Friday, 9 December 2016

Time for a Limerick Competition! Big prize!

Ho ho ho!
Thanks for dropping in!

Friday’s blog a private peek, right?
Well, here’s what I would call a super day off.... 

After yesterday’s bumper to bumper traffic fiasco 
up to Coventry and back,
(which incidentally, was worth every single minute)
I decided to get up at the crack of sparrows,
beat the traffic and get over to my parents’ place in Gillingham before the M25 woke up.

Brilliant plan; shot over to the Medway towns in no time.
Only spanner in the works was that my parents 
were still fast asleep when I landed there!
So ended up sitting in the car for an hour 
before the lights went on in the kitchen!

Much better than being trapped in traffic though.

After breakfast and a catch-up, went shopping with Mum,
to a very nice farm shop in Faversham called Macknades,
where you can spend a fortune on fine food, and
where we bumped into my lovely friend and old art teacher, 
Jenny Day.
Then we managed to avoid the crowds in a local
and very well-established garden centre down in Hempstead. 
It is all a bit hectic before Christmas, isn’t it?
But there the staff were so friendly and helpful, 
it was a pleasure to part with my money!

Actually, it was just great to spend a few hours 
with Mum and Dad. 
Nothing extravagant, no tearing around.
Just a cuppa and a heart to heart. 
Grateful to be able to. 

Headed back early to beat the Friday evening madness,
and got away with it!
Even had a little siesta, a schnooze.


And look what Dave came home with!
A Christmas Shooting Star for the kitchen!


That’s it. 
Christmas is officially round the corner when Dave drills a hole in the wall and mounts a shooting star, so to speak!

I think it’s time we had some limerick fun....

There once was a farmer called Dave
who one night had a very close shave....

Copy and paste my first two lines below 
and then finish the limerick!

Then on Sunday, we will get out the laughometer 
and pick a winner to receive no less than....
drum roll.....

a £50 Clarity gift voucher!

So come on!
Get out the port, have a quick snort
the ball’s in your court!

Love & Hugs,
Barb
xxxxx


92 comments:

  1. That's what I call a grand way to spend a Friday!
    I finished off some secret stuff and then got the black gesso and 3D glue gel out to create a gift for Amy's boyfriend.... Well it's instead of a card...I hope he likes it!
    I'll look forward to seeing all the limericks.
    Love and hugs xxxx

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    1. where’s yours then, our Jane!!!

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    2. There once was a farmer called Dave
      who one night had a very close shave.
      So he decided to chill
      Grew a beard to thrill,
      And took Barbara to a rave!

      How's that? Haha! Xxx

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  2. How lovely to spend a day with special people at such great venues, I love the farm shops in this area! My Nan and Grandad used to go hop picking at Macknade many years ago staying in tin huts for the 6 week season xx

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  3. Hi Barbara, sounds like another day of precious quality time and special memories being made with the people you care about and love. Makes me smile to read it. I decided Christmas needed to start today too. Rather sparse though, as I discovered Daisy eats Christmas!!! So most of what little I have, had to go back in the box, and a bit of ingenuity with what I was left with!!!

    As you know no can do limericks, but good luck to everyone who can. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Love Brenda xx

    Love your shooting star Dave.

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    1. Hugs Brenda cuddles for daisy xxx

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  4. A lovely, relaxed way to spend the day. I love mooching around nice garden centres but as you say they are a bit hectic this time of year. Love Dave's shooting star! xx

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  5. There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave....
    HE WAS CLEANING HIS SHOT GUN ,
    AND SHOT SANTA RAINDEER BUM,
    NOW PRANCER IS DOING THE Jitterbug BUM BUM

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  6. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He didn't look proper, and sliced off his chopper
    It's buried in a very small grave

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  7. Hello Barbara,sorry to hijack your blog for a few lines but I have an update for everyone that has followed my journey on here. The baby my consultant said I would be unlikely to see was safely delivered early this morning to my son and daughter-in-law. His name is Hugo and he weighed in at 8.1. Hugs and thanks for all your support.xx

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    1. Wonderful news congratulations nanny enjoy every moment love my grand kids xx

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    2. Oh Susan what fantastic news. So pleased for you what a wonderful early Christmas Present. You keep on defying them girl. Love n hugs Ali xxx

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    3. Congratulations Susan wonderful news hugs to baby and family xxx

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    4. That's brilliant news Susan! Congratulations! Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    5. congrats Susan!!! Awesome news all round xx

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    6. Fantastic news congratulations 😤 x

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    7. Oh, granny Susan, that's brilliant news. And glad she managed to go to term after her earlier problem. So pleased for you and your family. Enjoy your baby cuddles. Love Brenda xx

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    8. Congratulations, what a wonderful gift. xxxxx

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    9. That is brilliant news. Make sure you get lots of cuddles and photos!

