The Kids Are All Right!

I was in the thick of the Bristol¬†#YouthStrike4Climate¬†March the other day, and thoroughly proud of the kids. They turned out in their hundreds, in weather that didn't really promise much, and shouted and chanted and marched and bloody well protested for some long overdue climate action. As a child of the sixties I remember well... Continue Reading →

Kidney Day!

There are seldom many days between good reasons to open a bottle of bubbly in our house, and today is the second anniversary of Janet's kidney transplant. This complicated photograph shows her brother in the background, doing the "proper" photograph, while I nick a quickie from the side. Two years! Such a blessing to have... Continue Reading →

Rites of Passage and Passing

I lowered a lovely man into the earth today; an unexpected honour and not a little emotional. Along with a few others, I carried his wicker coffin from the bier on which we had pulled him to his graveside, and gently ran the tapes through my hands as he was accepted back into the land... Continue Reading →

Generating News

The media is full of Brexit, but behind that in the "other news" is the long anticipated release that Hitachi are pulling out of the Wylfa nuclear build. This follows the news that Toshiba were also stepping back from nuclear, and of course the long running fiasco that is Hinkley C. Nearly all our nuclear... Continue Reading →

That 10 year challenge thing

There's a thing going around on social media called the ten year challenge - post a picture of yourself now and ten years ago. The idea being to highlight how young you still look, or how much weight you've lost, or perhaps how the years have fallen upon you with malice aforethought... It's probably designed... Continue Reading →

Time for change

At last night's Parish Council budget meeting, someone asked the question I'd rather been putting off and tipped the domino over. "Please will you reconsider and say you'll stay on as Chairman?" And the answer was, of course, not in the positive. But hey, the cat's out of the bag. And since I had an... Continue Reading →

Solstice on the (Cotswold) edge

Up bright and early, well ok, earlier than that, and into the camper van for a short drive up to Coaley Peak. Only hours before I'd collected Charlotte and Rory from Temple Meads railway station. (Happily, despite the drone warfare at Gatwick Airport and the suspected terrorists at Stuttgart Airport they made it back from... Continue Reading →

Blessings and Bloodies

Solstice approaches. The darkness is full, and with a little bit of luck and some funky early morning dancing, the Sun will be reborn unto us. As indeed it always is; it's science after all, not magic. The magic is in what you do with the year that comes with new light. It's going to... Continue Reading →

One Morning’s Musings

Eyes closed, and coffee in hand; hot and steamy, full of the smell of roasted beans. It adds a special buzz to the morning as I stand, Leaning against the camper van on the drive. Facing the winter Sun. Low in the sky, but yet powerful. Golden and yellow; the sky too bright to see.... Continue Reading →

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