Fortunes and Foodbanks…….

Hello, Suddenly we’re all talking about community and that’s good, apart from the fact that we’re talking about it because of the tragedies of recent weeks. The terrible fire of Grenfell Tower, the attacks in London and Manchester, they have shown us that we all have huge compassion for people who are suffering and grieving….

Just Above Water…….

Hello, I’m a journalist and I’m tired of the news. Actually, that’s not true, I love the news, but i’m tired of what’s in the news at the moment.  I don’t think I’m alone in saying the uncertainty of our politics over the last few days is unsettling and more than a little daunting.  I…

Tears and Rollercoasters…….

Hello, What a strange, fragile, thing Life is. Out of my window, I’m watching the gulls swoop above the trees still blowing through the remnants of last night’s gales. The sun is trying to creep through the cloud, one minute it succeeds, the next, it is hidden away again. How much longer will we wait…

Thoughts and Prayers…

Hello, This time yesterday, I was tweeting about the peacefulness and joy of being close to bees. I went to bed reflecting upon the beauty and wonder of our world.  This morning, that peace was shattered as the world woke up to the horror of the #Manchester bomb attack. Like most of us, it was…

An Ordered Mind 

Hello, There is something to be said for having an ordered mind.  I’ve been thinking about this recently because my life, probably like yours, can be very crowded at times- so many things to do and inevitably, things fall by the wayside. Technology is supposed to help, but even that can be a hindrance.. my…

Each Other’s Shoes

Hello, What strange times we are living in. I haven’t written for a while because to be honest there has been so much happening I haven’t known where to start. Probably like you, life has got in the way, big time.  It’s strange isn’t it how everything ticks along in the same old way for…

Turning a Blind Eye..

Hello, The sun is out and Spring is slowly beginning to cast its rays over the shadows of Winter. And what a gloomy few months it has been. I am probably not alone in feeling as though we have reached this point with a little more effort than usual.  But it is good to see the…

Forging a Path……

Hello, I have Mondays off and I usually like to avoid household chores by going for a walk along the coast. I find it spiritually uplifting to find a place to sit and gaze out at the ocean, it is a little bit like prayer for me. And there are so many beautiful places to…

Agree to Disagree 

Hello, As you may be aware, I rather like Twitter, actually I am slightly addicted to it which is a really bad thing and I keep telling myself that I will switch it off and do something more constructive.. But, unfortunately, my motto is very much…. ” always put off until tomorrow what you should…

The Happiest Days……?

Hello, I was going to write a little about St Piran’s Day and the way it showcased Cornwall’s strong sense of community to the wider world, but then, this morning grammar schools are back in the news. And I just feel the need to share a very personal perspective. I wish, with all my heart,…

Feel the Fear…….

Hello, It’s March and to be honest, I’m pleased. Like most people I love the Spring and as the first daffodils appear they seem to bring with them a new sense of hope and a renewed energy to move forward and accomplish new things. Well, that’s the intention, but getting round to actually doing what…

Hope and Heart

Hello, I’m just sitting here at my desk listening to the seagulls and watching the sun beginning to set and pondering on the day. Our county of Cornwall is so beautiful, so rich in heritage and the source of inspiration and dreams for so many, a place of memories and a place so many aspire…