Overdrive

I’ve been in over drive for weeks. Tomorrow I’m due to lead a seminar on Poverty, then drive to the coast to meet our son and his family plus friends, for a beach bonfire Kipper Party. Ping! My phone bursts into life and a red circle fires out pulsating bands, while an outer ring counts down the days of self isolation. I am numb with fear, panic, and resentment until a friend’s text reminds me to pray. … More Overdrive

By his wounds

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

Hoping for sunrise

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

Travelling in hope

I’m later than usual to the fiveminutefriday link up. I was ready for Christmas, beds made, parcels wrapped, cake dosed with brandy. I was starting last minute food preparation when everything changed due to the sudden tightening of Covid travel restrictions in London and south east England. I have cried over the sudden reversal. A … More Travelling in hope

This present moment – how will future novelists capture the pain and poignancy?

I am reading ‘The Dean’s Watch’ by Elizabeth Goudge, an author I love because of her ability to set characters in time and place, in this case Ely in the 19th century. Her skillful prose captures in a few deft strokes, the history of the city, the lives of its people, and their dreams for … More This present moment – how will future novelists capture the pain and poignancy?

Grief and loss

Fiveminutefriday, and another difficult prompt to write about. I’ll start with a pet. Rocket was a terrier/labrador cross with a strong personality, who kept us constantly amused, and challenged. The loss when he died suddenly was sharp. We still laugh at his antics. Yesterday was the funeral of the senior member of my husband’s family. … More Grief and loss

Poised at a watershed in the USA and Europe, may the way ahead be peaceful.

A tiny Alpine train, hauls itself up the mountains through spectacular scenery, one of the great engineering feats of the world. My husband and I are seated in the panoramic compartment feasting our eyes on what human influence has achieved in carving a way through the Alps. At the highest point we pass a sign … More Poised at a watershed in the USA and Europe, may the way ahead be peaceful.