Earth overshoot day

  The allotment is suffering from the long dry and hot spell we are having. The spinach has completed withered, raspberries are small and wizened. Yet I am harvesting beautiful blackberries (very early) and copious amounts of courgettes! My local experience is just one aspect of the global scene. The extreme weather being experienced over […]

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England

I have experienced different aspects of England this weekend.  On Saturday, with friends staying with us, we rode on the local narrow gauge railway, which had been used for transporting sand from the local quarries to the canal or main-line railway. Volunteers have restored the track, refurbished engines, made rolling stock, and recently added more […]

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Penn’s vision of peace

There is a complete contrast between the policies of William Penn, whose tercentenary of his death is celebrated this month, and those of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. Both the latter seem to want to isolate their country by restricting immigration and increasing economic autonomy. Penn on the other hand had both a vision of […]

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Neighbours and borders

In this hot weather, with doors and windows open, neighbours are more noticeable. A little friction occurred between two of my neighbours when they reacted to the others noise, one of a loud child, the other of a loud dog! Learning patience and practicing tolerance are both necessary when the heat makes us uncomfortable.  The […]

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