image – Padre’s Ramblings

The chance meeting of East and West

As Britannia’s legacy continued to fade

At a time before China’s fortunes began to brighten

And before everything there was made


Photo from Hong Kong early 1980s.

Opposing Forces –

– east and west

– fade and brighten

World Explorer

red and black plastic toy

Girl with red hat at Unsplash

Before the internet,

And that Web World Wide

When far away places

Were seldom ever spied

Views of landmarks famous

Could come into view

By clicking a lever

A time or two

Pyramids, and Great Walls

And palaces grand

Were at your fingertips

As into the light you’d stand



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Pinatubo Eruption – Public Domain

There were many aspects of the Philippines that gave the impression of a tropical paradise. There was dense greenery, and bright sunshine which seemed to hit its peak daily before the afternoon rain. After duty hours there was the nightlife, which all too often led to making our way back to base in the dark. Some of the features which still feature in a carved desk set of mine were the mountain peaks, one of which was the ill-fated Mount Pinatubo.

Tropical green peak
Volcanic supernova
Brought the mountain low


Haibun Paint Chip Poetry Prompt

I served in the Philippines about a decade before the eruption, but the desk set with the mountains is a real thing.  

Road Trip

woman sitting inside vehicle
William Bout at Unsplash

Tank full, put it in gear

Kids all buckled-up in the rear

An outing for the day – on the road

Shovels, spades, picnic – all part of the load

To the seaside we turn our face

There will be queues so there’s no need to race

But nice music on the radio and drinks at hand

We drive down the tarmac

Taking in the views as we gaze at the land


Sunday Writing Prompt – Driving


Airport, Transport, Woman, Girl, Tourist

One flight ended, another yet to start –

Making tight connections is not for the feint of heart.

There are those that prefer – a longer wait instead –

Using a suitcase for a pillow and a hard seat for a bed.

In hectic crazy terminals – for distant gates you chase

Only to learn of flight delays – at the end of your race.

But at last with connections made –

Your journey can proceed,

And you swear that next time around

It will be a cruise you need.


First Car

It had definitely seen better days. In fact, it was quite tired and run down, but it prized. His “new car” was a ’68 Buick LeSabre with 156,000 miles on the dial, and it was all his. Okay, the driver-side door stuck a bit, and the passenger door opened best if it had a good kick from the inside. The paintwork was pretty good though, and it was okay of gas. Water seemed to be more the issue, it took nearly as many miles to the gallon as it did in fuel. This was remedied by removing the thermostat (after the third one), and adding loads of heavy tape to the hoses. It is amazing what treasures could be had for $200 back in 1977.


Tale Weaver – #310 – Tired and Run Down

Wanderlust (2)

Cruiseship, Vacation, Caribbean

When doors were open and journeys made

Wanderlust filled my soul

Waterways and seagoing cruises

Filled my spirit and made me feel whole

Experiencing cultures and new things explored

Growing in Wisdom and knowledge was my goal


Tuesday Writing Prompt: Pick 3 of your favorite words beginning with the letter “W” and use in any form of writing. Boldface or italicize the words so they stand out for readers.

Room With A View


“I really love this view,” Anna said admiring the sun-kissed sand and turquoise waters.

“Well I thought we deserve it,” Steve replied. “It cost a bit more, but with what we saved on the flights, it seemed only fair to get the best.”

“It is so peaceful, I could stare out at it all day,” Anna said dreamily.

“You don’t need too though,” Steve reminded her. “If you push this selector button you can get the snowy mountain scene, or press it twice and get the pine forest.”

“Do you think we might see the real thing next year? I kind of miss real holidays.”

“Well who knows? If we are lucky they might just have a vaccine by then,” he replied.