Author Archives: The Malt House

About The Malt House

A keen amateur photographer and wordsmith, I love the countryside and all that it contains. I live in rural South Shropshire, on the border between England and Wales. I enjoy travel, reading, writing, landscape photography and music.

Hitman Horticulturists

Ernst Stavro Blofeld, master criminal, sat at the centre of the massive operations room of the SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, or “SPECTRE” for short. Around him, the inside of the domed roof showed a map of the … Continue reading

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“That’ll do nicely!”

Bottle green cork popped sits On cloth pure white Contents warm and breathe Heady scent of black grape gifts Angels share anew Bottle tips and pours Claret glugs into bulbous glass Final drop catches and falls Ripples settle Leggy wash … Continue reading

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Geometry of Life

Matthew was a bit of a square but he was besotted with Crystal and all her facets. She was a true diamond. Bright and beautiful, she was always straight with him. They’d met at a Circus – she was a … Continue reading

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Stained Grass Window

Woodland flowers on grassy mat tilt and turn heads toward the sun, floral blocks in every shade and hue colouring misty mat.   Sunbeams stream through hazy air, bathe bracken in soft gilded light, dewdrop rainbows sparkle and shine, stained … Continue reading

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The Scene Is Set

From the Gods, Mother Nature looks down scene laid out below. Footlit horizon, sunshine throws golden light across the stage. Solitary black cloud draws curtain of rain day’s play refreshed, renewed. Wedge of geese cross the set, honk their lines … Continue reading

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Skylark Haiku

Skylark skyward leaps tumbles aloft the summer sky sings of sex and joy.  

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Tree Tops

Islands in a sea of mist, the Clees stand tall, patient sun waits to unveil another day. A traveller diving misty ocean, plots a course through hedgerow reef.   Descending, gloom thickens. Car lights pick out ghostly shapes that scuttle … Continue reading

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