September 19, 2020

Zooming and Questing

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:50 am by Aleksan

It’s quiet here today – Penny is having a weekend of Zoom meetings with the Textile Study Group, who produced that beautiful book INSIGHTS. This has replaced her annual weekend away – she is enjoying it, over in her Studio.

I am going out Questing with George Hofman later, and we will have an autumnal pic nic rather than go to the pub as has been our custom. How things have changed since the Covid!

But the Sun and Moon still shine, and we all continue to transmute through our various life cycles for a brief moment in Eternity….Ha ha ha 🪐

September 17, 2020

Time marches on, I hope I am ageing gracefully….

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:51 am by Aleksan

Time cannot be held back – I will be 76 in December, not an old age I think, but nature seems to have decided otherwise – I talk to myself, mutter about the World, shuffle along in a stoop and don’t want to go anywhere. I love the occasional visitor, but get tired easily.

I have aged since getting the virus in the Summer, and possibly because I no longer have my dear old Sam to keep me young. I still get fevers, have good days and bad ones, and more and more rely on my imagination and the World of Nature to sustain my Spirit.

When I was young 76 was considered old, but now so many people live healthy lives into their 80s and 90s. Quality of life is so much more important than longevity, and I don’t fear death.

Meanwhile I live in the present, grateful for past blessings and current ones, slower than before – but loving the people I know, the wildlife around me, Penny’s beautiful garden, the river and the meadows.

September 16, 2020

Dragon or Cockatrice?

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:01 am by Aleksan

Today I heard from a Bard a strange tale of a Dragon, seen somewhere past Wherwell near the road to Winchester. I would very much like to converse with this Dragon, and plan a Quest to that end.

Legend has it that “The Wherwell Cockatrice was allegedly hatched in Wherwell Priory by a toad which sat on a cock’s egg. It soon grew into a man-eating monster which devoured several knights who attempted to slay it. The creature was eventually killed when it saw it’s reflection in a mirror wielded by a local labourer. The deed was commemorated by a weather vane on the church of St Peter and Holy Cross at Wherwell, and which is now in Andover Museum.”

It is possible that our Dragon is a descendant of the Cockatrice, so we must tread lightly…George, I wonder whether you would like to accompany me on this Quest, but I must emphasise that slaying the Dragon is not the objective!

September 15, 2020

Aerial Viking’s…

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:27 pm by Aleksan

I often see a solitary Grey Heron flapping their way above the river – but this afternoon I was sitting with Sarah Johns, chewing the cud, when she jumped up excitedly and pointed to the Heavens – there were seven Grey Herons flying over the house heading South West. I would have thought they were geese unless Sarah had been there to describe them – we wondered if they were a young batchelor group looking for new territories…aerial Vikings

September 14, 2020

My current impaired vision…

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:53 pm by Aleksan

I have some visual impairment in both eyes long term, and more recently my left cataract replacement lens has failed. I heard today that Ophthalmology are not doing the laser operation that would clean my cataract replacement lens and get me reading again.

At the moment I can only read large print letters, black on white, if the font is bold. This means I can no longer read ordinary letters, magazines or books – but luckily my devices have all been adapted for large clear fonts. I still spend three times the time it usually takes to make sure the spelling etc is OK.

So my Druidry course is on hold, and luckily I am almost at the end. I am now requesting printed stuff in large font where I can. So I am having a little break from reading, courtesy the Gods, and am next going to get some prescription Polaroids and maybe a Magnifier of some sort – the ordinary magnifying glass is not particularly helpful. I have to peer closely and see only two or three words at a time.

I am not officially registered as visually impaired, and still hoping for the laser treatment for my failed left replacement lens. The cataract in my right eye is not yet mature, but the optic nerve damage behind both eyes has had a severe affect on acuity.

So now just waiting for Covid to pass and the Ophthalmology Dept to re-start laser treatments – I wonder if I am turning into the apocryphal “blind” Seer like Teresias of Old – not ready for that I want my close working sight to return!

September 11, 2020

History lesson….

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:07 am by Aleksan

My finger nails are growing very fast these days – I used to bite the. down at school, but I have more time to cut them now – I open a drawer to find the nail clippers and find a last bit of chocolate wrapped in foil – it is now history, like the rest of my life.

September 10, 2020

Massive Wildlife decline….

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:48 am by Aleksan

Two thirds ofWildlife destroyed in the last 50 years. And this catastrophic decline shows no sign of slowing – in fact it’s accelerating. I am aware that I have contributed to this through car travel, air travel and sea cruises during my lifetime. I did not realise then but I realise now, and. I am appalled at my own ignorance and arrogance. I shall have to re think my life style – we must all think about our lifestyles….we are contributing to climate change, and abusing our land, seas, and atmosphere….destroying our little planet….

September 6, 2020

Why I am a Druid

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“The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.” Sir Richard Francis Burton

Perhaps this is why I have chosen the Druid path – at the centre of our Druid culture is connection to trees, wildlife, the land and Nature. The world of human beings is not seen as superior to other existences , but a part of it, together with the Otherworld of Spirit Guides, Ancestral Spirits and the Deities.

To lose these connections is to be less of a Person, and that is dangerous – not just for human Society but for the whole World.

September 4, 2020


Posted in Uncategorized at 10:06 am by Aleksan

Warm wind rain patters
window mists
oblivious a nodding yellow rose

September 3, 2020

Woke Joke?

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:39 am by Aleksan

John Cleese has issued a challenge on Radio Four – is there such a thing as a Woke Joke? If so let’s hear it! The context for this was a discussion on creativity, political correctness and humour. I am happily far from Woke, but would like to see if anyone takes up Cleese’s challenge, woke or not….

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