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  ‘Tis the season to be merry- tra la la la la- la la la la!’ Christmas Carol Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy…’ The angel of the Lord ‘To miss the joy is to miss all’ Robert Louis Stevenson   Derek writes: Christmas greetings Like many […]

Christmas: moving from jolly to joyful


  ‘A joy filled home is like your own personal art museum.’ Marie Kondo Human beings can only truly cherish a limited number of things at one time’ Marie Kondo Alison Writes: I have recently read Marie Kondo’s book “Spark Joy” and wanted to share with you my reflections. She […]

The Art of Tidying and Sparking Joy


‘’Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace’ May Sarton ‘The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care […]

From soil to soul: Gardening and grace




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‘’I am in a calm so great that I fear nothing. What could I fear? I am with Him.” Brother Lawrence “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” Eckhart Tolle   Derek Writes: The Power of Negative thinking I recently came across a […]

What was I thinking?


“The unexamined life is not worth living’ Socrates “The opposite of busy in today’s world is sustained, focused attention. It is deep engagement in activities that really matter to us, or in conversations with those we care about.” Tony Crabbe, ‘Busy- how to thrive in a world of too much’ […]

Breaking the busyness habit



‘No frontiers, no borders, no limits. You are the beautiful nomads. And our world is your playground’ Advert for Pullman Hotels ‘Now you are under a curse… you will be a restless wanderer on the earth’ Genesis 4:11-12 Derek writes: Dreaming the dream I have spent much of my adult […]

The Digital Nomad- no place to call home


‘Beware the barrenness of a busy life’ Socrates ‘Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork…’ Ephesians 5:11 (MSG) Derek writes: Everyone’s busy nowadays There are advantages to spending a whole day painting the dining room. You get the rare luxury of listening, undisturbed to the radio. And there […]

Addicted to busy


“Seek first the kingdom of God… and all these things will be added to you” Jesus ‘… and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created’ DH Lawrence Derek writes: Holiday blues It’s the end of the summer and I’ve […]

Moving from holidays to holy days



“No man is an island, entire of itself…” John Dunne “Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don’t need a lot of money to be happy-in fact, the opposite.” […]

Community and the Curse of Affluence