27 Oct

It’s about time, so a few have told me, that we look at repeating the 10eleven12 project in some way.


This is the plan:

11twelve13 will run from this site, and the 10eleven12 facebook group (although I have set up a separate ‘event‘ on this).

Similar rules as before (please see the FAQ post on this blog, noting sections in bold where appropriate).

The summary is simply this – contribute something that has been created on the 11th of December 2013, and is linked in some way to the theme of hope. Don’t panic about how ‘creative’ you need to be – if this works it will because there is a healthy mix of abstract, straightforward, amazingly clever and a-little-bit-dull-to-be-honest.

Thank you for taking enough interest in this to have got this far – please get involved and tell everyone else you know to do the same


12twelve12 – thank you!

21 Dec

Here are the photos, and written contributions for the 12twelve12 project. The pictures are presented in the order that they were saved onto my computer, (with the exception of the spiders webs, which I decided to bunch together at the start); the written stuff as the mood took me…

Copyright remains with the original author, (if you click on a photo you will be sent to a page where details of it can be seen). Please mention 12twelve12 if you share them.

Frozen Spider Web 2 by Chris Marshall Frozen Spider Web by Chris Marshall Frozen Spider Web by Emma Major Frozen Spider Web by James Edney Frozen Spider Web by Julia Benstead Frozen Spider Web by Mike Devine Frozen Spider Web by Robert Kean

All that labouring,
careful weaving and spinning.
creating a work of art:
at once practical and beautiful,
both kitchen and studio.
What do you think as you draw in silk?
Do you meditate on creation?
Are you making a statement with each knotted curve,
Considering infinite metaphysics, the essence of meaning,
Or the arachnid equivalent of shopping lists and school runs?
Either way, what must you think today…
Your web complete,
perfectly positioned to mislead the wayward fly,
the material so powerful, invisible, dangerous.
But today, beaten by the weather,
the early morning frost your only prisoner.
We, who see what we choose to,
marvel at the hexagonal impact on your masterpiece,
shards of ice stretching to the sun,
so brittle, so perfect.
While you must be fuming at the injustice of it all,
The fly stays at home,
reading his horoscope in the warm,
while your meticulous operation sits highlighted and clear
serving no purpose
other than as part of a social media based art project.
(poem by Andy Campbell)

Painted on 12.12.12 using 12 colours, in about 12 minutes by Andy Campbell Sums by Andy Campbell Ailse 12 on 12.12.12 at 12.12 by Andy CampbellReflections by Andy Campbell12 by Andy Campbell Tea on the 12th by Andy Campbell Writing Amnesty cards by Martin Mitchell Christmas Angels 12:12:12 oops 14:00 by puff_paddy semi Frozen Fountain in Welwyn Garden City 12:12:12:12:12 by puff_paddy Getting ready to make 12 Christmassy chocolate crackles by Tallulah Tangle Celebrating the creativity of life #14 by Deborah Reck

A poem I wrote to commemorate 12/12/12


(by Emma Major)

Celebrating the creativity of life #13 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #12 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #11 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #10 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #9 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #8 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #7 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #6 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #5 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #4 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #3 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #2 by Deborah Reck Celebrating the creativity of life #1 by Deborah Reck The nice warm W12 bus in frosty Walthamstoe by Tallulah Tangle Christmas Crackers (sparkle arkle) by Tallulah Tangle Frosty W12 bus stop by Tallulah Tangle Advent evening prayer by Sheena Williams


(Alison Summers)

An alien spaceship has landed? by Sara Betts Settling in for the commute by Sara Batts Frosty Shenfield approach by Sara Batts Jaffa by Trudy Smith Darkness Into Light by Will Taylor Bump Form by Jo Arkell Walton Lane by Wendy Moss

10 11 12 or 12 12 12
Into the stream of my consciousness I hereby delve
With thoughts of food and pangs of hunger ready to sink me under, but these carnal manifestation sensations I now shelve
With emotional agitation resultant from less than devotional investigation of pure historical opinion, this Degree is deprivation
Let the myriad plethora of cocepts and questions be quietened and calmed
Now burst through forth instead from within this head out the fingertip ends something else and creativity
Missed out on 10 11, but as sure as there’s a heaven and as certainly as we can’t work our way up there ourselves
So surely it’s worth stopping the study, suspending movement of mind and body, and spending a moment to mark the meek majesty of 12 12 12
(by Luke Briggs)

