A February Blog



Welcome to my blog. It began as a chat with potential young readers, changed to a rant on writing, transformed into an inspirational string of my favourite quotes, and in this form it remains. My belief being, that I cannot possibly say anything better than the authors can. My best hope is to curate them and let their wise words speak for themselves!

I do feel obliged to turn up personally, however, with a monthly snippet of something. A fillet of plaice Gerald Durrell might say.

This February I read that thousands more new homes will be built in this country, to solve housing shortages, and I am wondering what will happen to the thousands of wildlife homes that will be destroyed. I am wondering if this is something one is even allowed to ask, when our shores are flooded with people needing homes. Again the question of man versus beast. At the annual Natural History Museum’s wildlife photography exhibition, there is always a section that stills the throng.

It speaks of our planet. And man’s impact. And the consequences for our dwindling wildlife. A gorilla stares desperately up at the camera from her lone tree, swaying above a scene of carnage and destruction. Her eyes speak of confusion. All she has learnt, inherited, intuited – useless against the total destruction of her habitat and all her fellow life. She survives but for how long? What can she make of her life, her knowledge, her love?

I hope in the voicing of this question, a tiny seed of hope might take root. Perhaps it is too late for her, and her ancestors. Yet possibly a new world might take the time to save a refuge for a smaller band of her descendants. We share this planet. If they go down – they will take us with them.

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I often talk about inspiration.

Inspiration for writers, for lovers, for carers, for life, and of course, for wildlife.

Inspiration for our beautiful planet and all with whom we share it.

Last week Maya Angelou left, and I discovered a friend I didn’t know I had.

I remember discovering Gerald Durrell, as a child.

Carers. Lovers of life in all its forms.

When we discover a truly inspirational book, theology or person; there is a feeling of the world pausing as they enter.

Do you agree?

 Maya Angelou

Tuesday Thesaurus of Thoughts – Sustaining the dream

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Welcome if this is the first time you have hopped in for a look!

Today’s post is mildly philosophical – I was thinking of reality versus fantasy.

That practicalities can challenge our dreams.

How to sustain the dream, then?

Walt Disney dreamed large, and if any of you have seen ‘Saving Mr Banks’, recently, it will have reminded you that he was, in an old friend’s favourite phrase – ‘A self-made man’.

Imagination spins the dream – Persistence and Resilience sustain it.

We can all dream. Ask any child.

I left ‘Saving Mr Banks’ thinking more of the cranky old author who had transformed a terrible childhood experience into a beautiful, inspiring story, and how hard it must have been for her, and yet she succeeded.

What will you do with your ideas?

Whatever you do – never give up! :)

Here are just a few, from all walks of life, who are a testament to the power of dreams. I am sure you can think of many, many yourself.

Albert Einstein

JRR Tolkein

Gerald Durrell 

JK Rowling

Bill Gates     

William Wilberforce

Mother Teresa  

Richard Branson

Walt Disney

St Francis of Assisi

Florence Nightingale

Leonardo da Vinci