December 30, 2018

Bells over the Water Meadows

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:38 am by Aleksan

Listening to the melodious bells ringing to the South from St Peter’s Church, Stockbridge – across the water meadows.  No other sounds apart from the little birds, and the mewing of a Kestrel.  I sit for a while taking in the quiet midwinter beauty, the dull light, the chill breeze and a white Sammy wandering not far away in the dull green grass.  When the wind is from the North, not so often, I delight in the bells of St Mary’s, Longstock.  These gentle rhythms, so characteristic of the English countryside, still the mind – and give the same pleasure I find in listening to the music of horses going by, or when I am riding my magic grey mare, Sonadora

December 29, 2018

The Magic of Year End

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:36 am by Aleksan

The day is short, the wind is chill – things are winding down at the end of the year. Christmas is past, and the trees are at rest. Energy is low, and dark comes too soon – waiting for daffys and snowdrops to bloom. Now is a time of reassessment, and now is a time for dis investment. Dragons are sleeping and Faeries in bed. Who knows what magic lies ahead?

December 28, 2018

New Man for New Year!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:51 pm by Aleksan

December 26, 2018

To Knee or not to Knee?

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:45 pm by Aleksan

Back in the hot Summer my NHS Orthopaedic Consultant offered me a new R knee- I was not expecting this and said I would think about it and see him in a year to decide. He gave me an appointment for August 2019, and said I could make an earlier one if needed.

Well, I don’t go in for New Year resolutions, but the old knee is becoming more painful and more disabling on top of my long standing Neuro condition (which indirectly put pressure on the joint.). I have just had another fall getting up from my computer chair. The truth is I am OK on my horse but a cripple at ground level…

So I must man up – and see the Knee Man asp after New Year and claim my new knee – unless I get a better offer that is….

December 23, 2018

The Faerie Realm

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:20 pm by Aleksan

Dragons and Faeries are very different nature spirits – Dragons are strong, decisive and direct while Faeries are sensitive, shy and indirect in their approach, but both respond well to Honesty and Courtesy – Old world virtues indeed. I work with Dragons in a direct intentional way and like their take it or leave it style. But Faeries are not like that. All my encounters with the Faerie folk have been unintentional on my part, but I suspect not so on theirs.

My first physical sighting was as a child, when I came across a Pixie sitting high up on a tank down a dark tunnel at my boarding school when I was about 8 years old. He did not seem surprised to see me and looked at me with a quiet gaze – but I ran very fast back to our Art Mistress, Miss Thompson, a dark haired Scott who always wore a Black Watch dress – she listened carefully as I panted put my discovery and she reassured me.

I have had glimpses of the Faerie folk on several occasions over the subsequent years, and sometimes hear their music or singing in the meadows. I have once seen them dancing on a little hillock in the meadows that I call the Faerie Castle. I love these Folk but have never sought direct contact. Now, however, I have a soft sounding “tinker bell” so when the Spring comes……

December 19, 2018

Taking the plunge!

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:28 pm by Aleksan

One reason for staying in this Hotel was the Sauna and Swimming Pool – but I was a bit apprehensive since not swum for over a year and heat fatigues me. But I took the plunge – a few lengths back stroke and less successful bit of breast stroke. Then into the frothy Vitality Pool, warm and pleasant overlooking the froth on the beach outside. I nearly bumped into what turned out to be an attractive young woman in the Steam room, it was so misty – she was very understanding.

Got a sweat up and then into the Sauna – really hot, I took a lower perch. After that rubbed ice over my body and drank a pint of chilled water.

The whole experience was much better than I thought and I laughed like a fool in the Vitality pool to the amusement of the two ladies opposite. Well, this will either rejuvenate my old body and dodgy knee – or I shall be even more crippled tomorrow – when I plan to do it all over again!

