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.
The writer sits serene, held in the circling embrace of the bay, till words rise like gulls on the wing and call to her. … More She hears the sea birds cry – a writer’s inspiration.
I inherited my pressure cooker from my mother-in-law. It is at least 40 years old, we have replaced the seal but otherwise it is in its original state and continues to produce soups and stews with speed and efficiency. Sometimes I overheat it. At this point a tiny valve in the lid lifts so that … More Pressure cooker – finding the release valve
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
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
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
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.
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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.