Song Lyrics Sunday – Let’s see what Spring is like on Jupiter or Mars?

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge and despite being one of my favourite challenges, I don’t always manage to take part, but I just wanted to squeeze this post in.

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars, as suggested by King Ben’s Grandma. 

There is something restful about listening to music about the heavens, the stars, the moon etc. It is ideal if you are struggling with life’s torments, to sit back and listen to some celestial music.

In the face of the stresses of life, I try to remain stoic, which can often come across as a cavalier attitude to life as I sit back on my recliner on holiday, but believe me, I am not unaffected by what is going on in the world around me, but just like to reflect.

Listening to these songs helps me maintain my composure.

Firstly, no lyrics, but my favourite piece of classical music is part of a suite called The Planets written by Gustav Holst, it is called Jupiter. It was written in 1916 and first performed in 1918. The middle section of the piece has been turned into a hymn/anthem, “I vow to thee my country” and also a Rugby anthem, but the lyrics do not mention the planets and so don’t count. The music is quite heavenly though.

And a bit more in-keeping with the rules, here is the song “Fly Me to the Moon“. originally titled “In Other Words“, it was written in 1954 by Bart HowardKaye Ballard made the first recording of the song the year it was written. Frank Sinatra’s 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon, but my favourite version is by Julie London also released in 1964.

“Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)”

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On a-Jupiter and Mars

In other words: hold my hand
In other words: baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words: please, be true
In other words: I love you

Fill my heart with song
Let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words: please, be true
In other words, in other words: I love you

I hope you enjoy these songs. Happy Sunday.

I have also included the following word prompts in my post:


A Gallery of Photo’s from my Trip to Devon.

The Word of the Day is Gallery, here is a gallery of photos from my recent trip to Torquay in Devon.

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This is me in front of Haytor Rocks on Dartmoor.

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Some Wild Dartmoor ponies sheltering from the rain.

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This is Greenway – It was the home of the Queen of Crime Fiction, Agatha Christie.

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This is one of the beautiful views of the River Dart from the grounds of Greenway.

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Brixham Harbour, with the sun just coming out after a morning of rain.

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Dancing with my Rainbow umbrella in the rain.

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This is part of Dartmouth Castle on the River Dart.

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This is a grand house called Carlton Fishacre, a beautiful house set in spectacular gardens, it’s near Brixham in Devon.


The Beach at Goodrington near Paignton, Devon (you can see the very red coloured sand that’s common in this part of Devon). In the distance you can see a cruise ship that was full of American visitors to Torquay, they are now sailing to Ireland.


I hope you enjoyed these pictures from my recent trip to Devon. 🙂

A Snowy time in the Peak District

A couple of weekends ago I spent a few days up in the Peak District, which is in Northern England.

I actually stayed near Macclesfield, which is in the county of Cheshire, not far from the City of Manchester, but most of the Peak District is in the county of Derbyshire.

At the time, we had a smattering of snow where I live, but nothing much. Up in this part of the peaks however, it was another story. They had had a couple of feet of snow a few days before I arrived, and with day temperatures remaining below zero centigrade here, it wasn’t going anywhere.

It does make for some lovely pictures and I thought I would share them with you.



This is the old Victorian gardens in the Town of Buxton in Derbyshire.


This is the sign for the Cat and Fiddle pub, which is on one of the high spots on the road from Macclesfield to Buxton. Sometimes, this road is closed in the winter.



This is the town of Bakewell in Derbyshire, a few miles south of where I was staying. They didn’t have any snow here at all. This is where the famous Bakewell Tarts and Puddings come from, so I had to stop off to buy a few.


I hope you like the pictures.

Have a great weekend. 🙂


Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge – The Last Holiday

This was written in response to the Go Dog Go Cafe’s Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge.

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge November 6, 2018

The Challenge:

Here are 3 words to spark your imagination for a piece of poetry.  BUT, you CANNOT USE these 3 words in the poem.  What images, feelings, emotions do they conjure up for you?  Good luck!

gray, wind, echoes


Here is my response:


So drab and colourless,

the sky loomed overhead

And brought that doom-filled feeling,

The one I’ve learned to dread.


I scream into the void

The dark and dangerous abyss,

The breeze whips away my scarf.

I hear a resound, a sigh, a hiss.


“Come, on Jump” I hear them say,

A torment from a fateful past,

I step back from that final edge,

This was not the first time, nor the last.


I did not surrender, I didn’t fall

I had the strength and found the way,

This time I did not heed the call,

of death, that final holiday.


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 07/November/2018


Well I’m Off Now

It will be a trial for me to leave WordPress and my blogging pals for just over a week.

I looked up the weather where I am going, in Bergen, Norway and it is a chilly Ten Degrees Centigrade! which is quite a bit colder than where I am in the UK right now, but I am still looking forward to the fresh air and wonderful scenery.

Aufwedersehn, Au Revoir and as they apparently say in Norway “ha det bra, ser deg snart”

Goodbye and See you Soon.




ANNOUNCEMENT – I am taking a break.

Hi Everyone,

From tomorrow I will be taking a break from blogging because I will be away from my computer and I do not have (OR WANT) a mobile phone that can access the internet.

I will be scheduling a few posts including a few flashbacks to older posts that I wrote some time ago that you may have missed.

I won’t be able to take part in any challenges or competitions and you won’t be seeing any likes from me, but I will try to catch up on my reading when I get back.

I expect that this announcement may mean that several of my followers will think, “Well, that’s the point in staying around then” but so be it.

I will be back Saturday Week and I should have lots of lovely photos of Norwegian Fjords and Trolls and other Scandinavian themes pictures to show you.

All the best, Missing you already. 🙂

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