Many of you (particularly if you live in Trowse, go to Trowse Church or St Thomas in Norwich) have met Stewart. He’s a kind and gentle giant (6 foot 4) of a chap, who’s nickname is appropriately ‘Biggun’. He’s got a fascinating history and wanted to share this with you as it’s a great example how a little help and a welcoming authentic community can change someone’s life. Read more
Remember when you dropped your child off at school for the first time? That little body wobbling through the door of the school door with their bag into a new world for them? It’s a moving time for most parents, but here’s a story about the other end as my son achieves freedom from L-plates, and the joy and what is like to share good stuff with others. Read more
I love the train. Not only do you not generally have to worry about driving, but you are surrounded by strangers which I really love. It’s great to strike up conversations with new people, get a brief glimpse into their lives and share a bit of yours. So on a trip to London on May 1st with my trusty Nokia Lumia 1020 I took the following photos, edited them on the train and here’s the result! Read more
Lovely as it is to travel to distance places for adventures, like the mine visit a while ago – there’s lots of adventures to be had on your doorstep if you look hard enough. Here’s an overnight canoe camping expedition to to an island on a lake close to Trowse.. Read more
Walking on the beach with your dog is a timeless pleasure. To see your dog flashing around and playing with others, meeting complete strangers is a joy. One little bonus is to see a family walking together, and offering to take a picture of them all with their camera. A simple act of kindness to create a treasured reminder of that family’s walk.. Anyway, here’s some pics of my dog Leia on Winterton beach – my favourite walky spot. Read more
As my lovely dog continues to grow but remain as cute as ever, here’s the little girl and what she’s been up to this month. From a long weekend with her best friend Rocky, adventures with Mac, Peter and Frodo. And of course, a new trick or two! Read more
With fellow adventurers and a little idea of where we going, we explored one of Norwich’s many chalk mines near Eaton, south side of Norwich. It was a short but fascinating journey into the history of Norwich that I’ve never had the privilege to see before. With rather a shoddy map to give us some idea of where we were underground, we soon realised the extent of these mines yet amazingly, what a great condition they were in. As you can see from the graffiti, we weren’t the first to be there! Read more
Ever eagerly waited for a parcel to be delivered only to wait in, it not to arrive until you pop out for some milk? Every now and then I am wonderfully surprised by a company that has really thought things through. In this instance, the delivery company DPS.
The good everyday moments are so easily forgotten, so here’s some photos of little things of November 2013 that created fond memories. You know there’s great moments all around us all the time, if only we open are eyes to see them.
Have you ever been frustrated by UK health and safety nannies telling you what you can and cant eat? Ever been asked how would you like your meat cooked only to be told you can only have it within the ‘safe’ parameters of mediumly overcooked, or massively overcooked? Well, there is hope. After years of searching, I believe there was a divine moment in Leeds. Read more
At a men’s conference at the weekend, this video made so many laugh and also reinforces something we kind of know through experience, even if we don’t always act out the truth it reveals about women: they don’t want to be fixed. Read more
I popped up to a bridge by the A47 in Norfolk recently to try out some night time shots with my trusty Canon 450D. Basically, used a long shutter speed and wiggled the camera around a bit. Here’s what happened! Read more
Every man needs a shed, and after 15 years of having one it was time to make one. So here’s my shed story from the original idea through to what it looks like today. It would have been easy to go out and buy one, but there’s something great about creating one yourself. I’ve never built anything like this before, but alas, a shed is only a box with a roof really so how hard could it be! Here’s my story.. Read more
I never knew you can have so much creative fun with wire wool, if you twirl it around after setting it on fire! I never even knew that fine wire wool can be set alight in the first place. Needless to say, when my son told me about this little home science gem I was keen to find out if it was as good as I was told.
A lovely BT engineer came in this morning and with a bit of jiggery pokery cabley stuff, I am now running through fibre optic broadband at 40Mbps. As excited as I was when he came, I am now left wondering how much better off I actually am.
Soon after, my ISP sent me an email titled “Whoosh, things are going to get a whole lot faster..”;
Congratulations – your fibre broadband is now live!
That’s right, your new fibre broadband is now up and running. This means that you can now enjoy the ultimate internet experience.
Every now and then you read something, see something, or are involved with something that makes me feel so ashamed. This true (at least I am told it is) story of a pastor disguised as a homeless person really brought it home to me. Sadly, this kind of behaviour isn’t that unusual. Whether the story is really true or not, it’s a message that undoubtedly is. Read more
I’ve always had a bugbear about the UK’s addiction to ‘health and safety’. I don’t think any country in the world is so addicted to it. So engrained within the UK culture, so many people are now living in fear of the ‘what ifs’ of living. Kid’s don’t play outside in case of …. (fill in whatever you think). We worry if we lock our doors (even though we live in the middle of nowhere with virtually no chance of anything happening), we insure ourselves against insurance against insurance… Read more
Some of you, particularly Christians may have heard there’s some interesting stuff going down in Wales, Cwmbran, near Newport. Some people are labelling it the 2013 Welsh Revival. Those closer to the events are simply calling in an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It’s not a place I would have chosen to whiz across the country to go and see, yet I had the opportunity of a few days off so my wife encouraged me to go. Read more
What if I am wrong About Creation? What does it Matter?
A few months ago I was challenged to look at the science of something that was against what I held as true for so long (relating to the age of the Earth). By starting that enquiry accepting I could be wrong, it helped me to examine why I might be wrong and prevent the temptation of me labeling someone else as “wrong, seriously deluded, ignorant and illiterate”. Read more
I am guilty of walking awkwardly past the old fellas with their medals and charity boxes, and even part of me thinking things should move on now. It was a time recently when I popped into Morrison’s and saw a collection of these guys collecting money. Whilst I was shopping I felt compelled to say hello on the way out. Partly I felt guilty for ignoring them on the way in, but mostly because having been to Normandy and seeing the beach, I wanted to find out what it was really like on D-Day. Read more