the floor
I heard the closing
of a door

and knew this drama
had just begun,
off stage right,
walk into the sun.

No lines to remember,
gestures to forget,
because this new play
will be the best one yet.

Be who you are,
say what you mean,
stand straight and tall
as you write your new dream.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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Mysteries In The Woods

How do birds fly between branches in deep woods
without hitting anything,
how do elk with huge bodies and gigantic racks
manage to disappear through denseness
without mishap,
where do all the animals sleep at night,
and how do they remember what tree is theirs.
A world filled with mystery and intrigue,
our woods.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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