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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Reflections on grief


My heart goes out to the New Zealanders who today have lost loved ones in the greymouth mine. After the heart warming end to the Chilean disaster, I think everyone had hoped for a similar happy ending, but sadly this appears not to be the case.
The sad news from New Zealand about the lost miners has taken me back 11 years to the Russian submarine disaster in the Barents sea. On August 12th 2000, 118 men died after explosions onboard the vessel. I had a Ukrainian boyfriend at the time and my links with Eastern Europe at the time, brought the disaster closer to me.

I was in France at the time of the tragedy, staying in a small village called Taize, which is in Southern Burgundy. Taize is the home of a community of monks and it has become a place of pilgrimage, attracting over 5000 young people every week in the summer months. I have visited the village several times, camping out for a week at a time. Young people are put into groups, from different nations and together you meet everyday, talk, share discussions, pray and help with the running of the village.
I don't consider myself religious. I don't particularly have a faith...and would probably say that I am 'agnostic' in my beliefs. I believe there might be something there...but am also swayed by science.
My thoughts have turned to Taize again this morning as I was in the large church there when I heard the terrible news about the Kursk. If there is a God, he was there that day with me, ... with the candles and the music and the many people from all across the world sitting and praying together. It was comforting for me at the time and I hope that wherever the New Zealand families are today, I hope that they feel some comfort in that people from across the world will be thinking of them in their grief.

www.taize.fr/en

Friday, 12 November 2010

Friday flowers


Its miserable here today :-( Gales, wet, windy....just yuck! I was a summer baby and I love the sun, and hate the cold.
Thought I would post a summery photo today. Wish i could transport myself to Southern France, where I would like to stroll along cobbled streets, past coloured shuttered windows, and laden window boxes filled with geraniums. This picture I actually took in Northern Spain, but you get where I'm coming from! Have a lovely weekend x

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Boats, boas and a bit of blogging



Its a staying indoors day! Its grey, wet and windy and I'm missing the sun. Still I thought I would catch up on a bit of blogging...I haven't blogged in over a week and have missed it.
Its been a busy few days and I'm starting to wonder when I ever had the time to go to work! Am very much enjoying my maternity leave but I think come May (when I'm due to go back), I'll be ready.
The past weekend was busy - the highlight being my sisters birthday. On Sat night she held a murder mystery night which was great fun...I was Lady Diamante and dressed for the occasion in a black 1920's dress with feather boa. We had 1920's music playing in the background on an old gramophone and the table was set to capture the scene on board a ship travelling from Southampton to NY. I seemed to loose track of the plot, in between feeding Elliot and producing the lasagnes, but was relieved to hear by the end that I wasn't the murderer.
We will have another big family celebration in February as my brother has just announced his engagement to the lovely Clare. Its very exciting and I now have another excuse to go and buy another dress!
Well I must get on. Housework calls and at some point I need to start thinking about Christmas. Where does the time go?!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Beaucoup de jolies choses!


Am getting into this blogging business! Suddenly finding myself checking out my 'dashboard' in addition to the regular facebook and email accounts. Am loving discovering new lovely things and am rekindling my love of all things French. Have even booked a holiday to Southern Brittany for next August!
I discovered a great blog yesterday - 'Secret garden cottage' - so many images and pretty things. You can find the link in my blog list.
The only disadvantage to all this, is that I suddenly want to go shopping! Mmmnn, not good when trying to survive on maternity pay! x