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Batten Down the Hatches

One afternoon recently Telyn, the female osprey of the Dyfi Osprey Project based near Machynlleth, started to build up the sides of the nest. She was very deliberate in her building and it was the west side of the nest that she concentrated on. A big log already in the nest was moved to the…

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God Lifts Us Up

This sculpture is designed to show how nature is holding people up during the pandemic. There is lots of evidence that being out in nature, even if that is only a garden, can help with mental health not only during a pandemic but always. It’s a good sculpture, I like it because I understand what…

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Next Steps

I have been in the house or garden a lot since the start of self-isolation and lock down. Yesterday I needed to take the car for a drive and decided that I’d drive down to the lifeguard station at Burbo Bank so that I’d get a view of the sea. On the journey I noticed…

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The Moment of Looking

Our phones are off, WiFi is down and my mobile has lost signal. There was a moment of panic – “what if people are trying to phone me, email me, sending messages on Facebook, texting.” Colin is sorting it all out. And so I take to gazing out of the window, again. I notice small…

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A Mischief of Magpies

I’m sitting in the dining room trying to read a book which I’m finding very difficult and dry. It’s one of those books that uses six words where one would have done but that also uses the synonyms tab to find the most obscure word to mean something very simple; either that or the author…

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Ravioli or Tortellini

Colin doesn’t like choice. It takes him ages to choose which shape of pasta to have from Tesco, or which fragrance of shower gel to buy, before going for the one he always has. He thinks I’m impulsive because I buy without checking reviews and, in his eyes, too quickly, and I’ll try new things….

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Prayer Spaces

                    “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 Sitting outside in the back garden on a warm sunny day is a place where I like to read and pray, but this is not always possible (especially not in winter!) and during the summer the sound of a neighbour’s lawnmower is often distracting! …

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The Last Rabbit

When I was at school studying for O level English I was made to read 2 poems. The first one was Alexander Pope’s “Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot”, and it shows how much I enjoyed it that I can only remember the first line. Even in the exam I could only quote that first line and…

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Being for others

In my devotional a few days ago I read part of a reflection by William Broderick, a monk. He wrote, ” We have to be candles, burning between hope and despair, faith and doubt, life and death, all the opposites. This is the disquieting place where people must always find us. And if our life…

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Is That a Paddling Pool I Hear?

A fellow member of the self-isolating bird club posted this on line “For the past few weeks I’ve been hearing a repetitive high pitched squeaky call. It’s been quite persistent for a few minutes every day. I was sure it was a rare bird visiting the area as my bird call app couldn’t identify it….