Tuesday 18 August 2009
Walking through the English countryside at this time of year, there is an abundance of food growing. I’m a city girl, but I’ve spent time on farms, helping to milk and herd cows. I know where our food comes from before it hits the supermarket shelves. I just didn’t realise how much was, well, here.
As well as wheat, we also saw a field of barley and lots of fields of rapeseed. There were quite a few fields with cows, as well as sheep and occasionally horses as well.
Sunday 9 August 2009
As part of my summer holiday this year, I wanted to do something different. So, I’m on a walking holiday. We’re based in a hotel and every day there are a choice of four walks: short easier, easier, medium and harder. I chose the easier walk today, which was just right to get me used to walking again. I was blessed to be walking with some very experienced and knowledgable people, and I learnt a lot about the local area, words and trees. Here are some highlights:
This is St. James’, the Church in Clapton-on-the-Hill. The village is small (about 90 residents) but very beautiful.
We noticed the gate leading into the churchyard was made of horseshoes.
Those I was walking with were particularly interested in the trees and fruit trees that we passed. I think they all make their own jam, go blackberry picking and so on. As we walked along, I decided to photograph the plants as they talked about them, so I could remember what they looked like.
The picture to the left is a rowan tree, complete with berries.
These are crab apples. Apparently there is some folk lore associated with these. If you have the pips and are sitting infront of a fire with your sweetheart, throw the pip into the fire. The result will tell you how passionate your relationship is.
We saw lots of these today, but I don’t think they are ripe yet.
These are sloes. According to my guides, these look ripe, but are not yet. They are apparently quite tart in taste. The best use of them is to make sloe gin, which a friend of mine does, and it tastes really good.
As well as these, we saw damsons, blackberries, plums and tomatoes. We also looked at trees and their leaves, which I will leave for another post.
Here is the Windrush river…
Thursday 30 July 2009
The trailer for the next episode of Doctor Who is ready for viewing at here.
In the meantime, here is the Catherine Tate and David Tennant Comic Relief sketch from a couple of years ago. Brilliant!
Tuesday 19 May 2009
So these are the answers that came to the questions I posed.
What is your role among people (perhaps in your work, family, friendship group)?
I think my role is to call to others, to know the rythm, to be still and to know.
What gift do you bring to share in that group that no one else does?
I bring prayer connected with reading and listening. I also bring experiences of the life I’ve lived, which is different from most of the people around me.
What gift do you value in others that is shared in that particular group?
I really value the gift of fun – of being able to find the fun in almost any situation and share that fun with others. I tend to be a little more serious, so I really appreciate people who draw me to have fun. Also, the gift of caring and those blessed with the desire to grow, share and journey with others.
What gifts and graces would you like to ask God to bless your group with?
I ask God for the gift of openness to each other – a willingness to listen and to serve. Not to be closed.
Thursday 7 May 2009
I led an all night prayer vigil recently and these questions came to me during it. I will probably post my own answers here at a later date, but for your consideration here are the questions:
- What is your role among people (perhaps in your work, family, friendship group)?
- What gift do you bring to share in that group that no one else does?
- What gift do you value in others that is shared in that particular group?
- What gifts and graces would you like to ask God to bless your group with?
Monday 4 May 2009
I came across this on Happy Catholic and I just couldn’t resist. Here goes:
1. Most treasured childhood book (s)?
A tale of time city by Diana Wynne Jones,
2. Classic(s) you are embarrassed to admit you’ve never read?
Not really embarrassed to admit I haven’t read a book. I do sometimes think I should have read some Proust or Tolstoy by now.
3. Classics you read, but hated?
Great expectations – any Charles Dickens really. I find the descriptions of EVERYTHING a little too much.
4. Favourite genres?
Fantasy, Sci-fi and childrens
7. Last book(s) you finished?
New read: Just Henry by Michelle Magorian, Reread: Pegasus in flight by Anne McCaffrey
8. Last book you bailed on?
Theology of the Body by Christopher West – just because I had too much going on at the time to pay proper attention. It’s still in my ‘to read’ pile.
9. Three books on your nightstand?
Follow your dream by Peter Hannan, The inner voice of love by Henri Nouwen and Just Henry by Michelle Magorian
10. Books you’ve read more than once?
I reread books all the time, but some favourites… Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Persuasion & Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton.
11. The books that meant the most to you when you were young?
The Chalet School Series by Eleanor M Brent-Dyer, The Lord of the Rings, Tim & Tobias books and the Buccanear (?) books by Sheila McCullagh.
12. Book(s) that changed the way you looked at life?
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton, the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, The Chalet School Series, The Lord of the Rings, Evening Class by Maeve Binchy, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, The Johnny Series by Terry Pratchett
13. Favorite books
See previous question – the books that teach me something new and reach conclusions usually become favourites.
14. Favorite author(s)
Diana Wynne Jones, Thomas Merton, Michelle Magorian
15. Desert Island book
All of them? Probably Lord of the Rings as it would be long enough (with all the appendices) to keep me going for a while.
I think this has turned into a list of my favourite authors.
Monday 23 February 2009
Lent is about a personal journey, but not a private one; Lent is about the choices each one of us makes, but not selfishly…
…We will be wise to allow our own Lenten choices to be judged by this criterion: will this way open me to that love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, that alone enables us to live as one body of Christ…
…Love for all demands that this Lent is not private, but public, not selfish but self-giving.
Saturday 21 February 2009
Have seen this in so many places. Love it.
Maybe we should have a National Validation Day:-)