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Mr Grey – A guest post by Mess and Merlot #Cheers!

Welcome to the 14th post in the #Cheers! Series!  (14 weeks?  When did that happen?)

Those of you that have popped by my site before will know that I am a tiny bit obsessed with rhyming. #Cheers! is a series of rhyming guest posts that I am honoured to share, mostly with a parenting theme, from some of the most talented and lovely people in Blogland!

I am super excited to share this week’s post with you from the incredibly talented Charlie of Mess and Merlot! I am sure that this lovely lady needs no introduction as you probably already know and love her as I do, but just in case you haven’t come across her yet, she writes brilliantly funny posts and always hits the mark on Family, Lifestyle, Body, Food and Blogging. (So pretty much all of my fave things!)  I’m fairly sure that we come from the same pod as her refreshing and realistic approach to diet, health and well-being made me want to high five my phone as I read it. She also bakes cakes – just saying, and wrote this little cracker a few weeks ago….

Image shows black and white photo of 50s style woman clutching her face with a look of horror.

Mr Grey

Today I found my first grey hair, I can’t say I’m surprised.

There’s no point in denying, it was clearly galvanised.

The brazen strand in question glistened, dazzling in the sun.

Oblivious to my attempt at ‘youthful’ messy bun.

So this is it, the day has come, much to my dismay.

I need to hatch a cunning plan to camouflage this grey.

OK, calm down. DO NOT freak out. It’s not that bad, good heavens,

This brunette was ‘au naturel’ ’til just gone thirty-seven!

So weighing up my options in this tricky hair dilemma.

Davina-style Nutrisse goop or The Body Shop for henna??

It’s been so long (those ‘Sun-In’ days are well and truly gone).

The last time I bought hair dye Byker Grove was blimmin on!

Perhaps I’ll rock this silver streak just like Caitlin Moran

Ah yes, except she’s uber-cool, I’ll just look like her gran.

Apparently it’s ‘in’ you know, silver’s all the rage

But due to lack of collagen, I’ll only look my age.

I’m sorry folks, it’s just no good, I’m not that brave let’s face it.

Surrendering to nature?  Not quite ready to embrace it.

Vanity just won’t allow these glossy locks to fade

‘Ageing gracefully’ ain’t happening, not if I was paid.

The answer then seems pretty clear, it’s obvious no doubt:

I hunted down that little hair and pulled the b*gger out!

 Image of Charlie holding a mug and looking to one side.

I’m a thirty-something Mummy to two little people (Spud, 7yrs and Flump, 5yrs) and wife to one big person, Himself. Not their real names you’ll be glad to hear.

We live in beautiful Bedfordshire, a ‘normal’ family, full of love, noise, commotion, bickering, cuddles, adventures and the day to day trials of Big People Vs  Little People.

As my blog name would suggest, there may be a little Merlot involved along the way (post bedtime kerfuffle), say 90% mess 10% Merlot.*

My blog is my little personal space to waffle freely and I hope you enjoy sharing it with me!


*ratios subject to change

You can find and follow Charlie on her blog, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.

Thank you so much Charlie.  Totes thrilled to share your rhyme as part of the #Cheers! rhyming series. 😉

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If you would like to feature in the “Cheers!” series, whether you are a seasoned poet or brand new to rhyming and just fancy giving it a go, please get in touch! I’d love to hear from you!

Dawn x


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66 thoughts on “Mr Grey – A guest post by Mess and Merlot #Cheers!

  1. Hee hee…. don’t even get me started on eyebrow hairs 🙂 Ahh thanks for having me on the blog, as you know I love, love, love your poems so was chuffed to bits to be a guest. Ooh and a lovely bit of blog bling too, shall wear it with pride thank you! Sending a giant wodge of virtual cake your way. Xxx #cheers!

    1. I love the silver look! Unfortunately I find it doesn’t have the same effect when paired with wrinkles and a general haggard expression and so I tend to give it a miss and summon the hairdresser haha. Thanks for popping by xx

  2. Ah I love it Charlie! I can’t cope with how beautiful glossy and sleek your hair is in that picture – is that really au natureul?! Amazing! Hey who cares about a few grey hairs?! I wouldn’t be able to tell as my hair isn’t exactly natural (cough) so I am living in blissful ignorance!

  3. My Mum dyed her hair until she was 60 and now she has an amazing grey colour that people ask where she got it done! So maybe she should have saved herself £6,346,236 in salons over 30 years and just gone with it? #fartitter

    1. I was at the airport yesterday and saw man with a beard half black, half white – like perfectly down the middle, very blk/white- have never seen anything like it! It was natural too, not dyed, pretty cool 🙂

  4. I loved that ‘sun in’ stuff! In fact I’m totally going to give it another go. A great guest post and thanks for hosting #fartglitter

  5. Love this one, I’m dreading the day I see my first grey! I already have to deal with the one freakishly long chin hair that just seems to reappear no matter how many times I pull it out!! Great rhyme #fartglitter

  6. Haha love it! Although I’m a little disappointed that those aren’t the real names of your family….. perhaps consider changing them to those? #fartglitter

  7. You should be happy that you made it into your thirties before discovering your first gray hair. I was in my 20’s!!! It was only one that would appear as my roots would start to show. And now there’s much more at 43. But I will take gray hair over wrinkles any day of the week and I still get carded from time to time so that makes me feel better. Great rhyme Charlie. And thanks again for introducing another fabulous blogger’s rhyming talent Dawn and for of course hostessing #fartglitter.

  8. I will never know when it happens to me. For as long as there is bleach in the world, I will never be grey! 😀
    Great poem 🙂 #fartglitter

  9. Think I have commented on the before..I’ve definitely read it anyway. Love this post and I will definitely be the same when I start go greying, no way will I be embracing the silvery look xx #Fartglitter

  10. I did it. Au natural. An older momma with locks of glistening grey. Stubborn bastards these hairs are. Seems that they have not only lost their color, but they go in any direction they want to. Untamable. The Mrs… she still covers or yanks them out. But me, what you see is what you get. Great poem in homage to our lovely host! M’wah! #fartglitter

    1. High five to that lovely! Rocking that silver highlight look! I’ve noticed that their sense of direction seems to disappear with their colouring also. It’s almost like they are just rebelling against conformity? Thanks for your comment Lisa x

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