With heavy hearts we have to share the news that Kevin passed away on the 3rd July after a long cancer journey. He will be sadly missed by many. Thank you for supporting him with his hobbies, they have been a great distraction over the years. If you wish to leave a donation in his name for the neuroendocrine cancer department who cared for him we would be very grateful.

Many thanks, Tina, Lucy and Rosie.

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Father’s Day 2021. 20 July 2021.

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Father’s Day (c) Kevin Jones 2021.

Today is Father’s Day a time to thank your Dad,

For all of the things he has done for you that makes you feel so glad.

But there is another side to the coin that should not be forgot,

Not all Dads have been good and provided – not a lot.

Other Dads may have passed on and are no longer about,

You can still remember them and give them a symbolic shout.

So if your Dad is good then cherish him every day,

Simply keeping in touch and talking about your day.

We want to hear your tales and still love to be involved,

Whilst not physically strong our mind can still get things solved.

So please look after your Mom and Dad and make sure they are ok.

You have gained a lot from them – a phone calls not much to pay.

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Poem – Christmas Carol. 19 June 2021.

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Christmas Carol (c) Kevin Jones 2021

Christmas Carol

There is a woman down our way that just loves Christmas,

She doesn’t care for other days – she just wants those to pass.

Everyday she shops for gifts and puts on her fairy lights,

We call her Christmas Carol – the lady in the pine green tights.

When you go past her house Christmas tunes blare out,

Jonah’s stop the cavalry and Noddy’s mighty shout.

The trees are all adorned with blow up reindeer and much more,

The little children love to see this wonderland Christmas store.

So imagine how upset she was when Covid got in the way,

No large family gatherings on the special day.

Carol was crest fallen her big plans all in shatters,

She did accept, reluctantly, that health was what really mattered.

So Carol has a new plan for the Christmas that was curtailed,

She will hold it outside in July twenty one when she can barely fail.

She is going Aussie style and having a barbecue,

She has even made an elf style cozzy – not the greatest view.

New presents are being collated for her family and team,

Most will get little surfboards – a wink to the Aussie theme.

She now has such a spring is in her step as for only this year,

She can have two Christmases – now that is worth a cheer!

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Poem – Just Like Home. 17 July 2021.

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Just like home (c) Kevin Jones 2021

Just like home

Just before our first child was born,

We purchased a static caravan it was a bit tired and worn.

But it was our holiday retreat and a great place too,

As now children needed entertaining and a safe bed for their dreams to view.

We swapped the old caravan for a caravan with a shower,

All modern luxuries looking over gardens with flowers.

The girls made friends and played outside until time for dinner,

Ah, a caravan dinner was always a sound winner.

The site had direct access to the beach and no prouder parent than me,

Walking hand in hand with two little girls we were happy as happy could be.

Down on the beach we would throw stones into the sea,

How joyous the life – backed up by nature and simplicity.

It did not matter if the sun didn’t always shine,

That little escape place was all mine.

Eventually the girls wanted to see other places,

Our caravan sold so we could see new faces.

We travelled to Spain and the Balearic’s too,

Staying in apartments with a pool and sea view.

In Portugal we swam with the dolphins at the zoo,

Powerful and majestic not play things for me and you.

But my heart always yearned for the simple life,

And we are now back to just me and the wife.

A new caravan has now been purchased to rest out our days in simple ways,

We have gone full circle back to the simple caravan days.

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Poem – The Tadpole. 16 July 2021.

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The Tadpole (c) Kevin Jones.

Tadpole

I am a tiny tadpole swimming in a garden pond,

With the cooling water and the sun upon my back it is a place that I am very fond.

For fourteen to sixteen weeks I will transform from a tadpole to a tiny frog,

I soon will be leaving the pond and make home under a damp log.

In this quiet place I will go fishing for insects,

Of which , I like to eat plenty along with other tiny objects.

I am the UK’s common frog with a sticky tongue,

Look after me as I will be doing my best as I am an ecological warrior unsung!

I will do you no harm but I am part of life’s food chain,

I will be the foe of worms and inspects and the pray for larger mammals which is rather a pain.