Berries by Emma Major Icy Spikes by Emma Major Thames at Sonning 12:12 on 12.12.12 by Emma Major A Sneaky Nightcap by Andrea Percy Loving Advent by Hannah Woods 23:12 on 12.12.12 by Daniel Sladen Frosted Glass by Mike Devine Nectarine by Hannah Smith Toddler Christmas Party by Sue Vallente-Kerr Lincoln and Back by Dom Withers %22Actually the idea had first floated into his head in the form of a vision%22 by David Butler


(picture by Gavin Beat-Box TyTe)

Staff at CMS by Pippa Soundy

Twelve rhymes from BBC headlines today…

Defiant North Korea in rocket launch success

BBC on the scene of Damascus endless blitz
Ground freezing fog disrupts UK London Flights
Lights go out – Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar dies
Frozen volcano erupts like Armageddon
Obama recognises Syrian opposition
TV Christmas lights switched on in 3D
The latest craze of a work-out? Campanology
Papers reflect on Britain’s changing look
Teaching teens to live without Facebook
Learn to how to draw like artist Quentin Blake
Search for life in an icy polar lake
Kraftwerk gig breaks the Tate ticket site
Grease’s Newton-John and Travolta reunite
The robot race is on to fix a nuclear plant
Government rolls out same-sex marriage plans
The end of the era for the radio prank call?
There’s a deadly shooting at an Oregon mall
For Donaldson and Poots someone’s putting the boot in
‘Stop your foreign meddling’ warns Vladimir Putin
‘I could hear women having their babies while I was losing mine’
The ups, downs and ups of BBC News online
Aussie parliament speaker’s charges are shelved
A wedding date to remember – twelve, twelve, twelve

(Gavin Beatox TyTe)

ET as Jesus? by James Edney Candlelit Dinner by Mike Devine Leaves at -4 degrees C by Mike Devine Sunset at Angel Of The North by Linda Hopkins Lollies by Jo Withers

12 things on 12/12
early rise
buy phone
book hobbit
gym workout
book izzard
do admin
summer heat
find organist
miss london
love sa
walk dog
friend’s party

(by Dave Meldrum)

One of Santa's Reindeer by Kay Gwilliams Maths at 12:12 on 12.12.12 by Ewan Williams Twelve Christmas Lights by Claire Cartwright Inventory of tools by Claire Besant Twelve Christmas Tree Decorations by Claire Cartwright Mulled Cider by Carolyn Heath Ringinglow by Nick Waterfield Hobbit Premiere by Amy Jo-Ann Romford County Court by Diane Gardner Bleurgh... by Frances Shoesmith Amber & Guinness by Martin Mitchell 12-12-12 13:13 by Ryan Cartwright Ker-ching! by Ryan Cartwright twelve x 12 by Ryan Cartwright View From The Office by Alex Rees St John's Church Communion by Diana Dingles Greenfield Advent Emails by Alice Smith 12 Legs by Philippa Leguen De Lacroix String Trio by Mike Hamblyn One Can Wish... by Daren Mountain Screen Capture by Craig Gilman My Husband by Alice Smith 12. 12:12. 12.12.12 by Louise Davis School Run by Will Taylor

A grandmother day yesterday, babysitting my granddaughter who was very, very good! In the train, going down to Kent the countryside looked absolutely beautiful covered with frost.

(by Sue Diplock)

12 chocolates left... by Sally Claydon Daughters Hair by Jules Middleton Toast by Jules Middleton 12.12.12. Sunrise With 12 Cranes by Daniel Sladen A Beautiful Day In Ooty by Yasmine Mohammed Swan by Simon Hawkins Big Victoria, Little Apostles by Victoria Swan Little Victoria, Big Apostles by Victoria Swan The twelve apostles outside the church of St. Peter and St. Paul by Victoria Swan All I want for Christmas... by Kate Bottley A Cape Town View Of London by Bev Meldrum Where we stay 12.12.12 by Jane Perry What a Gray7 #121212 color hex day by Craig Gilman

Here’s a little poem I recall that might be a bit appropriate for today:
“Tutu was a racing horse.
Wunwun was one too.

