Over the rainbow, Finn danced.
Leprechauns watched him, entranced.
The world over,
Until on their gold he chanced.
Note: The art work is courtesy of my daughter, and the cookie is courtesy of Antoine’s Pastry Shop. I hope you like this limerick for St. Patrick’s Day! A limerick is usually a silly poem with 5 lines having the rhyming pattern AABBA. The A lines are half again longer than the B lines. Even more relevantly, Limerick is an Irish city on the River Shannon.
Just for the love of limericks, here are a few favorites:
There was a young belle of old Natchez
Whose garments were always in patchez.
When comments arose
On the state of her clothes,
She replied, “When Ah itchez, Ah scratchez.”
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!
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A little leprechaun sat pondering
Saint Patrick’s Day was fast approaching
For he wanted to learn to sing
But his voice needed coaching
So he went to see his friend Mick
Who’s voice was so sweet and true
I want to sing like an angel
Would you tell me what to do?
Let me hear you sing said Mick
His voice brought Mick to tears
The sound of his voice was so terrible
Mick stood with his hands over his ears
Mick was not put off by his voice
Placing the leprechaun inside a fairy ring
Did a jig of magical mystery
To enable the leprechaun to sing
Then the leprechaun was happy
Thanking Mick, he went on his way
For now, he had a beautiful voice
For him to sing on Saint Patrick’s Day
Dancing through the daffodils
Skipping with the lambs
Love is many things
Finding that spring in your step
When your heart is leaping
Wherever you may tread
Feeling that burning desire
Being with the one you love
To set your emotions on fire
That unique feeling
That unique bond
Knowing you belong
Picnics in the park
Underneath the stars
Emotion you may discover
Happiness or sadness
Love is a roller-coaster
Love is an experience
To cherish like no other
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Oh my gosh this year seems to be just flying by and come Sunday it will be Mothers’ Day (UK), where has the time gone? With pay day only coming on Tuesday and working 9-5 throughout the week it’s made mothers day shopping extremely hard this year. I’ve had to do all my shopping either online or in super markets which is extremely challenging; on-line products may not come in time and supermarkets don’t all ways provide the most thoughtful gifts. I’ve been in such a pickle this year but have finally managed to get my mum a few treats which I’m sure she will love. If you’re still struggling to find you mum something for Sunday I hope my gifts are able to give you a little inspiration…
Mum’s Goody Bag
I believe that on Mothering Sunday you should focus on giving your mum a thoughtful and personalised gift…
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If you’d love to see more wildlife in your garden, clever choices for your borders and herb patches can give nature a helping hand.
And by making space for the mini-beasts you can provide for the whole food chain, without shelling out for specialist supplies.
When you leave part of your garden untouched, with good access to other gardens or wild spaces, you are creating safe area for wildlife away from human influences.
An undisturbed pile of logs makes an excellent hideaway for an incredible number of insects which in turn can attract birds and mammals.
But if you prefer a more orderly garden, you can still provide additional food and shelter for all the small things – and some of the big ones too – with a good mix of plants.
- Trees not only give birds somewhere to nest but can provide fruit for foxes, badgers and even deer
- Hedgerows, such as holly, provide essential cover and corridors that join up green spaces for small mammals
- A range of shrubs that flower at different times will improve the diversity of visitors to your garden
- Longer grass is essential for egg-laying insects such as butterflies, so leave a bit of lawn untrimmed
- Taller flowers will attract flying friends from bees to dragonflies
- Night-scented plants such as buddleia and evening primrose are great for moths which in turn are a feast for bats
- Wall climbers can provide links between gardens for pollinators
- Make a calm haven in coastal gardens with trellis and evergreens to act as a windbreak
- Don’t forget your water feature: ponds are essential for amphibians and offer a bath and beverage for birds
- Choose your own compost over peat – the latter is a threatened habitat while compost heaps are a warm home to reptiles as well as a great source of nutrients for your garden
There is some debate between experts over whether native plant species are better for our wildlife and a study is currently underway at the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Wisley garden in Surrey to determine which bugs like best.
Helen Bostock is a RHS wildlife gardening specialist who runs the Plants for Bugs project and has researched the most frequently recommended plants to attract the birds, bees, butterflies and more.
Her top ten plants every wildlife gardener should consider for their patch are: sunflowers, foxgloves, thyme, lavender, honeysuckle, rowan, ice plant, firethorn, barberry and purple loosestrife.
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This pancake recipe is fairly kid friendly…well, except for the hot griddle and all. Adults will have to oversee the use of the griddle and give some instruction on pancake flipping.
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 3 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons butter (melted)
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- Cooking spray
Using an electric mixer, with adult supervision, mix on low until all ingredients are well mixed. Use a spoon to scrape flour from the side of the bowl.
Spray griddle with cooking spray. Preheat electric griddle to 300 degrees. For a stove top griddle use medium-high heat. (For kids who are just learning to flip pancakes a griddle is recommended over a frying pan.)
Fill a ladle half full with batter and slowly pour on griddle. Repeat, leaving plenty of space between pancakes for easy flipping.
When pancakes are filled with small bubbles, gently slide a spatula under the pancake and flip. Cook for another 30-45 seconds and use spatula to lift off the griddle.
Important! While these “Kids Can Cook” recipes are written with kids in mind, they are not necessarily meant for kids to make without adult help. Kids’ ages and level of cooking knowledge will affect how much help they need in the kitchen. So kids, always ask your parents before cooking anything!
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Gigi gaga goo goo
This poem I write for you,
I love you mummy I really really do
I am only a little baby,
So gigi gaga goo goo
This poem mummy is just for you,
You feed me in the morning
And burp me like you do,
You change my dirty nappy
So gigi gaga goo goo,
I cry, you make me smile
And put me to bed at night,
So all I have to say to you
Is gigi gaga goo goo,
Mummy I really do love you.
By Thomas Sims
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
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