Summer is a basket of simple ingredients, intoxicating when combined.

The Hampton Court Garden Show is the epitomy of an English summer, a basket of simple ingredients, intoxicating when combined. Here is our summer’s day: People thronging in their sensible shoes and flowery shirts, the wise pulling a plastic cart to hold their purchases, The air filled with music and chatter, scented with coffee and … More Summer is a basket of simple ingredients, intoxicating when combined.

Faith uplift

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

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

Beauty beyond creation – written words can be changed, spoken words must be redeemed.

Does anyone else drop clangours, or make faux pas? On Wednesday my husband and I walked at the beautiful Winkworth Arboretum. We climbed a hill, sat on a seat to admire the view and watched an older couple climb using sticks. Aware of maintaining social distance, I said: ‘We’ll leave the seat for you.’ ‘We … More Beauty beyond creation – written words can be changed, spoken words must be redeemed.

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.