Acts of Tea and the IPCC

Yesterday’s publication of the IPCC’s report on climate change has left me feeling quite despondent.  I expected to feel better – after all, it should feel good to be proved right. But, perhaps, deep down, it would have been nicer to have been proved wrong. It would have been good to have been told thatContinue reading “Acts of Tea and the IPCC”

Garden Life

Time for an update on the garden.  Everything is doing well, although we could do with some rain soon.  Here on the chalk downs, the soil dries out very quickly.   I don’t know where the water’s going to come from for the fracking that’s being planned a little further inland, but they can’t haveContinue reading “Garden Life”

The First Courgette

On Saturday I picked and ate my first courgette (/zucchini).  Apart from some beet spinach leaves that grow all year anyway, it was the first real produce of the garden to be harvested this year, and so it felt very special.  I sliced it thickly then fried it in butter with lots of cracked blackContinue reading “The First Courgette”

You are nearer God’s heart in a garden

I have been tempted to despair of my garden.  It looked as if nothing was going to happen this year.  Then all of a sudden it seems to have sprung to life. I love the way the early morning sun shines through the leaves of the sycamores and the neighbour’s copper beech when I sitContinue reading “You are nearer God’s heart in a garden”

Tourists or Pilgrims?

I watched a Ted talk by Satish Kumar, in which he contrasted tourists and pilgrims.  He said that tourists always complain, but pilgrims always celebrate.  As a race we’ve lived like tourists on the earth, but Kumar’s challenge is to become pilgrims.  Having recently been a tourist in every sense of the word, I likeContinue reading “Tourists or Pilgrims?”

Just one cornetto

Mrs Mabbsonsea recently had a Significant Birthday, so a couple of weeks before Easter, we went to Venice.  What a fantastic place!  As Mrs M would tell you, I had resisted going there for 22 years.  Silly me.  I wouldn’t mind going again, actually.  Here are some photos: A canal (um….) Doge’s Palace with SanContinue reading “Just one cornetto”

Climate Week

Here’s a contribution to Climate Week – yesterday’s sermon.  Apologies to those of you who don’t like sermons.  At least with a blog sermon, you can argue with the preacher in public. The readings are: Isaiah 55.1-13 and Luke 13.1-9 The readings today hinge on whether or not we can have hope. For the JewishContinue reading “Climate Week”

Alex’s Energy Saving Tips

These are tiny drops in the ocean.  But seeing TV pictures of the flooding in Queensland the other night, and the warnings of yet more flooding here in the UK, makes me feel we all need to pull together to counter the madness of growth-addicted, consumer culture.  It’s all feeling rather apocalyptic, and I’d hopedContinue reading “Alex’s Energy Saving Tips”