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



Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A Walk on the Wild Side


We have discovered a new wood to walk in,we didn't know was there. 
so it came as a wonderful surprise  

It is hidden from sight  in between busy streets and at the back of the Water Works.

We turned left off the main road into town expecting it to be a dead end, but we wanted to look at these old cottages.

Then we came upon this sign..

The wood, or 'gardens' as they are called on the sign, are all enclosed with specific entry points for visitors.

So we ventured in....
....and saw this.....

........venturing further in...


This caught my eye, some sort of fungus I think on the top of a tree stump..

Sorry the photo is rather fuzzy but I took these pictures on my phone instead of my usual digital camera....that was still sitting on the kitchen table.

There was also this mysterious looking hole..

We found the two artesian wells mentioned on the sign..

....but only got a photograph of one. The other one was well camouflaged by reeds and didn't like to get too close as the ground was exceedingly boggy.

We walked to the end, it is a long and thin strip of secluded wood land. 
 Did notice rather a lot of Blackberry bushes that still had old fruits on, no one had picked them.
 So will remember that next summer.

Then back to the main entrance and back on to the road.
What a little gem



We will be back










Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Chasing the Snow Clouds


It has been cold today(by UK standards!)at -5.3'C  this morning at 8.0am as husband went of to work.
 Our area has had numerous weather warnings yesterday and today of  impending snow.

After a morning spent wrapping up Christmas parcels ready for posting thought that I would wrap myself up warm and go off for a walk at 2.0pm.

Since my accident my long walks have been sadly limited so have not been tramping the fields  .

Thought it was time I gave you a 'walk' as have not done so for a while.

So off we go over the bridge and into the nature reserve.
The Cormorants come in from the coast and overwinter on the lake. 
Last year there were not many as we did not have that much cold weather.
Wonder how many are here today?


It looks a bit grim doesn't it?
The reeds have grown tall and out of control. But due to council cut backs there is no longer a permanent warden or maintenance team so the lake has run wild. 
In order to survive it needs to be sympathetically managed, which is has not been for the last two or three years.


No sign of the Swans today, plenty of ducks though.
Brr...it is chilly, can see my breath in the air.

It is rather deserted and the clouds are rolling in, 


Let me see how many Cormorants I can count..


There are thirteen, never seen so many.
Sign that we are in for some bad weather.
You will have to enlarge the photograph to count them all.
One has his wings spread wide, they do that to catch the warmth of the sun, not much about today.


Just look at that sky...certainly time I was heading for home.
Doesn't that dead tree covered in Ivy look menacing?


This last bit is rather muddy, glad I have my sturdy boots on.

Thanks for joining me.











Sunday, 30 October 2016

Autumn Glory...on a small scale


Regular readers to the blog will know that we have a very small, concrete back yard.
Not to be deterred by lack of a garden I planted up several large tubs, of which there are now thirteen trees, some larger than others.

This was the view from my kitchen door this morning at 8.30am, slightly damp but that did not dampen the glorious autumn golds of the deciduous trees.

So thought that I would take you for a closer look

(The white thing in the middle of the photo is my rotary washing line, covered up for the winter)


In the foreground is one of two Horse Chestnut trees, 
grown from Conkers picked up on one of my walks two years ago.


If you look closely next years buds have already formed.
As children we always called these "Sticky buds".....because they are, very sticky.
I wonder why?  Uhm...must look that up


Then there is my old friend, the Oak tree. It is twenty seven years old now, 
It has been in this pot for the last nine years.
 This year it has produced so many acorns and a visiting Squirrel has been busy collecting them. Have no idea where he has hidden them.


This Fuchsia is still a mass of flowers.
These blooms are too high for the cat to reach.
She treats them like Christmas tree decorations and bats them with her paws until they fly off.


And finally....the Gnomes have now moved into their winter accommodation.
Hopefully they will be safe from the frosts and heavy winds.







Monday, 24 October 2016

Trees


I love trees, always have done.
 I grew up in the Derbyshire Peak District, and my parents were walkers...
.....so was I from the time I could walk!
 My Father was a great reader of Tolkien and always called trees Ents, teaching me that they were living entities and should be respected as such.
Which I have continued to do.

Watching the leaves falling around me as I took a walk to the post office this morning, made me think.......

God had a great idea when He chose a tree as a symbol for growing Christians.

Tree branches on growing trees not only reach higher...
BUT
....their roots  grow deeper and wider.

It is impossible for a strong tree to have high branches without having deep roots.
It would be come top heavy and  in strong winds would topple over.
The same is true of Christians

It is impossible to grow in the Lord without entwining our roots around His Word, 
and deepening our life by obeying his commands.

There are other parallels too.

A growing tree will always provide shade and comfort for other trees and plants growing up under and beside it.

A growing tree takes in light and processes it for food
(as we do with God's Word)

Such a tree is always able to reproduce itself.

A growing tree is often pruned to help it grow straighter and taller.

Sometimes, the best trees give their lives for others for timber, for building.


May my roots grow deep in the Word and may my branches grow high.
When winds of adversity come, then I will remain strong.
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The photo above is of Pike Pool  in Beresford Dale.
My Mothers ashes were scattered here; at her request as it was her favourite place in the Peak.

My Father requested that his ashes be scattered under a specific Oak Tree....where else


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Week of Prayer for World Peace


Sunday 16th October to Sunday 23rd October marks the 42nd year of the

Week of Prayer for World Peace


This week of prayer for peace comes as the British, US and French special forces and paratroopers support push by the Kurdish forces from east and Iraqi army from south in a battle to capture Mosul,the last known ISIS stronghold.
We pray especially for all the innocent civilians caught up in this warfare.


Although it was a Christian initiative that led to the founding of the Week of Prayer for World Peace in 1974, it soon became an inter faith activity, and now welcomes everyone, of all faith traditions or none, to take part. The first Chairman,the late Dr. Edward Carpenter, former Dean of Westminster, established the guiding principle of the Week in the words “The peace of the world must be prayed for by the faiths of the world”, and this is still the basis of our work today.

For those who want to persevere with the idea of praying with people of other faiths, three thoughts may be helpful.

  • First, the different prayers that we say are said by neighbours in the same town and the same street every week. In worshipping together we simply bring under one roof what happens anyway under the same sky.
  • Secondly, we are convinced that there is only one humanity that prays, and only one Divinity that we pray to, whatever different opinions we may have about that one Divinity.
  • Thirdly, we recognise that inter faith partnership does not itself imply agreement.

The things we agree on are many, and precious. The things we disagree on are precious too. When we stand with a follower of another faith who is praying, whenever we can agree with the prayer, we give it our interior assent. Where we cannot agree, we withhold our interior assent. It is still good to stand with that person as a friend and as a partner.



The International Prayer for Peace
Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.




Saturday, 15 October 2016

Cat catastrophe update


An email from my son this morning with news of 'Micky T.'

He is now home again, looking extremely thin and battered.
His bottom jaw is now held together with screws,pins and wire, and  a gap at the front where the bone was too badly shattered to be repaired.

We also noticed that the photo shows his left eye is totally occluded with cataract.

Son says that he is slowly eating, though on semi solids and  very messy.

Welcome home Ginge.