We have had snow. It arrived yesterday morning, and, thankfully, had stopped by lunchtime. No more snow since then, but it has been very cold so everything has been preserved. From my kitchen window I can see the roof of the house next door, or rather, I can usually see the roof of the house… Read More Is there anybody there?
Sometimes we just need to refocus. DEAR LORD, For some of us the Christmas story is so familiar that it has become ho-hum. Please deliver us from this kind of response to your wonderful Good News. Let us see your glory in fresh ways. Open our hearts to the hallelujah chorus of the angelic hosts. Help… Read More A Christmas Prayer
Today would have been my grandfather’s birthday. I have such fond memories of him, even though he died in 1968. Thanks for grandparents, they hold a special place in all our hearts. If I can be half a good a grandparent as mine were I will have succeeded in something.
Each year we spend a week or so in Wales. We have been returning to the same place for a number of years, getting to know the locals and the surrounding area. The place where we stay is on the side of a hill. There is nothing between the cottage and the hill on the… Read More Raise your glass
Arrogance is a funny thing. It isn’t attractive, but I have noticed that some people use it as a defence mechanism. I’ve also noticed that it is a stage through which most teenagers pass! In fact, I have recently been reminded of the arrogant way in which I sometimes behaved when I was a teenager. … Read More The Arrogance of Youth
Today I had an email from someone I haven’t seen since 1978. She lives in Germany, and although we have tried, it hasn’t been possible to arrange a reunion since that date. We used to correspond by mail, now we keep in touch via email. I have been very blessed by this friendship, and others… Read More Friendship
Today I started a new journal. I usually leave the pages blank, but this time I decided to colour the pages of the book before I start, so I have ‘scrubbed’ a quick coat of dye onto each page. It takes a while to dry when the whole book is coloured at once, but it… Read More Blank Page
A few days ago I posted about our lovely rose. I showed you a photograph and it was certainly worse for wear. However, it has struggled on and is already showing signs that it will soon again delight us. It is still showing signs of it’s trauma, but in spite of the cold temperatures the… Read More Don’t Give Up
A chance remark about ‘man flu’ was enough to remind me of a time long gone. I had a happy childhood, with, thankfully, not much illness. However, a visit to the doctor was not the arduous business it is today. No need for an appointment – just arrive and wait for your turn. There may… Read More An instant cure?
I want you to imagine a situation. Not long married. No money. No proper food in the house. Not an unusual situation in our early years, but we managed, after all, two can live as cheaply as one, can’t they? Well, that isn’t always the case, but we got by and we were happy. So,… Read More Cheat’s Soup?