God has wonderful promises for us as we travel on through life and into later years.The best news is that,inside we need never grow old because He has actually promised to renew our youth day by day.

Isaiah 40:31

Monday, 16 October 2017

Finding Green Spaces

On Saturday I had a book to collect from the town library. It was a warm autumn morning so husband decided to accompany me and suggested we take a walk before catching the bus home again
.....so thought I would share it with you.

This imposing building is the main library and stands in the centre of town.

The row of figures high on the wall are called the 

We turned our backs on the library and set off down a side road, passing car parks, industrial estate and a long row of Alms Houses, before coming upon this patch of green called Ainslie Rec. 

There was also a nice collection of graffiti on the boundary wall.
I confess that am a fan of graffiti if it is well done and not just 'tags'
These two I liked..

Can you spot the Humber Bridge in this one? 

Husband said that if we continued walking through several backstreets we would come out at 'Peoples Park' , mentioned before in this blog.

We passed this large house that always intrigues me, what is its history I wonder?

I also shuffled my way through large piles of leaves...bliss!

We arrived at the park....guess which way we are heading?

You guessed correctly!!

On the way out to catch the bus home we saw this very speedy machine hoovering up the leaves on the paths...very handy

Though we live in a large and busy town we are blessed with numerous green spaces, many hidden down side streets which are a joy to discover.

Happy Day



Thursday, 28 September 2017

Making Plans

Do you make plans for the future?

I used to do but life taught me that there was no point.

I made plans to go on to Art College at seventeen, but my Mother decided that Art College was not the place for a "well brought up, middle class girl from a Christian family".

Despite many discussions with my Art Teacher,my Mother stuck by her decision and so  I reluctantly trained to be a nurse and stayed in that career for over thirty years.
(though continued to paint and make a modest income from sales)

When I qualified in 1971 had planned to join the Navy as a nurse...but discovered I was pregnant.
Despite the Navy agreeing to defer for a year and my plans to have the baby adopted.....

I got married instead and planned to  live "happily ever after"
...... but my husband had other ideas.
We divorced in 1977

It was then that I stopped making plans, of any sort, just living through whatever each day throws at me. 
I realised that whatever plans I made God had other ideas.

He was a middle aged lawyer who thought he had found a bargain when a ninety year old widow offered him her apartment 'for life' if he paid her 2,500 francs each month  for the rest of her life.
After that the apartment would be his. Great plan don't you think?

The woman's name was Jeanne Calment

She became the world's oldest verified person, and died aged one hundred and twenty two in August 1997..........

Andre-Francois Raffray died in 1995.
Just think of all that rent money he paid out.

As Proverbs 19:21 explains.......
"You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail"

Thought to be the source of the Yiddish saying quoted by Woody Allen .

God is not surprised when our plans go awry.

When we make plans we should run them past God first.
Pray over them....
 ....and should ask ourselves...
"If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that"
James 4:14,15

Most of us learn the hard way, that it makes more sense to prayerfully consider what to do before making any plans...or God will laugh at us.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Follow God ...Not the World

Warning....this is a “Monday Morning Rant”...not had one of those for a while.

The role of the church is to follow God...NOT the world.

The UK has turned into a non Christian country, under attack from our own government,
Justine Greening the Government “Women and Equalities Secretary” has said churches should reflect “modern attitudes” as they consider whether to change their stance on same-sex marriage.   As a practicing Lesbian, she would say that wouldn’t she?

Same-sex marriages have been legal since 2014 but many religious institutions – including the Church of England, Catholic Church, United Synagogue, and Muslim Council of Britain – have chosen not to recognise the unions or perform the ceremonies.

Justine Greening, said that religious institutions should “keep up” with public opinion – which has been shifting towards acceptance of same-sex marriage

“It is important that the church, in a way, keeps up and is part of a modern country,” 

“I wouldn’t prescribe to them how they should deal with that but I do think we’re living in a country where people broadly recognise that attitudes are in a different place now to where they were many, many years ago."

“We have allowed same-sex marriage, that’s a massive step forward for the better. And for me, I think people do want to see our major faiths keep up with modern attitudes.”

She also pointed out that some churches, like the Quakers, endorsed same-sex marriage and performed the ceremonies.

Her comments come after John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, last week said people should be able to “bloody well get married in a church” if they wished to.

Miss Greening also announced this morning that the Government would launch a consultation on the 2004 Gender Recognition Act to consider proposals to make it easier for people to legally change their gender. 

Remarks, by our Government that show the authoritarian aspect of modern liberalism as both Teresa May our Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn have spoken out in support of changes to the law.

