Advent 10: Peace on the Horizon

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Christmas is a very peaceful time in the neighbourhood where I am. Mainly because there is a big exodus of students and people who visit relatives in other countries leaving just about a quarter of the crowded streets. Sometimes I feel like I have God’s earth all to myself.

All photos © Southampton Old Lady

Also in response to the Weekly WordPress Challenge: Horizon

Summer Splash

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For two days an otherwise Cool Britannia has been basking in a Mediterranean heatwave.

Normality has stopped while bodies, the colour of uncooked pastry, have headed to the water’s edge to sacrifice themselves to the Sun. Baking and blistering in a desperate attempt to change colour.

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Breathing underwater © Southampton Old Lady

Storm Imogen

Car crashed into tree as it collapsed on Hill Lane Southampton during the night - it has been cleared this morning.
Car crashed into tree as it collapsed on Hill Lane Southampton during the night – it has been cleared this morning. BBC News
Storm Imogen forecast over the British Isles today
Storm Imogen forecast over the British Isles today

So do I venture out?  I have important appointments in Bournemouth again today and a quick weather-check brings up police warnings not to venture out unless it is urgent, as Storm Imogen, which hit the British Isles yesterday, is expected to be worse than expected in the South of England today.

UPDATE: 23:25 pm: Well we ventured out when it was a bit ‘calmer’ and decided to keep to main roads through the New Forest avoiding any country lanes – very gusty but manageable. There was heavy, slow-moving traffic on our return, we passed a fallen tree across the A31 which was being cleared very quickly by a team of hard-hat workers. We heard that a tree had also fallen across the A35 (an alternative route between Bournemouth and Southampton). It was dark when we arrived home, but we are glad we took the risk.

Car trapped between two branches of a tree on the Romsey Road A35 (an alternative route). BBC photo
Car trapped between two branches of a tree on the Romsey Road A35 (an alternative route). BBC photo
A tree blew over in Southampton High Street but caused little damage. Media photo
A tree blew over in Southampton High Street but caused little damage. Echo Internet photo.

Haiku Challenge: Star Child

Child with painted face. © Southampton Old Lady 2015
Child with painted face. © Southampton Old Lady 2015

universal child

unique, incandescent star

guide us through our fate

 

In response to Ronavan Writes Haiku Challenge using two words: Child – Star

Have a go or see others here: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-82-starchild/

Vibrant Ocean

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In response to WordPress weekly photo challenge: Vibrant

I took these photos of tropical sea-life on my day-trip out with students from the Southampton University Oceanography Centre. © Southampton Old Lady.

Want to join in? Click here: <a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/vibrant/”>Vibrant</a

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