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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

O stands for Over the Water.

People who live in Liverpool refer to The Wirral Peninsular as 'Over the Water', which in fact,  geographically speaking,  it is 'Over the Water'. The 'Water' is indeed the famous River Mersey. 

You will see Liverpool on the map and directly opposite is The Wirral. It was often referred to as The Dormitory of Liverpool as the people who worked in the flourishing Shipping, Banking and  Stockbroking  Companies took up residence there and commuted by the famous Liverpool ferry boats that would carry them to their offices etc. 

In the foreground is a Mersey Ferry and in the background, the famous buildings 'The Three Graces' from left to right The Royal Liver Buildings,(complete with Liverbirds), The Cunnard Shipping Company, The Port of Liverpool Building, (where I worked for a stockbroking company). Too the far right is the Majestic Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, built from red sandstone which was extracted from a Liverpool quarry.
You will see the office buildings, behind the ferry boat, with the weary workers sailing 'Over the Water'  back to their homes, on The Wirral, after a busy day at the office.
India Buildings (Entrance)
Holts Arcade that ran through the centre of the building.
When I first married I lived in a little apartment 'Over the water' I really loved living there and every morning used to walk along the promenade on the edge of the river, then take the ferry 'Over the Water' to Lloyds Bank, in India Buildings Liverpool, where I started my career.
 After a busy day working in a hot office, it was a joy to take the ferry boat home 'Over the water' and blow off the cobwebs, to our little love nest on the edge of the river. I would take a bus home because I would feel too tired to walk along the promenade, after working so hard.

 Whereas the buses in Liverpool were always painted in corporation green, the Wirral buses were painted blue and cream. Whenever I boarded one, a wave of nostalgia enveloped me because as a child we used to take a ferry across the river, then the bus to a seaside town called New Brighton which was a favourite holiday, or day out place for Merseysiders.
The promenade with Liverpool' in the background ' over the water'. We would walk the other way to get to New Brighton..

 Our little flat was just up the road from New Brighton, so each weekend we would spend a lot of time there just meeting friends and going to a lovely 'Olde Worlde Pub' called The Magazines, which many years ago was a popular haunt for smugglers... but there lies another yarn for me to spin! 

New Brighton Lighthouse at the mouth of The River Mersey

'Ahaarr me 'earties' (Pirate talk, meaning 'hello my friends'.) 

The Magazines as it looks today.

Well folks that's me done with  'Over the Water'....

My thanks to the Obliging Denise for devising ABCW also to Roger our Omniscient Overseer for doing what he does with such devotion. Thanks too, to all the helpers who assist Roger by visiting and commenting on assigned sites.

Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

N stands for Ogden NASH (part two).

Ogden Nash 1902 - 1971.

Ogden Nash was renown for his light verse;  At the time of his death in 1971 the New York Times said his"droll verse with it's unconventional rhymes made him the country's best known writer of  humorous poetry". Some of his prose indicated that he was 'anti establishment'.

This feeling reflected in one of his sardonic verses;

Common Sense.
Why did the Lord give us agility,
 If not to evade responsibility! 

In 1934 he moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he stayed until his death. He always thought of Baltimore as home. After his return from a brief move to New York he wrote;
"I could have loved New York had I not loved Balti - more."

Some more of his amusing anecdotes....

The Cow. The cow is of boring ilk;
 One end is moo, the other is milk !

The Dog. the truth I do not stretch or shove, When I say the dog is full of love,
I've also found by actual test, A wet dog is the lovingest!


The Ant.
The ant has made himself illustrious, industry, industrious,
So what ?
Would you be calm and placid,
 if you were full of  formic acid.

After writing about Ogden Nash I realised I had written about him a while ago. On checking the previous contribution I was able to heave a sigh of relief for I hadn't repeated myself!

My sincere thanks to  Denise who NOTABLY devised ABCW and also to the NOBLE  Roger who does what he does in keeping us all in order. Finally the team of helpers who assist Roger in the NICETIES of  abcw by making weekly visits to other sites. 

Best wishes , Di.

 ABCW team.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

M stands for Maya, MAYA Angelou.

Maya Angelou.

Maya is one of my favourite American writers.

 To label her 'just a writer'  really does her an injustice;  whilst, indeed it is admirable in  being a renown author , Maya Angelou is even more than 'just a writer', she was a playwright, performer, actress and composer. 

She has written and appeared in many plays and films being nominated an Emmy for her role in the 1977 movie Roots.

Maya Angelou was active in The Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King and was widely respected as a spokesperson for black people.

 In 1993 she was invited by President Bill Clinton to write and read the first inaugural poem. Americans all across the country watched as she read;

 On The Pulse of Morning.

A rock, A river,  A Tree

 Hosts to species long since departed,

 Marked the mastodon,

 The dinosaur, who left dried tokens

 On their sojourn here On our planet floor,

 Any broad alarm of their hastening doom

 Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.

But today,  the Rock cries out to us, clearly,  forcefully,

Come, you stand upon my Back and face your distant destiny,

 But seek no haven in my shadow,

 I will give you no hiding place down here.

 You created only a little lower than

 The angels, have crouched too long in

 The bruising darkness

 Have lain too long Face down in ignorance,

 Your mouths spilling words

 Armed for slaughter. The Rock cries out to us today

 You may stand upon me But do not hide your face :

AS this oration is rather long for me to quote here please just Google  Maya Angelou, 'On the Pulse of Morning' .There is also an recording on U tube of the actual inauguration and  the moving speech by Maya Angelou.

She concluded her address in this last verse saying:

"Here on the pulse of this new day 

 You may have the grace to look up and out

 And into your sister's eyes, and into

 Your brother's face, Your country and say simply

very simply

 With hope - Good Morning".

