Rewarded by dolphins – Happy St Patrick’s Day and a sincere thank you to those friends out there who have started (or continued ) to follow my blog – this is for you!

THE PAINTING BELOW IS BY THE MULTI TALENTED HELEN CAREY – see http://www.helencareybooks for her equally brilliant writing (including Slick Deals, a romantic, suspenseful novel about the possibility of oil exploration in the Irish Sea)




And what does a birthday bring?

A child being sick, before we even leave the harbour

(making my breakfast somewhat uneasy!)

a memory of Ireland,

old faces, and ancient places,

ice cream and cold Guinness,

and a beach, thick with shells

drummed by racing horses –

beyond the beach where Jackie stayed

after they stole her Jack away.

And what does a birthday bring?

Cold hands in a strengthening wind,

and seabirds coasting the breakneck waves.

And I’ve a new, blue hat.

And 5, yes 5, dolphins, breaking out of the blue.

Leaping,skimming and arching,

spelling out something new to come.

And I am rewarded by dolphins.