Tutu won one race one day.
Wunwun won one too!”

(by Andrew Musgrave)

A chaplain's office by Kate Bottley


(video by Simon Hall)

A Frosty Start by Shawn Moye Thirsty Cat by Mike Hamblyn Fir and Paper by Sarah Davis Advent Calendar by Jo Withers Take 2 by Martin Mitchell Half Way There by Will Perry Christmas Starts Today by Simon Hawkins 12 by Simon Hawkins Static 12 by Simon Hawkins 2012-12-12 12.12.40 by Caroline Butler Postmarked by Frances Richards A Rare Walk by David Butler 12 Malteasers by Helen Austin On The Way To Church by Sue Vallente-Kerr Wreath by Jules Middleton Working View by Steve Clough 12.12.12. by Jen Powell Storytelling by Bryan Thompson Noon ish by Penelope Swithinbank View From The Office by Bex Lewis View From The Study by Philip Ritchie Prescription by Frances Richards 12.12.12. from the 12th floor by Daniel Sladen Beach Hound by Rachel Pavey 12th Gift Wrapped by Sandra Sykes


also known as 12.12.12.


Thirty-six, nine, One thousand seven hundred and twenty eight,

amongst other mathematical possibilities.

A day of supreme significance,

as are all others.

This day, though,

we choose to mark with memory:

A noted activity, a reflection on meaning.





hours, days, minutes, seconds, no time spent.


We see frozen spiders webs

many of them

but so, so beautiful

and each a unique masterpiece.


Children distracted by Father Christmas and associated company,

adults distracted by sunsets and Jack Frost’s handiwork,

(and mulled cider).


Captured and cajoled by consumption,

we nonetheless escape briefly to the freedom of a pause:

to concentrate on breathing, being and becoming.


For tomorrow too

is another day of significance:

potential poised

existence examined

life lived

(by Andy Campbell)


Oh, and this should be added, I think…


12twelve12 – countdown…

1 Dec

Remember, this is the plan:

12twelve12 runs from this site, and the 10eleven12 facebook group (although I have set up a separate ‘event‘ on this).

Similar rules as before (please see the FAQ post on this blog, noting sections in bold where appropriate).

The summary is simply this – contribute something that has been created on the 12th of December 2012, and is linked in some way to the number 12. Don’t panic about how ‘creative’ you need to be – if this works it will because there is a healthy mix of abstract, straightforward, amazingly clever and a-little-bit-dull-to-be-honest.

Thank you for taking enough interest in this to have got this far – please get involved and tell everyone else you know to do the same.

For inspiration, have a look here for all 144(!) pictures and here for the 23 written contributions, 3 blogs & 1 x music from #10eleven12

10eleven12 – the pictures

23 Nov

Please see below for the pictures from 10eleven12 – thanks again to all who contributed! I have attempted to place them in the order that they were received…

The images remain the copyright property of the original owner – if you use any of them please acknowledge both the originator and the 10eleven12 project. Thank you.

The written contributions (including some music from Kathryn Rose) can be found here.

Please also see here for a “video thingy-wassname” from Ryan Cartwright.

(ok, the poll didn’t work as planned – feel free to comment on your favourite below)

[edit – 18th Feb 2015 – for some reason most of the pictures below as originally listed are m.i.a. so I have added those I could find again at the very bottom…]

Hauraki Gulf, Auckland by Sarah Clare

although this picture was not the first submitted onto the site, it was the first taken.

