Sunday, June 19, 2011


A Few Petals From The Garden

Here are a few petals which I saw this weekend in my garden:

This makes me happy, especially the way all petals look directly at you, as if to say "Hello there!"

Poppy petals remind me of poppy fields...

A giant poppy gives a lecture to baby poppies still in their infancy:

And whose hiding behind the leafs... Peek-a-boo!

A family of buds waiting to open up:

These gentle petals make me wonder whether there can ever be anything more soft?

This ones a darling with the bees and is as tall as me!

And this little fella couldn't help posing for the camera! Oh to grow between the slabs - what courage!

These greet me in their dozens with such dedication each morn:

Giant poppy shares a word of advice with a little one:

I brought this because it reminded me of candy:

And it all started when someone gave me black seeds for these sweet things:


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Wednesday, June 08, 2011


My Nostalgic Work Journey

The bus route for my current job is not only nostalgic but also a reflective process which has allowed me to focus on the three stages of my life:
Past, Present, Future.

As I close the door and walk out towards the bus stop I think about where I currently am: my present.

What is going on in my head?
What do I recall from last night?
What happened from the time I lay my head in bed to waking up?
My dreams?
My prayers?
Where am I today?

I take two buses to get into work. The first bus journey takes me into a momentary time-warp as it goes past the place where a hospital once stood: my past.

This is where I was born.
Here I breathed my first, 'delivered' from foetal comfort.
Little, fragile me.

This single moment holds an exchange of the present and past.

As these thoughts busy my mind, the second bus journey starts.
I am off to college: my future.

A return to full-time work.
An opportunity to extend my skills.
A broadening of my horizons, insights and aspirations.
I wonder where I will be once my job finishes after a few months.
What has God Almighty got in store for me?

One day ends and another dawns.
The journey starts again.
The nostalgia returns.
A reflection follows.

Photographs: Autumn 2010


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Thursday, June 02, 2011


Reach Out

The recent days have reminded me the importance of continuing to reach out.

Despite FB and other social networking facilities, I know it is difficult these days to keep 'track' of friends. Within our midst are lovely people who need the reassurance that you are mindful of their presence; that you haven't forgotten them in your busy day schedule.

People who need to be reminded that you won't be judgemental or belittling towards them.

People who need to be reminded that you include them in your prayers.

People who need to be reminded that despite the distance that life has created between you; your heart is attached to their wellbeing.

People who need to be reminded that although you cannot change their circumstances, you have not one, but two ears to listen to their grief.

People who need to be reminded that we are all in this together.

Reach out.

You will surprise yourself: maybe somebody is waiting to hear from you.


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