Posted on: 24/08/2020
My sister-in-law is slowly trying to sort out my brother's effects. As well as some old photos, I have inherited his fishing gear - mainly fly fishing gear. It all reminds me of the times when he tried to teach me to cast. I was hopeless at it which simply served to make him swear at me - affectionately of course.
Lovely fond memories - but I will try again sometime soon. I don't think the fish have much to fear but it's a great way to spend time with nature - one's own, that of the fish and fresh air in quiet surroundings. I know St Peter and the team were fisherfolk but I don't think I'm in competition with them.
There are some delightful one-liners about fishing; one of my favourites is from Izaak Walton:
'Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration.'
'Early to bed, early to rise, fish all day, make up lies.'
I hope you are getting some time to give thanks for all that God shares with us in the world of nature
Stay safe please
St Joseph, pray for us
Posted: 22 October 2020
An early start for me this morning - the chimney sweep was here at 7.30am Do you fancy a little more Baden Powell - he seemed to go down well yesterday
Posted: 21 October 2020
I was looking through my book shelves for a book of Chesterton’s poems; I couldn’t find it but I did come across my ancient yellowing copy of Scouting for Boys by Baden Powell which my parents bought me in 1964.
Posted: 20 October 2020
Buckle up for the next lockdown - and when we do let’s remember those who don’t have a buckle - those struggling for work, missing family, friends and companionship, their support networks drying up. And count our blessings.