Pumpkins by Ruth Calder Murphy

Narnia Cake by Ruth Calder Murphy

Back Garden by Dan Tansey

Breakfast by Dan Tansey

Cuppa by Ryan Cartwright

8:09 by Ryan Cartwright

8:09 10.11.12 Waiting for the daily squirrel + this weekend’s 1st @CatsProtection clip to load by Tallulah Tangle

Outside the window in the half light by Sarah Davis

Outside the kitchen window at just past 8am by Sarah Davis

The back garden from the kitchen by Pippa Soundy

The kitchen table, while waiting for the bathroom fitter by William Perry

Patio by Robert Kean

Folky twist to Blondie Talking Heads covers in Walthamstow Town Square by Tallulah Tangle

Scene by Steve Clough

My lovely girlfriend by John Burwood

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies by Tallulah Tangle

Making the mornings easier by Georgia Yam

2am Trafalgar Square by Andrew Butler

10.11.12 at 13:14 Wall art pic 1 : the Hoxton Hare that survived the council

For 10.11.12, Hoxton wildlife on the way to Ministry Of Stories: what does THIS creature eat?

Christmas cakes in the oven by Joyce Bellwood

Here come the girls! by Philip Ritchie

Footwear in Hoxton part 1 by Tallulah Tangle.

Footwear in Hoxton part 2: get yer flippin feet off the seat! by Tallulah Tangle

E17 Pop-Up Kitchen by Andy Musgave

Saying goodbye to his cot-bed by Sue Vallente-Kerr

Fig tree in fruit by Ramona Harris

CO1 waking up at 8:09 – Sara Batts

Alter steps at st peter’s – Sara Batts

Church fete by David Meldrum

Gracie by Lynda Gerrard

Bold tattoos in all colours by Tallulah Tangle

Low Flying Clown by Tallulah Tangle

#wunm event – Doncaster by bex lewis

Around the hotel by Mike Hamblyn

Sold by Lynda Gerrard

Gloomy day = Lego city by Rachel Pavey

Musical in a Day in Macclesfield by Wendy Moss

Central not-heating system by Susan Myles

Restoration – Rosie Tallowin

Comes with a lot of baggage by James Edney by Craig Mitchell by Craig Mitchell

Weston pier by Diana Dingles Greenfield

Temporary remembrance garden – Lou Henderson

Friendship by Jane Perry

Emma’s day bed by Emma Major

Rachel’s day bed by Emma Major

Leicester Just Fair Trade by Louise Davis

Autumn is here by Kay Gwilliams

Afternoon tea by Amy Jo-Ann

Mum and Daughter’s Day by Jo Bridger

Waterfall near Ilkley by Hannah Smith

Sky by Claire Gannon

Getting ready by Suzanne Wallbridge

Leg of feeding baby by Jo Withers

Getting ready by Shawn Moye

Breakfast for 13 by Frances Shoesmith

08:09:10:11:12, Slaps in a state of shock, because I’m up so early on a Saturday morning! by @puff_paddy

