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Richard on April 19th, 2013

Ronald Blythe finds much that is relevant in an Austen heroine   AS THE countryside swarms up, and as folly in its many disguises preoccupies the nation, let us re-read Jane Austen. And particularly Emma. Emma Woodhouse, you will recall, was “handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition”, and “seemed to unite some […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 19 April 2013

Richard on April 19th, 2013

Ronald Blythe is on duty in the garden – and in the house   THERE is quite a lot of noise about silence at the moment. Quietness suits me better. Silence cuts out the wind in the plum trees, Mozart, etc. Is quietness the diminutive of silence? Not to me. It is too great for that. […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 12 April 2013

Richard on April 5th, 2013

Ronald Blythe finds plenty to think about in the Easter liturgy   IN THE old liturgy, there are readings for Monday and Tuesday in Easter Week, then a great jump to the First Sunday, the content of these readings being more than enough for any Christian to contemplate. Their stories are filled with physicality, of eating […]

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Richard on April 2nd, 2013

Ronald Blythe spends time in the Oxford of Lewis Carroll   OXFORD in the rain. The cobbles shine; the colleges have emptied. But the city is full for the Literary Festival. From my window at Christ Church, I am able to look into Alice’s garden. Japanese tourists pass by in scores and dozens, each group holding […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 28 March 2013

Richard on April 2nd, 2013

Ronald Blythe dons a cap, and rakes and sweeps in the garden   BIG, handsome birds – green woodpeckers, collared doves -bounce around. The wind is sharp, and there is water, water everywhere. It glitters over the pastures, and makes the thinnest of March ice. Passiontide is inescapable. Passiontide, with its painful, yet sumptuous, hymns and […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 22 March 2013