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Cousins!

It’s been a year of family reunions. A couple of months ago, we had Wendy’s tribe (including brother, sister, cousins, nieces, nephews, children and grandchildren) gathering at our home, playing golf and riding trains. The week before last we had my sister, bro-in-law and cousin and wife, mainly eating Thai food. And last weekend, my cousin Tim and his wife Teresa kindly hosted a gathering of my paternal cousins. We walked from their home in rural Cambridgeshire, and enjoyed the fragrance of elderflower in the air whilst rambling alongside hedges of dog rose, fields of poppies and a myriad of …

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New Book Out Soon!

Next Book Out Soon! PENNIES FROM HEAVEN – How To Get Them and What To Do With Them! Personal Finance. My adventure, from rags to riches to rags to riches to plundered to…. Well, that’s an exaggeration, but I’ve learnt a thing or three along the way, not least the several Biblical principles concerning our handling of money. Money, dosh, dough – how do we get it and what do we do with it? Watch this space!

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A ‘Mended Broken Arm’!

Rush, rush, rush – a busy week, and a dash to the hills of central holiday to refresh my soul! So a video clip that I prepared for our Full Gospel Businessmen’s site a few months ago. Be back next week! Barrie

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The Toothache Man!

“Nanny, what did you do?” our seven year old grandson Benjamin asked Wendy, while we were visiting that division of the family in Brittany this week. “I was a nurse”, explained Wendy. “I used to help doctors”. “And Grandpa was a toothache man”, said Benjamin, knowingly, and beaming with us in delight at being able to stun us with his knowledge. How do others see us? “I see the young dentist”, said one patient at my city practice. That was me! “I see the old dentist”, said another. That was me too. “I see the German dentist’. That was me. …

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Charles Darwin

We have been staying with friends in Surrey this week, and on Wednesday went to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin. What a wealthy man he was, and also with his wife being a member of the Wedgwood family. A beautiful house and garden, and so many facts, figures, exhibits, videos, etc. A remarkable man. Evolution. Of course things change, but does one species change into another? The colours of creatures change with the environment, and some are more adapted to the world, and therefore tend to survive better than those that are not. Evolution. I look at my …

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A Funny Lot – Family!

We are a funny lot. Family. Well, with apologies to the others, because I concede that I am often the one that’s rather different. Wendy’s family invaded us this weekend – and it was great. Brother, sister, nephews, niece, daughter, granddaughters, cousins…. We enjoyed train rides, boat ride, golf, and generally meeting, eating and laughing together. Tall, short, slim, not-so-slim, loud laughs, soft laughs, long hair, short hair, no beard, small beard, huge beard… We are a funny lot – all different. But all the same family, with much shared history. Earlier today I met with our church. We are …

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Seasons!

We spent a full day in the garden this week. First time this year. There has been the occasional hour earlier in the year, raking leaves mainly – but this week was the lawn. So much moss! Barrowloads. Grass cuttings. More barrowloads. And our aching bodies finally limped back indoors at gone 8pm. Seasons. Most people I know prefer Spring. I do. Daffodils, crocuses, celandine, hyacinths, flowering currant, forsythia and so many more. And in May, my number one favourite, the fragrance of hawthorn blossom, will fill the air. Summer will soon be here, with usual unpredictability no doubt, but …

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Keukenhof!

‘All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small; All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.’ I marvel at the world we live in so often – the birds swinging on the feeders, and tapping on the windows to us. Mainly long-tailed tits that do the tapping, and though I call out ‘Hello’, I doubt they are really greeting Wendy and me. The Lake District, the spring flowers hour garden, the night sky… it’s never ending. Teeth! I used to be fascinated at the way they developed from gum tissue, grew, calcified, had different well …

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Vlogging?

Apparently, I am a Vlogger! Well, so my son-in-law informs me, though I think I am just a chap who has now produced some video clips. It is all to do with our businessmen’s fellowship. I did a short video clip to promote our forthcoming regional conference. My first! I placed it on our Facebook site, and someone suggested I produce a few more with ‘testimonies’ on them. Testimonies? – short accounts of how I have experienced the God we read about in the Bible. In fact, the Bible is his word to us. So I propped up my iPad …

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Everything’s Going Wrong!

It has been one of those years so far, where quite a lot (some people would say “everything”) has gone wrong. The cooker, the washing machine, and the dishwasher for a start. The latter two have been replaced. Then, a slow puncture, and last week, the oil warning light in the car. I put in new oil, but that caused another problem! The warning light was on, but the oil level had been correct – it was the warning light sensor that was wrong. So all the extra oil I poured in had to be drained out, and the car …

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