November 25, 2011
Things have been a bit quiet recently on the photography and blogging front, sometimes work and life is just too busy for such things. Here’s a selection of recent pictures, all taken with my rather ancient Panasonic LX1 compact camera…
Books! (at Hay-on-Wye)
West Midlands Safari Park, Kidderminster
The “Big Pit”, Blaenafon
The Big wheel, at Folly Farm, South Wales
View from Kidwelly Castle, Carmarthenshire
Tourists ‘getting away from it all’ at Sandycove, Kinsale
Sand Art at Garrettstown
November 13, 2011
Yesterday evening we took a family stroll down at Inchydoney beach. The only camera I had was the one on my phone, which continues to surprise me in how good it can be for what it is. The large words in the sand read “Happy Retirement Mary, from all of us.”
Many others were taking advantage of the unseasonably mild weather too…
We decided to do something a bit different from our usual sandcastle routine!
Within minutes of our arriving home I got a call that an elderly and much loved parishioner had died. I was glad of the peace and contentment that was in my heart after our walk down at the beach, it enabled me to go and minister to the bereaved family free from the stress of a busy week…
November 4, 2011
Yesterday we visited the amazing National Botanical Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire. It is such a great place for all ages and levels of gardening interest. As you can see from the above picture the vast glass dome is very impressive, it holds a rich variety of plant life that wouldn’t last very long unprotected in this particular climate!
We’ve had a good few days off and are now on the ferry home as I write this (on my phone). Looking at the picture now (and the one below) I am struck by the unreality of it all, (albeit a welcome one), like a kind of zoo for plants…
Then as I let my mind wander further I’m awed by the contrasts; it was warm and still inside, with exotic plant life and strange tropical sights and smells all around, yet once outside we were blasted by a cold decidedly untropical Welsh wind and that special sideways rain that is the proud preserve of the west coast of the British Isles :-/
But maybe it’s not just plants that can live in an unreal world; the question of what’s really real has been a question on people’s minds at least since Plato’s Cave. It’s perhaps a question that many of us try to avoid because it can make us feel uncomfortable: “Why am I here?” “What is the meaning of life?” “How should I live my life?” “Did the Universe come about by chance and if so where did the concept of chance come from?” “How do I know that I know things?” … And so on! But of course it is good to think about and consider such things and then to realise that above all other life we humans hold such a lofty and privileged position – one of great responsibility, which – it is stating the obvious – we have not (on the whole) done a very good job with…
Fueled by too much coffee I could waffle on for ages, but the sea is getting rougher so I need to stop looking at this small screen!
… I struggle to imagine how anyone can consider these things and exclude God from the equation. In some ways I admire the Atheists, they require a depth of faith for their world to hold together that is staggering, far more faith than I could ever claim to have…