Sunday, August 23

August 2020 - Eynsham, Wharfe Stream Way


I've spent a far too much time behind a screen of late so I was determined to take a walk today.

I'd pondered going further afield, but I couldn't face leaping in the car, so I revisited an old friend, the Wharfe Stream Way

The walk includes one of my favourite trees.

When I went to university, a friend of my brother's gave me the best piece of advice ever..."make friends with the city it will always be there for you".

This walk is one of the first I discovered when I moved to Eynsham over 20 years ago.

It's lovely to see the countryside change during the seasons...

...the same changes every day.

It really is...

...quite glorious.

Friday, July 17

July 2020 - the cats are getting sick of me....

Despite my good intentions, I haven't used lockdown as an opportunity to finally get to grips with my SLR camera, or anything much, except perhaps the biscuit tin...

I'm about to have two weeks leave, and intend to try and explore about a bit, who knows, you may even see the fruits of my labours here!

Friday, May 1

May 2020 - Church online

This the closest I've been to St. Peter's for a while. From the morning of the 24th March all Catholic churches were closed to the public and locked.

I've been 'attending' services streamed from Blackfriars in Oxford, and I've been listening to podcasts made by the 'Friars on Air' (Dominicans from the Dutch Province).

It's been a strange experience, but good to think about what church means, and all the folks who are excluded due to disability, or because they don't feel safe or welcome in church. I guess as always, we '...don't know what we've got 'til it's gone...'.

Wednesday, April 29

April 2020 - The Power of Hugs...

When the 'lockdown' started, I put up a post on FaceBook, sending everyone a hug. The response was amazing.

I've been sending everyone a virtual hug everyday since. It's incredibly moving how many people have thanked me, and say that they look forward to my message.

It demonstrates yet again, that small acts of love, are HUGE 💕 and should never be underestimated.

I can't wait to start giving some hugs in person. I appear to have found my telos!

Monday, April 20

April 2020 - Working from Home

Like many folks, I'm working remotely at the moment and very fortunate that I can, for any number of reasons. One of the main ones being fabulous colleagues, both those who are part of my team, and those who support us, both in the department, and the wider university.

I must admit that the tea making facilities are better, and the colleagues want more cuddles chez moi!

Tuesday, March 31

March 2020 - I think the loveliest time of the year Is the spring, I do, don't you? Course you do...

I have the joy and privilege of being able to get out on daily walks.

The blossom was so delicately beautiful today that I almost cried. Life is beautiful, and I am so thankful for it.

Sunday, March 29

March 2020 - Confined to Barracks

I didn't sleep well last night, and for the first time since 'lock down' began I felt a bit down this morning.

I was very grateful for the 'LiveStream' of Mass from Blackfriars in Oxford. In these troubled times, technology, which in recent years has seemed synonymous with folks being mean and unkind (or worse) to each other, has been a space full of love and support, which is just plain wonderful.

Friday, March 27

March 2020 - Reveries of a Solitary Walker

I found myself thinking of the 'Reveries of a Solitary Walker' by Rousseau today as I was out for my daily stroll. It's a beautiful collection of essays that he wrote as he tried to comes to terms with social isolation at the end of his life. I too have been finding an almost giddy pleasure in my solitary walks in the countryside

...remembering to wash my paws when I returned home!

Sunday, March 22

March 2020 - Fuchsias Galore!

I've found it hard to motivate myself to do anything in the garden. However, yesterday I opened up my 'green tent' and checked in on my fuchsias. Sadly, I lost all my geraniums, but most of the fuchsias made it.

One of the previous owners had concreted over the garden, and today I set the the nephew to work making me a couple of little beds.

They look a bit basic now, however, once the plants start growing, they'll be a nice dash of green I think.

It won't be long before Billy cat and I are fighting over the recliner.