My family motto is Facta Non Verba (Deeds Not Words), a textbook Victorian pun on our family name!

I like to live up to my motto. However, I am also moved, from time to time, to reflect and to write.

Some of my words are posted here. Enjoy and feel free to comment.

Recent posts

Wonderful weather

Grateful for this morning’s wonderful and ideal running weather: cool, a little drizzle, no ice and, most importantly, no wind.

Nunnington News December 20

Lack of time thwarted our plans to make this a bumper edition. Instead, we kept it short, publishing only regular articles and news and information about village events and the new pandemic rules. Next month will be very full!

Nunnington News November 20

We dedicated the November edition of the news to remembering those who had died, particularly during the two world wars. We were fortunate to have people in the village and from around the world with long memories or access to family records.

Friendships rediscovered

It has been a surprise and a joy to reconnect with long lost friends – twice – in the last few days.

A Treachery of Spies

This beautifully crafted story of espionage starts in Paris in 1943 and ends with the murder of an elderly woman in the car park of the Gare d’Orléans in 2018.

Nunnington News October 20

For a small village, its surprising how much goes on, from crop rotation to flying tree branches, serendipity to drawing, sloe gin to kite flying.

Times of change

This is a time of year to rise above the dust and mist of change that obscures our higher vision

Vesper Flights

For Helen Macdonald, author of Vesper Flights, swifts seem to her to be ‘the closest thing to aliens on Earth.’

Breaking bread

The wreckage of the table after the last guest has left. Reinforcing friendships and sharing views is so much more important than simply breaking bread together.

Twelve life truths

Author Anne Lamott, often described as ‘the people’s author’, offers these appealing life truths in her TED talk