Tag Archives: Winter

Scenes on Sunday ~ English Spring

it’s May 12, Lockdown Day 412, and the weather is wintery

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jack collier

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Monochrome Monday ~ Winter 1962 – 1963

when I was a kid it was a trek to go to the toilet across the yard

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the sea froze

Food on Friday ~ Soup

only the pure in heart can make a good soup

In many parts of England and the USA it’s cold, dark, and miserable.  At times like these I believe that we all need comfort food, and what better than a nourishing, warming, interesting soup?

And, if you are pure in heart, then you can make a decent soup over an open fire, if you have to.  Better still would be an unfashionable wood burning stove.  The people of Texas will tell you that relying on electricity is not always a good idea, nor mains gas either.  BTW, never, ever use petrol, (gasoline) to start a fire ~ not if you want to go on living.

First up this week, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.  You know what?  If you don’t have a slow cooker, then get one.  At this time of year it will be a brilliant investment.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb has a recipe for Easy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup.  Tuscany is one of my favourite places in the entire world.

Easy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

Holly at Spend with Pennies has a wonderful looking recipe for Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon; how very American!  This really is a meal in a bowl.

Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon

Dana the Minimalist Baker has a collection; Healthy Winter Recipes for Cold People, and from that I’ve chosen to feature her very easy, very healthy, gluten free, one pot, Curried Potato and Lentil Soup, (with kale).

Curried Potato and Lentil Soup

Meanwhile, Jessica at How Sweet Eats offers us 20 of Her Favorite Soup Recipes for Winter; from which I give you this Easy Lemon Chicken Soup.  OK it’s the second lemon chicken recipe this week but they are very different.

Easy Lemon Chicken Soup

Finally for this week Country Living has a collection of 55+ Extra Comforting Soups and Stews to Warm You Up on Chilly Winter Nights.  How about this Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup for something very different?

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

they even get snow in Arizona

I know, I was there

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Anywhere But Here

travelling far turns you into a storyteller

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

in a December’s winter I would rather be almost anywhere but here.

English Winter

That’s just one of life’s bitter ironies…..

I remember when Beeching dug up our railway.

Winter in the North East of England.  Dark, cold, windy, and a time to get another blanket on the bed.  A well padded woman might be warmer.  Or a hot water bottle…..

The best part about an English winter is not being here.

But, when I was a lad it was much, much colder at this time of year.  Two pairs of socks inside one’s Wellington Boots, scarf, gloves balaclava helmet…..  And that was indoors…..

We had one coal fire to heat a big 4 bedroom house, donated to my dad by the N.C.B.  Except on Mondays when my mum also lit the fire underneath the big copper boiler in our back-kitchen, and that was the place to be when I got home from school.

School was fun, Bog Row Junior Mixed and Infants….. I kid you not.  The toilets were across the school yard, usually frozen at this time of year.

I’d like to say that those were happy days  Maybe they were.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

jeez I was a poor looking kid

 

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Chris Rea

Be charitable and loving when winter comes howling in.

Middlesbrough Man Chris Rea is a brilliant exponent of the slide guitar ~ athough I like him best because he likes great cars, including the iconic 7.

Please listen responsibly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

don’t drive a 7 in winter

unless you’re very brave

England’s Winter Miseries

When the English winter comes howling in.

I didn’t want to be in England over the Christmas Holidays, and I’d prefer not to be here right now either.  Next year I’m determined to spend a part of the winter in the sunshine.

Northern England in particular is a miserable place to be in winter.  Right now the temperature outside is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s still dark, there’s a strong wind, and a mixture of rain and wet snow is falling.  In the next couple of days the weather here is going to get much worse with 80 mph winds and a lot of snow expected.  The sea is vicious and cold.

Drivers are being warned to stay off the roads, and only to make the most essential journeys.  Our rail service is in chaos, and there are long flight delays at our airports.  We do not handle snow very well at all, and the high winds can actually blow over trucks.  Some of our most important bridges are closed.

There is an epidemic of a particularly nasty strain of the flu, (Aussie flu H3N2), which can be fatal in itself.  Influenza can lead to several other fatal illnesses; bronchitis, pleurisy, and pneumonia.   Our health service is overwhelmed; the hospitals are full and people are being advised not to visit their own doctors except in cases of an emergency.

The thing is,  the cold, damp, and dark English winter weather makes people prone to catching nasty winter diseases; colds, flue, bronchitis pleurisy, and pneumonia.

I had this Aussi flu just after Christmas, and I was very poorly for a couple of weeks.  High temperature, hacking cough, tiredness, aches and pains, headache, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, and an inability to eat ~ I have lost 10 lbs since Christmas.

Trust me, you don’t want to catch this Aussi flu.

Trust me, you don’t want to be in Northern England in winter either.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Bitter Harvest Falls

dark

You like autumn?  Don’t call it fall.  You like fog wet dog boggy footpaths mud?  Fur scarf hat gloves separating love’s touch.  Cider with cinnamon vomit stinks I think warm beer the only fit drink for an English man.  Cinnamon satisfies women but don’t call it fall.  It’s autumn mists mellow fruitfulness hopelessness dreariness missing your touch too much don’t call it fall.  California knows no bitter winter touch what is autumn to you?  Sadness last verbal touch telephone call isn’t much don’t call again.  Beginnings told me of multiple men my long drinking winter began don’t call it fall.

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P1010479experimental prose poetry

words and pictures by jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Dawn’s Desires

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Winter is finally here

your warm body to hold

takes away my fears

soothes my troubled soul

whispering so near

as dawn’s blue red and gold

wakens my desire

have we ever been so close?

I have never felt so loved

in your arms forever

your lips are gently saying

‘I love you’

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words and pictures by jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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