IDS by Diane Hackney

Retreat day by Nalini McMaster

Covadonga, Asturias, Spain by Olivia Mitchell

A cosy November night in by Lizzie Telfer

Saturday afternoon games by Jen Powell

Pretty Autumn leaves and rain drops by Diane Hackney

Looking for an answer by Diane Hackney

Free kick by Pippa Soundy

Bribed with grapes by Hannah Woods

My day by Victoria Swan

A day at the farm – Vic Moye

Journey home by Kathryn Fleming

Strictly come dancing and a Krispy Kreme doughnut by Miriam Reid

Watching the sun go down by Sandra Sykes

Littley Green Sunset by Sandra Sykes

Prayer Journal by Sandra Sykes

Prayer Journal 2 by Sandra Sykes

Cat cake – Trudy Smith

Face painting by Bev Meldrum

Expiring ikea mustard by Dom Withers

Family movie time by Kathy Graham

Please kill the band by Richard Green

My bags are packed… by Penelope Swithinbank

Pieces of pizza by Helen Austin

Building bears by Steph Mawhinney

Lunch by Andy Campbell

Marrying G & T by Sheena Williams

Birthday bubbly by Carolyn Heath

Sunset by Jane Perry

Late evening biscuits by Jack Wingrove

Black Books reunion by Dan Tansey

Pegs by Mandy Clarkson

Hallie by Mandy Clarkson

Lovely pink rose by Mandy Clarkson

End of my sermon by Pippa Soundy

Spoon fairies by Sarah Vallois

Bearhug by David Johnson

13.14 by Ryan Cartwright

Autumn Rose by Shirley Hanna

Bedtime by Pippa Soundy

Late addition by Claire Cartwright

Lego aided homework by Katherine Devine

Sunset over Sewardstone by Anne Hawkes

Let us not forget by Daren Mountain

Heathrow Terminal 4 by Liz Paxton

Watching the world go by Anne Hawkes

Life, the universe and everything by Mike Hamblyn

Dancing queen by Sue Wallbridge

Sunset over the Southbank by Shirley Anstey

Twickenham by Alison Summers

The oldest and youngest members of the family enjoy a cuddle by Esther Neave

A warm treat by Pippa Soundy

Cocoa by Ellen Hunt

Cuppa by Claire Cartwright

London alleyway by Jayson Darling

Getting ready for Kidschurch by Sue Vellente-Kerr

A walk in the park by Claire Besant

Sermon notes by Caroline Butler

Big City, Bright Lights by Mike Devine

The morning after the night before by Andy Musgrave

Autumn bonfire by Naaman Murphy

The Sacred is where the ordinary is splashed with colour by Jennifer Hawley-Zechlin

Cupcake time! by Rachel Pavey

Teamwork by Andy Campbell

Christmas decorations by Sarah Welply

Remembrance on the DLR by Mike Devine

Sunset from my back garden by Diane Hackney

Sunset in St James Park by Diane Hackney

‎8-9-10-11-12 by Mike Devine

Early in the morning by Andy Campbell

Leaf throwing by Ailsa Betts

Fiat 500, 5,000 miles at 15.00 by Daniel Sladen

Southern Californian autumn by Jennifer Hawley-Zechlin

A day in my life by Caroline Butler

London bus by Jayson Darling

Reflected swan – Simon Hawkins

New Zealand evening rainbow by Chris Young

Fireworks by David Froome

Please enter your pin by Deborah Reck

Hopefully the end result by Deborah Reck

Surprise 60th birthday party for my brother in law at Rugby, Warwickshire. Guests aged 82 to 1

Dancing to the Wii in pyjamas by Claire Bradshaw

A visit to the dentist by Sue Silwood

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10eleven12 – written contributions

15 Nov

Here are the various written contributions (where no picture was accompanied) for the 10eleven12 project, they are listed in the order they were received – copyright remains with the original author, please also mention 10eleven12 if you share them.

See also here for some fantastic music composed for the day by Kathryn Rose, and 3 whole blog articles by Nick Payne, Clare Alcock and Emma Major.

The poll thing didn’t work out – if you have a favourite, please note it in the comments 🙂

The pictures submitted can be found here.

Yesterday, and yesterday, and all yesterdays.

A chance to love a neighbour as myself.

The hope of eternity, the freely-given grace of God.

Today, and today, and all todays.

Half a soldier’s cloak for the poor man.

The charity of ages, the generosity of individuals.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and all tomorrows.

Dead in war: we will remember them.

Nations fighting, the sorrow of each generation.

(Andrew Johnson)

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the jungle;
If you hear a ooh-aah-aah sound
It’s ploblably a monkey!

(Becky Withers)

OK, maybe a bit corny, but I felt very emotional watching Daniel sleeping late last night so wrote these few lines this morning …

You’ll never know how many times I’ve stood and watched you silently;
Your rest is deep, your face is still, my soul is happy here;
Satisfied to know you’re mine, in peace perfection smiles.

Sleep returns your innocence; before me time unwinds.
I want to move and hold you, cradle you once more;
I hold my baby in my heart while watching from the door.

(Jane Kitson)

A whole blog post from Nick Payne, which can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/b7q4tjd

10.55am… and is peaceful in the house,

sound of 2 boys playing with cars…

it’s a delicate peace after a long breakfast standoff.

