November 7, 2019

The Horses have gone to Winter pastures – I shall miss them!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:19 am by Aleksan

I drew back the curtains and looked out on a glorious sunny morning – but no horses in the meadow. They have gone to pastures on the hill now that Winter has begun and the water meadows are increasingly wet and muddy. It has been wonderful having them near all Summer and of course I shall miss them. But when the Spring comes, and the World has turned, they will be back! Meanwhile I have the company of birds and wild beasts, seen or heard, but always present.

November 3, 2019

Capturing a picture….or not!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:45 am by Aleksan

Standing in the mist, framed by willows was an iconic horse. What a picture, I had to capture it, and so picked up the nearest device, an IPad. A short fumble to start it up, open the camera and back to the window. No horse to be seen, no mist but instead sunlight, a different magic. Such is life, what is real, what is experience? Capture a picture, what arrogance – I heard Lord Odin laughing in the shy, and I laughed too!

November 1, 2019

Mood music, and a mischievous imagination….

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:29 am by Aleksan

It continues to surprise me how my mental state can change from day to day without apparent reason, despite a career in Psychiatry behind me. Yesterday I felt tense and irritable – no patience, and snapping like an angry crocodile – but today I am relaxed, amused at life and generally amiable.

It is a very physical thing, but I can overcome it to some extent by acting a part. This only works for a short time and, of course, is useless at home – but my Den is a Sanctuary, where I can read alone or listen to classical music – and occasionally commune with my IPad and you guys out there in a parallel universe…or are you all figments of a mischievous imagination?

October 29, 2019

Promises, promises….

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:59 am by Aleksan

Only a fool or a scoundrel makes a promise that is not in their power to deliver. Johnson in both – bring on a General Election to clear the stinking air of distrust!

October 28, 2019

Old Sammy in our Den this morning

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:44 am by Aleksan

Dear old Sammy, like his kennel mates Penny and me, is feeling his age a bit now. He enjoys life, eats well and is mostly well but has now got some osteoarthritis in his little legs and feet. So he has started on some anti inflammatory analgesics which we hope will settle him, and take away the discomfort he has been getting of late. He was a speedy gonzalez when young and could be across the meadows in seconds chasing birdies that he never quite reached, and I guess he is paying the price for a very active life, rather like a retired professional footballer. Here he is chilling in his seat next to mine in our den x

October 27, 2019

Greenwich Mean Timewarp….

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:35 am by Aleksan

The change to Greenwich Meantime here has led to an odd time warping effect. Penny and I are living in slightly parallel universes – I can’t hear what she is saying, she is in the garden when I thought she was indoors, and doors that were shut are open. Her phone shows 1127 and mine 1118. I just hope we manage to coordinate before lunch time – expecting pumpkin soup.

October 22, 2019

Modern Life and the Night Sky

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:52 am by Aleksan

Apparently people are having problems with Modern Life – it’s light and noisy at night, people don’t sleep, birds are messed up….I am grateful that here in the Hampshire countryside it it is dark at night unless the Moon is out. It is not always quiet – owls hoot, foxes bark, badgers squeal occasionally, but I do get the nine hours sleep I need, although not necessarily continuously.

The secret is to go to bed once it gets dark and get up when the light comes back. It’s sounds smug, and I am aware that not everyone can have peace and silence at night.

I was pleased to hear that nearby Cranborne Chase, where Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset meet, has been designated a Site of Darkness, or something like that, where people can see the Stars in all their glory – just to see the wonder of the Night Sky dispels illusions about Modern Life!

October 19, 2019

The Brexit Debate – Let Wisdom Guide!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:54 am by Aleksan

Sam and I have just come out into the Sun, and left off watching the Brexit Debate in Parliament. So many MPs sincerely having to make a hard decision, with no real idea of future consequences. Each one speaks his own truth based on backgrounds, party affiliation and partial understanding. And then they will vote. They are warriors in a way but also, like warriors, victims of circumstance. Whatever people say, they are mostly doing their best to balance what is right for the country with what is demanded by those who voted for them. May wisdom guide them!

October 18, 2019

The Brexit deal – what’s the rush?

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:39 pm by Aleksan

One lot says it’s a wonderful Brexit deal, the other lot are horrified – and say it’s an awful deal! They both have their reasons and vested interests. Both lots want you to vote for them so they can have power. So what’s the truth? There is no Truth just different truths depending on your background and beliefs.

From my position it seems wrong to rush a bad deal just to “get it done”. A deal that will clearly leave us worse off and risks escalating tensions in Northern Ireland. I believe that if there is to be a deal it must genuinely be best for the whole country not just for any political party.

It seems to me too late to go back and stay in the EU, and most people did vote to leave, unlike me. A quick deal won’t get it done, it will be the beginning of a very long haul. So let’s not rush things – before we agree anything let’s see what people really want and let’s have that General Election – before any deal is signed off.

October 12, 2019

Should companies be allowed to fail?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:29 am by Aleksan

Companies will be born flourish and die like everything else in the space-time continuum. They will last longer if they adapt, but in the end a better model will come along and go through the same process. Don’t put your eggs in one basket, and keep several irons in the fire. A civilised Society will ensure that the poor, sick, elderly and disabled are protected through these processes if the need arises.

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