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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 3rd March, 2018)


Fun in Mesnes Park.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
Views: 3,187

Comment by: Poet on 3rd March 2018 at 00:29

There's nothing at first! A few splinters of tin,
Twirling spurs flecking the morning sky.
Something cold alights on your cheek
And a freezing blinks in your eye.
You look up and something thicker falls,
And settles like petals on garden walls.
And white lines appear
Like chalk drawings of fences and telephone wires.
And then it begins! The white flamenco
Of wild and whimsical wanton snow..
Soon the houses are scarfed in it!
From a few splinters of tin
The land is transformed to porcelain.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd March 2018 at 07:04

What a great fun picture. Bet those kiddies haven't seen snow before from the looks of them. It's been a while for all of us- but haven't we seen it much worse in the past...and the cold has been so intense!

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 3rd March 2018 at 07:40

Enjoyed that Poet.

The scene reminds me of a film,book?
The Girl in the Red Coat, somethi g like that. Delightful photo.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd March 2018 at 08:21

I remember the film/book 'Shindler's List' / the book I studied was ' Shindler's Ark' by Thomas Keneally. There was a little girl in a red coat who stood out in the crowd in the black/white film. I don't know if you mean that Helen.
Good poem Poet.

Comment by: Mick on 3rd March 2018 at 09:20

The photo reminds me of when I was in the snowy mesnes park

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd March 2018 at 09:25

How lovely to see those little children enjoying the snow. Here's me moaning about it and they are positively revelling in it, but we all did at that age! Well-caught, Tom.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd March 2018 at 09:27

Sorry Helen I am on the wrong book with 'Shindler's List'. It's just that it was such a dramatic scene with the girl in the red coat in a black and white film awaiting transportation to the Auswich.

Comment by: Garry on 3rd March 2018 at 10:56

Worst bad Winter for me with in 1963. Lovely photo.
I need to put more coal on my fire and have another drop of Sherry brrr.

Comment by: Ab on 3rd March 2018 at 11:10

Lovely to see children out in the snow in the park. But why do they have to have more CCTV cameras? like the one in the background?; it's a park not a prison and there's no real concern for crime or "terrorism", unless you're one of the many who continually believe all the propaganda in the news and allow the state to take your privacy away. People like to have privacy when they're outdoors, not have a million CCTV cameras recording everything you're doing, and it's sadly now at a point where, in some places, you can't even go to the toilet without a camera watching you; shame on you council/govt. Where's Orwell when you need him. There was no need for them a few years, so what's changed?.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd March 2018 at 13:20

Mind you don't fall in that fire Garry with all that sherry you're drinking....I'm worried about you! Hahaha!

Comment by: PeterP on 3rd March 2018 at 14:00

Ab sign of the times. The park may look nice on a photo but over the last few years has had its share of attacks both on persons and property

Comment by: Alan H on 3rd March 2018 at 14:01

Ab, I’ll tell you what’s changed. Last time I was in the park, last summer, there were about 6 youths on mountain bikes tearing across the bowling greens doing handbrake turns and damaging the surface. That wouldn’t happen when we were kids. It’s not safe to have a word with them, that’s asking for trouble.

Comment by: Ron D on 3rd March 2018 at 14:35

Ask the ones who got killed AB in Manchester, sorry you can't.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd March 2018 at 15:38

I think it's more for crime, Ab, such as vandalism, than just watching ordinary visitors. Also, a gentle young girl was savagely attacked by a gang of teenagers some time ago in the park, simply because she was a Goth. I can see your point but I welcome it if it stops mindless vandalism and attacks on innocent people.

Comment by: Pat McC on 3rd March 2018 at 15:55

Lovely to see the toddlers warmly wrapped up and enjoying the snow.
Poet - your description of the whimsical wanton snow is superb. You’re very gifted and can capture a scene with your poetry as good as any camera.
Lovely photo, thank you Mr Walsh.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd March 2018 at 16:47

Pour a sherry for me, please, Garry! x.

Comment by: Alan on 3rd March 2018 at 17:26

The camera is there to keep people safe and help to catch the bad ones.

Comment by: Ken R on 3rd March 2018 at 18:14

Good photo Thomas. Quite a nice poem, poet. I think you should note how many times you use "and". there are many other words that can be used

Comment by: Garry on 3rd March 2018 at 18:44

Thank you Veronica and Irene, cheers. Keep warm xx.

Comment by: Alan on 3rd March 2018 at 18:47

I'm not keen on sherry Gary. Beer for me.

Comment by: DTease on 3rd March 2018 at 20:10

I'll bet you were an expensive date Irene, every time Garry mentions Sherry you're in like a shot!
Have you ever actually ever got one from him, or are you still living in hopes?

Comment by: Poet on 3rd March 2018 at 23:53

Thank you Thomas for inspiring today's PAD and to all the kind and honest comments to my offering.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th March 2018 at 08:30

Yes Tom you should put more pictures on here! I'm wondering are the toddlers your great grandchildren?
Regards x

Comment by: Alan on 4th March 2018 at 08:40

There's something about Garry that women like, don't know what it is??
He seems to say anything without anyone slating him off.

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th March 2018 at 09:29

No, I wasn't an expensive date, DTease. I never expected much in the way of material things which is a good job as I never got much! I'm sure Gary would pour Veronica and I a sherry if he knew who we were, and a beer for Alan. It's nice when strangers can have a bit of banter, isn't it? x.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh.. on 4th March 2018 at 13:16

Veronica and Irene, yes it is nice to share a bit of banter. I've often thought it would be a nice idea to have a Christmas ' do' for Wiganworlders . It may be to big a job to organise .I think Sunshine House or some where similar, I'd be interested how many would interested.?.
Veronica the children were just playing , I asked their Mothers if I could take a snap

Comment by: DTease on 4th March 2018 at 13:29

It is indeed Irene, it is indeed.

Comment by: Veronica on 4th March 2018 at 15:58

Tom I can see it now - guessing who was who!! Well I know 3 or 4 including you!

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th March 2018 at 16:42

Good idea, Tom. x.

Comment by: irene roberts on 4th March 2018 at 17:50

They'll say, "See those two glamorous ones in the corner, knocking the sherry back?....That's Irene and Veronica!"

Comment by: Garry on 4th March 2018 at 20:45

The Sherry's on me ladies..cheers.

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