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More than writers

Earlier this year I wrote about my word for the year.  Incidentally, both Amy Boucher Pye and Jacqui Grace (mentioned in my word for the year post) received awards at this year’s Christian Resources Together retreat.  Congratulations to them and all the other winners!

I am now privileged to be a regular blogger on More than Writers, the blog of The Association of Christian Writers, ACW.  I am aiming to post on the 31st of the month, which gives me seven posts a year.  The first of these posts was in August.  In case you missed it, I am linking to it here.

Incidentally, both Amy Boucher Pye and Jacqui Grace (mentioned in my word for the year post) received awards at this year’s Christian Resources Together retreat.  Congratulations to them and all the other winners!

Writing that post helped me focus once more on what I need to do and how to prioritise.  I am beginning to knit in a more relaxed manner, even though I have been making silly mistakes in following the pattern and have had to to pull some of my work back and do it again!  The technical term for that is frogging.  I have also been exceptionally busy offline.  Hence a short post this time, but lots of links for my valued readers to follow up, time permitting.

Why not read some posts by other members of ACW, while you are over on the More than Writers blog?

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Gladys Aylward: A Life for China (Book Review)

Carol Purves specialises in retelling stories of prominent Christians.  Her new edition of Gladys Aylward: A Life for China is published by Piquant editions and available as a paperback or Kindle edition.  I bought the paperback from the author, whom I have known for over a year through the Association of Christian Writers.

I enjoyed reading the book although I have resisted reading The Small Woman (one of the books listed in the bibliography) for decades after my mother-in-law recommended it to me.  (I like to choose what I read!)

The reader is transported to another century and distant places.  Although it is obvious from the length of the book and the title of the penultimate chapter being Death, that Gladys Aylward is about to escape with her life from a number of very dangerous situations, the story encourages page-turning.   The author seems to understand, what went through the mind of Gladys in particular, but also of other characters in this amazing story.

One or two minor mistakes of spelling and grammar have been missed at the editing stage, but no more than in most books these days.  Gladys Aylward’s was a remarkable life.  Carol Purves has taken much trouble in presenting it to a new generation of readers, by organising her research from books  and interviews with people, who knew Gladys Aylward.  This book is easy to read, being well produced and under 140 pages in length.  I strongly recommend it.

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Autumn weather

Here in England children have mostly started the new term at school.  Some independent schools begin a few days later.  The term is mostly referred to as the Autumn term, although there are places (some universities, for example) where it is the Michaelmas term and others where it is the Christmas Term, being the term leading up to Christmas.  Michaelmas is the feast day of (the Archangel) St Michael and All Angels, which is September 30th.  Christmas (in case you need reminding) is 25th December and is always in the school holidays here.

In autumn the weather is as unpredictable as in any of the seasons.  It always becomes damper (Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness as the poet, John Keats,wrote) with less sunshine than we expect in summer.  The leaves change from shades of green to yellows, reds and browns and begin to fall to the ground (before the end of August this year).

Sometimes there are gales, which speed the process of trees shedding their foliage.  In October there may be a spell of warm sunny weather, known as an Indian summer.  Although Great Britain is a relatively small country in terms of area, the weather varies considerably from North to South and East to West.  Altitude and the proximity to the sea also have a strong influence on the weather.

One result is the difficulty of selecting suitable clothes.  It may be very chilly on a misty morning, but almost like a summer’s day by lunchtime.  Some mornings may be sunny and calm, then, by midday, a cold wind is blowing.

Sometimes people on Twitter highlight the variation in weather between nearby places.  If it is misty by the coast it may be sunny and warm a few miles inland.

The weather forecast is improving in accuracy, but some areas have a microclimate, which is very difficult to predict.  If there are rainclouds about, a weather app forecasting dry weather may not be completely trustworthy.

I am writing this in advance of publication after going for a walk on a day, which started with mist and has continued with cloud low enough that I walked up into it with a friend.   We felt the temperature drop!  I lost count of how many times I took my light raincoat off and put it back on.  Later in the afternoon the mist dispersed before a sunny evening.

I do not always post photos on this blog, but we found some welcome colour in the form of rugeosa roses in various stages of maturity.  It has been a good year for roses.