Bowes and Bounds Connected

A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green

Andie Phillips's Blog (18)

A Life Alphabet Rhyme


A is for apple, shiny and bright

B is for bat, who flies in the night.

C is for cow, munching on hay

D is for dragonfly, hunting its prey.

E is for eggs, snug in the nest

F is for flea, an unwelcome guest

G is for grasshopper, buzzing its call

H is for hedgehog, who rolls in a ball.

I is for iris, a flag in the breeze

J is for jellyfish, floating in seas.

K is for kingfisher, skimming the stream

L is…


Added by Andie Phillips on October 21, 2018 at 9:23 — No Comments

Some Transparencies of Spring

Some transparencies of Spring

Some of my hopes have air in them -

Polluting and renewing;

They are inhabited by light breezes and hurricanes

Erratically, like prayer flags

On a Himalayan hillside;

A photon spectrum like daggers and gifts, like galaxies.


My hopes grow quietly after winter chills;

So many bulbs gently budding through cold earth

Trigger my cynical self, as I hold down the…


Added by Andie Phillips on January 15, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Cairngorms Bird Song

A mass of granite thrust up

Through the schists and gneiss of lower hills;

Planed down by the ice cap;

Split, shattered and scooped

By frosts, glaciers and the strength of running water.


Its strong flight haunts not precipice, but plateau –

One summer day, your ear catches the plover-like cry –

You pause and watch – no bird is there;

You move softly towards the sound,

And in a moment, one bird, then another,



Added by Andie Phillips on June 1, 2017 at 11:22 — No Comments

The Hazards of Dating

If you don't need me,

as much as I want you,

why do I see my hopes


like a hundred prayer flags

on a Himalayan hillside?

Added by Andie Phillips on June 1, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Confessions of a Middle Aged Girl

Confessions of a Middle Aged Girl

We met at the retreat,  friends at first. 

Casual conversations, weeding organic vegetables.

Occasional weekenders, just friends.


You were slightly younger, tall, dark, attractive

In an ugly way.  Kind words.  Common sense.

Good hugs, but friends, just friends.


Then one weekend it changed:  or I changed.

Friday as usual, Saturday transition,

Sunday I was…


Added by Andie Phillips on April 14, 2017 at 15:13 — No Comments

Gangnam Style Strictly Sonnet

    Gangnam Style Strictly Sonnet

We’re glued to the set every Saturday

To see glamour and glitz, sequins and frills

Athletes, presenters, singer and actors

Strutting and gliding to show off their skills.

Now we know who’ll be going to Blackpool

With the judges and Claudia and Tess

Who’ll be cool?  Who’ll play the fool? Who will rule?

Will their tangos or salsas have finesse?

Craig Revel Horwood is…


Added by Andie Phillips on November 15, 2016 at 14:54 — No Comments

Watford Gap

Shrugging off the worn leather jacket, he hung it on the chair back, sat down, and comfort stroked his thin white moustache.  Pot of tea.  Tiny jug of milk.  So different to the semi-stewed 6 pence a cuppa tea of the sixties.  Blue Boar inn used to run it.  We thought we were it back then:  guitars, sideburns, drainpipe jeans.   Cold draughty vans, swapping drivers to stay awake.  Polo mints all night.  It wasn’t all bad though -  this was the place, the middle ground, this ‘no man’s…


Added by Andie Phillips on April 18, 2016 at 8:09 — No Comments

Grimaldi's Leap Frog

Grimaldi’s Leap Frog


Mrs Sullivan         runs the bar and other facilities

Dolly                    young serving wench

Sam                      sailor

G Burgess             friend of William Heath

It is 13th February 1812 and Harlequin and Padmanada or The Golden…


Added by Andie Phillips on March 31, 2016 at 22:02 — No Comments

‘The Best Way Forward’ – political speech by Roderickina Spode on behalf of the Gross National Interest Party

Good day to all you spankingly wonderful people of Bowes Park and Bounds Green.  It is such a pleasure to be here with you today.  What ho!  Well, chaps and lady chaps, I am delighted to inform you that in this oncoming by-election, I am standing in this electoral district for the Gross National Interest Party – headed up by our estimable leader, Bertrand Aloiyishious Wooster.  Jolly decent chap.  Great pal of mine.  Spiffing old boy.

Let me make a few things spankingly clear.  In…


Added by Andie Phillips on January 21, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

BACK TO CAVE by Andrea Phillips

BACK TO CAVE            by Andrea Phillips

Go back to your cave

It’s raining fierce, cold

Hard, wet, solid rain…


Added by Andie Phillips on November 28, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Elgar's "The Kingdom"

If you  like sacred music, there is a performance of Elgar's "The Kingdom" with small orchestra and professional soloists plus Barnet Choral augmented (that includes me!) choir on this Saturday 16th March 2013 starting 7.30pm at Queen Elizabeth's School, Queens Road, Barnet, EN5 4DQ.  it is £12 to get in and there will be an interval.  It will be the most fabulous sound.

Added by Andie Phillips on March 15, 2013 at 11:11 — No Comments

Guido Fawkes' Demise

The Scaffold.  by Andrea Phillips

Guilty. Hang, Draw and Quarter him.




Added by Andie Phillips on November 3, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

'Into Spring' by Andrea Phillips after John Keats

Season of chill breezes and blue skies,

When the young sun shines its clear bright rays;

Striving to warm the shadows of last winter’s chill

And call again to rouse the sleeping daffodil;

To swell buds and explode pale young leaves,

Open petals, release scents, for eager bees.

Bursts of blossom bedeck the cherry trees,

Where blue tits dart, and swoop, loop, chase and play;

Busy redbreasts hop by with beaks of grubs

To feed their hungry nestlings…


Added by Andie Phillips on April 13, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

'Kettle Song' by Petal The Kettle

           Kettle Song    by Petal the Kettle

There’s something I must ask you

If you could be so kind

It’s something that is weighing

Quite heavy on my mind.

It’s something that is simple

And an easy…


Added by Andie Phillips on January 21, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

'De Cow is De Enemy' by Benjamina Zaccarina

                              De Cow is De Enemy by Benjamina Zaccarina

You bin brainwashed you idiot man

‘Drinka Pinta Milka Day’ is crap

An you knowit.

Don’ drink no milk is what I say

An here is reasons forit.


De cow, presented forever as de gentle creature

Is de enemy

She chop down deforests for her grazin’ land

An all de creatures who live in dem forests

Dey Die.

No mo’ home, no mo’ food, no mo’ good lovin’



Added by Andie Phillips on January 1, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments

I would like...... Writers' Group Exercise

I Would Like..... by Andie Phillips


I would like to delve into the wet leaves,

feel their wetness,

slippery rounded oak leaves,

immerse my senses in the smell,

musty and sharp.


I would like to enter the wave as it rolls and crashes,

salty stinging,

stopped breath,

flashing foam bubbling.


I would like to crawl into the earth,

crumbling mulch,

meeting worms,…


Added by Andie Phillips on December 12, 2010 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

I Don't Believe In Ghosts But .......

I Don’t Believe In Ghosts, But…. By Andie Phillips

I don’t believe…


Added by Andie Phillips on November 6, 2010 at 21:21 — No Comments

'Spirit of the Orchard' at Tring Apple Day - a short story

‘SPIRIT OF THE ORCHARD’, TRING APPLE DAY by Andie Phillips - A short story

She wrote the Mummers…


Added by Andie Phillips on October 29, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments


Support this site

We operate as a volunteer-run community project, accepting advertising helps cover our costs. Whilst it's cheap to run the site - it's not free. If you can help - please consider making a donation..

© 2020   Created by Richard McKeever.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...