red and blue sky one glorious morning

watching the birds fly and get their food at the birdhouse

walking through the park on my way to work

one morning’s breakfast – papaya

sharing one breakfast with a friend - a pot of cinnamon and apple tea and a big slice of chocolate cake

sharing one breakfast with a friend – a pot of cinnamon and apple tea and a big slice of chocolate cake

For: Photo Blogging Challenge (November 2015): Morning

Chicken and Cashew Nuts


prepare all ingredients: cut the chicken, chop garlic, ginger, onions and chillies. Cut the other veg in cubes.


stir fry the ginger, garlic, onion, chillies and chicken


let the chicken go brown, then add oyster sauce and soy sauce, salt and pepper


put the chicken on one side. fry the vegetables and the cashew nuts


stir the chicken in with the veg. cook basmati rice with wild rice


best served with a nice glass of white wine (Sauvignon Blanc). Enjoy!

For: Tasty Thursdays and #MySundayPhoto


Teach Your (Bloggers) Well

Daily Prompt – We all know how to do something well — write a post that teaches readers how to do something you know and/or love to do.

Hello everyone! Him Indoors and I love cooking and of course, eating. Here are some of the food that we’ve cooked. Hope you like them.

We also love our garden and here are some photos of the things in our garden. Hope you like them.

For: Teach Your (Bloggers) Well

Sorry by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There is much in life that makes me sorry as I journey
down life’s way.
And I seem to see more pathos in poor human
Lives each day.
I’m sorry for the strong brave men, who shield
the weak from harm,
But who, in their own troubled hours find no
Protecting arm.

I’m sorry for the victors who have reached
success, to stand
As targets for the arrows shot by envious failure’s
I’m sorry for the generous hearts who freely
shared their wine,
But drink alone the gall of tears in fortune’s
drear decline.

I’m sorry for the souls who build their own fame’s
funeral pyre,
Derided by the scornful throng like ice deriding
I’m sorry for the conquering ones tho know not
sin’s defeat,
But daily tread down fierce desire ‘neath scorched
and bleeding feet.

I’m sorry for the anguished hearts that break with
passions strain,
But I’m sorrier for the poor starved souls that
Never knew love’s pain.
Who hunger on through barren years not tasting
joys they crave,
For sadder far is such a lot than weeping o’er a

I’m sorry for the souls that come unwelcomed
into birth,
I’m sorry for the unloved old who cumber up the
I’m sorry for the suffering poor in life’s great
maelstrom hurled,
In truth I’m sorry for them all who make this
aching world.

But underneath whate’er seems sad and is not
I know there lies hid from our sight a mighty
germ of good.
And this belief stands firm by me, my sermon,
motto, text –
The sorriest things in this life will seem grandest
in the next.

For: I Can’t Stay Mad at You and Humble Pie

B&P Shadorma & Beyond – The Hay(na)ku

Hello World, this is Bastet presenting another poetic form.

As you can see by our title, the form I’m presenting is called ‘The Hay(na)ku‘ and it’s a fairly recently created form (2003) by poet Eileen Tabios (born 1960) an award-winning Filipino-American poet and writer well known for her prose poetry. The Hay(na)ku has become pretty well-known in poetic circles (The name “hay(na)ku” was coined by Vince Gotera).

With a name like hay(na)ku, we know that we’re into micro-poetry and this is just about as micro as you can get! It’s a tercet with just 6 words – line one is one word, line two – two words and line three – three words. That’s it. There’s no syllable count or rhyming requirements etc.



Him Indoors
Together we live

A cosy home
In Bavaria

Is everywhere
Keeping us warm

My sweetheart
To love and cherish
No one else
Only you
Looking forward to old age
Together for love

(and now in Filipino)

At ako
Hanggang sa huli

Hirap at ginhawa
Kapiling ka

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: B&P Shadorma & Beyond