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The Lemon Tree, by Christine Pitts

Several years ago, after making a lemon meringue pie, I decided just for fun to plant the lemon pips to see if they would grow.  Much to my surprise a few weeks later one tiny shoot popped its head out of the soil, obviously liked the look of the world above the...

Rio, the difficult one, by Christine Pitts

‘Animal Park’ is a programme on television following the lives of the many animals and their keepers at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire. The keepers work incredibly hard to keep all the animals healthy and happy, and one of their main aims is establishing a breeding...

‘To be, or not to be’, by Anthea Owen

To be, or not to be, that is the question. During Lockdown, my immediate household have really enjoyed some amazing theatre in the comfort of our own home (pj’s and dressing gowns, sweets and hot drinks – even pausing for loo breaks as needed!) courtesy of both The...

My Experiences of Lockdown, by Goldie (Tracy’s Hearing Dog)

I’ve been helping my mum Tracy to hear different sounds around her house nearly all my life, so I’ve got very used to her and my Auntie Marilyn’s little ways. Although they have a lovely house, they seem to like travelling around the country for hours at a time in a...

Courage, by Tracy Williamson

What does it mean to be courageous? Is it the absence of fear? Never being overwhelmed or daunted? Never at a loss to know what to do or say? Never intimidated, self conscious or shy? A stranger to anxiety, or the sheer reluctance to take one more painful step? A...

Hearing and Hearing, by Tracy Williamson

I’ve been thinking just recently about some parallels between hearing physically and hearing spiritually. . . When you’re deaf, every day is a battle to hear and understand what is going on. But that’s not all – there’s also the constant awareness that those around...

“I Will Be With You”, by Marylin Kilsby

God spoke these wonderful words through the prophet Isaiah to Israel but they are just as true for us as individual Christians today. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and...