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RichardB on January 30th, 2015

Ronald Blythe celebrates a friend’s birthday with songs and champagne THE autocratic nature of a great frost – it imposes its will on the winter itself. I am aware of this before I draw the curtains. Below the old farmhouse, the Stour Valley has hardened and whitened at its command, and become another place. Not a […]

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RichardB on January 23rd, 2015

Ronald Blythe recalls how, in a silent garden one night, he gazed at the sky MARKET DAY. The village bus twists and turns through the lanes. On it are old folk, students, workmen, the woman who reads paperbacks all the way. There is an Italianate villa where the naval rating who helped to bury Rupert […]

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RichardB on January 19th, 2015

Ronald Blythe finds inspiration in the prayers of a writer from the past HAVING wheeled barrow-loads of mulch from the so-called back lawn – a rich kingdom for snowdrops – so that the mower can have its way, I begin to shape the summer. Snowdrops and snowflakes for Candlemas onwards, and both for the feast […]

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RichardB on January 10th, 2015

Ronald Blythe looks out at a winter scene that is neither ‘wild’ nor ‘drear’ TWELFTH NIGHT. Shakespeare wrote his play for it, and King James and everyone crammed into Whitehall to see it. A boy sang “Come away, come away, death,” and there was confusion of roles and gender. It is enchanting at this moment: the […]

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RichardB on January 7th, 2015

Ronald Blythe leaves the detritus of Christmas and makes an annual visit   MY GREAT frost poem is Coleridge’s “Frost at Midnight”. “The frost performs its secret ministry, unhelped by any wind.” And so it did last night. The pasture was brittle and bright, the horse ponds on the point of being ice. A new […]

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RichardB on December 19th, 2014

Ronald Blythe recalls former residents of Bottengoms Farm THE Christmas-card snowstorm brings in an atlas of my life. Views of every parish I have been to: familiar parishes, glimpsed parishes, parishes I have worked in, parishes in which I have felt the presence of artists and writers. And priests, of course. And naturalists. And those adopted […]

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RichardB on December 12th, 2014

Glorious tombs and an old pub draw Ronald Blythe to a small town MURKY warm December days. Strangely pleasant. We drive to Framlingham on the spur of the moment. The little town, with its great history, is still and wet. I remember once coming home from baking Sydney, and loving the raindrops sliding down the plane windows […]

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RichardB on December 5th, 2014

St Edmund watches as Ronald Blythe takes shelter from the rain TORRENTIAL rain for St Edmund, our Sebastian-like protector, his cult a thousand years old. Thin and shiny on his plinth, bristling with arrows, he watches us process by under our umbrellas as we hurry into the dry. Legend has it that he was 15 […]

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RichardB on November 28th, 2014

A seagull’s wing reminds Ronald Blythe of carved angels in Blythburgh JUST up the lane, children are snatching at breakfast, and grown-ups are snatching at time. But I am looking out of the window, as usual, and musing on birds; just as R. S. Thomas did, when he walked to the Llyn peninsular to give […]

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RichardB on November 21st, 2014

Ronald Blythe is struck afresh by the words of a familiar hymn LOVELY but sad days. The leaves fall, the sun shines, in church we muster for the Remembrance. It has become a kind of saints-day, filling the aisles with its devotees. We turn to its memorial, and I say its liturgy. Its words are by […]

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