Music in lockdown

I’ve just written a piece for a magazine about some of the positives to come out of lockdown. When it’s published, I’ll share it with you. Along with the wonderful impact on nature and the environment, the thing I’ll be taking from all of this is that when I have a left-field idea, I’m going…… Continue reading Music in lockdown

Lockdown poetry please

There’s been a bit of a mixed reaction to Boris Johnson’s televised speech yesterday evening on what happens next in the country’s fight against coronavirus. And when I say ‘the country’, I mean England. The other three nations that make up the UK have already decided to stick to the ‘stay at home’ message, fearing…… Continue reading Lockdown poetry please

The spirit of friendship

It’s been a funny old Bank Holiday weekend and we’re only partway through it. Usually, the village would be alive with traffic and people and things going on to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day yesterday. It’s been glorious weather and, while I always stay at home on public holidays, fearing the crowd at…… Continue reading The spirit of friendship

For locals only

It’s Good Friday and the Prime Minister appears to be on the mend. He’s out of intensive care although he’s not out of the woods yet. I was in the woods this morning, bright and early, with the butterflies, bees, blackbirds and buzzards. Surrounded by all this natural beauty but still pondering on today’s headlines.…… Continue reading For locals only

On the street where you live

Five minutes early, the church clock strikes one and the tumbleweed rolls through the village square. As I open the bedroom window, wondering if, actually, this daily request slot, Through the Square Window, is making any difference to anyone except me (it makes me feel like I’m connecting to my community), Mr and Mrs Prayer…… Continue reading On the street where you live

Thank you for being a friend

All around the country, people came out of their houses at eight o’clock last night to stand on their doorsteps and open their windows to clap for the NHS. It was a massive show of appreciation for people on the front line in the fight against coronavirus. Here in Lush Places, we all joined in,…… Continue reading Thank you for being a friend

The bare necessities

Good news stories are emerging bit by bit within communities as the newspapers and websites peddle a never-ending story of doom. On Bothenhampton’s main street, they’re all doing The One O’clock Wave. At the allotted hour, residents pop out of their front doors, waving and calling to each other as far as they can see…… Continue reading The bare necessities