Squash or pumpkin?

Well, to keep it simple, pumpkin is one type of squash and squash generally refers to four species of genus cucurbita, including the species to which pumpkin belongs. So, to make it clearer, both squash and pumpkin belong to the same family (the cucurbitaceae). A pumpkin is a type of squash.

For: Friday Food: Veggies. Also for: #MySundayPhoto – Morning Sun, ALL SEASONS – BRIGHT OCTOBER 24, Planting Carrots in Our Backyard (Sundays In My City)

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Poetry Prompts Day 17 – OctPoWriMo 2016 -Savoury


Food, glorious, food, thou art so flavourful
With chicken and salmon teriyaki
Sashimi, caviar, tea, we can’t grumble
Spring rolls, salad, part of our food spree

Thou art so savoury, not spicy
With seaweed and cucumber, so pleasant
Edifying, too as we eat with glee
We took our time, enjoying each moment

Shall we compare thee to other foodstuff?
Thou art so heavenly if you ask us
Appreciating thou, we can’t get enough
We give each other treats, not so much fuss

We are looking forward to the next trip
For a change, we might go for fish and chips*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* A Sonnet is a poem consisting of 14 lines (iambic pentameter) with a particular rhyming scheme: A Shakespearean (English) sonnet has three quatrains and a couplet, and rhymes abab cdcd efef gg. Usually, English and Italian Sonnets have 10 syllables per line, but Italian Sonnets can also have 11 syllables per line.

For: Poetry Prompts Day 17 – Oct:PoWriMo 2016


Him Indoors’ Supplies

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Maria with the blog, Doodles and Scribbles. Thank you Maria!

Once a year we drive to Britain. We usually stay the night in Maastricht and then carry on driving to Calais, take the tunnel to Dover and drive to the Midlands. HRH the son and his beautiful bride meet us and they also visit Granny and Grandad for the week. It’s also an opportunity for me to visit my brother and family. On the way to Britain, our car is full of our suitcase, some beers from Bavaria as we have the best beers, as well as boxes of wines and Sekt, as they are cheaper and we’ve got a better selection of wines. On the way back, we have to fill the car with Him Indoors’ British supplies, as I call them – HP sauce, Worchester sauce, cheddar cheese, salt and vinegar crisps, malt vinegar, Branston pickles, Patak’s curry pastes, ginger snaps, teas, boxes and boxes of black tea, etc. He made shelves in the cellar and we usually fill them up when we come back from our drive to Britain. Him Indoors and his supplies – love him and them!

For: FFfAW Challenge – Week of October 11, 2016 by Priceless Joy


Poetry Prompts Day 7 – OctPoWriMo 2016 – Tasty

the memory of eating with my hand
of fish and I have to take the bones off
when I first tasted wheat beer, a good quaff
the first meal that I cooked – that was so grand

when the son first cooked, that wasn’t planned
he cooked a mean curry and boy, I coughed
the memory of eating with my hand
of fish and I have to take the bones off

when I cooked something with cream, it was bland
bacon and ham sandwich, the lot we troughed
and sometimes, Houston we have a lift-off
but we always go back to where we land
the memory of eating with my hand*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* Rondel – a French form consisting of 13 lines: two quatrains and a quintet, rhyming as follows: ABba abAB abbaA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats.

For: Poetry Prompts Day 7 – OctPoWriMo 2016


Poetry Prompts Day 6 – OctPoWriMo 2016 – tantalising

the tang of the luscious exotic dishes
dishes on display and others being cooked
cooked to tantalise our senses as we walk
walk to tables set in a row and we looked

tempting as it was, I didn’t grab them
them in my desire to try and taste
taste that’s more tantalising – a pulled pork
pork adobo and menudo – that’s aced

Richard appreciated the bakeries and the pastries
pastries and the smell of fresh bread and the coffee
coffee, as well as the sight of the tantalising meat cuts
cuts them up and taste them and fills up his trolley

the butter taste was rich and tantalising while the
the velvetiness of the fresh cream and yoghurt mix
mix was balanced by a kick of almond and sultana
sultana – ah, that did it for me as I get my sweet fix*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* Loop Poetry is a poetry form created by Hellon. There are no restrictions on the number of stanzas nor on the syllable count for each line. In each stanza, the last word of the first line becomes the first word of line two, last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3, last word of line 3 becomes the first word of line 4. This is followed for each stanza. The rhyme scheme is abcb.

For: Poetry Prompts Day 6 – OctPoWriMo 2016


Corn field, pond and chicken curry

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all fine. A real autumn day here, cool but sunny. Yesterday it was raining. Can’t complain though, the autumn leaves are falling, our tortoises are inside now and they are making such a noise!

we went for a walk this afternoon and this corn field is just across our street

love the reflection of the trees and houses in the pond

our meal for tonight – chicken garam masala and brocolli – delicious!

What made you smile this week?

For: Weekly Smile 40 #weeklysmile, Three Things Thursday: October 6, 2016, Random Snaps of My Neighbourhood.