Gardens and children need the same things, patience, love, and someone who will never give up on them — Nicolette Sowder
It’s long been a tradition in the UK to have a bonfire and fireworks on 5 November. Originally this was to celebrate ‘Guy Fawkes Night’, however, his name is rarely mentioned these days and now it’s ‘Bonfire Night’
Every 5 November in Britain on Guy Fawkes Day, we remember the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Guy Fawkes and fellow Catholic conspirators attempted to blow up Parliament and assassinate James I of England.
Everyone knows how Fawkes was caught in…
The crop circle, or rather patterns in the crops appearing in 2001 were absolutely fabulous, the sheer scale of the ‘sculptures’ seem to discount the usual explanation of ‘a band of crop circle creators with a couple of scaffold boards’. Of course it could be an elaborate hoax, its all a matter of intrepretation for the time being.
The background to the original message sent from Arecibo, back in 1974. Arecibo is on the northern coast of Puerto Rico and contains a natural disc-shaped hole in the rock. …
A woodland walk is a relaxing thing, you probably already know the path its become familiar, you already know the scene; the collection of trees changing with the seasons, every walk provides different interest and discoveries.
My meditations usually start in a woodland, I walk down a well-trodden path, the sunlight glinting through the overhanging branches and leaves and carefully tread between the old tree roots crossing my way. Its always a beautiful calm sunny day and I can smell the sweet scents as I brush against the vegetation.
I saw in my mind the possibility of a woodland at…
Monet said of his garden at Giverny ‘It was my most beautiful work of Art’
For a number of years, together with a group of friends, we used to travel in convoy over to France in our classic MGs for a few days with the company ‘Motoring Abroad’.
We would drive to Dover on the East Coast of England, stay overnight and then catch the ferry the next day for Calais, Northern France.
Those trips were very special, we toured the Champagne region of the France visiting the vineyards and enjoying the local produce; we visited the Beaches of Normandy…
“Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have”.
Somedays it doesn’t feel like ‘joy’ it just feels overwhelming. New businesses are starting up and flourishing from all our ‘decluttering’. Our possessions have become an epidemic, where I live we even have to book an appointment at the Town Tip just to dump our TRASH!
Are we the willing victims of blatant materialism that’s making a MASSIVE bonfire of our entire beautiful planet?
Or have we been hypnotised by the Jeff Bezos of this world to keep accumulating?
How ON EARTH did it get like this?
This is one of the best articles I've read on Medium. We owe it, not just to ourselves, but to our families and friends to stay healthy and not be a burden on anyone.
I agree with your sentiments entirely. Initially writing on Medium was to help with my struggles during lockdown, but I too, got drawn into feelings of whether it was worthwhile.
But, it's such a buzz when someone appreciates the work and research of an article, that alone keeps me going.
The Shakespeare quote ‘uneasy is the head that wears a crown’ is from Henry IV Part 2 is often now phrased as ‘heavy is the head the wears the crown’. The phrase has become an English idiom meaning that those charged with major responsibility carry a heavy burden that makes it difficult for them to relax — www.nosweatshakespeare.com
You may have seen the prediction in the News by Hilary Mantel that the House of Windsor was unlikely to survive, and that Prince William will be the last King. …
If you give people an idea these days, they just think you are sharing it with them so they can critique it, play devil’s advocate, and so on. It doesn’t occur to them that they might help or get enthused or at least have the courtesy to get out of your way. — Esme Raji Codell
Some days it’s just exhausting. How some people can invent objections so quickly about a matter they had no opinion on before I mentioned it, is beyond me. …
I don’t want to be an alarmist, however, things are not looking too clever at the moment.
Last week I opened my only working hive expecting a reasonable harvest of honey. I could only take 2 frames. In previous years I’ve taken at least 10 frames full of honey at this time of year. And, that was after extracting a lot of honey over the summer.