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Richard on October 31st, 2014

Remember, remember…. How’s your memory? As we get older, we collect more experiences to remember, and yet that’s when our memory starts to deteriorate… it’s not fair! There are many ways of trying to improve our memories of course; writing things down; brain-training exercises; quizzes, more reading and the like. But there’s nothing more likely […]

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Richard on October 31st, 2014

A pungent odour takes Ronald Blythe back to his book-polishing days A WILD October morning. Bottengoms is calm in the front and tempestuous at the rear, where the trees I planted a lifetime ago meet the sky. Leaves race past. Birds protest. Or maybe they are simply exultant as they are blown about. Tidying a […]

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Richard on October 25th, 2014

Ronald Blythe marvels at the CV of one of the Apostles A GOLDEN day for St Luke, one of my heroes. I talk about him at matins to a thin-on-the-ground congregation. Luke, the New Testament’s Renaissance man, doctor of body and soul, artist, travel writer – everything. Also the birthday saint of the Greek-English boy who […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 24 October 2014

Richard on October 17th, 2014

Ronald Blythe retreats indoors as a downpour batters the house THE classic rainy day: the sky a liquid colourlessness, the trees drenching sieves, the farm track a river, the fields just dull and wet. The old labourers “saved” for such a day because, unable to work, they would not be paid. Four horses soak it up, […]

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Richard on October 10th, 2014

Wet grass and windfalls remind Ronald Blythe of a childhood treat ANGELIC days. Two feet of white cat stretch out in the sun. But the first ash leaves sail down, wavering in the air before landing. The grass is soaking wet and ruled with badger trails. Undaunted blackbirds sing as though it is May. It is warm […]

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Richard on October 3rd, 2014

It’s Harvest time! Traditionally, October is the month in which the Church celebrates  the Harvest – but perhaps these days Harvest should become a “moveable feast” like Easter, given that the crops don’t ripen at the same time each year, and this year they were almost a month early! The reason the Festival is quite […]

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Richard on October 3rd, 2014

Ronald Blythe takes Virginia Woolf down from the shelf   A PENSIVE morning. Adrian is mowing the grass, up and down, round and round. The white cat watches from her wall. The postman crashes along the farm track; the horses gossip on the hill. The brook splashes to the Stour. The sky is colourless. Wild geese […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 3 October 2014

Richard on October 3rd, 2014

Ronald Blythe succumbs to late-summer sloth   THE classic September days take their time as they succeed each other. No hurry. They are turning Old Master-gold. Come out and do nothing, they say. A nine-months-old baby calls and bumps about on his bottom, talking in Czech and English, but it is all double Dutch to me. […]

Continue reading about Word from Wormingford – 26 September 2014