Poetry Corner: ‘Ode to Autumn’ by John Keates

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
   Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
   With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage trees,
   And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
      To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
   And still more, later flowers for the bees,
   Until they think warm days will never cease,
      For Summer has o’erbrimmed their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
   Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
   Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind,
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
   Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
      Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
   Steady thy laden head across a brook;
   Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
      Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
   Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, –
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
   And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
   Among the river sallows, borne aloft
      Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
   Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
   The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
      And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

Gateway Giveaway on Thursday

This Thursday 17th September, 10am till 3pm, Gateway Church are hosting another Gateway Giveaway.
Clothing, household goods, books etc, all donated from students when they left Leeds in the Summer
Come and grab what you like at St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Road, Leeds, LS2 9AF. Please wear a mask and adhere to social distancing. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed entry at one time, so please be prepared to queue outside. An access lift is available.

‘Monday Mind Workout’ – answers for Monday 14th September 2020

Dear all,
Yesterday’s  ‘Monday Mind Workout’ was over to you. I was looking for songs with food in the title. I started you off with: On The Good Ship Lollipop – Shirley Temple
What a great response, thank you to you all for sending in your suggestions, it made me hungry 🙂
  • A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich And You – Gertrude Lawrence
  • A Little Bit Of Cucumber – Harry Champion
  • A Taste of Honey – Herb Alpert
  • An apple for the teacher – Bing Crosby and Connie Boswell
  • Adam’s Apple – Aerosmith
  • American Pie – Don McLean
  • Animal Crackers in my Soup
  • Apple Of My Eye – Rick Ross
  • Apple Scruffs – George Harrison
  • Apples – Lily Allen
  • Apples And Oranges – Pink Floyd
  • Applesauce – Animal Collective
  • Apricot Princess – Rex Orange County
  • Bacon – Nick Jonas
  • Bad Apple – Tribes
  • Banana boat song Harry Belafone
  • Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
  • Bangers and Mash -Peter Sellers
  • Big Cheese – Nirvana
  • Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
  • Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
  • Boiled beef and Carrots  music hall- Harry Champion
  • Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter – Elvis Costello
  • Buttered Popcorn – The Supremes
  • Cake – The B-52s
  • Cake And Sodomy – Marilyn Manson
  • Candy – LL Cool J
  • Candy – Robbie Williams
  • Candy Store – Madonna
  • Candy Store Rock – Led Zeppelin
  • Caramel – Suzanne Vega
  • Catfish – Bob Dylan
  • Cherries Pink and Apple Blossom – Perez Prado
  • Chocolate Drops – Iggy Pop
  • Cockles and Mussels – Molly Malone
  • Custard Pie – Led Zeppelin
  • Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree – The Andrew Sisters
  • Do the Mashed Potato – James Brown and The Famous Flames
  • Flaming Pie – Paul McCartney
  • Food Glorious food – Oliver
  • Glass Onion – The Beatles
  • Goats Head Soup – Stones
  • Have some Madeira ma dear
  • Honey Gold – Rod Stewart
  • Honey Pie – The Beatles
  • Honey, Honey – ABBA
  • How d’ya like your eggs in the morning? Dean Martin
  • I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
  • Iced Honey – Metallica and Lou Reed
  • I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts – Merv Griffin
  • Jammin….Bob Marley
  • Jam Side Down – Status Quo
  • Jambalaya (On The Bayou) – Carpenters
  • Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries – Rudy Vallee
  • Life Is A Minestrone – 10cc
  • Marshmallow World – Bing Crosby
  • Mean Mr. Mustard – The Beatles
  • Mother Popcorn – James Brown
  • My boy lollipop Millie Small
  • Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face) – Adam & The Ants
  • One Bad Apple – The Osmonds
  • Oranges and lemons by The Countdown Kids
  • PretzelBodyLogic – Prince
  • Savoy Truffle – The Beatles
  • Soul Cake – Sting
  • Sour Candy – Lady Gaga
  • Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles
  • Strawberry Swing – Coldplay
  • Sugar – Maroon 5
  • Sugar on the Side – Blondie
  • Tangerine – Led Zeppelin
  • Tapioca Tundra – The Monkees
  • The Onion Song – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • The Spam Song – Monty Python
  • Tutti Frutti – New Order
  • TV Dinners – ZZ Top
  • Vegetables – The Beach Boys
  • Your Name On A Grain of Rice – Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
  • Spam<Spam<Spam – Monty Python
  • Spoonful of sugar sung by Julie Andrews
  • Strawberry Fields – The Beatles
  • Whale meat again- Jim Capaldi
  • With my little stick of Blackpool rock- George Formby
All the best to you all, regards Lisa

Covid “Enhanced Support” status for Leeds and texts to vulnerable residents

The Government decided not to put new local lockdown restrictions on Leeds this week but it has been moved up to being an area of concern and to receive enhanced national support to help curb the rise in coronavirus cases.  A statement from Leeds City Council is here :


Leeds City Council are texting the most vulnerable residents (on the shielding list) and are asking everyone to take care to protect the vulnerable – and all of us in the city:


Bagpipes anyone?

I’ve not been able to find much in the way of theatre offerings so here’s something completely different for this weekend.  Virtual Highland Games.Image may contain: one or more people, crowd, sky, outdoor and nature


As all the highland games have been cancelled this year the 2020 Braemar Gathering decided to offer you a Virtual Highland Games instead.

‘Throughout the day on Saturday the 12th September we will be sharing some footage that was filmed specifically for this event. We will be posting the main footage on Facebook with supplementary content on Instagram and twitter. Footage will also be available shortly after on YouTube via The Braemar Gathering channel and Braemar Media channel.’


​Facebook https://www.facebook.com/braemargathering/

YouTube (after the day) https://www.youtube.com/c/DaleJohnsonBraemar/featured

Reminder that NHS is here for you

NHS (@NHS) | Twitter

Amid concerns that people are not accessing healthcare services when they need to, the local NHS wants to remind people  that services are still here when you need them.  Although how to access them may have changed slightly.

It is hugely important that people seek medical care when they need it,  particularly those that are struggling with life changing and life threatening illnesses.

They have produced a booklet giving all the information about how and when to access nhs services in Leeds

Leeds NHS is here booklet

Government annouces major changes to try and halt the rise in coronavirus

I’m sure you are all aware of the government annoucement yesterday which will make it illegal for more than 6 people to meet – indoors or outdoors

There is more detailed information about this on the government website here Gov.uk – Coronavirus, what you can and can’t do

And a good summary with a helpful graphic here bbc news – social distancing rules