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Wednesday Walk-Along Beer to Branscombe 1

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1Set off by walking past the Anchor Inn, near the beach, and up the hill past the allotments. What a place to garden!!! 5Look West, and then look behind you to the East. The panorama is breathtaking.67A first glimpse of the red cliffs of Devon.(more pictures in the slideshow)10Decide whether to walk the undercliff (too boggy at this time of year) or take the high ground to the old Coastguard’s lookout14 with a Buddha now keeping watch from the upper window – and here the Buddha’s view15 bviewand on across the top to Branscombe ……. (to see the continuation of this walk click here)

Melissa and I started a Renga when I was in Devon and although we did not carry it on -( life sometimes takes over – and we do it for fun – no pressure) I wanted to record what we wrote, cos I like it as it is! And it refers to this very walk.

Melissa starts with her Haiku Challenge and we alternate the verses from there, if anyone else would like to pick this up and run with it you are very welcome:

On rare occasions                                                                                                                  I imbibe much and suffer                                                                                           Harsh headaches always

Away on a weekend break                                                                                          White wine for me, no headache

Sulphite free that wine                                                                                                  Must be, grapes sent from heaven                                                                                  To you in Devon

Walking on air along cliffs                                                                                           Clear head and cobalt sea drifts

Fresh air is the best                                                                                                  Remedy for my sore head                                                                                          Sleep? No! Walk instead

(addition in green! Melissa wrote the above next verse …. ah! now to see if the next couplet comes to me)

I love to include walks from other blogs here too, so we can all wander round the world together: this week join a delightful family walk with Alisa Burke, in Oregon, USA I would skip for joy if you put a link to your walk in the ‘Comments’, and if you don’t have blog, send me some pictures by email with a few words about your walk and they will appear in the next Wednesday Walk-Along. 😉


With some excitement, I have just realised it’s Monday! The day to post a photo in Jamie’s 52 week challenge. The subject this week, Week 2, is COLD.


Ice doodle swirls with

Memories of colder times

And challenging Winters

Week 1: New                                                                                                                  Other Photographers joining the challenge so far: Garry, Melissa, Erika.                     And of course Blue Daisy

Melissa and I got in to a lovely Renga ‘conversation’ a few posts ago. If anyone would like to start one or follow the Haiku above with a Renga response, I’d be happy to Renga along with you. (Am I the only one who thinks Tango when writing Renga?)

Here is Jamie’s list for her 52 week challenge in case you are tempted:

52-weeks-of-photosHere are links to Melissa’s ‘Cold’ ,  Erika’s ‘Cold’, and Jamie’s ‘Cold’

Let’s get ready to Renga

Melissa from TheAranArtisan and I have been caught by a delicious poetry ‘bug’ (I tried to think of a better word than ‘bug’ – a more positive word.’ Obsession’ would not be right, becuase it is more of a playful interest – any suggestions all you wonderful wordsmiths out there?) It all started with my little poem about my wonderfully solitary Christmas Day. A friend replied with a poem that looked to me like a Haiku, I replied in Haiku style and a ‘conversation’ ensued.

And then – the magic of Blogland – Maia left the most wonderful ‘tutorial’ for me in the Comments and introduced me to RENGA!

Melissa sent me the first stanza, I replied with a couplet. I am so excited that we both enjoyed the to and fro of stanza/couplet ….                                                    Here is our Renga:

While in the garden
His feet became quite sodden
From the sideways rain

It is sunny here today                                                                                                        No wet feet, i’m glad to say

Just beneath the soil
Seeds burst towards the warm sky
Cotyledons form

Those first leaves bravely pushing
Upwards ready for the Spring

Flowers sleep but still
Getting strength beyond compare
From moon’s mighty pull

Snowdrops planted a year ago                                                                                   Eager now for them to show


Anyone else want to join in? You are very welcome.

It’s catching!

Maia, of “Winter Gulls and Water Mint”  in response to my ‘Haiku conversation‘ sent me a wonderfully clear and helpful Haiku tutorial – see it in the comments section of that post. And Maia also wrote “you also might find renga interesting to have a look at.”

And so of course I looked it up:

Well! there is so much STUFF written about it, a bit bewildering actually – but the easiest for me to follow was on the Young Writers website – well I guess that fits, I am only just beginning.     They say:                                                                                                 Renga, means ‘linked poem’. Poets worked in pairs or small groups, taking turns composing the alternating three-line and two-line stanzas.

What is the structure of a Renga Poem?                                                                        To create a Renga, one poet writes the first stanza, which is three lines long with a total of seventeen syllables – the same structure as a haiku. The next poet adds the second stanza, a couplet with seven syllables per line. The third stanza repeats the structure of the first (another haiku) and the fourth repeats the second, alternating in this pattern until the poem is completed.

Example of a Renga Poem

The final leaf falls (5)
The tree branches are so bare (7)
Autumn has arrived (5)

Remember Summer’s warm kiss (7)
So gentle, it will be missed. (7)

And then this wonderful comment popped into my inbox this morning from Aranislandgirl: “…I have just awoke at half past one a.m. and a Haiku runs through my head? Something about your post unwittingly stuck and I could not get back to sleep until I rechecked the syllable criteria! …. And excitedly creative, I think you understand.

While in the garden
His feet became quite sodden
From the sideways rain

(I ABSOLUTELY understand – and here goes with my Renga response)

It is sunny here today                                                                                                        No wet feet, i’m glad to say


Anyone else want to join in?!