Wondering what the rest of the day will hold…

(Claire Stonier)

Sitting in a coffee shop on Northfield’s avenue…

working on my CV’s and looking for a new job online…

wondering what the future holds for me and for our family…

wondering how my son is doing as he spends the day with his grandma,

missing him so much!

(Marcelo Negro)

10.31am been in hospital this week. Sitting at home now, listening to my daughter giggling as she plays with with friends upstairs and the sound of silence on the baby monitor! I know I am very fortunate but I didn’t realise how lucky until it wasn’t there; even just for a short time. Resolving to live in the moment a little more, not be so worried about the planning ahead or the jobs list. Human Being.

(Alice Smith)

Off to sing at the cathedral

(Maggie Smith)

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(This was posted on the 10eleven12 page by Suzanne Wallbridge – I love it, intentional or not)

Been taking pictures for a collage all day for this on my (work) iPhone which has now reset itself… I really hope the pics are still there. Won’t be able to find out until work IT sees it on Monday. Certainly having a memorable 10/11/12 with a broken fridge, broken phone and a vomiting child!

(Dom Withers)

A poem – “Great Expectations”, by Emma Major, which can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/argmfsn

8- up early,breakfast ,dressed
9- leaving house soon for Church ‘All age’ meeting
10- meeting underway but I have no inspiration for it yet!
11- getting there,ideas flowing now, that’s more like it
12- meeting over, a happy ending 🙂

(Angela Kean)

It’s date night and we’re off to the Rose and Crown for a boogie.

(Frances Richards)

Playing the After Eight game.

(Simon Douglas)

Son to RAFHendon (cubs)
Daughter to swimming
Wife to church

Wash the bike
Fix the car
Party time
Prepare for tomorrow
Collect son from station
Party the second
Jellied eels!

(Ryan Cartwright)

For those whom we love who do not yet know you may they have a revelation of who you are.
For those who love you may they have a revelation of who they are in your love.

(David Johnson)

Today Annabel did her first poo on the potty. I think we are all better fro not seeing photographic evidence.

(Rachel Roger)

“Ultimately, questions about belonging lead us either to a view of solidarity and identity based on tightly negotiated interests in common, and often therefore to anxious and adversarial stance towards other communities – or to a view in which solidarity comes from a sense of living in a landscape that has its own solidity, it’s own dimensions in time and space…. Communities and societies that have a sense of who and where they are that is positive and internal to themselves will not need to reinforce themselves….by stressing who they are not. (Rowan Williams, 2012)

(via Jane Perry)

A day of friendship and community: Waltham Forest Women’s Network Health Fest – a good time had by all (including the children!). There were photos taken but I haven’t seen them yet.

(Sue Diplock)


The 9th is the anniversary of the death of my youngest brother; he was 16 years old.

A few years later, on the 11th my father dropped dead on the street, he was 61.

It’s thirty two years since my brother killed himself and anniversaries haven’t meant much to me in the past, but now I’m the only one, it seems important I remember, when maybe no-one else does.

I’ve never really believed that there is only one person for another person – that there is only one true love for anyone. Rather, I have come to think that it’s more about working at a relationship and that there may be a good few people who one could have loved and shared one’s life with.

But a new thought occurred to me today. My father left my mother alone: she was never in the slightest bit interested in anyone else. But what if my brother left someone alone? Certainly, there has been one less man to go around. What if that someone, I guess a woman, never found someone?

This was a new sadness; mourning the gap in someone’s life that my brother would have filled. And of-course so many people, most now elderly, very many passed away, are mourning the gap left by the loss of so many mainly men in war, it being Remembrance Sunday.

So I mourn and hope that someone somehow found another one without denying someone else. God, indeed love, is not a zero sum game: I know this. But we do leave a gap when we give up on life, and the love of it.

(Andy Dorton)

Having spent a proportion of my (42nd) birthday at 30,000 ft flying back across the Atlantic I have had a foreshortened 10eleven12. “Flying into the future”, as my girls described it, gave me the opportunity to ponder a few things about turning 42 on this day of Andy’s devising. I would like to say I was struck by something profound and meaningful about the world below me, but all I could think of was the entry for Earth in that other”wholly remarkable” book… Mostly Harmless. That and the fact that if you google the answer to life the universe and everything you get…42.

