In Snow

Wind whisked flurries

White blotches spatter bared skin

Bathers sink in mist


n.b. Lavey Les Bains is always worth a visit in winter. The hot springs are an enlivening experience on a frosty morning, with steam clouds rising into clear blue skies above the looming mountains from the waters.

The experience is even more invigorating during snowfall, as the mix of warm and cold air forms swirling fog that consumes the visitors to the spa, leaving the effect that you have the open air baths to yourself and your companion – it’s magical!


CLP 05/02/2020

Hen Party

Fine feathered friends

Consider destination

Eat here or move on?


n.b. It is often tricky getting a diverse group of acquaintances to stick to an itinerary. Someone voices an alternative, discussion ensues, original plans go to cock. Travelling solo has advantages, but for laughs an outing with your mates takes some beating.


n.n.b. The hens, with token male in tow, decided to head off to the open field next.


CLP 12/01/2020

Hey Girl! Hay Boy!

Camden Town Friday night

Summer light fading slow

Rush to London dressed in best

Stroll around see who’s out

Join the queue smart flash club

Clothes now feel out of date

Pay and enter eyes adjust

Find a bar check the change

Can’t afford more at this rate

Quick decision just one drink

Had enough to get a buzz

Happy chatting wanna a dance

Try to chat above the beat

Lip reading not easy done

Lean on balcony watch the floor

City woman with throaty laugh

Cutting back at we young blades

Wry amusement at attention

Puts us back where we belong

With one swift pointed question

“So, where are you two boys from

up here in The Smoke

with straw in your hair?”


n.b. I do know that straw is not hay, before anyone tries to correct me, but I was making a reference in the title to The Chemical Brothers great dance track, which was released many years after the events of the above evening.


CLP 07/06/2019