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Richard on June 29th, 2013

Ronald Blythe enjoys the smell and sounds of the seaside   TO ALDEBURGH, where Peter Grimes would confess his crimes in an opera house on the shingle. And not only this, but the Suffolk coast had taken a leaf out of the Côte d’Azur, and was balmy. My friend Ian, never a man to miss an […]

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Richard on June 29th, 2013

You probably heard that St. Andrew’s church shed was broken into again and we lost our new lawnmower, strimmer and some tools. It takes something to get John Jackson mad but this has done it! Our shed is being transformed into a mini Fort Knox. In the most unlikely event that the thief is reading […]

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Richard on June 22nd, 2013

Ronald Blythe is caught out in his gardening clothes   CALLERS. Expecting a solitary day, I look like the sort of person one should set the dogs on. Bedraggled in my second-best gardening clothes, I am about to mow and weed, edge and admire. First, wise Nigel, to give the boiler some attention; then, a high-born […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 21 June 2013

Richard on June 15th, 2013

In the early morning, Ronald Blythe makes plans – and dreams   “LIVE this day as if it were thy last,” commands the old hymn. As its author, Thomas Ken, wrote it for schoolboys, one may emphasise its hopefulness rather than its likelihood. I have always been a fan of the morning, rain or shine. Waking up […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 14 June 2013

Richard on June 7th, 2013

Ronald Blythe sits in a traffic jam, and tries to remember a poem   A RADIO continues to talk where no one is listening, in a far-off room where the early-morning sun is blazing away. “My grandmother made the most of her life,” a woman is saying. “That’s it,” I thought. My wildflower meadow is making […]

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Richard on June 1st, 2013

Ronald Blythe ponders the appeal – or lack of it – of novelists   MAY – and all of summer ahead. Cool Pentecostal winds are tossing the lilacs. Jean’s horses shelter behind what will soon be a white wall of blossom. I eat my breakfast to the stern words of the Chief Rabbi as he preaches […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 31 May 2013