Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Routine

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The Routine

Commuting is a pain.  Crowded trains, delays, the time spent doing it even when things are running on time and, of course, the money.  The journey from my house to my office is approximately 150 miles.  It’s very expensive and it isn’t fun.  Luckily for me I won’t be doing it for much longer.

One day this summer it was particularly warm, and the train was particularly crowded.  As the train filled up and the people who’d taken advantage of the sunny afternoon staggered about and a couple of them fell over bookworm brain got to thinking of Madame Bovary.  Her unhappiness with routine and need for something less ordinary becomes a little tiresome in the novel, but what would happen if she was dropped into our world, onto a commuter train going to the same place and doing the same thing day in, day out.

“She wanted to die, but she also wanted to [commute to] Paris.”

This poem is for her and, of course, Gustave.

The Routine

Every morning I stand on the train
Face pressed into a stranger’s armpit
Too hot
And late, every day

Every day I say good morning
To everyone I pass
How are you?
Fine thanks you?
You’re late, every day

Every time my coffee is cold
Made by my assistant
For the time I should have arrived
Milky clouds floating in the top
Swirling circles, every day

Every email is pointless
The to do list looks the same
I’ve never understood the term dead end job
This is a roundabout
Going in circles every day

Oh to be someone else
Somewhere else
Something else
Anywhere else
Anything else

Why must life be so tedious?

What a wonderful thing it would be
To live a different life
A different life
Every single day

Copyright, D M Day, 2016

Summer Chill

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Summer Chill

Summer is coming to an end, allegedly.  In reality, today has been red hot and sunny.  But that’s the British summer.  We have sunny days and we have rainy days and eventually it all fizzles out and it’s time for bonfires and fireworks.  This is a poem dedicated to the highs and lows of the Great British summer, and the beginning of autumn, whenever that may be.  Enjoy the weather, whatever you’re getting!

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Summer Chill

Blue skies
Grey skies
Sunshine
Rainstorms
Beautiful flowers
Watery eyes
Smoking barbecues
Flies attacking
Pollen’s up
Beer’s down

Long days
Short nights

Then suddenly

Kids are back at school
Rain falls every day
Pumpkins fill shop shelves
Fallen leaves litter the street

Summer is a memory
Summer is a craving
Something remembered
Something desired
Never forgotten
Never fulfilled

Copyright D M Day, 2016

Tour de Yorkshire

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Tour de Yorkshire

So yesterday I had a tweet asking if there were any villages I’d recommend for a visit in Yorkshire.  Now obviously Yorkshire is an awesome place to visit with tons of cool locations to go to and you just can’t cover that in 140 characters.  So here are my top ten places to visit in Yorkshire, villagey and otherwise.

10 – Knaresborough

Knaresborough is a lovely village in North Yorkshire.  I spent some time there over Christmas a few years ago at which point it was particularly sleepy and peaceful.   It is also home to Britain’s oldest tourist attraction, Mother Shipton’s Cave.

9 – Whitby

Whitby is a town on the Yorkshire coast.  It has a good mix of things to do, from the usual coastal activities, to the Goth weekend it’s become quite famous for.  Then there’s the associations with Dracula, and it’s always nice to visit places that are mentioned in books!

8 – Hawes

Hawes is a market town in the Yorkshire Dales, and is actually the highest town in Britain.  I first went to Hawes with my boyfriend and it’s a gorgeous place to walk around.  It’s also where Wensleydale cheese comes from.

7 – York

I suppose you can’t really mention visiting Yorkshire without mentioning York!  It’s obviously a city in North Yorkshire and you can walk around the walls and visit the Shambles, the most picturesque street in Britain.

6 – Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the best preserved abbeys in Britain and I’ve been visiting it since I was little.  I’ve also taken my niece and nephew a few times.  The Abbey itself is in huge grounds where you can go for nice walks.  Across the road is the Abbey House Museum which is interactive and has a replica of a 19th century high street.  It also has one of the best Santa’s grottos I’ve been to.

5 – Roundhay Park

Roundhay is another place I’ve visited since being little.  The park is massive and there’s lots of places to go walking and have picnics.  There’s also Tropical World which has the largest collection of tropical plants outside of Kew Gardens and various animals, including meerkats, which are awesome.

4 – Hazlewood Castle

My boyfriend took me to Hazlewood Castle last Valentine’s day.  It’s a beautiful building in beautiful grounds and it was all very romantic and fairy tale like.

3 – Pateley Bridge

This a little town in Nidderdale and is another place I first visited with my boyfriend.  It has the nicest little museum ever, which, even though it’s quite small, has loads of stuff in it.  Pateley Bridge is also home to the oldest sweet shop in Britain.

2 – Haworth

Haworth is a village in West Yorkshire which was home to the Brontes.  As well as the Bronte museum, the village itself is a lovely place to visit with cobbled streets.  My favourite way to get there is on the old steam train.

1 – Ilkey Moor

Kinda goes without saying really.  It’s the home of our Yorkshire anthem, it has some of the best views in the county, and is, all in all, my favourite place in the homeland.

Visit Yorkshire – it’s a lovely place!

Copyright, D M Day, 2016