Blog of Oonah V Joslin -- please visit my Parallel Oonahverse at WordPress

where I post stories and poems that have not been seen elsewhere - also recipes and various other stuff.

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Monday, 15 June 2015

100 Bewildering Issues

My 100th bewildering bit of writing in Bewildering Stories is up TODAY!: and Don Webb poses the interesting question: In Oonah V. Joslin’sAnd She Shall Have Music,” does the poem lament the evolution of music or of its media or both? I would love to hear your thoughts on that!

(It looks like 75 on MY BIBLIOGRAPHY where you can get to all of them :) but some of those links cover series’ such as my Novella A GENIE IN A JAM and Armchair Observatory so it’s 75 over 100 Issues!)
and since that follows my 100 at MicroHorror, I am well chuffed!


Saturday, 13 June 2015

June bursting out in Cragside

It's that time of year when Cragside is filled with colour. Let me show you. (Just click on any picture to enlarge it)

and TADPOLES those very tadpoles we saw being made in March

Froggies a-courting in March
Tadpoles a-teaming in June

 Don't you just love it ;)

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Sweet Sweet -- the toothache you gave to me

Please don't try this at home and if you do, don't blame me :)

Memories are made of SUGAR

Liquorice catherine wheels covered in blue.

Pink candyfloss that stuck like glue.

Toffee poppets, peanut treats,

treacle toffee and barley sugar sweets,

mint imperials, spearmint lumps,

pink and white marshmallows, flumps,

scented satins and cherry lips,

flying saucers, sherbet dips,

fried egg jellies, midget gems,

brandy balls and pink bubble gums,

tooty-fruities, rolos, polo,

chocolate-coconut-sweet tobacco,

jelly babies, dolly mixtures,

flying saucers in pastel colours,

fingers of fudge, raspberry ruffles,

lucky bags and champagne truffles,

fruit gums, wine gums, space dust poppers,

mojos, penny chews and gob-stoppers,

parma violets, rhubarb and custard,

sour apples, gingers hot as mustard,

toffee bonbons icing-dusted,

chocolate macaroons coconut-crusted.

The corner shop was jewelled with jars

that we could contemplate for hours;

jars marked 6d, 9d, 1/- ( a bob) a quarter;

contents guaranteed to make your mouth water.

We munched insects, alien worlds, sugar crystals that shone like stars

a universe of chocolate;Galaxy, Milky Way and Mars.

Woolworth’s Pick-n-Mix a week of heaven to the tongue.

Ah! do you remember the days when we were young? 


  Some Retro Sweets anyone?