When I read the Five Minute Friday prmpt for today GENTLE, a memory dropped straight into my mind from last time I travelled outside the UK. Yes, we did used to do that once! I was part of a group of eight going to Pagak, near the Ethipian border in South Sudan, to teach at … More Gentle love refreshes the spirit
My mother died in February after 94 years of a full life. In grief many things we enjoyed together are temporarily lost to me, the scent of Spring flowers, the ruby effervescence of a campari, the piquancy of a cappuccino in a pub garden. Please note, Five Minute Friday friends, that today’s prompt SAVOR is … More Savouring a new book, and a well loved story
It has been a harsh winter in southern England. The children enjoyed the snow but for many of us the icy conditions and flooding have made life more complicated. Kate’s prompt GREEN is a timely reminder of the sap rising in the trees and the spears of daffodils thrusting through the soil. Green is a … More Symphony of greens
I am not observant; as others commenting on the fiveminutefriday prompt this week have also said. In truth, when I writing I’m remarkable unobservant and have to remind myself not to create stories in my head while driving! The space where I usually write is our sun room. It is a conservatory but with a … More Through a glass darkly, or face to face?
Friday today and the prompt word from Kate is ONCE. Tomorrow my husband and I go for our Covid vaccine. Our appointments are an indication of our age, and the speed with which the vaccine is being rolled out. This is not a one-off experience. We will need the second dose in a few weeks … More By his wounds
The prompt from Kate for Fiveminutefriday reaches me around morning coffee break. By this time my head is full of the day’s jobs. It is difficult to break off and focus on what to write, particularly when I am feeling sad. My husband has a naturally placid temperament. Even on holiday he is happy to … More Hoping for sunrise
We have a popular television series in the UK called Grand Designs, I expect it is available on the web elsewhere as well. The presenter is an architect and designer who helps couples build their perfect house. The process is filmed as they struggle through bad weather, late deliveries, and the inevitable tensions involved in … More God’s grand design
I have been on an online conference every morning this week and found it tough. I am not a fan of internet interaction. (My smiling face on the photo of the Five Minute Friday zoom is a tribute to Kate’s hosting skills!) The conference was an annual meeting for members of a churches together anti-poverty … More Faith uplift
Like a crust of bread that has been around too long, life can seem stale. Too long locked in, windows shut against the cold, enticing children through the day, trying to keep in touch with relatives, watching the impact on nations, beamed to our screens. The anxiety is there beneath the surface undermining my enthusiasm … More New every morning
I am amazed that anyone manages to write at this time of year when the weather in the northern regions is so cold and uninspiring. I was going to give it a miss this week but the prompt word for fiveminutefriday is an intriguing one. TIME – what does it mean? How can earth-bound creatures … More Held in a moment.