Our Laws were formed out of the Judeo-Christian truths but have been cast aside for this “anything goes” Liberalism.

To be a Christian who stands by Biblical Truths is seen as being an “out of date weirdo”....I am proud to be one.

Time we Christian’s made a stand, but we don’t do we? Often I seem to be in a minority of one as I campaign against these blasphemies.

And there you have it...rant over!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Cloud Spotting

My Father taught me the art of 'cloud watching' as a child and my Grandfather told me tales of how to predict the weather from various cloud formations and cows!

If you know how to read the clouds and other clues around and about as well as the many 'weather verses' that my Grandparents used to recite...and I still remember.... you can have a very good idea what your local weather will be over the next few hours.

Clouds in particular all have very distinctive shapes and colours which are associated with the various different weather types 

"If woolly fleeces strew the heavenly way ,
Be sure no rain disturbs the sky"

These small patches of fluff, looking like a flock of sheep, are Cumulus Clouds and are a sure sign of settled weather.
These are the clouds that tend to give all the various shapes in the sky that children (and grown ups) love to watch

However if they look tall and large , these are Cumulonimbus Clouds.
These clouds are holding a lot of moisture and rain is on its way.

Not so welcome, especially for sailors are the 'Mackeral Skies'
which "make tall ships carry low sails"

Looking light the light and dark pattern of a Mackerel's scales these clouds appear when there is a lot of moisture in the air. 
In winter they are an indicator of snow.

'Mare's Tails'  or Cirrus Clouds are found high up in the sky and are whipped along by the winds and are also a portent of rough weather ahead.....we see a lot of these where I live!

"Mare's tails; storms and gales. Mackerel sky; not 24 hours dry."

....and then we have England's most commonest cloud!

This is the Stratus Cloud, that grey blanket that covers the skies on those familiar dull days. It is flat, it is low, sometimes coming down to ground level especially on Auntumn mornings.
It is bringing us drizzle, fog and mist..often all at the same time!

Even though our range of clods here in England is not over exciting, there is a growing band of those of use who are members of that eccentrically named

come and join us

...about the cows?  Do they really sit down in a huddle if it is about to rain as I was told as a child?

The UK Met Office say no!
Read here all about weather myths, an interesting read


Friday, 28 July 2017

The Joys of an English Summer

This was the view from our back garden yesterday  about 6pm.
Thunder had started rumbling in the distance half and hour earlier getting nearer and nearer...
.....then this happened....

Last Saturday husband and I had donned our waterproofs and taken a walk by the sea, through the dunes alongside the marsh.

The clouds were an incredible sight 
(I love clouds)

Very atmospheric

As you can see, my waterproof coat is very long.
As we walked past a small boy (about five or six) out with his younger sister and Father, we heard him ask:-

"Is that Darth Vader?"

I turned round and pulled a face at him and then laughed. 
Father was so apologetic and the little boy was still not sure if I was friendly or not.
Made our day and we laughed about it on the way home.

Later I sent the photo to my youngest grandchild to see what she thought.
At age seven and three quarters she is very knowledgeable about such things   :)

She agreed that I did look a little like "Darth Vader's wife" and now I am known as Granny Vader.

Happy Days

Friday, 7 July 2017

Friday Miscellany

Once again we took a Saturday walk to visit another cafe that is new to us....this one is in what once was public toilets.

The cafe is small and when we got there , no room to sit inside, so we sat out...

Not an ideal location either

Unfortunately, though the cake was tasty, if expensive, the coffee was not. 
It was very bitter and the milk was 'off'

No matter, all part of our quest to visit as many small independent cafes  before the end of the year.

Tuesday is my day for joining my daughter as she walks the dogs.

We tend to call in at this local park for the dogs to run and chase the ball.

It has an 'activity area'  for older children...and  a nearly seventy year old woman...

I love the zip wire and each week I zoom along several times.

This week, I got my daughter to video me so I could share with my son and daughter who are miles away and have no idea what their aged parent gets up to...

It is such fun...

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sounds of Summer

Way back in November last year I shared how we had discovered this small wood hidden behind houses in the middle of a housing estate.

We have returned several times since then as the seasons change.

We took refuge from the heat this Saturday and found ourselves serenaded by this chorus of birds in the tree tops...

so thought I would share it with you..

Apologies for the sudden appearance of my husband, not once , but twice!

If you listen carefully you can hear the buzzing of a large bee as it decided to come to rest on the hand holding the camera...and me blowing it away.

Then later on in the evening, as I sat , catching up on "NCIS New Orleans"    I was captivated by the shadows the tree in the front garden was casting on the side board...

...what do you think? Rather magical isn't it?