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billbaily
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Posted - 18/02/2022 :  13:48:53 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Candles On Standby

Well Wikipedia states that Eunice means SHE CONQUERS and boy is she living up to her powerful name
We were warned to be vigilant and make preparations before this storm came

I don't know how many times I've looked through the rainy windows checking if my fences are staying bolt upright
I think we are in for a few hours of this... I hope it calms down before tonight

I don't think Gladys will be hanging out her washing... think it would probably end up in faraway Timbuctoo
Batten down the hatches folks and fingers crossed... the electricity stays on for me and you.
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billbaily
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Posted - 03/04/2022 :  20:38:07 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

ENERGY PRICE INCREASES = HAIRY SCARY TIMES

Cwtch up in your throws & blankets folks and bring that hot soup out
Don't even think about putting the heating on.... is what I hear Doris loudly shout

Thank the Lord for Money Savings Expert, Martin Lewis.... to give us advice about all of this
whenever he's on the television.... that's a programme you do not want to miss

He definitely is the peoples champion.... trying to guide and help us save our hard earned cash
but it's so bleeping chilly here..... Brrr I'm seriously thinking of regrowing my 1960's beard and moustache.

On a lighter note

I've just read that the longest moustache is an amazing 14 foot - my goodness what a length
and the heaviest weight a beard has lifted.... is over 63 kilos what an incredible strength.

Just Google weird beards there's some very creative people out there
some are such a work of art - you cannot help but stare

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On the British Heart Foundation it says
Wrap up warm
close doors
don't use alcohol to keep warm - draws heat from your vital organs
check that your heating works well
have warming drinks and food
stay active
if you can't heat all the rooms, heat the living room in the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep. Use a hot water bottle
check what support you can get visit gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment or ring 03459 15 15 15 to see if your eligible
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billbaily
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Posted - 08/05/2022 :  18:29:33 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Watch Out Watch Out.... Seagulls About

Took a trip to the seaside the other Saturday.... just wanted to be near that deep blue sea
There's something about those rolling waves that definitely appeals to me

Had a leisurely stroll across the busy promenade with a creamy, vanilla ice cream in my right hand
Also made sure those pesky seagulls didn't deposit a present onto my head and land

Called into Finnegan's at lunchtime for delicious fish and chips..... a real favourite of mine
A well run business if you ask me.... I've found it to be excellent each time

Everyone seems to be uplifted... it felt good to be out in the fresh salty air that day
Think a lot of folk have been looking forward to this..... the first 2022 bank holiday

Apparently the health benefits from living or being near the beach are

Happiness
Better Mental Health
Reduces stress
Promotes physical activity
Better physical health
Improves social interactions
Improves sleep quality
Hay fever sufferers may benefit from gusts of sea air too

Grab those buckets & spades and get yourselves off to the seaside!


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billbaily
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Posted - 31/05/2022 :  09:45:07 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

QUEEN'S JUBILEE 2022

Doris and I are popping up to Lidl.... going to buy an extra special bottle of fizz
We're both looking forward to the weekend to pop that cork and say cheers to our dear Liz

Doris is going to watch the celebrations and wave her Union Jack back and fore
An extra days holiday....for some they'd wish it was more

I say let's also raise a glass to the workers who do not get a day off to celebrate
Just to say thanks to all those who keep us safe... it's something we really do appreciate.

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billbaily
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Posted - 10/06/2022 :  18:38:51 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

After potting up a few trays of geranium plants... I decided to put my feet up and relax in my garden chair
and I settled down to listen to the Jubilee activities... going on in the local primary school over there

The children sounded so, so happy... excitement was definitely in the air
as a very special guest was singing.....Trinity Leigh Cooper..... you know the voice singer with cool pink hair

What euphonious vocals she has... and I particularly loved the song, This Is Me
so I decided to stay in my garden......enjoy the entertainment with my well earned cuppa tea

If anyone is reading this poem.....and looking for acts to compliment their upcoming show
I'd definitely book this talented young lady with an incredible voice
and remember it's Tredegar that told you so
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billbaily
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Posted - 17/07/2022 :  20:13:29 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Thank goodness we've got our Bedwellty House & park.....it's a really great way to spend the day
for meeting up with friends and family.... along with plenty of outdoor space for kids to safely play

If anyone is reading this poem and looking for a place to while away their afternoon
I say go and enjoy a coffee and cake....in their lovely Orchid tea room.

Make the most of this weather while supporting our local amenities
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billbaily
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Posted - 18/07/2022 :  10:06:34 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

HOT SUMMER DAYS & NIGHT TIME VISITORS

Do you sleep with your windows open....just be warned if you do
because I've just heard on Good Morning Britain....there might be an extra something in bed with you

A lady slept with her bedroom window open..... as the weather has been very, very hot
and something landed on her face and it was quite a shock she got!