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    10. Oh I'm so happy for you Susan. It is indeed wonderful news. Congratulations to you all. Lots of love and loads of hugs xxxx

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    11. Congratulations. Brilliant news a bouncing baby boy and a good weight too. Love and hugs to you and your family.xx

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    12. Best news ever - congratulations Susan, and enjoy all the cuddles you can manage! x

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    13. That lovely news to start a day. Many congratulations Grandma Susan x

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    14. That's fabulous news Susan, Christmas will be so wonderful this year with this little bundle of joy around. Enjoy all the cuddles xxx

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    15. That's fantastic news Susan! Congratulations and enjoy! xx

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  8. Barbara my Husband as ordered me the Gelli plate petite set for Christmas, as over the weekend watching you was so inspiring, so a big Thank you x

    Right here goes this is my entry

    There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He trimmed the hairs up he's nose
    On he's finger's and toes
    But thought the ones on he's arse he would save.

    Boom boom xxx

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  9. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He purchased a Christmas shooting star sign
    After a small amount of money and his time
    It fell, so he was charged a very large fine.

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  10. Sounds another wonderful day sign looks great love garden centres this time of year xx

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  11. Bit too late now for me to get my thinking cap on tonight, got to be up to get to Maria's class tomorrow. Will pop back if I can think of something. Bet your mum was surprised when you turned up for breakfast, have to say my kids often come through the door early often just let themselves in if we still asleep.Sounds as if you had a lovely day and I love the shooting star sign. xx

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    1. Hope you are more ready for tomorrow than I am, Lynne. See you soon. xxx Maggie

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  12. I think my part today and tomorrow is to read and enjoy everyone else's limericks. Poetry has never been my strong point. Glad you had such a good visit with the lovely Jayne yesterday. She is such a talented lady and I have several of her stamp sets from when I started card making, which were a lot of fun to use. These new sets are just incredibly beautiful and a pleasure to create scenes with. Have a good weekend, hopefully with a bit of R&R, which you all deserve at Clarity. Love Maggie xxx

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  13. There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave
    He slipped on a Groovi
    Which left him all Smoovi
    And now his mates all call him "Maeve"


    Hehehehhe

    Sorry. Dunno where that came from, it use popped out like!

    It's always good to spend some quality time with family in the run up to Christmas, so glad you managed it!

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    1. *just popped out, even. Laughing too hard!!!!

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  15. Hi Barb,
    Pleased you've had a lovely day with your mum and dad. The shooting star looks great - well done Dave! The first of my sale goodies arrived today - thank you. Just another two to go + Jayne's new plates. How can I smuggle them all in?!!!! I'll have to think about the Limerick tomorrow, my brain is not working at the moment - off to bed now. Love and hugs Alison xxxx

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    1. Hi lovely bloggy friends,
      Hope everyone has had as good a day as possible. Lovely ve and hugs to you all, Alison xxxx

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  16. So lovely to read you had a wonderful day with your parents xxx
    There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a close shave
    He was making some groovi
    And instead got watching a movie
    Did barbara really make him move

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    1. Evening dear blog friends hugs to all I've had a really good day crafting stamping then colouring and some groovi too I did rest in between it feels so good to have a good crafting day all Christmas ones .xxx

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  17. There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave....
    He'd hung up his stocking,
    The back door he was locking,
    And just missed Santa pass by with a wave!

    Or..

    There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave....
    He got up for a pee,
    But couldn't quite see.
    Facing Barb in the morning was brave!

    (Sorry Dave. At least it's not as rude as Ali's above which did make me laugh.)

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  18. Hi Barbara - here's my attempt at your limerick. Hope you like it !!

    There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He was ploughing the land
    When he chopped off his hand
    And can no longer give us a wave!!

    Best wishes. Linda xx

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  19. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He had brought home a shooting star
    Which could be seen by all from afar
    And the Police thought Barb was holding a rave

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  20. sounds like good travelling barb - brilliant! Well done you! Here's my limerick ...