. In this last verse I feel she was challenging the new administration and all Americans to work together for progress.

My sincere thanks to the Marvellous Mrs Nesbitt, Denise..for devisising ABCW and also to the Munificent Roger for doing what he does in such a Malleable Manner .Also the team of Matchless assistants who help with the weekly visit to all the other ABCW' s sites.

Best wishes.
ABCW team.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

K stands for Kitten Cat and Kebabs

This my Kitten Cat Chloe, although she is nearly fourteen year of age she still behaves like a Kitten. Her daily workout consists of galloping or rather, springing around the house, she manages to leap from the back of armchairs and settees without touching the floor she then gallops up the stairs, dashing from room to room, even scrambling up the side of the wardrobes, then performing 'Kamikaze' style dives on to the beds. When the work out is complete she usually plonks herself upon my lap or a comfortable chair and settles down for a Kip...(English slang expression for having a sleep).



Friday night in our home used to be a special family night, we would all snuggle up on the sofa and watch family shows on TV.. An all time favourite for our supper often was barbecued chicken and lamb Kebabs which Papa Ian would griddle on the barbecue, if it was raining they would be griddled indoors. We would have an assortment of crisp salads and baked potatoes.

This was a treat for the end of the school week or our working week  and the only time meals weren't taken at the dinner table.

If it is OK now folks i shall sign off now, my brain is K O'd trying to KINDLE my thoughts for the letter K...

My thanks to Denise, such a KINDLY lady for devising ABCW and to Roger for KEENLY watching over us whilst we impart our   KNOWLEDGE each week with our KINDRED spirits. Also not forgetting the rest of the team for helping with the visits,

Best wishes to all,
ABCW team.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

J stands for Jamaica Inn,

In a bleak windswept part of Bodmin Moor Cornwall stands the infamous Jamaica Inn, which was a staging post for changing horses. It also was notorious for it's strong association with smuggling. 

Daphne du Maurier wrote the much loved story of Jamaica Inn in 1930. It happened, one day , a few years before, Ms Du Maurier was out horse riding on Bodmin Moor, when she was suddenly embroiled in a thick and swirling fog, realising she was lost and by chance she came upon Jamaica Inn, fortunately she was able to take refuge there. Whilst she was recovering from her ordeal she was suitably entertained by the local Rector who told her tales of the smugglers and also some hair raising, spooky yarns of the ghosts, who allegedly inhabited the Inn.

  Is this the rector (below)  who regaled Ms Du Maurier with his fanciful tales of smugglers and ghosts? In my mind he looks more like a ghostly brigand than a clergyman but then, a pirate would hardly carry a bible around with him, would he ?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

A mural on the wall of the bar in the Inn.

   When Daphnie eventually  wrote Jamaica Inn, it  was assumed that she based a character in her book, ( the enigmatic Vicar of Altarnun) upon the chance meeting with The Rector. The plot follows a group of 'wreckers'who would deliberately use beacons to misguide ships in stormy weather, thus running them aground.

 As the  crew tried to make for shore the murderous 'wreckers' would kill the beleaguered sailors. Then they would set about stealing the valuable cargo.

The Museum at the Inn displaying some ill gotten gains.

The murderous bunch would then make their way to the Inn to sort and distribute the contraband. Even the local dignitaries would turn a blind eye upon the actions of the 'wreckers' as they would benefit by receiving fine silks from China  and brandy for their own use.

Jamaica Inn is a wonderful piece of work an if you haven't  already read it I implore you to do so, it is really quite scary in parts!

My sincere thanks to the JOYOUS Denise for creating   ABCW, also to Roger for his  JUST and fair way in doing what he does so well. Finally the JAZZY team of helpers who assist Roger and Denise in visiting other ABCW...ers.

Regards to  all from  Di xx

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

I stands for INDIGO.

INDIGO is one of my favourite colours, it is regarded as the colour between Blue and Violet, which are also among my favourite colours.

The fascinating fascinator!

Ian and I married in 1987, as this was a second marriage, and three lovely daughters later, I didn't want to marry in white so I chose a beautiful, floaty, chiffon INDIGO dress and I wore a matching INDIGO Fascinator.

 I was just so happy to be marrying a man who was so kind and loving to me and my three girls, so INDIGO means happiness to me . Ian did wear a matching  lovely INDIGO silk tie to compliment my colour scheme.

Last weekend we celebrated Mothering Sunday which is a religious observance in the Anglican calender. it was devised so that children should pay homage to their mothers and thank them for their love and care. At  the end of the service, children we were given a small posy of spring flowers, to give to their mothers, the posy's including INDIGO pansies and violets.



The beautiful potted Orchids from my 

loving daughters to celebrate MOTHERING SUNDAY.

My sincere thanks to the incomparable Denise for devising ABCW and also to the infallible Roger for doing all he does in such an inexhaustible way. Also I mustn't forget the intrepid band of indefatigable helpers who buzz around all the  ABCW'ers blogs to help Roger with the visits.

My very best wishes to one and all.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Greetings to my ABCW friends.

I haven't been able to participate in this week's round ( letter G) due to circumstances beyond my control. Firstly I reached a certain age that a lot of ladies prefer not mention, and secondly as most know, I lost my dear sister recently. Losing her has hit me like a sledge hammer, thus not being able to concentrate on much !

Fear not Roger, I am preparing  the introduction for next week (letter H), HOPEFULLY we can get things back to normal in this HOUSEHOLD. Life has been so HECTIC of late.... now then,

My furry little companion Princess Chloe.

where's my favourite pen and my little lap top cat, so I can start writing again ?

Best wishes to all ABCW--- ers

Thanks to Roger, Denise  and Leslie for all that you do for ABCW.