Month: January 2012

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

Song Thrush on Ash Tree

Fifty years ago when my friends Mary and Charles moved into the village, there were bitterns in the reeds below the bridge, and the river was well-known for the wintering ducks that could be seen here. Even when we moved here, twenty years later, you could see flocks of lapwings over the fields in spring-time,…
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January 26, 2012 2

Advance and Retire

There’s a figure in Scottish Country dancing (English and Irish too, for that matter) called advance and retire. You start a great many dances by dancing forward four steps and back four steps. So this year has gone. It’s not just the weather, frost one morning and seed sowing and birds marking out nesting territories…
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January 20, 2012 2

these precious and beautiful things

I like this post a lot. Daniela says she doesn’t ‘do faith’, whereas anyone who has been around this blog for a while knows that I do. I try to keep theological content off the page, because unless you’re interested enough to follow the whole complicated thing, it’s just annoying. But this is how faith…
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January 20, 2012 2

First Steps in January

The first snowdrops are out! Although it feels quite chilly and there is frost forecast for later in the week, I was much encouraged by what’s going on in the garden. There were three blackbirds bathing in the pond this morning, sparrows and bluetits and great tits all busy at the feeders, and warming up…
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January 11, 2012 0

First Territory Walk of 2012 – Feet on Solid Ground

Last year was a real roller-coaster. Of course it had its glorious moments – the chief of which in my life was the launch of Wherever We Live Now but for an awful ot of people there was a sense of loss and closure and dismay. Some careers ended, som relationships went through the mill,…
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January 1, 2012 2