Metaphors for Pandemic

  A friend sent me a link to an article by Praxis which offered a metaphor for responding to the coronavirus pandemic. It suggests there are three stages. The first is that we are in a blizzard. We cannot go out and cannot see anything. What we have to do is shelter. The second is […]

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Seedlings

Each day I inspect my seedlings and give them a little spray of water. I count how many have germinated. I am particularly excited about the growing number of leek seeds that have germinated. They have taken their time, but there are now more than thirty! I have transplanted many tiny seedlings from modules into […]

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Flu

It is strange having the flu when the news all round the world is about coronavirus. I have not been to Wuhan, nor come into contact with anyone with that virus. But the flu I had was bad enough. It made me think not just about the protective measures to prevent the spread of the […]

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Looking forward in hope

November is the month of remembering but we are about to enter December and the season of Advent which is a time of looking forward – to what is coming. Does the prospect of the future fill you with hope? “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Was the message of […]

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Blackberries

This year I have had a wonderful crop of blackberries. They have come from stems I have trained along the boundary of my allotment, which before were almost wild and widespread over the plot. I am collecting less now, but we have enjoyed blackberry and apple crumbles and made lots of jam! There have been […]

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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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The Source

What is the source of our faith, hope and love? Is it the Bible, or tradition, the natural world, our own experience, or other people. I was contemplating this question as I gazed at the table in the centre of our Meeting for Worship. As usual it had a small vase with cuttings from the […]

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Past

Past This week has been mainly about the past. I have been clearing some bookcases and deciding which books to dispose of. A box of photographs has also been the focus of attention, and I have yet to decide which ones should go. In the process of looking at the books and photos I have […]

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