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Richard on July 29th, 2016

Holydays Yes, OK, I’m thinking of holidays. At the very time when life seems to be at its busiest and most complicated, I have to take two weeks off. I could do without that, right now. But it’s booked and paid for, and life with June wouldn’t be worth living if we didn’t go. I […]

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Richard on July 29th, 2016

The July heat reminds Ronald Blythe of family visits in the past “SHALL I compare thee to a summer’s day?” asked Shakespeare. Impossible. An English summer’s day is unlike anything else in the world. A dragonfly from my old horse pond who has only a day to live wanders past in its deathless way. Black-and-white cat sisters […]

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Richard on July 23rd, 2016

On a cool evening, Ronald Blythe sits with Mary, Martha, and Alice THE Maltings Farm hayfields were cut yesterday, and now they are being trundled along the horizon in the shape of vast drums. Stripped land is pale and dusty. The sun burns down, and, apart from the haymaking machine, and the everlasting cry of pigeons, there […]

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Richard on July 15th, 2016

George Herbert’s poems make Ronald Blythe think of St Luke’s Acts WARM, soft summer winds, the ones that rock the barley. They bring back the exhilarating Julys of boyhood. I can feel old Mr Cardy’s crops scratching my bare legs. Or Captain Cardy, as he liked to be called. Although it was incorrect, many temporary officers of […]

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Richard on July 8th, 2016

Ronald Blythe on a poet of Cornwall TODAY, I found myself thinking of my old friend Charles Causley. He’d be looking around my ancient house and saying, But you can’t live here! But I do live here, Charles. With all this garden? Charles detested gardening. When we met in Cornwall, he would take me to see […]

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Richard on July 2nd, 2016

  Brexodus So the United Kingdom has spoken – we are to leave the European Union. That’s such a momentous decision that there’s no way I should ignore it right now. Right now, my response is reflection and prayer, based on God’s Word and my experience of His nature. The facts are that more than […]

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Richard on July 2nd, 2016

Ronald Blythe ponders stony issues across the history of the Church I have been thinking this week about all those references to stone in scripture. A long time ago, I wrote a little book to accompany some remarkable watercolours of the building of the new tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The artist was Lillias August, and […]

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