Daybook Entry – New Year’s Eve 2016

For Today... the last day of 2016 Outside my window... I can hear some isolated bursts of fireworks going off locally. The weather is mild to cold but not frosty yet. I am thinking... about some changes I need to make in myself, my outlook, my worldview and my expectations. I am thankful... for so,... Continue Reading →

The Joys of…

...Banding After the highs of Christmas comes the lows of clearing out the pads. Not the best job in the banding calendar but gotta be done or else we won't have Christmas music next August. After the big clearout a few months ago where Gill my friend and Librarian nearly had heart failure, I didn't... Continue Reading →


Today is Epiphany, or Twelfth Night if you are of European extraction. But what is that exactly? Well, Epiphany was when the wise men (or the Magi if you like) visited the nativity of Jesus Christ. They were a little bit after the big event with the shepherds and the angels and all that hoo-hah,... Continue Reading →

Let The Light In

Contrary to popular (ie, non-Christian) belief, we are still celebrating Christmas. Most people think that Christmas is something that is done and finished with by 25th December, but that's not true. For western Christians, Christmas carries on until Epiphany, which is when we remember the arrival of the magi at the nativity. Christmas is a... Continue Reading →


It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas in the Smith household at last!

Carol Service PamCam

A bit of a blurry one today, but this is a photo of my BANDIES (not baddies as I put yesterday - oops!) at the carol service at my church tonight.   It's at times like tonight where I am reminded of the privilege I have of being able to exercise my gift for music-making, and... Continue Reading →

Daybook Entry 15th December

For Today... 15th December 2015 Outside my window... it’s a rather mild night out there tonight. A bit damp, but not at all wintry. I am thinking... about Tim Peake and how he has managed to rocket up from Earth to space today. I am not usually interested in things like that, but for some... Continue Reading →

Daybook Entry – 29th November, Advent Sunday

For Today... 29th November, Advent Sunday Outside my window... we are in the middle of the wildest storm so far this year. It has a name, apparently. World, meet Clodagh. She’s one wet and wild beast and she has blown a tree and shrubbery down, roof tiles off and fence panels down this afternoon. And... Continue Reading →


It has been a hectic roller coaster ride this Advent and I can honestly say that I have arrived at Christmas Eve feeling exhilarated, excited and thoroughly blessed. I have had the privilege to be involved with and serve with the most amazing people in my community and even though things have been tough for... Continue Reading →

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