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Richard on January 26th, 2013

Ronald Blythe drinks dusty tea and finds long-lost objects   THE Epiphany continues. Today, snow-light. White-blue hills, sagging boughs. A cold to take one’s breath away. Delectable soups on the go. Twenty hardy ramblers descend into the valley. Keith, our Admirable Crichton, descends on me to paint a room – white. And Peter, equally versatile, thinks […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 25 January 2013

Richard on January 18th, 2013

Ronald Blythe pores over ancient walls of lath and plaster   KEITH the builder works on the old farmhouse with a kind of inherited understanding of its materials and structure. A lath-and-plaster wall is taken back to its fundamentals. Anything later than, say, 1660 is swept away by what seems to me a hand that itself […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 18 January 2013

Richard on January 12th, 2013

Epiphany sunshine fills the interior of Ronald Blythe‘s home   LONG ago, walking home, I was tempted to visit the poet Edward FitzGerald’s grave on a winter’s afternoon, just when the light was “going”, as we used to say. A young airman from the USAAF base with a little son in his arms was fumbling his […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 11 January 2013

Richard on January 7th, 2013

What a busy month we have had!   First of all, a section of the leaning wall is no longer leaning. It was laying in the road one morning and Chris, who lives across the road from the Church, said that he heard a thump in the night but fortunately it missed his parked car […]

Continue reading about Wormingford Church Matters – January 2013

Richard on January 4th, 2013

For Ronald Blythe, an Old Testament lament sums up his feelings   JOURNALISTS are proud of what they call “rolling news”. But I am flattened by it. Thus this past two weeks in particular I have rationed its horrors, one blanched young father’s face on the screen making it unnecessary to hear anything more. I read […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 4 January 2013

Richard on January 4th, 2013

Notes in a book cause Ronald Blythe to feel intoxicated   I AM writing our Nine Lessons and Carols. The mid-Advent sun blazes through the study window, and is hot on my back. The white cat dreams on a radiator. Chaffinches swing on the feeder. I write Churchwarden, Bell-ringer, Boy, Commuter, Girl, Farmer, Mother, Gardener, Lay Canon. […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 21 December 2012