October Squares Review

Becky (the Queen of Squares) challenged us to find lines in October. In Squares naturally. Any lines.

“Your lines can be long, short, straight or curvy. They might be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, perpendicular or even zig zag. You might prefer them intersecting, natural, singular or in stripes.”


Line 1: Floor in Sydney’s Customs House Library; Telegraph poles along the dunes in Phillack/Hayle; Bird cage art installation, Sydney; Haymaking field and cabbage lines in Godrevy.

Line 2: A stripy cat; Office building in Sydney; Infinity Blue sculpture at the Eden Project in Cornwall; Bicycle railings at Godrevy.

Line 3: Herring-bone paved walkway in Auckland’s harbour area; A line of beach huts at Herne Bay, Kent; Fencing on Godrevy; Groynes and a disconnected pier at Herne Bay.

Line 4: Countryside lines in South Devon; DNA lines on the Globe installation, San Diego; Roof lines of the British Museum in London; Fishing lines on the pier in Herne Bay.

Line 1: Electricity power lines along the dunes in Phillack/Hayle; Lines of words (dictionary) from an art installation at the Customs House Library in Sydney; A Widow’s Walk in West Bay, Dorset; Zig-zag flooring in the Queen Victoria Building (the QVB) in Sydney.

Line 2: Multiple reflectons of the Sydney Opera House; lines of poetry created by me using the Erasure technique; waves on the River Hayle (Heyl); Solarised effect on banana leaves.

Line 3: Tramlines on Auckland’s quay; Shadow and paving at West Bay, Dorset with some cryptic words; the train line from London to Portsmouth on a very snowy day in 2010 when all the trains stopped running; another globe featuring the decline of the polar bear habitat.

Line 4: Lines of Longitude and Latitude encouraging the use of tall grass to help with climate change; lines drawn in the sand by the RNLI coastguards at Gwithian sands in Cornwall; wavy pavement designs (calçada portuguesa) typically found in Portuguese towns and cities – this one in Cascais; V-line formation of Brent Geese heading to their roost after feeding on the Hayle estuary.

Many thanks to Becky for hosting this lovely challenge. Her followers have increased this month due to the wide ranging nature of the concept of lines. Once you start looking around you you realise that you are surrounded by lines. Man-made and natural. Literal or metaphorical. This is a theme that could last an eternity. If you have missed any of the wonderful entries then you could allow yourself a few hours to browse the clever selections that Becky creates during the challenge which is an immense task and for which I thank her.

Oh, and does anyone know which of my ‘lines’ in the collages is the bonus one?

October Squares | Day Thirty-One

This is the last in the month that Becky (the Queen of Squares) has challenged us to find lines. In Squares naturally. I’m finishing with several poignant lines that I hope you will like.

Visiting time

October Squares | Day 31

Many thanks Becky for hosting yet another wonderful and inspiring challenge: you always get me to see the world around me differently. A review of this month’s squares will appear in a couple of days – meanwhile I hope you have a well deserved rest!

The words in this poem have been selected using a technique known as Erasure. I’ll let Cathy (~wander.essence~) explain it.

This type of Found Poem is known as Erasure, where you choose a source and erase away most of the “text” and leave words and/or phrases and/or sentences so that what’s left says something very different from what the original writing said and is art.  The end result should be something different from what the original text said.

Mine came from a page in a novel I was recently reading and I just thought I’d give it a go. The end result is not so different than the original text, but these words caught my imagination. I’ll leave it to you, the reader, to form your own story.

~wander.essence~ poetry

October Squares | Day Thirty

This month Becky (the Queen of Squares) has challenged us to find lines. In Squares naturally. That is the only proper ‘rule’. I have been dipping into the archives for this one, as well as finding local lines.

moving lines

These slow moving waves on the Hayle river were caused by a small fishing vessel that had left the quay in front of me. I was capturing the lines of the viaduct and boat masts for the challenge, but then this caught my eye. I hope it captures the feeling of the swell moving along.

This is the penultimate square lines – still time to post if you want to join in!

October Squares | Day 30

October Squares | Day Twenty-Nine

This month Becky (the Queen of Squares) has challenged us to find lines. In Squares naturally. That is the only proper ‘rule’. I have been dipping into the archives for this one, as well as finding local lines.

zig zag

We are nearing the end now so if you want to join in then you still have two more days! Post one image or several, but remember that it must be a square.

October Squares | Day 29