    There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave....
    He ran into a bull
    on the isle of mull
    and was booted right back to his cave!!!

    Ok I know not that good! Lol! Hugs rachel x

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  22. What a wonderful day you have had! Here is my go at the Limerick:
    There once was a farmer called Dave,
    Who one night had a very close shave.
    He tried milking the bull,
    Cause he'd had a skin full
    And almost landed up in his grave!







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  23. Can't resist a challenge:-
    There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who, one night, had a very close shave.
    His banging and drilling
    To mount the star - god-willing
    He would miss the main architrave!

    The other ideas were too far out of it! ;~}

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  24. There once was a farmer named Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He took Barb to a movie
    But it wasn't very Groovi
    And now he's been banned to his cave

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  25. There once was a farmer called Dave

    who one night had a very close shave....

    He met a conchita

    But she was a cheater

    So he gave her a Mexican wave

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  26. Hello Barb,
    Family time is the best. Just had a wonderful evening seeing my youngest Granddaughter in the school play (The Lion King since you ask!!!) and then went to a local Restaurant for a "wrap" party!!! Can't beat being with loved ones. Men weren't allowed so they went home after the play.
    Now for the limerick:
    There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave.
    He tried oh he tried to mount a star
    But the silly billy didn't get very far
    And as he fell he gave us a wave!

    Sorry, it's the best I can do!
    Maureen xxx

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  27. There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave....
    He followed a star
    Which led into a Bar
    and Bar bara said 'now behave'!

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  28. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    A banner he hung
    But slipped on a rung
    And landed on Barbara's light wave.

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  29. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    His skin felt so smooth
    without even a groove
    So he pulled first time at the Rave!

    Glad you had a lovely day. We are in Cornsll this weekend visiting our friend xx

    Xxx

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    1. Cornwall even - difficult typing on iPhone!!

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  30. My brain won't work tonight Barbara. I was going to say that I'll get my thinking cap on in the morning...but it will probably go round and round in my head all night haha!! Love and Hugs xxx

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  31. Love and Hugs to all my lovely friends xxx

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  32. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    His wife came home early
    And caught him with Shirley
    And told him "Now Dave you behave"
    or
    There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He lept in the water
    To save his poor daughter
    And his wife said "OH Dave, you're so brave!"

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  33. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He turned off the telly
    And was pulling on his wellies
    When up jumped our Barb in a rave

    Sorry Barbara at least it rhymes. Glad you had a lovely relaxing day with your Mum and Dad. The very best times are doing things that you've not planned with someone you love. Well done Dave making a start on the decorations. xxx

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  34. Well ones got to join in on this ....
    There once was a young farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    As Barb poured him a sherry
    Come on Dave let us be merry
    He then chased her upstairs to misbehave.
    No that's not what I meant
    Go outside in your tent
    And come back when my money is spent.


    Terrible never mind, love Yvonne x

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  35. Back again - just thought of another one before I go to bed.

    There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    In the words of "Ms Wood" - "Let's Do It" - we should !
    But Barb locked him in his man-cave !!!! ����

    Goodnight
    Linda xx

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  36. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He downed a few whiskies
    Then felt rather frisky
    But Barb said dream away Dave!

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  37. There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave
    With Barbs Artistry ink
    He painted a pink
    Mohican, and went off to a rave

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  39. Hello Barb, love the shooting star, well done Dave, glad you had a great time with Mum and Dad and managed to avoid the traffic. Here is my attempt at the limerick.
    There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave
    He went out to fetch dinner,
    Returned a bit slimmer,
    Oh how he wishes that old sheep shearer
    would learn to behave!

    Good luck everyone, have a great day. Bx

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  40. I hope you really enjoyed the hour to yourself whilst you were waiting for the kitchen light to come on! So happy that you had a lovely time with your parents yesterday - I had time with my sister and now all the presents are wrapped and under the tree.

    There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave
    He drilled a great hole
    So erected a pole
    For dancing, goodness gracious, Behave!

    Hope everyone has a great weekend x

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  41. There once was a farmer called Dave,
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He said with a grin
    Barb can I put this one in,
    She said "sod off" and go live in a cave.....
    She said

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  42. There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave.
    He mounted her a star
    which was not to far.
    Above the kitchen door Dave paved.

