Category Archives: Life

Leaving behind the familiar

St Mary's Walkhampton

Day one of my Thika Trip.

As I leave home I am conscious of leaving behind the familiar – literally my family and all I know.

Thika awaits, but not before a long journey via car, train, plane and an unknown pick up once our small group arrives at Nairobi Airport. I am sure a fantastic welcome awaits us in Thika and it looks like day one of the programme when we arrive is a gentle breaking in with our host families before we set off on a breathtaking tour of churches and projects.

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9.62)

Funny how these verses pop into one’s head uninvited but it does offer a gentle reminder that we all press on in our life in Christ, not looking back on past successes or failures, but pressing on with our calling wherever that takes us.


A Comma, not a full stop…

So… I see a butterfly that I don’t recognise immediately – not that I am any good at recognising anything other than a Red Admiral or a Tortoiseshell at a push, and I photograph it. I rush indoors to get a book out to identify it to find it is a “Comma” and that it is “common”. Who says it’s “common”? Perhaps I am simply not looking in the right places at the right times?


Great singing in Tanzanian Schools

Dartmoor Streams, Dartmoor Dreams…


For me there is something very relaxing about watching a Dartmoor Stream cascade by… while the Springer Spaniel zooms around walking herself…

More Tea Vicar?

I can’t think why but recent gifts seem to have a consistent theme to them…

More Tea Vicar


My 2 year old plum tree is so full of plums that it is self-destructing with branches splitting and groaning under the weight of fruit!


Lest we forget…


Looking around Walkhampton tonight there are some lights in windows and many lights are turned off. In other houses life goes on as normal – I guess just as it did 100 years ago….


At 23.00 the moon appeared from behind the clouds and then disappeared again just like the lights going out all over Europe…

Geocaching on Dartmoor

What a good way to encourage some reluctant young walkers to get out: Geocaching on Dartmoor. Being new to this it is a bit of fun but some of the clues are more difficult than a cryptic crossword!


follow the coordinates…

then negotiate some obstacles…



Find the Cache!



Open it!


Record your findings!


Then replace it carefully where you found it….Then on to the next one…

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Job done!

Pathos & Patriotism

A good evening tonight at The Brickfields celebrating 350 years of the Royal Marines. A stirring mixture of pathos as we remembered the fallen and patriotism as we sang along to Rule Britannia…and topped it all off with fireworks

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Grey Wagtails

Great to see a pair of Grey Wagtails happily at home in Walkhampton. If only they’d get still I could photograph them…

Grey Wagtail

RSPB Websites says there is on 38,000 pairs in the UK putting them on their Amber List…