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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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Alcohol, Drugs, and.. um.. er.. ‘Partying’,

Ryan told us his life was a succession of alcoholic stupors, drugs, and sex. Except the local Christian internet network said ‘partying’. By which they meant sex! Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I am very much a part of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship (FGB). Some of us travel to speak at dinners, where we ‘tell our story’. Mine is about training to be a dentist, and my life in practice. I might even mention false teeth vanishing down toilets, and suchlike, but we major on our spiritual stories. I was an atheist until I started …

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Just Wendy and Me!

Wendy and I are just back from celebrating, belatedly, our wedding anniversary. A rather nice country hotel, situated in a quiet village, and serving a seven course dinner each evening.   The food was almost too much, and upon reflection, one night would have been better for the diet. Far better. But the best part was time together. Sitting in the visitor centre at Cley with a light lunch (Norfolk pasty!) and gazing out across the salt marshes at ducks, geese, and great flocks of…. starlings? Little brown jobs? Later, strolling around Titchwell bird sanctuary in the drizzle, and being …

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Snow!

I love snow! When there is even a suggestion that we might see a little, I get excited, and have been known to get up during the night especially to look for it out of the window… usually to be disappointed. It it always comes at the wrong time. These days, anyway, though many years ago was usually ‘the right time’. We always enjoyed snow when the children came to stay at, or near, Christmas. They too love snow, and its arrival at such times confirmed for me Who controls the weather. It was a great family fun time, with …

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The Beauty of the Lakes!

Wendy and I have had a wonderful few days away. Staying on the shore of Windermere, we enjoyed the beauty of the lake from our sitting room window. The sunsets were stunning, and one sunrise lit up the mountaintops opposite with pastel shades of pink.   We walked beside rivers and lakes, ascending hills and walking through green valleys. Wendy saw her first lamb on 19th February this year. We read in Psalm 19:1 that ‘the heavens declare the glory of God’. In the same way that music, literature, poetry, etc. does not come together accidentally, so the world around …

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I Love St. Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is always fun! I remember when I first took Wendy out in March 2002. She mentioned that she had never, ever received a Valentine’s card. When married many years ago, her husband had told her they were a waste of money. That year, as a single man, I had bought fourteen and sent out twelve – so I sent the two left over to Wendy, even though it was a month late! Since then, we have had a romantic candle-lit meal every Valentine’s Day. This year I was cooking, which is unusual. (Wendy usually cooks on St. Valentine’s …

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The Poor – Love Them!

‘Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker’, we read in Proverbs 17:5, and ‘Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed’, is found in Proverbs 19:7. Whatever else these verses may say, they certainly tell us that the Lord has a heart for the poor. Working in a dental surgery brings one into contact with all strata of society, from the occasional homeless person to the equally occasional sitting member of the upper house. I had both ‘on my books’, though the majority were ‘ordinary people’ like myself. …

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