A new hope for a New Year

The year of 2020 will be remembered for the outbreak of Covid-19, social distancing, national lockdowns and sadly many more deaths than would normally be expected. It has been a very long time with little prospect of things changing soon. The hope of the vaccine seemed a long way into the future with no guarantee […]

Christmas but not the same as always

Bauble on a Christmas Tree

I think I managed only a couple of my monthly articles without talking about Covid-19. Sadly, it is very much back and giving us all real concerns and worries. There is already talk about what Christmas may be like with the restrictions of the rule of six or no households able to mix with one […]

Long Nights and Short Days

cold dark eerie environment

British summertime is over and the nights are drawing in quickly.  The evening begins with sunset at before five o’clock.  The days are getting shorter during November. The shortest day is on 21st December when the day length is just under eight hours.  It is no wonder that I feel the winter blues at the end of November, […]

Autumn Colours

trees in forest during sunset

As I write it is still very dry and hot and some of the trees have yellow leaves, or have lost their leaves because there is a shortage of water.  Nearly all of us are enchanted by the vivid reds and browns that emerge from the leaves.   I know several people who travel to forests to see […]

Is Time Changing?

withered leaves photo

It seems impossible that we are already coming to September, the beginning of Autumn. It feels to me that Spring and Summer have rolled together, they have flown by. This may not be same for you and this lockdown might have seemed unending. Time itself can be an absolute measure, there is a specific interval […]

Difficult Decisions

It is amazing how COVID-19 has dominated so many things and changed so many plans. The issues of infections remain and there is still great anxiety and fear. The most vulnerable group of people, the people advised by the government to shield, are allowed to ease their isolation in August. These people will be allowed […]

Offering Help and Support

As I write this, last week we had Mental Health Awareness Week and Ascension Day coincide. They may at first glance appear to have very little in common. Although, the message around Coronavirus has changed from ‘Stay at Home’ to ‘Stay Alert’ it still means many people are still staying at home and remaining isolated. […]

Uncertain Times

As I write we are still in the stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives phase. We are all wondering what will happen next and when that might happen. Against the prospect of lifting of restrictions, we have daily reminders of the terrible cost of this pandemic with the daily death toll of […]

Moving fixed dates

It can be really frustrating when something that you think is certain suddenly changes. The Early May Bank Holiday has moved from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May. This was announced last June, so that it coincides with the 75th anniversary of VE Day. For many people that was too late. Millions of diaries had already been […]