bits and bats and sticks and stones and pics and pomes


Finally managed to sign in again - time  to have a wander through the pages later, tomorrow, though procrastination, that old thief may yet win.

Who am I?

I ask lots of questions, and find few answers.

I'm female, born in 1947 ( you can do the maths), and am delighted that I no longer teach French and German, but have the time to explore my own interest in languages, and in life.

I like writing, reading (including cereal packets), walking, cycling, swimming, skating (on wheels or ice).

I enjoy visiting new places and meeting new people. I also love revisiting places and meeting old friends.

I think I'm a closet puritan and something of a hypocrite - I would like to see us all living a simpler life, and making less impact on the environment, but would hate to have to stop flying across the Atlantic occasionally.

Come on in

Welcome to this site - you'll find a mix of poems, prose pieces, and photos. 

My most recent productions  are on here.

You can read my blog at

 I also hang out at Writers' Dock - .

Have fun. And I'd be delighted to know if you've called in.

Wot is aliqot?

Noun 1. aliquot - an integer that is an exact divisor of some quantity; "4 is an aliquot part of 12"
divisor - the number by which a dividend is divided
aliquant, aliquant part - an integer that is not an exact divisor of some quantity; "5 is an aliquant part of 12"
Adj. 1. aliquot - signifying an exact divisor or factor of a quantity
fractional - constituting or comprising a part or fraction of a possible whole or entirety; "a fractional share of the vote"; "a partial dose"


So why?   aliqot - a part of the whole of me.  I dropped the u - I am not u.  Unlikely to be used by others.

But mainly because it was a nickname, and I liked the sound of it. 

What do you write with?

My left hand for fun.
A quill pen dipped in blood (someone else's)
Paint on the wall, for public reaction.
Smoke in the sky
A sparkler on Bonfire night
Treacle on porridge
Mirror writing to confuse the brain cells
Glue and glitter for Christmas
Invisible ink or lemon juice for discretion
Condensation on the window
A syringe of sugar icing
A silky 3B pencil on hand-made paper for self-indulgence
Fingers dipped in chocolate
A stick in the sand.
A penknife on a school desk,
Felt-tip on a plastered broken arm.
A chisel on marble
Flowers in soil
Fingers on someone's back
Tongue in cheek.