Familiar Handwriting

As an item of mail, it was nothing out of the ordinary, a plain white envelope, with a handwritten address, and a postmark straddling three odd stamps on the top right corner. It wasn’t junk mail, it wasn’t a notice or a monthly account – it was just a letter. But in this day and…

THE GAP – Reading for 17 May

Bloggers note: Quite unexpected to find that today’s reading fits so well with my blog site title……. Generation Gap. I spend a lot of time (and sometimes writing) about the gap between various generations, and recent weeks have seen a lot of comment in mainstream and social media about how people of different ages handle…

PLEASE DON’T TELL THEM THE BUDGIE DIED

Prime Ministers come and go and history retells the triumphs and failures of their political stewardship in many different ways. Often the tomes recording their path to leadership delve briefly into the childhood and formative years of a person that most of us only get to know through study, media reports or purposeful discussion. As…

KEEPING IT REAL – Reading for 10 May

Bloggers note: It is easy to imagine a mother writing the reading this week, and it will also be an “easy” read for mothers – in the difficult year 2020. More from that great little book about Mary McKillop. Happy Mother’s Day. “Little Brown Book Too” S and L Kane – Reading for 10 May…

Farm dogs

Animals on farms come in all shapes and sizes and their qualities and deficiencies are often not evident in their developmental stages. Maybe it is a stunning bull calf who chooses a life of amorous wandering before he is even weaned. Perhaps it is an old cranky ewe that protects and hides her twin lambs…

QUO VADIS? – Reading for 2 May

Bloggers note: The word for the week has to be “drear”. My lovely Aunty Hazel introduced me to this word of Scottish origin and with the cold, the drizzle, the greyness over the last few days, we can surely agree with her that is “has been a drear week”. “Every Day with William Barclay” William…

You’ve got mail

It has been fascinating to watch how my grandchildren have embraced the concept of “home schooling”, as the restrictions introduced during the Covid 19 pandemic, turn their whole learning experience upside down. My own children, and now their children, have always had face to face learning in the classroom, but as a child, I undertook…

15 November

France – 2016 They arrived early in the morning. It was cold and still dark. If there had been a sunrise, it was merely a changing of the light from the heavy blackness of night to a paler, but more depressing, mantle of greyness and foreboding. As they alighted from the hire car, the gates…