Clearing the mind and sliding in to that created space, a web of waters streaming over rocks, air misty but not raining, seeing this land from a boat on a lake or a broad slow river, coasting by.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Monday 2nd December

December 1st, the first day of winter and also Advent.  Not so icy as yesterday morning but cold the windscreen of my car is iced over.  Hopefully it will melt before I go to pick up my daughter from the station.  Plus, hopefully there will not be any work on the road as there was a couple of days ago.  Patch working the road of course.



Corbyn is coming to York today, well I have already made my cross on the postal vote and it is once more thrown away on the Greens, so he will have little luck with me.  This is a conservative area, last time 60% cons and 26% labour and lots of little lines for the rest of the parties.  I cannot contemplate the Liberals, two reasons really, the betrayal of the student loans, and their present leader, Jo Swinson - too enthusiastic by far.
Two days ago at midday coming back from a friends house I heard the sound of geese overhead flying South, clever creatures were escaping the cold coming from the North. This skein of flying birds was something to behold, and calmed my day.
I have been spinning wool, and I think silk, which I bought from a new supplier, the wheel has a soothing effect rather like the geese.  
The soft warm light of early morning is spectacular, frozen fields of white but the trees have a soft amber glow.
The news again is terrible the killing of those two young bright Cambridge people.  Their lives cut short by a terrorist and everyone debating the consequence of religious fundamentalists.  The good thing is that there were  brave people to take him down.  And also calls for restraint from the newspaper articles, the garbage they write about.  What we don't what in this country or on the street is vengeance, and the police handle such incidents fairly well.  We are a multicultural country, many people from other countries come here, there are a few bad people amongst them but then look at a far right 'British' thug, and judge them.

Jack's father in the Guardian - Jack would be livid his death has been used to further an agenda of hate.


"That door opens up a world where we do not lock up and throw away the key. Where we do not give indeterminate sentences, or convict people on joint enterprise. Where we do not slash prison budgets, and where we focus on rehabilitation not revenge. Where we do not consistently undermine our public services, the lifeline of our nation. Jack believed in the inherent goodness of humanity, and felt a deep social responsibility to protect that. Through us all, Jack marches on."

10 comments:

  1. "Skein" is one of my favourite words and a "skein" is one of my favourite sights. How I would love to join them and fly south - far far away. However, in reality, I will, of course, be voting Labour as I am little more than a Labour robot.

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    1. Well my daughter and grandchildren are staunch Labourites. The geese are so exciting, you hear them first of course and then their raggedy V shape appears in the sky.

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    2. Your daughter and grandchildren are my comrades Green Goddess!...How do young geese know to fly like that? Quite magical really.

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    3. The young are so different from us, I am actually quite scared of our Matilda, she cuts through with a razor sharp edge to her mind. But 5 to my 1 is a bit dispiriting.

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  2. We are getting our first snowfall and though it looks lovely, I will not venture out on our roads, neither walking nor driving. Ice on the road is very scary for me.

    The tragedy in London is so sad. The heroes who stepped in and stopped the horror that was happening was inspirational. One bad man, but so many good, ordinary people.

    I am glad to read, Thelma, that you are finding comfort in your weaving.

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    1. I like knitting, spinning and weaving though don't have time for all of them. I think the father of the man that was killed, said he did not want the whole thing to become a political statement used by our politicians.

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  3. Wondering what the photo, is of.......?

    Greetings from Snow Country!
    ⛄🎄⛄

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    1. The photo is of all the machinery that descended on our road as they were laying tarmac over the pot holes most of British roads are suffering from.

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  4. I was greatly comforted by your post today Thelma - the voice of reason.

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  5. Thank you Pat, I think Jack's father's letter was such a blessing in all these angry times.

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