May 27, 2020

London to Auckland – stage one

Introduction My husband Nigel and I cycled from London to Auckland between April 2018 and March 2020. During this time we visited 28 countries, 20 capital cities, cycled over 35,000km…
May 26, 2020

Lessons from Lockdown

When the lockdown first began I was quite unnerved by the closed shops and the empty streets. (more…)
May 15, 2020

Charity or Justice – we need both

Outside St Thomas’ hospital in south London an artwork has been created of artificial flowers with the message I ♥️ NHS.  This captures the sentiments of so many who have…
May 12, 2020

Finding hope on our own road to Emmaus

I suppose we all have our favourite Easter story. Mine is the one of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. I have often thought that it was tacked…
May 6, 2020

Keeping Connected

There were a couple of revealing pieces in the press this week, in relation to the lockdown. (more…)
April 30, 2020

Keeping On Keeping On

At the start of another day of lockdown I was reminded of a remark made to me by an American man called John who I met while walking on the…
April 24, 2020

And when this ends, we will emerge

During these days of lockdown, my daily walk fills me with hope. These Easter days are beautiful and no matter the terrible things this virus is doing, it leaves spring…
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April 24, 2020

Eastertide: the season for Renewal

I like all the seasons but Spring is probably my favourite.  I like it for many reasons, not least for the lengthening and warmer days.  And, of course, it always…
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April 22, 2020

How old is your best friend: Inter-generational friendships

Throughout my life I have heard on repeat the rhetoric of age-bracket activities. From the Under 30s clubs in holiday resorts across the world, to the over 65s clubs in local…
April 20, 2020

Easter Hope

Easter has long been my favourite time of year mostly because whether it comes early  or late, it is always a harbinger of Spring.  However, this Easter is proving to…
April 17, 2020

Sacred Spaces

A picture posted on Facebook by an old friend from L’Arche reminded me of the importance of special places that we can return to, whether physically, virtually or in the…
April 7, 2020

New Technology

We thought we were getting good at zoom at the Irish Chaplaincy: just click on the link and you’re in. Simple!? So I was completely thrown when we were suddenly…