Grey skies overhead

Inspiration underfoot

Japanese design

Even drain covers delight

When the eye is tuned to beauty


Joining in with Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge. He gave us the prompt words COVER and COLOUR this week.

Ronovan also invites us to write other forms of poems in the haiku family of poetry. I have gone for a Tanka this week, which is a Haiku 5,7,5 syllable pattern, followed with two lines of 7 syllables each.

Pop over to see Edwina’s Haiku using these prompt words as always she makes me smile! And don’t miss Melissa’s amazingly rich, inspiring and varied post, I don’t know how she does it!

Also joining in with Bluedaisyz Weekly Photo Challenge: prompt word this week GREY

Cathy has entered a great photo taken not too far from where I live, how I love that place. So many different greys, love it!


As you might have guessed – I’m BACK!

Home after the most amazing trip to Japan – what a wonderful country – I have fallen in love with the place and the people. Already I’m wondering about going back one day. If you ever get the chance to go – GO!

I’m so excited about being able to share my journey with you, although right now  I am still recovering as I feel exhausted and have spent most of the last two days in bed recharging the batteries.

I travelled with a group of 11 other textile enthusiasts and our superb Japanese Guide, Yuka.

Jeni was the first to photograph a manhole cover and after that several of us were hooked! Our guide told us there was a website with a collection of the cover designs, and I have just looked that up – incredible designs – click here to see some more.

The manhole cover above was found in Nagoya which is well known for its tie-dye fabrics and we stopped here for a tie-dye workshop whilst on our way from Tokyo to Kyoto. I’ll be sharing more about this workshop and others later – ooooh so much I want to tell you about …. but first I need to sort the hundreds of photos out – hurray for digital cameras!

Next Week’s Photo Prompt is REMEMBER.



21 responses to “Grey

  1. Pingback: RonovanWrites 71st #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Challenge Review | ronovanwrites

  2. I love your tanka! Grey is a colour to be cherished like any other, as you show 🙂

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  3. That manhole cover is so cool. It would be nice to do a rubbing of. Nice to put art into such utilitarian places.

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  4. Hi! Love the haiku and what an interesting cover.

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  5. Not surprised you are exhausted. Looking forward to hear all about it. The Japanese manhole covers are amazing. Interesting that they include western style letters and numbers.

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    • Like you I was surprised about the amount of western style lettering on all sorts of things, especially shop signs. And English and US pop music blares out in most of the public spaces – don’t think I heard any Japanese music at all – a bit of a shame really.


  6. Murtagh's Meadow

    Welcome home. Glad you had a great time!

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  7. Who would have known about such design! Welcome home, looking forward to reading about your trip. Not somewhere I have thought about visiting but am prepared to be converted. Thanks for the mention too.

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  8. Welcome back Daffy!!! Thanks so much for the mention. As usual you have done a superb job with the Haiku and photo challenge combination. What an intricate and delightful manhole cover!

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