Smorgasbord Coffee Time Haiku – Wexford, Ireland – Abandoned House by Sally Cronin


This photograph was the first that we took of our new home in Wexford in 2016. Repossessed and abandoned with furniture inside and out, and half the garden growing over the roof at the back of the house; it looked very sad but we saw the beauty and bought on the spot.

In fact it was pure serendipity that I found it in the first place. We had sold our house in Madrid and I began looking for a home to buy in the Waterford area, and on one particular site, in amongst the houses for sale, was one in Wexford!

I took a look at the details and we agreed that the price was very good and it was only a 45 minute drive to my father-in-law’s house in South Dublin. However, when I emailed the agent he said that the property was sold but if that changed he would let me know.

A week later we arrived in Dublin to stay with my father-in-law for a few months as we house hunted, and out of the blue, the next day the agent rang to say the sale on the sale had fallen through and would we like to view!  Oh yes.

In June 2016 we moved in to the house knowing that we had considerable work to be done to restore it to its former glory. We stripped out all the brown carpets, redecorated throughout and all the external walls, installed new boiler, insulation, replaced warped wooden floors,a couple of bathrooms and tiled the hall through the ground floor. All the windows were replaced along with the front and back doors. One of the last jobs was to build a retaining wall and expand the patio at the back. David is currently leveling and landscaping the area that used to be just a big slope down to the wall and hedge separating us from the next property.

Outside there were 15 dead trees that had spawned creeping ivy that had migrated to the roof and gutters at the side and back of the house. David who had become an experienced lumberjack in our home in Madrid which contained a lot of pine trees, took out the most precarious of the dead ones over the first year. The week after he completed the work we had a hurricane which would have taken some out, probably to the detriment to the house.

Anyway  – here is my haiku that I wrote at the beginning of our renovations.

And here are few up to date photographs during the renovations

The garden is still a work in progress but having installed a new fence and lawns we are now working on providing a welcome to the local wildlife.

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you enjoyed seeing our renovation project.  We are almost at that point where the house will get its wish for a dog to complete the transformation. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Coffee Time #Haiku – #Ireland Tree Stumps by Sally Cronin


During our renovations of our home here in Ireland, we had to take out some dead trees that would have been a danger to the house structure if they fell down… David who was instructed by his father on the art of tree felling (The Colour of Life – Work on a Timber Gang 1942 has always undertaken our tree felling.. this time it required not just the removal of several 30 foot trees but also necessitated the digging of six feet trenches to get the old roots out. He was as fit as a flea that first summer! And he is currently landscaping and leveling the garden so he is pretty fit this summer too….

My father-in-law Geoff Cronin apart from being a wonderful storyteller, was also a master wood turner, and if he had still been able I am sure he would have turned these discarded stumps into something beautiful. We are lucky to have been gifted some pieces that we treasure.

Here is an example of some of his work which was in high demand.

Thank you for dropping by today.. your feedback is always welcome. Sally

Smorgasbord Coffee Time #Haiku – #Eagles – Regal Hunter by Sally Cronin – Image by Tofino Photography


Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photography very kindly allowed me to use some of his stunning images for my Haiku…I hope you will head over and enjoy all of his wonderful images.

©Image Tofino Photography Eagles

About Wayne and Tofino Photography.

I fell in love with photography in 1973 and studied photography after high school in my home town of Peterborough, Ontario. Cameras and technology have changed since the 70s refining the colour and detail of photographs: Those technical advances have only added to my joy of lining up the shot and capturing a moment in time. As a professional photographer, I have been constant in my goal of exploring nature through photography – and each time I go out I learn something new.

In 1990 my travels lead me to British Columbia where I found my new home in Tofino. The natural beauty is a photographer’s dream. I have focused my eye on the magnificent wildlife that lives in and travels through Clayoquot Sound and the majestic scenery of the beaches and ocean of Tofino. My relationship with wildlife and nature has been rewarding for my photography – and for my growth as a naturalist and human being.

I hope someday you get to visit Tofino and let the Canadian West Coast feed your soul. If you do, please get in touch!

