Not A Review of 2013

The papers and television and radio are filled with reviews of the year 2013, because traditionally the year ends on 31st December. I will not review 2013. There can be little value in doing so. I shall not look ahead to 2014 either because there is less value in fortune telling then there is in summarising recent history. What I shall do is list what did not happen in 2013. Continue reading

Home thoughts from abroad

Officially very early March is still winter, in England, but the trees and plants do not know this and they live not on summertime or wintertime but on daylight. This year in England Spring has arrived a little later than usual but it is nice to see it come.

This pear tree is covering its branches with buds, which will shortly burst into leaves and flowers, from which the pears will grow. Against the grey sky of London, the pear tree has its own beauty and intrigue.

I am abroad when this is being posted, not in the land where gaudy melon flowers grow, but a hotter drier land where the colours and sights of this great and varied planet although scarred by humans are nevertheless wondrous and delightful. My home thoughts from abroad are not those of Mr Browning.