A bat was in her bedroom.....she woke her family up with all her shouts
Luckily for the scared little bat.....they covered him with a sheet and quickly got him out

I went to close the window a few nights ago and a bat flew in front of it so they are about! They have big appetites apparently because flying takes up a lot of energy. They eat insects in mid-air and there are 17 species of bat in the UK according to RHS.Org.UK
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billbaily
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Posted - 18/07/2022 :  11:02:57 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

SWEET MEMORIES

Who remembers the jubbly.....those orange triangular blocks of frozen ice
You'd squeeze the outer wrapping to eat them......mine fell on the pavement more than one or twice

Tip tops were a cheaper version.....we stood on terraced street corners happily supping them away
A very welcome treat for us kids...especially on a sweltering hot summer day

Spanish golden nuggets were very popular they came in a white drawstring bag made of a type of hessian
Shops also sold sweet cigarettes too!...white candy with a red tip, in some countries there was a ban
(Think they have now changed the name now to candy sticks more appropriate)

We loved watching the shopkeeper in their apron..... opening those large glass jars and pouring out those bright red cherry lips
and listening to the clattering noise of the scales when it weighed out a quarter of pink and yellow sherbet pips

Five boys chocolate was quite delicious but I always though caramac had a very, very unusual taste
and we all looked forward to Christmas too....luxury chocolate brazils...I tell you now... none of those went to waste!

It's strange how sweets make you remember your childhood...probably because you ate them while out playing with your friends from school
3d in your pocket to spend at your favourite terraced corner shop....on our way to Bedwellty Park outdoor swimming pool
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billbaily
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Posted - 25/07/2022 :  16:46:49 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

CAN YOU DO IT

What is it about some of those ring pull tins ..... that simply drives you spare
because when you go to open it, the ring annoyingly breaks and goes flying off into mid air

You then resort to going to the back of the kitchen drawer... looking to get that old metal butterfly tin opener out
struggling like mad too when that even gets jammed.....oh doesn't that make you want to shout

I've even had to tip the now badly damaged can upside down.... to try and get into it another way
not an easy thing to do with all the contents leaking out... I must say

The best you can achieve is to get a quarter of the lid off....and you prise it backwards carefully to make an opening.... of which is very, very small
you then hover your battered can over a saucepan... and with much relief you see the contents slip out.... and into it... slowly, slowly fall

What a to do....I've narrowly avoided having a trip to the local hospital A&E
just for Doris and I to have a bowl of soup for our lunch with a cup of welsh tea


Think I'm going to invest in an electric can opener along with a ring pull opener as well - SORTED!
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billbaily
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Posted - 29/07/2022 :  09:53:03 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

THE ALLOTMENT

I always recall being so excited....to visit my grandparents when I was so very, very small
My nan was such a kind, caring woman and my grampa.....gosh he seemed so very tall

I can see him now leaning over the gate of his allotment...wearing an old checked dai cap perched on the top of his head
Come over here and pick some lovely fruit with me.... is what he often said

There would be rows upon rows of fruit bushes and lots of different veg.....onions, potatoes, carrots and peas
Nature surrounded us everywhere in his garden... with many varieties of birds, butterflies and honey bees

I have fond memories of nan making her special pastry...rolling it out on the kitchen table and a blackcurrant tart would be put in the oven for our tea
They definitely played an important role in my younger life...that I can now see

You don't need expensive, unnecessary things in life...the most important thing you can give a child is love
and I will always have those special fond memories of them whenever I reach for my gardening glove

Spend lots of fun time with your children...make sure they know that you care
This will stay in their hearts forever.......a most special place there

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billbaily
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Posted - 08/08/2022 :  11:33:19 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

THE 1970's BIG RED BUS

Here comes the bright, red, gleaming double decker bus pulling into Tredegar bus station bay no 1
bringing all the valleys shoppers to our town.... it was an important life line for some

If you were lucky your bus would take a detour and pass through the work sheds... and out through the other side
think the buses would be kept in good repair here, maybe have a spruce up....washed and dried

I also remember the booking office.... it was warmer waiting here in the winter months... and in the summer you could buy a ticket for an excursion for the day
some folk would purchase a mystery tour trip... and find themselves sunbathing in one of Swansea's lovely beaches... possibly Langland Bay

As a child it always felt a bit special.... sitting on those high, side seats at the back of the bus... elevated into the air
mind you.... sometimes it felt like being on a thrilling fairground ride...hold on tightly you definitely felt every bump in the road up there

You'd be careful not to lose your ticket.....holding onto it really, really tight
just in case the Inspector climbed aboard...everyone thought he just might

There were little black buttons positioned on the hand rails you pressed them when you wanted to alight at a certain stop
you'd then be swaying all the way down that middle aisle....stumbling as if you'd drunk way too much.... and I don't mean fizzy pop

People would accidently hit you with their shopping bags...apologising profusely as they went wobbling by
and it was very hard to stay upright when the bus applied the brakes sharply....I've nearly come a cropper I won't lie

I always enjoyed the journey on the double decker... there was always friendly chatter and news when you boarded... found a spare seat and sat down
yes a lovely warm friendly atmosphere from all those passengers on our journey home.... from shopping in our Tredegar town



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