Monthly Archives: January 2013

January 31, 2013 … “a beaker full of the warm South”*

Back in the mid nineties I spent a couple of weeks in Saudi Arabia. Among the inhabitants of the expatriates’ compound there was a story of a certain Brit who drove them all to distraction. Every morning, as he waited … Continue reading

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January 30, 2013 … “Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight”*

Warm summer evenings confer a sense of well-being. On the road towards Eastbourne at around 8pm yesterday, every one of the little beaches in each successive bay had people in the water, reluctant to concede that yet another glorious day … Continue reading

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January 29, 2013 … summer as it used to be

In an unusual reversal of form, our friends and relatives in Australia are enduring violent weather while we bask in extended sunshine. Our sympathies go out to them. Here, there is even talk of drought in the regions. Various sources … Continue reading

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January 28, 2013 … persistent golden weather

Wellingtonians have justifiably complained about the quality of their summers, in the past. There can be no complaint this year. Of course it must eventually come to an end. Everything has to be paid for. For now, we have been … Continue reading

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January 27, 2013 … summer landscapes

Whether or not you like his theology, C. S. Lewis was a superb descriptive writer. At least according to the biopic movie “Shadowlands”, some of his best writing was inspired by a painting of a pastoral scene which he referred … Continue reading

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January 26, 2013 … from a lofty vantage point

Looking down from a high place is good. You get to see a different world. Yesterday was the first in a string of promised fine days. So having enjoyed a small Margherita pizza with a friend, I drove to the … Continue reading

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January 25, 2014 … like a whetted knife*

So many authors have written about the sea. Poets and prose writers alike find something to say about the sea. What can I say that others have not yet said? All I can attempt is to say why I find … Continue reading

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