21 March 2017

World Poetry Day

Poetry has always been a love of mine. I don't claim to be a bard(!) but I enjoy dabbling from time to time and you'll see a link to one of my books of poems in the righthand sidebar.

This sonnet appears in it. The idea was that the reader should identify the subject from the words but, of course, depending on your location that may not be so straightforward. Nevertheless, why not have a go?!

Digitally manipulated image of Scott's View, Scottish Borders

Sir W

Such breathtaking views I long enjoyed
across this Border landscape bleak and bluff,
from child to manhood, my mind employed
with romance, tales and ballads brave, enough
to sing this land's song through the ages,
of Alba's blood coursing proud, strong and rough.
Heroic Scots, their image owed my pages,
held high esteem anew the world around,
cushioned me with fame and ample wages,
lauded, my reputation laurel-crowned.
Though my work still finds eager audience
while books and film and opera abound,
yet I would hold this last painful grievance,
that at the end debt was my achievance.

Do you have a favourite poem or poet? Let us know in the comments below ;)

2 March 2017

Mum's the Word!

Mum's deserve to be celebrated every day of the year but we're sure you know that their special day, Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day, will soon be with us on 26 March.

Sepia photograph of Mum
Mum's are always with us.
And saying Thank You for everything that Mum's do is only right. It's a day to turn the tables and spoil her for a change with a little extra love and attention. That could take the form of breakfast in bed or doing all the household chores for her. It might be taking her out for a lovely lunch or a daytrip to a special spot. And, of course, a beautiful bunch of Spring flowers would always be welcome.

Collage of gifts for Mother's Day
From Candles to Cute plus gorgeous giftwrap we've got Mum's gifts covered!
For plenty of alternative gifts to show Mum just how much you care, pop into the shop or visit Present Perfect online. Does she love scented candles? Perhaps a new handbag or a mug to enjoy her favourite cuppa? Some pampering bath fancies or a beautiful piece of jewellery? We have lots to choose from and we'd love to help you pick something out.

Unbelievably, it will soon be Present Perfect's 10th anniversary! We're getting excited and will be sending you news of our celebration plans. Stay tuned!