Malcolm’s musings

Taking The Next Step

Yesterday we went to Mark and Lisa’s house. It was a ‘little do’ for their son Levi. He’s about to go to Bristol for four years. He’ll be a trainee construction supervisor at Skanska… Taking the next step isn’t always easy. For Levi it’s stepping from the known to the unknown, moving away from homeContinue reading “Taking The Next Step”

Great Expectations

I’ve watched bits of the Olympic Games over the past few days… familiar and unfamiliar sports… skateboarding, surfing, equestrian dressage… It’s amazing how quickly I can become an expert! Yesterday I watched British girls getting bronze medals. The taekwondo girl was expecting to win gold; to her the bronze was a disappointment. The gymnastic girlsContinue reading “Great Expectations”

Meaning-less to Meaning-full

In my annual journey through the Bible I come this morning to Ecclesiastes that starts, ‘Meaningless! Meaningless!…Utterly Meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’ Wise King Solomon was also very rich. He’s had everything – education, drink, entertainment, sex, possessions, work, pleasure… His conclusion? It’s all meaning-less. How do we move from meaning-less to meaning-full? Yesterday I metContinue reading “Meaning-less to Meaning-full”

Life’s a Bed of Roses

‘Life’s a bed of roses’… an old expression – first found in a Christopher Marlowe 1599 poem ‘The Passionate Shepherd to his Love’. Great title! Musings on life’s ‘bed of roses’… from an in-expert gardener… …Roses are beautiful, coming in many colours and varieties; they’re delicate, sweet smelling and fragile… Life’s beautiful. People are generous,Continue reading “Life’s a Bed of Roses”

I Don’t Understand

Our gooseberries have done well this year. Rachel has made excellent crumbles, pies… and gooseberry jam. Red raspberries and strawberries make red jam, blackcurrants and blackberries make a blackish jam. But green gooseberries… green jam? No! It’s a brownish red. I don’t understand. Like the old riddle we learnt as children: ‘Why does a brownContinue reading “I Don’t Understand”


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