"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Eric Alders MPP December 3, 2013

Photo by Eric Alder

There once was a Scot named Rick
Who was a master at laying brick
He began using clinkers
 Saying "I'm not a stinker,
I'm just designing with a thrifty trick"
Each week Eric Alder posts one of his photos challenging 
us to create a poem, a short story or whatever based on the photo.
To see more or to play along click on this link:
And my goodness do have a great week!

Info on Clinkers:
In early brick firing kilns, the surface of the bricks that were too close to the fire changed into the volcanic textures and darker/purplish colors. They were often discarded, but around 1900, these bricks were discovered by architects to be usable, distinctive and charming in architectural detailing, adding the earthy quality favored by Arts and Crafts style designers. Modern brick-making techniques can recreate the appearance of these bricks and produce a more consistent product.


  1. You're right about the old bricks. The house in the picture is an English Cotswolds stone house from 1620.

    Thanks for playing M.M.P.P. Kathe... you're as dependable as a brick!

    (Starts playing "Brick House")

  2. Very interesting. I haven't thought much of different colored bricks and now I'll be on the lookout for them.

  3. And quite a trick with your words as well!

  4. Thanks for the lesson on clinkers. It makes your poem far more understandable.

    Have a fabulous day honey. ♥♥♥

  5. I've heard that term before. Thanks!

  6. What a way to add a design to an otherwise nondescript wall! Nicely explained, in poetry and prose.

  7. Learned something new, I only knew about clinkers in cement. Such lovely brickwork and great limerick.


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