During Lockdown we got back into the habit of walking the City Walls here in Chichester. It’s a lovely thing to do on so many levels. There’s the beauty of things like the ancient trees, the noble Cathedral and the glorious Gardens at the Bishop’s … Continue reading The Conundrum of Now and Not Yet
Over the last few weeks we have begun to venture out more often, poking our noses through the front door and scurrying about our business- a little bit like the cheery Field Mice who have visited our garden during Lockdown. In addition to running errands, … Continue reading Memories
The dormant city settles,
A dumpy woman plumping cushions on a sofa
For a sit-down and a cup of tea,
A welcome break before a grunt
And into action once again;
Lighting the streets and dealing with the waste,
Housing frail bodies in her brick and stone
And lightly marking her inhabitants
With names and drains and history.
She claims to be indifferent
To her charges, but other grimier cities
Do not believe her,
But are too nice to say it,
Nor will they stay for supper,
Winking at each other while they nod at her
And take another biscuit, with yet another cuppa.
But when the break should have been over,
Instead, all has been slowed,
And Lockdown stills her paces.
Her human brawling sprawling throngs,
The caterwauling and the songs
No longer congregate in parks and offices
Or scramble for their sports and entertainment,
Nor skitter to and fro
To fill her designated places;
Her shuttered shops and doors
And eerie empty spaces
With notices on windows,
Describe her deprivation.
Her visitors have gone,
Each shakes a head at their predicament,
Secretly pleased they do not care as much
As Novio Magus.
She folds her feet up on the sofa,
Tucks hand on double chin
And ponders for a daydream season.
She knows a strange disquiet.
Without her little humans,
Her life has little reason.
© David Cooke, April 2020
Lockdown’s been tough for some of the people we know here in Chichester.
But when we feel we are losing our way, then the glories of this built and natural environment can work their magic and hope can spring up once again.
Stay well one and all!
So here we all are, One World, in one world as indeed we have always been, but we have mostly managed to ignore it. Even the concept of nine degrees of separation has been more of an intellectual formula than a conceptual shift. Humans often … Continue reading One World
Social media aficionados know all about following and being followed. It’s probably safe to say that the pair of us have only dipped our toes in this ocean but despite that our daily newsfeeds provide plenty of examples of both irritating and inspirational content. We’re … Continue reading Follow me
Five years ago we posted our Christmas greetings here on our blog just before we drove down from Eldoret to Nairobi in order to travel to New Zealand. We were in the middle of our time as mission partners and this year the memories are … Continue reading Christmas 2019
We’ve had a few questions recently about the work we continue to be involved with at Community Based Rehabilitation in Kenya and in particular about the benefits of a wheelchair in that context. It has been accurately pointed out that shipping refurbished wheelchairs with their … Continue reading What use is a wheelchair in Kenya?
It’s been an eventful couple of months since we last updated this blog. In addition to all our usual commitments we’ve had something very special to keep us busy…..
July brought the arrival of a new baby brother for Huxley- Otis William, weighing in at 7lb 6oz.
Otis is flourishing. However Huxley is currently facing a number of tricky health challenges so we are hoping and praying for a bit of a breakthrough for them all.
July also saw Liza being commissioned as a Spiritual Director, after completing the Ecumenical formation programme run by the Carmelites at Aylesford Priory. This is something Liza has wanted to develop for a number of years and it heralds a new beginning in a ministry she has been informally undertaking for many years.
And at Community Based Rehabilitation in Eldoret, the wonderful Director The Revd Evelyn Jerotich has finally retired after many years of faithful service to both the Anglican Church and to people with disabilities in the North Rift of Kenya. CBR still faces serious funding issues and the future of this remarkable organisation is a bit uncertain. Once again we find ourselves standing with our Kenyan friends as we trust and watch to see what might unfold.
So a time of change, a time of thanksgiving for all that has gone before and a time of looking forward in hope to all that lies ahead.
It is that time of year again when if you venture out onto the glorious Sussex Downs you might be in with a chance of encountering an unusual species. Walking along, cheerfully chatting to himself, stopping to address the butterflies you will find David….He adores … Continue reading Butterflies
GRIEF Great chunks of me are strewn around Reeling from pillar to post I try to find my way Ever confident of this For loss, the antidote is Love And flowers help too!