This book of poems is the culmination of a lifetime's reflection on the huge diversity of life, each one being like a photograph of that which is going on around us all the time and that we are often too busy to notice. It is my hope that this book will bring pleasure and enrichment to the lives of its readers.
Gerald Botteley is amongst other things a professional musician who spent over twenty years teaching at Oakham and Oundle schools. He is, however, first and foremost a craftsman, a maker and restorer of fine violins who served his apprenticeship with a leading firm of violin makers in London. His interest in writing, and poetry in particular, spans some seventy years and he has been widely published in poetical anthologies and periodicals. He has also recently published his first novel, The Weakest Link, and a collection of delightful children's stories, James and the Pixie. He adopted the non de plume 'Januarius' after playing on a superb violin by the Italian violin maker Januarius Gagliano in his teens. He is an enthusiastic chess player and a former British Senior Chess Champion. Herein is a collection of his work that he hopes will appeal to his readers.