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Meadow at last!


Where we live, the countryside has been cruelly plundered and year after year for example, the farmers will replant without letting the land rest. Wheat or rapeseed are the preferred crops or sheep, and plenty of them! Sheep farming is particularly popular on otherwise arable land and talking to our local farmers, it is a wonder they make a living considering that last year, all they got per lamb was £75. I've noticed a decline in natural meadows in the past few years and this is a great shame. Our native orchids and other flowers such as buttercups, plantains, marjoram, fennel, dandelion, thrive in meadows and I fondly remember when I lived in Surrey being able to count dozens of different ...
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Waste not, want not...


Last night's supper was a hearty soup (more of a potage) made from Sunday's leftover roast lamb. Sauteed chopped onions, carrots and garlic. Add lamb cut into cubes, the lamb bone, leftover gravy, potatoes, 1/3 cup red lentils, half a Swede, chopped, a teaspoon dried thyme, teaspoon chili flakes, salt and pepper. Simmer for 45 minutes stirring often so that lentils become creamy.  Delish! Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Walking off The Full English....


Good walk in beautiful England. Covered 4.5 miles. Only hiccup was my foot went down a rabbit hole and it could have been a broken ankle but wellies saved me! This morning. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Has Brexit happened yet?


Or shall I go back to sleep? This morning. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Life goes at 4 miles an hour...


...in a narrow boat. I've seen ducks swim faster! We stopped at this pub last Sunday which was right on the canal and watched in awe as two boats entered the lock, sealed off one end and opened the paddles at the other end to fill the lock with enough water so they could sail on. For the record, this particular lock is inscribed 1856. The occupants of the boats were two retired couples who informed us that they will be living on their boats until the Winter, exploring England's waterways (and keeping the ducks company). Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Mother Power

Mother Power
The womb was room enough. Cozy, warm, assuring. Then…. No more pain for mom…. Or… has it just begun? Mother is the power that fills the young inquiring eyes with Truth. Her affirmation is always there. We feel her pride. Life does all it can to dismember the family. Parents must be assertive to protect their growing child. You always listen even when you pretend you are not. You care that she cares. She is your power. You are hers. Both should be proud that each is proud. This is important. The power of the womb should be respected by all. Conceived in love, born in love, and lived in love….. Mothers served us. All world leaders must serve us better. With humility and appreciation. Isn’t tha...
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Bayeux Cathedral


We managed to see the Bayeux Tapestry on our recent trip and found the experience incredibly moving. A pictorial description of events leading up to the Battle of Hastings, I would urge parents to show their kids this masterpiece of nearly 70 meters of cloth embroidered in wool and which is almost 1,000 years old! Today's fads and fashion will not endure as long, of that you can be sure. I wonder if computers and technology will be here in another 1,000 years; think about the detritus of obsolete computers and smartphones and where they will end up. Eventually the world will be a garbage dump and many species will become extinct. Seeing ancient works of art reminds us of the inevitability of...
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Look away in order to understand - Socrates


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A Symbol of Eternity


Saint Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches, founded Mont St Michel in 708 after having been visited in his dreams three times by the angel, Saint Michel (Michael, the most glorious prince of the heavenly armies). Today it is France's third most visited site receiving 3.5 million tourists per year. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Photo Blog of Santa Rosas


 I wrote about hiking in the Santa Rosa mountains five years ago, during a drought. Here's the link to that post:  https://evegaal.blogspot.com/2014/11/hiking-preserving-good-ideas-praying.html Imagine how lovely everything is after the recent rains.  Here's our April hike.  Snow in the distance California poppies Crazy wild cacti The adobes Poppies The road less traveled. Original link
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You lost, Rikki and Sita.


In France with not a care in the world. Original link
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The country where my soul will always belong.


Beautiful, poetic, delicious France. The greatest love of my life. And here I am currently on a well deserved break. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Finding The Meaning of Life

In a person's lifetime, there are many opportunities to grow, and attain " self actualization ," a term coined famously by Abraham Maslow, in his theory called the Hierarchy of Needs. Essentially, a person seeks to find the meaning of life, maximizing their growth potential to experience an ideal lifestyle. However, how can one truly know what the "ideal lifestyle" truly is if there is no blueprint to pattern after? Is there such a blueprint? In the Creationist Worldview , which documents the creation of the universe and the world we live in six days. We are introduced to the Supreme Being, Almighty God "Yahweh," the Creator of "Heaven and Earth, the stars, all living creatures, and mankind....
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Connecting With a Brilliant Author!


Connections. Isn’t that the entire reason for the Internet and all the various, social media sites? Here's a bizarre tale of a tale : The other day, we had a new LED bulb that went dark in the kitchen. I got on a chair with a wooden spoon and pushed the bulb, gently towards the ceiling, a tiny bit. It had lost its connection. When we flipped the switch on the wall, the bulb lit up like magic. Oddly, this was a precursor to a special connection I was about to make that very same day! You see, I have read a few books by my friend author Barbara Roman, but never thought I'd be lucky enough to meet her in person. I love reading many different types of books, but somehow, I’m especially drawn to ...
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Better than TV


I've lived without a TV for over a decade. Apart from refusing to contribute to the outrageous salaries of BBC staff, I object to being told what to think. What and how I think is the last true freedom I have. Not being glued to a television means I can read, cook delicious meals from scratch  walk my dogs for hours on end, listen to some snappy guitar playing and enjoy after supper scrabble. We argue and laugh a lot playing scrabble and we're happier for it. Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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Marriage Is Not A Fixer Upper, It's Made For A Deliverer

Marriage Isn't A Fixer Upper, It's Made For A Deliverer Marriage is a covenant relationship between God and man. Marriage is designed by God. Hence, if one knows to contact the manufacture of let's say an iPhone, or kitchen appliance, etc. It is then sensible to lean on God for understanding concerning all phases of marriage including the rough times, however, people largely tend to lean on their own understanding. Guess what? God is always available willing to listen and offer us comfort in times of sadness, hope in times of uncertainty and certainly through each stage of life. May we take the time today to remember that God is in control and further, to show that we care about the marriage...
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The Marriage Fixer

Marriage Isn't A Fixer Upper, It's Made For A Deliverer Marriage is a covenant relationship between God and man. Marriage is designed by God. Hence, if one knows to contact the manufacture of let's say an iPhone, or kitchen appliance, etc. It is then sensible to lean on God for understanding concerning all phases of marriage including the rough times, however, people largely tend to lean on their own understanding. Guess what? God is always available willing to listen and offer us comfort in times of sadness, hope in times of uncertainty and certainly through each stage of life. May we take the time today to remember that God is in control and further, to show that we care about the marriage...
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Beautiful England


A day of point to point with the Bicester Hunt with the Whaddon Chase. Playing with the hunting hounds. Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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Brrrrr...


Frosty nights these days. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Happy Easter Anyway!


I’ve heard stories about how the crocus flower peeps through the snow. Daffodil bulbs with an innate desire to grow. Tulips that thrived in the cold, withering when shipped to be sold. Fiona spots one of our tulips This one has blown away. I’ve read Eliot’s poem about April being cruel, especially noting the price of fuel. I see the icy highways on the news, wild seas and the unpleasant cruise. Watched our petals take to the sky, like butterflies waving a brief goodbye. Though things seem bleak, the way many speak, we cannot mope. We must understand this visual depiction of hope. The promising end to winter storms, as a time to be reborn. Easter-time. Original link
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