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March 28th A Clout for Jesus

One or two of you have recently noticed that you have a few more moments in the day available for the children, knitting or wood...

February 19th Having a Spiky Ball

Once in 2020 there was that balmy golden age of early lockdown when we were all going to maintain laudable regimes of fitness, personal...

February 10th The Only Goth in the Village

At last a jewel of a morning – a sky of sapphire blue and crystals of frost and snow crunching underneath. The puddles were frozen and...

January 25th Toboggan or not Toboggan

I was delighted to wake up Saturday morning to snow. I realise that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for it. There are some who find...

January 21st Biden, Bog People and Me

For much of yesterday we watched the Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden. American patriotic ceremonies of this sort I always find...

January 11th The Brittleness of Poppadoms

For our American readers, the story so far. Our local police force has achieved some national notoriety for the excessive zeal with...

January 6th A Few Epiphanies

What shocks me most at the moment is the discrepancy between the awful National News and a walk out onto the local hills and through the...

January 3rd Outwitting January

Try as I might, I can never get a grip on January. Every Spring, Summer, even Autumn, even during that limbo week between Christmas and...

December 31st New Year’s Eve

The old year is on the turn and ailing away into a pale evening sky. All our attempts at plotting a way of celebrating have been sent...

December 23rd God of Men and Elves

“Ye have seen his Natal Star,” the Angels proclaim from their Realms of Glory. And so have we. Three days before Christmas we wandered up...

December 21st Having a Neolithic Moment

Just for tonight I have turned pagan. I’ll touch up my woad, brush off my mammoth skin and rehearse my shamanic skills by the light of...

December 17th Ding Merrily Dong

Yesterday I got up early with an exciting day awaiting. A real outing! Ok it was only to Alfreton to a Diabetic Eye Screening, but so...

December 15th A Star Without a Point

One of the few joys of this time of year is that I can watch a sunrise without having to rise too early myself. In the summer I have to...

December 10th Lights and Letter Boxes

Think back to a baking summer in 2016 when we are having our sunroom built, a remarkable instance of forward thinking occurred. It was...

December 8th An Old School Song

Every day is a significant anniversary of something. Florence Nightingale and Beethoven must have been very disappointed that Covid...

December 3rd Systole and Diastole

Today I’m sitting listening to rain on the roof and imagining the mud rising and yesterday’s sunshine flowing away. There won’t be a lot...

December 1st Dunkirk, DunCaring, Dun-in

Above is an example of the witty word-play Deirdre and I indulge in when out walking. Today as we conquered High Tor above Matlock it was...