What to do when 80 and Creaky-Achy

By | Blogs

Today’s encouraging-idea to myself.

Think of an open space near home. Totterable to…or no more than very short drive away. Line up self, or helpful other, to drive.

Pack  a sandwich & cuppa in a thermos. 

Buy small sketch book, on-line. Check graphite pencils. 

Once there, be determined to walk to a SEAT.. Essential bit of the PLAN.

Picnic, to rally strength ! Draw. Get back home !! Return SOON to the drawing, and come-what- may, FINISH and colour wash my pix.   First of the Christmas cards to send. It’ll be LOVED by all….

‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers

By | Blogs
‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops – at all.
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard,
And sore must be the storm,
That could abash the little Bird,
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest Sea,
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

Circulated post-Trump victory by Robin Richardson.

The Campaign Against Living Miserably

By | Blogs

My name is Jackson. I am 11 years old and on Grade 5 piano. I enjoy playing Christmas Carols so I’m doing carols for CALM , a charity I heard of from Reading Bus Charity of the Year. I like trains & buses. I live in Ascot and have done so since Christmas 2009 when I moved from London. This event will be at ‘Constables’, Ascot. CALM is against male suicide.

Our singalong will consist of carols, interval with refreshments and performances which you can sing along with if you know the words. For the first section, words will be provided. For more info on CALM – please see:


We had such fun !!

By | Blogs

We came to be Grand-parents, very late in our lives; two Grandchildren, Oscar 7 & Chloe 5; full of ENERGY. We have a small wood at the garden’s end and Duncan, my hands-on husband, has wonderful ideas. Recently, first thing I knew about an idea….while I was away from the house, he shinned up a tree and put a cross bar across two trees. Next thing, a tyre arrived on the doorstep. Next, a coil of very thick rope. Rope attached to cross bar with the tyre and we had a wonderful swing, to get on, jump through or just dangle. Next to the swing, a length of rope was knotted at intervals. Climbing! Then, a Scooter BMX course was forged all around the trees. Finally, a Pit so that engines could be looked at and wheels changed, Grandma: commentator. And such FUN for all concerned – by Maureen Rayner



By | Blogs

Mahatma Gandhi said that there are…” 7 Plunders of the World that lead to violence :-

* Wealth without Work,

* Pleasure without Conscience,

* Knowledge without Character,

* Commerce without Morality,

* Worship without Sacrifice,

* Politics without Principle, ”  –  From GreenSpirit June 2016 Newsletter.



By | Blogs

” Intuition enlightens and so links up with pure thought. They together become an intelligence which is not simply of the brain, which does not calculate, but feels and thinks” –

Words and painting by Pieter Cornelius (Piet) Mondrian.  From World Goodwill forthcoming conference entitled A Beam of Light Shining upon our Way : Reflections on the Intuition”



By | Blogs

Are you left or right- handed? Whichever, prepare for action!

Read out the following:- ” you can scarcely see ANY House Sparrows in St. James or Hyde Park London”. Clap your hand over your mouth saying “AAAH!”

Read out the following:- ” if such a tragedy can befall this street-wise little bird, is ANY species safe?”. Clap your hand over your mouth saying”AAAH!”

For further info – RSPB State of Nature report –


EMPTY NEST: au revoir

By | Blogs

We may think we know what to expect at significant times in our lives. Then wow! It’s here. It’s happening. Brain shoved aside by gut, fuelled by an incoming tide from the unconscious.

Recently our younger daughter collected HER younger daughter from school, for the last time. “I felt SAD; nineteen years of taking to & and from schools.” As grandparents, seeing grandchildren off to a first paid job and to Uni, we can only recall that mixture of relief from responsibility, pride, emptiness… years ago,now. And what of those whose children have scant hope of grabbing this first rung of adulthood? Twiggy nest crammed full.

“Richard’s (or whosoever) got his eye on the ball, and he SHOOTS.” Or, The debacle of the England Manager

By | Blogs

My husband’s call got on my wick, when our children were young. In fact it’s a great cry for the injunction: focus.. prep… ACT.

Raised in the weekly Sacred Time  of the Footie results …Vernons maybe…my Dad and me were acolytes before the radio results’ intonation…Bolton  Wanderers 4, West Bromwich Albion 2… Ooh I MISSED that with you two talking!! As if we Dared!  Ever the hope to win, Lil stayed faithful to the Game. That hope alongside her Co-op Divi. being her sole, her-own money.  And onwards, playing football, watching football. Chuffing one another in the family about My Team’s results. And just recently … Well now !! ..SHAME!  Alongside trillions of players, fans and no doubt sufferers…I am pained in my guts.




Planting Tulips : with Browning in mind

By | Blogs

Oh! to live on the Berkshire Surrey borders,
Now that the tulip bulb adverts call.
And the lawns still call for a cut, and outside paintwork looks flakey, and downstairs loo’s sprung a leak, and into the house the GPO plops good cause festive cards, daily.
And do I hear a distant snare-drum swishing out ‘Aleppo’ ?