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Three short books from BorrowBox

As well as reading printed books, I have been reading some books on my phone. As I have finished reading seven books and not yet reviewed them, there will be reviews of three books in this post.

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran’s book is written as allegorical poetry and contains much wisdom. The Prophet was about to set sail from a city and before he went he was asked for advice by various groups of people. The Prophet is probably best known for the section about children. This is addressed to parents. I enjoyed this book and was interested to learn a little about the author. There were illustrations, but how they were relevant to the book escaped me at the time. I have since learned that he was also an artist. Really it is a book to return to, but reading it on BorrowBox is a good introduction. It was first published in the USA in 1923.

No-one is too small to make a difference by Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg from Sweden is well-known for her activism on climate change. As a schoolgirl she has managed to attract international attention. Her book, No-one is too small to make a difference is a collection of her speeches to various important meetings. As her message is the same, there was a lot of repetition, but it was interesting to read her words and to note which important meetings she had spoken at. Climate change is an important issue and one that should be taken notice of by everyone. Decisions taken by older people will affect today’s children and future generations.

Captain Tom’s Life Lessons by Captain Tom Moore

In 2020 centenarian Captain Tom Moore (1920-2021) captured the hearts of the British public by his sponsored walk around his garden using his zimmer frame. He raised a very large sum of money for National Health Service Charities. As a result he also gained an honorary degree and a knighthood. His book is written as he spoke with Yorkshire phrases, such as ‘When I were a lad’. His life story is interwoven with advice for good-living. While he did not consider himself religious, it was apparent that the faith and morals of his grandparents had influenced his character. It is a heart-warming book.

I recommend these three influential books from very different authors. They are all published by Penguin. Perhaps you have read one or more of them already. If so, what did you think?

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A Flower Festival – Part 1

I have just returned from a week with Mum.  As the minimum journey time from here to her is over 7 hours it is necessary to go for longer than a weekend.  While we were together we had a real holiday for four nights in a beautiful location in Kent.  We shared a twin-bedded room, as well-furnished as any in a posh hotel, in St Michael’s Guest House at Burrswood Hospital.

While we were there a flower festival was opened by the mayor of Tunbridge Wells.  We watched the practical preparations with interest and growing excitement.  I have never seen a flower festival on so large a scale.  There is a church at Burrswood.  I expected it to be decorated for the weekend.  What I did not expect was the number and scale of the arrangements, which were everywhere in the house and in the grounds as well as in the church.

Altogether there were fifty arrangements of various shapes and sizes.  I took lots of photos with my tablet.  I hope to share some of them in a few posts.

The theme for the Flower Festival was Inspiration.  Members of Crowborough Flower Club were certainly inspired!  They took the location of each planned arrangement and were inspired by words, pictures or the location.  In the Church of Christ the Healer the windows, lighting, and all the fixtures provided inspiration.

In the house there were fireplaces decorated with stunning displays.

Peaceful Pastimes

Peaceful Pastimes

Enjoyable Moments

Enjoyable Moments

Welcome display above the entrance

Welcome display above the entrance

Outside there is a prayer walk, which has words of hymns at points along its route.  These provided more inspiration.  I intend to elaborate on this in a future post.

For the time being here are some more photos of the first few arrangements.

The entrance was decorated with two arrangements one over the doorway and one to one side.

Welcome

Welcome

I am full of admiration for everyone involved in the planning of this event. The amount of work behind the scenes must have been enormous. The flower arrangers spent many hours on their practical interpretation of their ideas in many cases over a number of days prior to the festival. Then they continued to ensure that the flowers were kept in good condition throughout the hot weekend.

Room with a View

Room with a View

The final photo in this selection gives an impression of the beautiful grounds, which are open to the public, and the magnificent setting in the Kent countryside. There is also a tearoom serving refreshments.