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Quiet Days

Let’s face it, quiet days are not my default choice of a way to spend a day. However, forcing myself to attend such a day does me good and I always come away feeling better for it. ¬†Such were my feelings about attending the most recent Bishop’s Quiet day in Exeter Cathedral. Texts from Genesis 3 and Genesis 33 did not look like promising soil for contemplation but I was wrong:

I am, you are.

I AM, the answer to my prayer. 

“Where are you?”

Naked truth covers my shame.

Slithering, sloping shoulders

Recoil in anger, protests against

“What have you done?”


AM I, my brother’s keeper?

AM I, the face of God

“What is your name?”

To wrestle meaning as

Daybreak dawns, dislocating

Humanity, wrestling forgiveness

My life to preserve

I AM my brother’s keeper.

(C) Nick Shutt 2017

Walkhampton 30 December 2015


Walkhampton December 2015

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Great singing in Tanzanian Schools




Sometimes I am struck by something on the Moor and I photograph it. I then reflect on what I see.

This bench, overlooking Burrator Reservoir, has been placed here in memory of someone who has died. Over time people sitting on the bench have eroded and moulded the ground, no doubt as they have formed their own memories in this beautiful spot. I am reminded that “from dust we are formed and to dust we shall return”.

I like the economy of the Haiku form and I hope you do too.

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…

Christmas Greetings


To all my friends across the world – Christmas greetings!

To us is born a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,

and all the heavenly hosts now sing.

Glory to God in the highest.


Walking the coastal footpath with a difference

Walking the coastal footpaths in Devon is spectacular but it can’t offer a Carpet Python draped in a bush as an attraction, which is what we found in Noosa, Australia.


It was so well camouflaged that I walked straight past it. It had to be pointed out to me and then I wondered how I’d missed it… Good thing it was a constrictor rather than a venomous snake!


Incy wincy spider…

Look what I found in the garden shed next to the hose…a female Redback spider… maybe watering the garden can wait…


My kind of gardening

It rained for about 2 minutes today. It hardly got the ground damp and didn’t stop John for dealing with the grass cutting!