I was born and brought up in the Cotswold town of Cirencester, but when I finished school I moved to Bath where I studied Horticulture at the university in that lovely, Georgian city. Later I worked as a research biologist at Long Ashton Research Station just outside Bristol; my wife and I moved to the nearby village of Yatton and our two daughters were brought up there. Sadly, when one of our girls was in university and the other in her final year of school, Judy lost a hard-fought battle against cancer and life changed for ever for all of us.
Later I married again, and Donna and I lived for almost twenty years in St Neots in Cambridgeshire. We both worked for Unilever for a time, but I retired in 2010 and in 2017 we made the move to Cirencester. My daughters live near York and we have four grandchildren.
I spend my time living life in all its aspects, following many interests. The primary focus of my life is walking as close as I can with Jesus in all my activities and involvements. I love to share his life every moment as I share my own life with those around me. Often I make mistakes, get things wrong, or respond in bad ways to some of the people and situations I encounter. But every slip is an opportunity to do better next time, not in my weakness but in his strength. One of my favourite extracts from the Bible is Galatians 5:22-23 – The fruit of the Spirit [of Christ] is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. That is the fruit to which I aspire!
And these same interests and activities are the things I write about on this blog, as time allows.
Whoever you are, whatever faith you do or do not have, and whoever inspires you, I have some simple things to say to you:
Life is not always easy or comfortable – may you have strength, wisdom and courage to carry on despite it all. May peace and grace, joy and blessing always follow you and find room in your heart – whatever your circumstances may be.
(For more, browse around this website or visit my Gateway Page – gate.scilla.org.uk .)