Ladyleemanila’s Revisiting 2022

Hello everyone! My favourite post for each month.

January – #TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 255: #Tastetherainbow

over the rainbow
blissful to have autumn rain
seagulls snatch food

cranes fly over fields
cherry blossoms through the mist
dance me with joy, love

sunflowers blooming
reaching empyreal blue sky
cotton like clouds

swaying butterfly
enjoying the sweet nectar
the taste of wheat beer

rain in the summer
multi-coloured rainbow’s out
promising some hope

promising some hope
for a bright and charming day
rain gives us blessing

colourful brollies
glimmering in the rain
worship going on

worship going on
climbing up the temple
offering their thanks*

  • Haiku

February – Friday Fictioneers – Truck that was always there

PHOTO PROMPT © Bill Reynolds

Truck that was always there

Broken and rusty one

Left in the woods with dust

Wind, rain, snow set in

There’s no need to discuss

Truck that was always there

Children play hide and seek

And family walk by

Stories were made for books

Of ransom, thieves and spy

Truck that was always there

Not of silk and honey

Copper rust and black tar

Bet it was useful once

Long time ago with gear

Truck that was always there

There was no sign of life

Part of the woods they say

Seasons come, seasons go

Even when clouds are grey*

(c) ladyleemanila 2022

  • Monchielle

March – WQW: Five Senses: Taste, Food, Recipes

Stuffed curried aubergines – Hello everyone! I’m so happy with this new recipe from Jamie Oliver. I’ve tried it and it was a success. It was delicious! Served with some naan bread.

I made this broccoli crustless quiche two weeks ago, following the recipe I saw online ( I mixed all the ingredients. We had it for breakfast and lunch.

It was a success that I did another version this weekend, mixing mushroom with spinach, adapted from this recipe ( Adapted because I used fresh baby spinach, thick milk and not at all strict with the amount in the recipe. It was also delicious!

Cauliflower tikka masala – We’ve just bought Jamie Oliver’s book “Veg” and we’ve been experimenting with some of its recipes. This one is cauliflower tikka masala with cauliflower, cashew nuts, mango chutney, youghurt, cumin, tikka masala, paneer cheese, onions, etc. It was delicious! Just follow his recipe, thanks.

Him Indoors is having dalgona coffee and I’m having dalgona matcha latte which I have made for the first time, thanks to YouTube recipes.

I’ve got this lovely recipe for beef – meltingly good! But you have to be patient as it takes 3 or 4 hours to cook. Here goes, for ingredients you need some shin of beef, bone out, some baby carrots, onions, 120ml Worcestershire sauce and 2 tbs of wholegrain mustard. Preheat the oven to 160degrees. Place a shallow pan on a high heat alongside another frying pan. Cut the beef in cubes and fry in with the bone. Fry the onions and carrots. When the meat is nicely coloured, tip it into the casserole pan, then stir in the Worcestershire sauce and mustard, and cover with boiling water. Cover and cook in the oven for 3 or 4 hours. Taste, season and serve. Serve with boiled potatoes and peas. Enjoy!

April -L is for LaCharta

Photo credit Sarah Whiley

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Gifts” by Kirk Wilson: room, walls, world, pay, say, brought, breathe, stories, slipped, gifts, left, more

The world is full of lovely gifts

From waterfalls to some great cliffs

Stories of hope no one drifts

Smile, pay forward and other lists

What’s left to say is just be good

And we should do the best we could

The air we breathe and so much more

People we meet outside our door

Places to see, beaches and shore

Different rooms or walls to explore

Count our blessing, we’re still here

The love we could share that is clear

After the rain, there is rainbow

The soil is ready we can plough

Sailors sail from stern to bow

All these things without why or how

Seasons come and go let us dance

And let us give each other chance*

(c) ladyleemanila 2022

  • The LaCharta, created by Laura Lamarca, consists of a minimum of 3 stanzas with no maximum length stipulation. Each stanza contains 6 lines. The syllable count is 8 per line in iambic tetrameter and the rhyme scheme is aaaabb ccccdd eeeeff and so on. “La” is Laura Lamarca’s signature and “Charta” in Latin, simply means “poem”.

May – Smell the roses

take time to smell the roses
sweet spring, enjoy life’s offer
relish the air in the azure

be glad we have all the choices
let us not take things for granted
let’s appreciated them as fitted

scent of a rose gives me a buzz
don’t have to be in a hurry
enjoying life that is the key

think of the love and its aura
and what goes around, comes around
kids playing in merry-go-round

take time to smell the roses
for one day we won’t be able
just enjoy it and be grateful*

(c) ladyleemanila

* The Constanza

I see hope from afar
I can smell the roses
Cycling at the weekend
No fret no bother, too
Where I can pray and mend

I see hope from afar
And looping with the wind
Imagine to be free
Not swatting in the hole
Where I’ll be full of glee

I see hope from afar
The pink glow of sunset
Where trees sway and birds fly
Wife baking bread for kids
Dad brought sauce for the pie

