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parish prayer walk
June 20, 2018, 8:37 pm
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April 20, 2018, 11:27 am
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estate churches



view …
February 22, 2018, 11:58 am
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… from the sickbed.  Have a nasty flu-ey bug.  Contemplating sky and silver birch

November 3, 2017, 2:42 pm
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desire lines
October 29, 2017, 6:56 pm
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a kingfisher day
October 28, 2017, 1:52 pm
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A great day off walking urban rivers and canals – with a stop off at the cinema for The Death of Stalin.  And a clear view of a kingfisher over the river.


October 13, 2017, 1:56 pm
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the best place

​It has been wonderful recently to spend time with groups of estate clergy from around the country (reflection on this will come soon). 

I was at Belle Isle yesterday with the Estate Group from West Yorkshire. It was great to hear everyone suggesting they have the best parish in the Church and the best job.

Walking home from the station, my friend the Heron reminded me strongly that I do.

Love and prayers

rivers – 2
October 5, 2016, 6:02 pm
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And after yesterday, a gratuitous photo of the River Rea


Around 7 miles walked today without particular problems.  On track, at least at the moment, to walk the last week of the Cistercian Way soon.

October 4, 2016, 6:58 pm
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I saw this on twitter today and it has made me happy (I hope it is OK to share it here). I haven’t come across EcoRecord before but it’s a great site – look at it here and get involved if you are local.


The River Rea runs close to here and I walk or cycle along it often – it’s one of the best cycle routes in the West Midlands.  I saw a kingfisher on it once; I often see a heron (there was a wonderful photo from Simon Foster yesterday of the heron roosting high up in a tree).  I’ve never seen a water vole, but it lifts my spirits to know they are there.  The richness of urban wildlife, at least at this end of the river is a wonderful thing – I don’t think it quite deserves Roy Fisher’s summing up of it in Birmingham River.  Although I’m really looking forward to going to the Cathedral next week for the Roy Fisher Celebration.

And to celebrate all this, tomorrow’s knee-strengthening walk may well be five or six miles along the river.