Please find me somewhere in a unused garden spot,

Where I can set up home and I will be grateful for anything I have got.

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Poem – Euros 2020. 15 July 2021.

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Euros 2020 (c) Kevin Jones

Euros 2020

The tournament has started a year after planned,

All the stadia allowing a few spectators but travel in reality is banned.

A player collapsed and nearly died whilst playing in a game,

His football career is now over life for him will never be the same.

England started off with a game at Wem-ber-ley,

The were far the better side but only scored one not three.

Three would have been more reflective of some of England’s play,

Round one of the tournament was simply not Croatia’s day.

So we move to round two in the mini league stage,

England play Scotland and all the ensuing rage.

Let’s hope for some common sense to see the match plays fairly,

We don’t want pitch invasions or anything contrary.

Will England bring the Cup back home?

The odds suggest the winner will be based across the foam.

For four weeks we will build up hope and the nation may even wear a smile,

After all since the last trophy win it has been quite a while!

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Update

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Just a quick note to let you know that I am feeling a lot better than in recent weeks and am now beginning a recovery phase.

I am not quite ready to return to social media just yet but I hope to start posting a few items sooner rather than later.

My illness is not a quick fix but time and rest will help.

In the meantime I am planning plenty of weather and poetry ideas here from my bed!

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News – no updates today

I am feeling a little “under the weather today” so I will not producing any weather or poetry blogs today. I hope to be back to normal service tomorrow

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Poem – Work. 16 May 2021.

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Work (c) Kevin Jones 2021

Work

I cannot ever understand those folk that don’t like work,

It is one of my biggest pleasures and something I will never shirk.

From the young man at the college and later in the test,

I was always striving to be the very best.

I love a complicated situation that needs spreadsheets galore,

Or some HR situation that requires a touch of law.

Designing a product always brings great joy,

When those first rudimentary sketches turn to a product made in an alloy.

Working with consultants on website SEO,

Or analysing data so that the pay per click is good to go.

All of these things are what makes work so great,

Plus spending time with the team and my partner best mate

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16 May 2021. Weather report, pollutant level and pollen count for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

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TodY is going to be very similar, weather wise, to yesterday with a 70% risk of rain, some brighter spells and regular cloud cover. a real mixed bag of weather.

The major difference today is the wind direction which will be deriving from the cooler NW. This will mean our top temperature will be around 13c but will feel more like 10-11c.

The wind speed will be around 5-10mph.

Today’s pollutant level is low and the pollen count is also low.

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Early Morning Haiku – Winners and loser. 16 May 2021

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Early Morning Haiku – Winners and loser (c) Kevin Jones.

Winners and Losers

It is not the score

That says if you win in life

It is your attitude.

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Poem – There is no place like home. 15 May 2021.

There Is No Place Like Home (c) Kevin Jones

There Is No Place Like Home

There is no place like home or so the saying goes,

It is the place where you receive support to make sure that everything flows.

Home is where the heart is the place you long to be,

It is where memories have been built and you feel completely free.

Time away from home does not make the yearning go,

Quite to the contrary the need to returns will grow.

Back in your comfy chair or lying in your bed,

You can choose the food and when it’s time to be fed.

Travel is exciting please don’t get me wrong,

I have been all over the world to some places quite far flung,

But the overriding thought that sustained me through the time away,

Was that I will return back home to my family with whom I stay.

It is the people that you love that makes more than bricks and mortar,

I am blessed that my home has been the refuge for wife and my two daughters.

So look around and everything you see will have a memory attached,

You belong here and you should never be detached.

There is no place like home.

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15 May 2021. Weather report for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

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The satellite and radar images are showing plenty of rain cloud area our are particularly this morning. These clouds bring a 70% risk of rain in our area.

It will be another cool day with a top temperature of 12c which will feel like 10c in the SE/ESE breeze.

Today’s average wind speed will be around 5mph.

Today’s pollutant level is low and the pollen count is also low.