    Barb was so excited and danced
    around the table she sang and pranced.
    She hasn´t seen the baking tray
    and all the cookies flew away.
    The smell of christmas all over enhanced.

    This is "german" english so I think it´s not perfect but I hope it´s understandable;-))

    Hope everyone has a wonderful third advent.
    Rolf xxx

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  43. There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave....
    He jumped around and around until his wife said to behave.
    "
    She wants wool to socks that is always home made,
    I have to ask you Dave,
    go to the sheep and shave
    the wool I need to a sweather to make.

    He went to the sheep and it gave
    its permission to shave.
    The farmer that called Dave,
    looked at his tool to shave,
    it was a very tiny one and can only be used to a close shave,
    the foam just been used for colouring a canvas B.Gray just made.

    "Oh Boy" he thought, what is he going to do other than shave.
    It took him hours and hours and when he went home, he with the wool from Maine,
    that was what the sheep was named, he was coloured all over, even in his brain.
    Oh yes he was the one that made
    his wife to a wonderful maid.

    So there is the farmer called Dave,
    I believe he never again will make a close shave.
    "
    Thank you ever so much for making our Friday this lovely. All is Gra.... grey here and warm too warm for a December.

    Thank you Barbara Gray ever so much for all.

    Kind regards
    Mariane

    A huge PS to all bloggers - WOW... I love your limericks so much - I was laughing a lot of your humour as it is the same like mine. Thank you EVER SO MUCH ....

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  44. There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave....
    He mounted the wall
    Stepped back with a fall
    But landed on Barb. What a save!

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  45. There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave....
    He fell in the baler
    Climbed out 3 shades paler
    Saying "Fear not, for my manhood is saved"


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  46. There once was a farmer called Dave,
    who one night had a very close shave,
    Barb was feeling quite smooth,
    She said "Let's get in the groove!"
    But Dave just told her "Behave!"

    I hope that's not too cheeky... Looks like other folks have been cheekier thought so I think I'm alright! Even my mum has gone for a naughty one, tut tut. I'll be having words! :D

    Thank you for another fun competition, I do enjoy these limericks!

    Hope that everyone at clarity towers has a lovely weekend!

    M x

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  47. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    while shearing his flock
    his clippers ran amok
    now he's sporting a brazilian wave

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  48. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with Jayne. I have watched a couple of shows and those children are just delightful.
    Now, on the Christmassy theme ......

    There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    While erecting the tree
    He fell, twisting his knee
    The erection he just could not save.

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  49. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He got out his drill
    To give Barb a thrill
    Woke up when She said"You're my fav!"
    ( as Poldark's no more on airwave! )
    Thank you Barb for last weekend's wonderful programmes just like " In the Classroom " all those years ago which I really enjoyed.

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  50. Sounds you had a wonderful day, loving the limericks so far!
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  51. These are brilliant! Come on! Keep em coming. So to speak....I’ll think of one too....

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  52. Hi Barbara
    What a good idea to beat the traffic, bet your mum was surprised to find you sitting on the door step in the early morning. Sounds like a great day out. Right let's see what I can come up with for a limeric, they've all been so funny, I've had a good chuckle!

    There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    Worka and Holic went rogue
    Played Christmas music by the Pogues
    And Dave ended up tied to the lathe!

    Love Diane xxxx

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  53. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    He was putting up the decs
    Showing off his amazing pecs
    Til Barb said 'Do behave!'

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  54. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    His flock of sheep got out
    Ate all of the sprouts
    And down wind left Dave in a daze.

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  55. Bit tardy but here we go
    There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave
    Whilst shearing his sheep
    He fell fast asleep.
    Barbara gave him a poke
    And he promptly awoke.
    "Now back to your machine
    Please make sure its clean

    Your sheep shipped to OZ
    I need you here, because -
    You need to behave
    I love you dear Dave." Anne (Reading)xx

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  56. There once was a farmer called Dave
    who one night had a very close shave
    Barbara wore boots and a basque
    Dave only a black leather mask
    as she taught him how to behave :P

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  57. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave.
    With smelly cough sweets in his pocket,
    The bull went for him like a rocket
    But Barb made the bugger behave!

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  58. There once was a farmer called Dave
    Who one night had a very close shave,
    Through the village he'd gone
    The muck spreader was on
    Now her dreamt for a bloody great wave!

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x