Gateways

  Replacing the old rotten gate with a new one was a satisfying job. It has prompted me to think about gateways – doors, entrances, etc. Their purpose is to provide the opportunity for entry. Or, to prevent entry if they are locked or barred. Some gates are splendidly adorned others are plain and simple. […]

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Warm feelings

At last the severe cold spell is over and some warmth has returned. For the first time this year I spent several hours on the allotment, continuing to dig in manure and transplanting strawberry runners. At home I have started sowing seeds in the propagator – sweet peas, tomatoes and peppers.  But it is not […]

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Waiting and listening

We are still waiting to hear from our local surgery about an appointment for our COVID-19 vaccination. We are told not to contact the surgery but to wait. We are also told, as of this week, not to wait but to book an appointment online, which will be at a centre further away from where […]

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Encapsulating Emptiness

There is a gap where something used to be and it hurts. It reminds me of the film about Douglas Bader, the flying ace who had both legs amputated, and who complained that his missing legs hurt. This is apparently a common phenomena.  My gap used to hold a tooth, and though it’s been gone […]

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Green shoots

Finding hope anywhere you can has become one of the priorities of our lives. Here are three I have found this week. The snow that caused such chaos for many also provided opportunities for others to have fun. It may be a sign of my age that I merely watched the children enjoying building with snow […]

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Fragments of unity

This week is a traditional time for Christians to pray for unity. The reality is that Christianity is fragmented. Other major world religions, who also desire unity, are also subject to factional differences. But religion is not alone in this respect. Look at the political scene across the world. In the USA, Joe Biden will […]

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Friends

For the second week running I am afraid my blog is simply a few words formed into a hymn/song. This week it is because I have just been to the dentist and I am not capable of much deep thinking! This rather simple song nevertheless says something of the care I have received today and […]

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New year, new words

I have been revisiting and revising some of the poems/songs I have written. Here are two that highlight the climate crisis and our response to it.  Birth From stardust love has come to birth. The cosmic clouds contained the seed of life to grow upon the earth so love evolved at nature’s speed. From molecule […]

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What future?

This is the time of year when tradition means we reflect on the year past and wonder about the future. This time round, we may be afraid that there may not be a future for us at all. The reporting of ‘those we have lost’ now takes up page after page of our newspapers. Perhaps […]

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Kindness

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” This was the message on one of the light screens we saw when we walked along the path on the theme of ‘when you wish upon a star’. I mentioned our visit to Waddesdon in my last blog. The messages on the lights were produced by […]

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