Sharville Christmas Newspoem 2014
The clocks are back, the daylight hours are waning,
Yet seventeen degrees it was today.
October's nearly out, but no complaining -
This warmth will keep the winter blues at bay.
And so will thoughts of what we have been doing
Throughout the year that's soon to be behind us.
New places seen, and friendships old renewing,
Of which, in future years, this will remind us.
The start of the year I just can't recall,
Except that there was water all around.
The rivers Wye and Usk and Monnow, all
Swelled greatly; fields and roads nearby were drowned.
The flooding didn't touch us - we're protected,
We're halfway up the hillside. All was well.
But how we felt for those with homes affected
By muddy inundation - and the smell!
In May we had a two-week Baltic cruise,
To try a different way of exploration.
We loved it, so much so that we will choose
This mode of transport for next year's vacation.
Last visit was to Sweden's island city
Of Stockholm, adding to our "island haul".
Another place we loved, so what a pity
To realise it was the last port of call.
We love it here in Wales, the land of song,
Of rugby, Dylan Thomas, Doctor Who.
And, twelve years on, we're feeling we belong,
(Though still we're "home" at Mum's, and Shetland, too!)
We still have lovely Flash - she's sweet sixteen,
And slowing down as most old ladies do.
Mum empathises - sadly she's not been
Out and about as much as she used to.
We see Mum once a fortnight if we can,
We always like our time in the South West.
Ruth works a four-day week, so we can plan
A work-life balance now to make the best.