Can be sung to the tune of Baggy Trousers by Madness (if you don’t know the tune you can easily find it on YouTube) With the virus spreading round, we must all keep safe and sound Wash our hands ten times a day, that is what the experts say Run upstairs to keep us fit, run back down and have a sit Watch some programmes on TV, they don’t mean that much to me
What crazy times these are, we’re stuck at home, we can’t go far Sit and read a book, do some baking – learn to cook What crazy times these are, we’re stuck at home, we can’t go far We have to find some ways to make a difference to the days
Whenever I walk in the room all I hear is doom and gloom Raise your spirits – don’t despair, go outside and get some air Dig the ground, remove the weeds, grow some veg by planting seeds Trim the hedge and mow the grass, how much longer will this last?
See your friends on Skype or Zoom, cannot be in the same room Not allowed to have a hug just in case we catch the bug Children cannot go to school, keep them busy – that’s the rule Parents struggle teaching them - online lessons are a gem
When we go shopping join a queue. I must stay six feet from you Spare a thought for those who serve - give them pay that they deserve Online shopping’s very good if you need to buy some food Get potatoes, beans and leeks but you might be waiting weeks
Acts of kindness we can see, People are so neighbourly Getting shopping for the old, queuing up and getting cold NHS and nursing staff are working hard on our behalf With dedication, care and skill make us well if we get ill What crazy times these are, we’re stuck at home, we can’t go far Sit and read a book, do some baking – learn to cook What crazy times these are, we’re stuck at home, we can’t go far We have to find some ways to make a difference to the days
Be an Automata Maker If you want a hobby that is good Try making something out of wood If you’d like to be a mover and shaker Why not become an automata maker? It doesn’t matter what you make As long as it will move and shake
Carve a model with a knife Then add some mechanics to bring it to life With pulleys, sprockets, cams and springs You can get them to do all sorts of things
A pig that irons, a paddling dog A bird that tweets or a croaking frog A swimming fish, a penguin hops A horse that saws, a lamb that chops Models that do magic tricks Which can go wrong but quick to fix
Time and patience is required To get the movement that’s desired It’s quite a challenge to get it done But give it a try – it’s lots of fun!
2021 I wish you a Happy New Year That’s full of good tidings and cheer When we’ve all had the vaccine We can then start relaxing So until then stay safe without fear
Silly I started to write this short ditty About things quite normal and pretty But before I could think of it I had written a limerick Which I thought was a bit of a pity
Happy There was an old fella from Kent Caught COVID and was on a vent But his doctors discovered That he had recovered He was an extraordinary gent
Sad There was also a young girl from Ryde Went to a large party inside Young ones just assume That they are immune But she caught the virus and died
Positive The light in the tunnel is near Be positive and of good cheer Get Brexit behind us Get rid of the virus And we’ll all have a Happy New Year
When Ivan’s not dozing in bed He’s building machines in his shed Now not many know it But he’s also a poet Making up funny rhymes in his head