(Mike Hamblyn)

Sorry – no camera (kids), no phone (toilet), no internet (Virgin media) :o(

(Jen Mance)

The taste of night

fights with gunpowder
and frolics,
on my tongue.
Sight ablaze,
dazed by momentary fire-flowers
leaving ghosts of angels,
on after-image dark.
Squeals dance to death-threat detonations
and giggles ride the shock waves
left behind.
grinning ear to ear,
the garden
murmurs in its almost-winter sleep.
Seven years of children
whisper memories
and catapult the warm results
to willing arms.
Autumn sighs
and beckons,
showing me the colour
of seven years from now
and seven more
and on,
to Winter’s
The sky’s ablaze with fire-flowers
and Summer lives
in sparks
that fly
and I
am scattered stardust
in the night.
(Ruth Calder Murphy)
Remember the hour
When the guns fell silent,
Remember the day
When the truce was made;
Remember the weeks
Of waiting and groaning;
Remember the months
Of bloodshed and dust;
Remember the years
Of heartache and longing
Remember the decades
Of hot and cold ward;
Remember and ask
Does it have to be so?
Must remembering like this
Never come to an end?
(Stephen Wright)


15 Nov

A healthy number of people have asked me if I plan to repeat the 10eleven12 project in some way, and there was a groundswell of support for repeating it on the 12th of December this year – which has the added advantage of not caring if the date format is dd/mm/yy or mm/dd/yy…


This is the plan:

12twelve12 will run from this site, and the 10eleven12 facebook group (although I have set up a separate ‘event‘ on this).

Similar rules as before (please see the FAQ post on this blog, noting sections in bold where appropriate).

The summary is simply this – contribute something that has been created on the 12th of December 2012, and is linked in some way to the number 12. Don’t panic about how ‘creative’ you need to be – if this works it will because there is a healthy mix of abstract, straightforward, amazingly clever and a-little-bit-dull-to-be-honest.

Thank you for taking enough interest in this to have got this far – please get involved and tell everyone else you know to do the same

A Day Captured

11 Nov

A day of reckoning,
A day of rest.
A day listening to children playing together in harmony,
A day of peacemaking when they forget.
A day at “Ikea’s house” – Småland and meatballs,
A day at a supermarket – post-Hallowe’en, pre-Christmas crowded insanity.

A day of drawn-out lunch, and rushed evening meal

A day of collapsing on the sofa to recover.



It was also

A day of friends old and new,
A day of updates and contributions,
A day being impressed.


It became
A day of thoughtfulness,
A day of spontaneity.
A day of pictures,
A day of poems, thoughts and essays.
A day needing much coffee, it seems.



A willing myself to get out of bed even though it’s cold and I’m tired day,

A sailing day,

A fête-ing day,

A ‘contributions welcome from both hemispheres’ day,

(And therefore a possibly more than 24 hours in a day, day).

A dew-speckled garden day,

A ‘wow – look at the sunset’ day.

A ‘here’s my sewing’, ‘here’s my daughter’ and ‘here’s the cake of a cat I made’ day.

A drinking tea with friends day,

A popping into the Pop-Up Kitchen, possibly for a Pop Tart day,

A quotes day,

A clocks day,

A spoon fairies day.

A cuddling a soft toy day,

A ‘who’s a pretty boy’ day,

A Lego and homework day.

A list day,

A prayer day,

A remembering to remember Remembrance Sunday day.

A breakfast with church day,

A bubbly and cake day,

A takeaway pizza day,

A late evening biscuit day.

A look at the beauty of nature day,

A look at me throwing the leaves around day.

A waiting for a plane day,

A making a bear day,

A writing a blog about Star Trek day,

A pointing at painted cows day.

A retreat day,

A night-out-with-the-girls day

A date night day,

A stay at home with a nice fire day,

A walk in the woods day,

A watching some wildlife day.


A day for all of the above, and so much more.


A day before,
A day after.
A day shared,
A day captured.