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Early Morning Haiku – Unwell. 15 May 2021

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Early Morning Haiku – Unwell (c) Kevin Jones 2021

Unwell

Feeling unwell?

It will happen at times

Tomorrow can change all.

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Poem – Pain. 14 May 2021.

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Pain (c) Kevin Jones 2021.

Pain

What is this pain tearing me in two?

It is really bad I would not wish it on you.

My stomach is aching so very bad,

It affects my mood and makes me sad.

I need a dose of painkiller to ease the passage through,

I am sure after a good night’s sleep I will feel as good as new.

I need to stop the spasms so that the pain can ease,

The only relief I can get is drawing up my knees.

Confined as I am in this small room,

Like being encased in a medical tomb.

Outside the world is bustling around,

Whilst I am going further into the ground.

Today I needed help and support,

But everyone’s life seems so busy and fraught.

I end up supporting them whilst my pain I solitarily fight.

It is relentless – there day and night.

Tomorrow is another day,

And things will change either way.

I am looking forward to being pain free,

Then you will see the best of me.

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14 May 2021. Weather forecast, air pollutant and pollen count levels for Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

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Today is going to be a generally cloudy day with the occasional brighter spells this afternoon.

There is rain this morning to both the west and east of our patch but neither system is likely to reach our “patch”.

The air temperature continues to be cool for the time of year with the thermometer topping out at around 14c mid to late afternoon.

It is during the afternoon that the weather picture gets interesting.

This morning the wind will be deriving from the NE at an average speed of around 7mph.

Early this afternoon the wind direction will move clockwise to derive from the SE. This switch will bring in warmer air which, when it reaches the cold front, will begin to fall as rain.

The risk of rain in our area today is around 60-70%.

The air pollutant level is low as is the pollen count.

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Early Morning Haiku – Life’s cards. 14 May 2021

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Early Morning Haiku – Life’s cards (c) Kevin Jones 2021

Life’s cards to your like?

You have an option to fold.

I choose to play on.

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Poem – Travelling To School During The 70s General Strike. 13 May 2021.

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Travelling to school during the 70s General Strike (c) Kevin Jones

Travelling To School During The 70s General Strike.

There were some strange times in the seventies,

With the country on a three day disruption with no obvious remedies.

Coupled along was a general strike,

That took off the buses and forced me onto leg or bike.

You see that when we left the Birchills we moved to Bentley,

My school was Joseph Leckie near to Yew Tree.

A journey that stretched right across town,

In the bad weather, walking from bus stop to station often brought on a frown.

The general strike was a different case,

I could not afford to miss class due my home base.

So I pedalled across the motorway junction and turned into Alumwell,

Carefully riding through this patch as the local school could sound the attack bell.

Down through the Pleck and past Morrison’s store,

I would probably have been pedalling for thirty minutes or more.

Turn right into Bescot lane past the rail station and to the school door,

The total journey taking forty five minutes not more.

On the way I would meet my mate Nigel P,

He made the journey from Wednesbury.

We would meet by the Morrison’s Store chatting as we rode and keeping fit,

One day as we were riding together he said he had problems with a bag full of kit.

Unfortunately as he recommenced his ride his wheel got impeded and threw him out of his seat,

Poor Nigel smashed one of his teeth whilst I sat in class worried why we did not meet.

It was great fun most of the time but not on match days when you had to ride home exhausted,

The journey back home seemed to take an age and your lungs felt as if they had been accosted.

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13 May 2021. Weather report, pollutant level and pollen count for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

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It will be an often cloudy day today and with the NE it could also feel a little chilly at times.

We are 60% likely of receiving further rain showers today. These will be mainly in the afternoon and early evening.

The top temperature today will be around 12-14c but the wind chill will make this feel more like 10-12c. this temperature is well below average for the time of year.

Today’s wind speed will average around 8mph.

The air pollutant level is low and the pollen count is also low.

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Early Morning Haiku – Breakfast. 13 May 2021

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Early Morning Haiku – breakfast (c) Kevin Jones 2021

Breakfast

When breaking the fast

Choose wisely what you eat

Food feeds the brain too.

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