‘April Evening’, Spine Poems and A Red Onion

27 Aug

1   We had wanted to go to Trelissick today but the rain was so heavy, we decided to postpone that visit and I’ve made do with my beautiful limited edition lino print, ‘April Evening’ by Isobel Ellis instead – sheep on the hill and The Carrick Roads in the distance.

‘April Evening’ by Isobel Ellis

2   I’ve had a happy afternoon creating  Spine Poems which I recently came across through this Freshly Pressed  site. I googled the term and find they’ve been around for ages. I hope you like the following:

From my cookery shelves

French Favourites

Picnics in the park –

Simply delicious!

Strong women

Gather together in my name

Strong minded women!

Badge of Honour!

Enough said!

Ain’t I a woman?



Speaks for itself

Walk Britain,

Discover Cornwall –


3   Slicing a red onion for supper tonight, I was struck again by the beauty under the skin.

Slice of red onion


Posted by on August 27, 2012 in art, Food, poetry


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35 responses to “‘April Evening’, Spine Poems and A Red Onion

  1. Kate

    August 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Genius use of books for the poetry!

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Yes, I was delighted when I first saw them and could hardly wait to make my own! 🙂

  2. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    August 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I never heard of spine poems, how interesting! I like them, can’t wait to go home and see what I can find in my book spines….Never a dull moment when I visit you – 😀 Blessings, – Patty

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      I was delighted when I found them and am now finding I can’t pass a bookshelf without trying to find a poem!

      I managed to get one of my Dad’s books in too! The bottom one in the suffragette pile, by David Wiseman , is the one and it’s about the suffragettes! 🙂
      The title when it was published in the US was Tie to the Past.
      All the best to you 🙂

  3. anelephantcant

    August 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Well, gosh, so much to say!
    Firstly thank you again for your kind words, so glad you enjoyed and hope the grandchildren do too.
    Don’t know the book, will investigate.
    AnElephant’s favourite children’s books are by Dr Seuss (of course) although hugely admires Julia Donaldson.
    There is also a great book called ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, can’t remember by whom, but brilliant.
    Piccolo was used as a joke for a little elephant (trumpeter) – happy that it bought back good family memories.
    So you are in Cornwall, interesting to see you mention The Carrick Roads. AnElephant spent later school years in Ayr, and used to work weekends at Butlins Holiday Camp in the Carrick Hills, just outside of town. Scottish hero King Robert the Bruce was formerly Earl of Carrick.
    Interesting collection of books, but AnElephant is scared of all women, particularly the strong-minded variety!
    Hugs and thanks

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      We love Dr Seuss too, for our own four and for the Grandchildren.

      I agree completely about Julia Donaldson though might have thought that Anelephant might have found the Gruffalo a bit worrying, not to mention the Mouse! She just keeps coming up with the goods! We love Going on a Bear Hunt too – so much to talk about and then, when we’re at the beach, especially Perranporth at low tide we go into the caves on our own Bear Hunt!

      I wonder if our Carrick Roads have anything to do with The Earl of Carrick – I shall have to do some digging!

      The strong-minded type run in our family! My Great Grandmother was a Suffragette who was imprisoned for her activities in trying to win the vote for women! The last book in that pile was written by my Dad! 🙂

      Thank you for your lovely long and thoughtful comment – much appreciated!

  4. ewehouse

    August 28, 2012 at 5:30 am

    I love sheep! Your spine poems are so creative! And speaking of poems and onions, I was reminded of this poem, Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy… Hehee! Not a beautiful poem to match your picture though!:P

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 28, 2012 at 6:58 am

      I’d forgotten the Carol Ann Duffy poem! Thanks for the reminder. I do like it for its stripping away of all Valentine’s Day rubbish and telling it like it is! That’s not to say I’m not a romantic and I love to get my card on Valentine’s Day! 🙂
      I think you might like this post of mine from some time back for its mural of sheep on a hillside!
      All the best to you
      PS You were my 3000th visitor this month! Congratulations!

  5. Hudson Howl

    August 28, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Book spine poems – a autobiography of sorts or simply ‘telling’ like the palm of hand. The onion put a spin on things though.

    My first time here. I browsed your shtufffs. And now am following.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Thank you for your visit and choosing to follow! I suppose it is a kind of autobiography, hadn’t thought of the poems quite like that. I’m going to make some more – they take some time and thought!

      I’ve just been ambling around your sites and liked what I saw, heard and read but couldn’t see how to follow – which I would like to do. I can always bookmark you instead! 🙂

      • Hudson Howl

        August 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        Would appreciate new eyes over there and comments even better. There should be in the right-hand widget area a tab ‘Subscribe to Shtufffs’ click the arrow on the tab and a drop down menu should give you a subscribe or unsubscribe option. OR Click on a page post and there should be a NOTIFY of Follow Comments and a NOTIFY of new posts via Email option below the leave comment form.

        • mybeautfulthings

          August 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

          Thank you! I’ll go back later and see what I can do! 🙂

  6. niasunset

    August 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Fascinating me always your posts… You are amazing. Thank you dear Sally, love, nia

  7. Cat Forsley

    August 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    you are so creative 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you! Like you with your neologisms! 🙂

      • Cat Forsley

        August 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

        now i have to research what that word means !!!!!!!!!!
        lol 🙂
        🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Cat Forsley

        August 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        Just looked it up ….:) smiles and a passiony wonderfulllll week to you ……..
        it’s kinda cool when you don’t know someone and they pick up on something so quickly – about you – i have always loved words —
        the shape
        the sound
        everything about them
        so thank you for the glimpse 🙂

        • mybeautfulthings

          August 28, 2012 at 7:57 am

          I love words too! You may have guessed! Do you know the AWAD site? They send you a word every day into your inbox. Sometimes the words are quite ordinary but there’s always a link for the 5 each week and the discussions on Saturdays are often interesting. That’s where I first met one of my favourite words – petrichor!

          If you like, I’ll send you the link.

          Have a good day 🙂

          • mybeautfulthings

            August 28, 2012 at 8:05 am

            I’ve just sent you a gift subscription to AWAD! Watch your inbox. I hope you enjoy your words! 🙂

          • Cat Forsley

            August 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

            Thank you 🙂 so much 🙂
            i haven’t opened email yet – but looking forward to it !!!!!!!!!!!!!
            a little link for you 🙂
            remember the Maurice Sendak “Tate ” talk ……..
            enjoy enjoy enjoy 🙂

          • mybeautfulthings

            August 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

            Thank you too! 🙂 🙂

          • Cat Forsley

            August 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

            🙂 What A Genius ……..- i get shivers hearing him ………… 🙂

  8. Choc Chip Uru

    August 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for an insight into your awesome bookshelf 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Glad you liked the glimpse! Hope your yearlies are going well 🙂

  9. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    August 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    you spine poems actually made sense to me and are quite poetic – I have read others that have bafffled me – but then again, I baffle easily

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 28, 2012 at 7:01 am

      I worked on them all afternoon trying to put together ones that actually meant something! Glad they worked for you! 🙂

  10. pillowsalamode

    August 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I love your spine poems! We did these in my writer’s group last year. It really makes you think!

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      They do don’t they? I spent several hours scanning the shelves to get these. Really pleasing to do! 🙂

  11. Don

    August 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Lovely poems, and the onion, absolutely beautiful – just a new look at an onion.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      The poems were great fun (and quite hard) to do! 🙂

  12. Shelagh

    August 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I particularly like the last Spine Poem!! Must have a go at making some myself.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Thought you might! They are fun and took quite a long time! 🙂


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