I see hope from afar
Green fields where children play
Distant snow covered hills
Where winter is nearing
Christmas with all the frills**

(c) ladyleemanila

** Monchielle

The gentle summer breeze

As the sparrow flies

The gentle summer breeze

Before me the skies

Reading to my delight

As the sparrow flies

On this day so bright

Sound of nature heard

Reading to my delight

Feathers of the bird

Decades of beauty

Sound of nature heard

Smell of porch so fruity

Hold hope in my hands

Decades of beauty

All of the nature’s plans

The gentle summer breeze

Scriptures in the sands

The gentle summer breeze***

(c) ladyleemanila


June – Hello, back from my holiday

Hi everyone! It has been a great 4 weeks away from home. As I’m recovering from my jet lag, here are some photos…. hope you like them.

July – Friday Fictioneers – Anton and Annette

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

In the middle of the woods a palace we forget

Slithery felon banished because he made a threat

That once the princess got pinprick by the spinning wheel

Everyone in the palace sleep a chilling feel

Seasons went then the prince came on his jet

He was fascinated by the sleeping brunette

Distraught by the sight yet kissed her without regret

Princess woke up which was a big deal

In the middle of the woods

String of events and love between them begets

Lid of love opens with Anton and Annette

Made the difference with that kiss to seal

He asked her to marry her which was ideal

She said yes even though they’ve just met

In the middle of the woods*

(c) ladyleemanila 2022

  • A Rondeau is a French form, 15 lines long, consisting of three stanzas: a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet with a rhyme scheme as follows: aabba aabR aabbaR. Lines 9 and 15 are short – a refrain (R) consisting of a phrase taken from line one. The other lines are longer (but all of the same metrical length).

August – TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 285, 8/18/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt



and pretty leaves

patterns so beautiful

butterfly is at the centre


like a mandala of the heart

spritual meaning

to meditate

for peace*

(c) ladyleemanila 2022

  • Butterfly cinquain is a nine-line syllabic titled form with the pattern 2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2

September – Our Light in the Darkness

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Woke up this morning and my inbox was full of messages. Sad news – our nephew Arence was killed. He was on his motorbike with his friend on their way home after eating porridge in a shop when a dump truck hit them. Both of them died.  Arence was taken from us so soon and left us grieving. He was full of life, very positive in his outlook of life and fun to be with. Our light in the darkness. Eternal rest grant unto his soul. We will miss him.

in our deepest grief

Arence, light in the darkness

may he rest in peace

(c) ladyleemanila 2022

October – What do you see #156 – Sunrise

Image credit; Mohamed Nohassi Unsplash
For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a person standing on a beach facing the rising sun. The vibrant colors of the sunrise are reflected in the water around them.

S – sunrise at dawn

U – U and me to witness

N – nothing else matters

R – rest assured there’s peace

I – I love you the way you are

S – sweet as can be

E – everyday and forevermore*

(c) ladyleemanila 2022

  • Acrostic Poetry

New day has arrived
The sun is rising up
Had waffles with syrup
Black coffee so I thrived
Don’t let dry wood get rived
As the horses gallop

New possibilities
New hope so we can cope
I like a darker taupe
I like this morning’s breeze
As well as ham and cheese
Don’t know my horoscope

Looking forward today
A date in a cafe**

(c) ladyleemanila

** The HexSonnetta

sunrise, sunset, always amazing
a spring and zing in life, stops us from ageing
a new dawn, a new beginning
always on the go, be it cycling, cooking or dancing
and when sunset is here, we know it’s time to rest
don’t digress, we have done our quest
life goes on and so we must carry on
like some cheerleaders, go on from hereon
new challenges – something we look forward
as we anchored and stirred life, don’t go backward
life is indeed wonderful
don’t be fretful but be graceful
our sunset
we are one
nature’s beauty
couldn’t ask for more

(c) ladyleemanila 2022

November – Sunset by the fields

December – My birthday in Valencia

Hello everyone! We’ve just got back from Valencia where we’ve celebrated my birthday. Him Indoors and I spent 5 lovely days in the city. We arrived last Wednesday and were greeted by their Christmas lights.

We walked around the city and it was amazing.

We went to Oceanographic and spent the whole morning there, watching all the sea creatures.

We visited the La Catedral where the Holy Grail was.

We ate tapas and paellas.

And I had my birthday spa. Have a lovely week everyone!


4 responses

  1. bushboy

    What a year of fun food and travel Lady Lee 🙂 🙂

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    1. ladyleemanila

      thank you, bushboy 🙂 🙂

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  2. Terri Webster Schrandt

    Wow, what a fantastic post filled with images, poetry, stories and food! I bet this took time to prepare, LL! So lovely you could share your busy year for Sunday Stills. May your 2023 be exactly how you want it and more!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ladyleemanila

      always my pleasure, Terri 🙂 love sharing my year with all of you, my friends…. hope you have a great year, too ❤

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