If you do not already follow Tofino Photography then head over and be amazed there are also bears, seals and other wildlife, as well as stunning shots of the breathtaking scenery. Link for the Tofino Gallery

Thank you for dropping by today.. your feedback is always welcome. Sally

Smorgasbord Coffee Time #Haiku – #Eagles – The Daredevil by Sally Cronin – Image Tofino Photography


Wayne Barnes of Tofino Photography very kindly allowed me to use some of his stunning images for my Haiku… Over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing some of those images.

Tough to do The Daredevil justice with mere words.

©Image Tofino Photography Eagles

About Wayne and Tofino Photography.

I fell in love with photography in 1973 and studied photography after high school in my home town of Peterborough, Ontario. Cameras and technology have changed since the 70s refining the colour and detail of photographs: Those technical advances have only added to my joy of lining up the shot and capturing a moment in time. As a professional photographer, I have been constant in my goal of exploring nature through photography – and each time I go out I learn something new.

In 1990 my travels lead me to British Columbia where I found my new home in Tofino. The natural beauty is a photographer’s dream. I have focused my eye on the magnificent wildlife that lives in and travels through Clayoquot Sound and the majestic scenery of the beaches and ocean of Tofino. My relationship with wildlife and nature has been rewarding for my photography – and for my growth as a naturalist and human being.

I hope someday you get to visit Tofino and let the Canadian West Coast feed your soul. If you do, please get in touch!

If you do not already follow Tofino Photography then head over and be amazed there are also bears, seals and other wildlife, as well as stunning shots of the breathtaking scenery. Link for the Tofino Gallery

Thank you for dropping by today.. your feedback is always welcome. Sally

Smorgasbord Coffee Time Haiku – Spain – UFO’s at Sunset by Sally Cronin


As I go through my images from our travels, I am going to share some that I have published with the addition of a Haiku over the last few years. In the first posts in the series some from our 17 years living in Spain and exploring this ancient and fascinating country.

In the long days of summer, it seemed at times that even the clouds were alight…or else they were UFOs..

©Sally Cronin

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you enjoyed…thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Coffee Time Haiku – Spain – Dry Earth by Sally Cronin


As I go through my images from our travels, I am going to share some that I have published with the addition of a Haiku over the last few years. In the first posts in the series some from our 17 years living in Spain and exploring this ancient and fascinating country.

We lived at 900 metres to the north of Madrid and in the summers temperatures could reach over 100 degrees and water was a precious commodity.

©Sally Cronin

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you enjoyed…thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Coffee Time Haiku – Spain – A Fortified Town – Sally Cronin


As I go through my images from our travels, I am going to share some that I have published with the addition of a Haiku over the last few years. In the first posts in the series some from our 17 years living in Spain and exploring this ancient and fascinating country.

We often did road trips and the towns perched in defensible positions were intriguing.

©Sally Cronin

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you enjoyed…thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Coffee Time Haiku – Spain – Lanzarote – Sally Cronin


As I go through my images from our travels, I am going to share some that I have published with the addition of a Haiku over the last few years. In the first posts in the series some from our 17 years living in Spain and exploring this ancient and fascinating country. This image was from a trip to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

©Sally Cronin

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you enjoyed…thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No 107 #Etheree


It is that time of the week when we are challenged by Colleen Chesebro to muster our syllables into various lines of poetry in the style of Tanka, Haiku, Senryu and Etheree…This week the challenge is  to find synonyms for ‘Haunt and Spell’ – Colleen Chesebro Tuesday Poetry Challenge 107

Here is my Etheree with synonyms  for the challenge ‘Possess and Curse’

How you can participate..

JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below but do head over to find out exactly what you need to submit.

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Etheree The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format. Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you.

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

To find out how to participate in this challenge, head over to Colleen’s: Colleen Chesebro Tuesday Poetry Challenge

I hope you have enjoyed my poem and will throw your syllables together too in one of the forms above… have fun. Thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro Weekly Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Number 105 #Haiku


I am enjoying gathering my syllables and participating in Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 105. This week…“Color and Creepy” Synonyms only

Something for Halloween.

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: It’s the first of the month and poets get to choose their own words!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

PLEASE NOTE: This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

Find out more about how to respond to this challenge: Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 105

Thank you for dropping and I hope you will have as much fun as I have participating. Thanks Sally.