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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 28th November, 2018)

Mopin lodge

Mopin lodge
Higher Lane, New Springs.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Ricoh Caplio)
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Comment by: irene roberts on 28th November 2018 at 08:38

I used to pass Mowpin Lodge regularly. A lovely setting; lovely memories.

Comment by: Poet on 28th November 2018 at 09:14


Cut and pressed like proud Hussars,
Whilst the ladies fanned the verdant boughs,
All the summer still and hot,
Their bearing was immaculate.

Now they avalanche in chaos
Waltzing through the trees,
Like an upturned jigsaw tossed
By the wrecking wind.
It is their last dance, their final fling!

And in the aftermath they laze,
Ladies raked into unkempt piles,
Lords withering deep in wheelbarrows.
You can hear their plaintive rustling sighs
As they're spaded into The Gardner's sack,
" Remember when we festooned the trees,
Glossy and green as Mallards!
This is not how it should be.
We want our salad days back".

I believe the Dance took place following the People's Budget 1909/10. It's uncertain if Lloyd George or Churchill attended or who the Gardner was.

Comment by: Mick on 28th November 2018 at 10:00

Theres a squirrel running along that branch above the house

Comment by: Derek Platt on 28th November 2018 at 16:23

Well spotted Mick. You have a keen eye. By the way great photo.

Comment by: Ken R on 28th November 2018 at 17:20

Poet, I don't know where you've been and I don't know where you're going with that lot.

Comment by: irene roberts on 28th November 2018 at 19:07

Well spotted, Mick!

Comment by: Poet on 29th November 2018 at 00:33

Yes, sorry Ken. Bit of a mess that one.

Comment by: Philip G. on 29th November 2018 at 09:18

Don't be too critical of your poems Poet, as subsequent readings of them always conjure more e.g., Arum maculatum.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th November 2018 at 09:25

The poem is 'deep' and not just in leaves but in thought as well - the only 'mess' is the wind blown leaves!
Keep going Poet.

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