December 15, 2018

Elite leaders must listen to the non privileged majority – or many will feel patronised and betrayed

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:12 pm by Aleksan

The ”Neo-Liberal Elite” leaders of Society in both UK and in the EU – MPs, Bankers, Business leaders, Academics and the like – are under siege once again from the ordinary folk who believe they are not understood, treated fairly, and listened to. These people are outside the London Metropolitan bubble in our country and in the equivalent bubbles within EU countries. Here they voted to Leave the EU, and in France they are the Yellow Vests.

They want a revolution, they want a share of the money and end of poverty and austerity, equal opportunities in education, health care and at work, and they are enraged by the blatant inequality they see, the rich getting richer and more distant from their stressed and oppressed lives. These people, the majority, don’t believe that the system works for them and feel patronised and insulted by the complacent, often self seeking ruling classes. Many voted to leave the EU in the Referendum in 2016, and they believed for a while that they had been heard.

But it is not what the elite want, not want most MPs want, and many ordinary non privileged people feel betrayed.

The equivalent leaders in the EU are scared that the workers and poor in their countries might want to leave the EU too and have made the Brexit process difficult. Another badly set out referendum or vote at this stage could be like waving a red rag in front of a bull, especially as many MPs here are suggesting the questions should be between the May deal or keeping the Status Quo. This would rightly be seen as undemocratic by the majority here who voted to leave, and would undermine confidence in our Government and Parliament.

Politicians now must be very careful, or the Yellow Vests who want a just and fair Society will rise up in the UK too. An answer might be to go back to the public and ask us all to choose from one of three options, not two loaded questions – 1. Accept the May Deal, or amended version 2. Stay in the EU 3. Leave the EU with no deal. If this does not happen there will be increasing polarisation in this country, civil unrest, and a sense of betrayal my large numbers of our citizens.

December 9, 2018

Brexit Bananas

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:14 am by Aleksan

The Brexit shenanigans are coming to some sort of awful head, and it feels like the boil is about to burst. The majority of the 72% odd that actually voted in the Referendum wanted to Leave. They did not vote for a deal. Almost as many voted to Remain and they did not vote for a deal either. If either of these groups get their own way the other will go bananas. If neither get there own way it will be total banana custard, with cream and nuts, and possibly chocolate too…

December 8, 2018

A Beautiful Day, but perhaps not for the Pheasants Doomed to be Killed

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:30 am by Aleksan

It Is a lovely day to be killed? The Sun shines and otherwise seemingly kind men and women are gathering to shoot the Pheasants that have been reared in the meadow for this purpose. Our garden and environs are relatively safe from this carnage and any Pheasants here are protected, but I cannot support the killing of life just for fun, and cannot see how it is good for the Soul’s of the killers or for the biodiversity of the environment.

I can understand the taking of life to give life as occurs in Nature, and I am not a vegetarian. It just seems strange that Beauty and Violence are so often associated. Certainly I could not take life this way myself, perhaps not in any way, but like most people I am spared facing the reality of food production by the cellphone wrappers of the Supermarket.

December 6, 2018

The UK must make a clean break with the EU

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:04 pm by Aleksan

One thing that has been bothering me about the whole Brexit thing is the Hotel California scenario – you can check in anytime but you can never leave! I well remember voting to join the Common Market but never wished us to become so politically and legalistically entangled.

But this has happened without the public being consulted at any time – until the Referendum. By then it seems we have become so enmeshed with the EU that leaving this behemoth of a club is impossible! The politicians led us into this without any consultation – and now they had damned well get us out!

I voted to remain in – but seeing the chaos of being forced by the EU into a deal no one wants has made it clear to me that we must dissociate ourselves from the many tentacled octopus that is the EU. Pity it has worked out this way, but we must now extricate ourselves -it will cost in the short term but we will better be able to negotiate a deal with the EU after we have left, rather than try for the impossible now.

Going back into this mess of a multi national organisation with its 27 members would be a nightmare – so UK Parliament, man and woman up, and get on with leaving honestly, with integrity and with a clean break, That way the wounds will heal quicker and without scars and infection….

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