28th Jan

2017

Have you ever had to do something that’s the opposite of what seems sensible to do in the circumstances?  Something that seems counter-intuitive?  From time to time we have bad winters here in the northeast of Scotland.  There’s often snow on the ...

11th Dec

2016

I imagine we all have our favourite Christmas films and reading. I would have to say that my all-time favourite Christmas story is Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Many of you will know the story of how a miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, is visited on ...

27th Nov

2016

Today, 27 November, is the first Sunday in Advent and there is a kind of magic in the build-up to Christmas isn’t there? Decorating the tree, buying and wrapping presents and putting them under it, stringing the lights along the mantelpiece and fixing ...

1st Nov

2016

November 1 is All Saints’ Day.  This day is an opportunity to remember that we are not alone.  Many men and women have gone before us. We recently enjoyed a holiday in Northumberland.  I was particularly struck by the reredos in St Aidan’s church ...

18th Sep

2015

                                               Lost in trackless jungle somewhere in the Amazon…. Well no – it’s actually the Rhododendron Walk in Deer Park, Howth and we’re only 9 miles from central ...