Kids and the Kingdom

A week ago, ahead of the arrival of our daughter and son-in-law and their two small children for an extended visit, I could be found busily cleaning the house, polishing every surface and making the place sparkle. I don't know why I bothered. Honestly.  How could I have forgotten, having had four of my own? … Continue reading Kids and the Kingdom


I can identify

"Gordon!  What a lovely surprise - I didn't expect to find you here!" I was standing at a reception in the garden at Lambeth Palace, the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, chatting with a few others who, like me, had been invited to a gathering of international faith representatives.  The posh voice … Continue reading I can identify

Low Sky

Holland is pretty low.  I'm talking sea level low.  The ground on which our apartment building is built is somewhere around 2 meters (6 feet) below sea level.  The airport, Schiphol, is also entirely below sea level, by about 3 meters - and before the land there was drained the location was once the site … Continue reading Low Sky