Andrew's Blog (11)


My sons childhood friend was brutally murdered on Friday night. It is hard to believe that it happened. As he left a Birmingham pub a number of young people surrounded him. One of them stabbed him in the heart and he bled to death. He was twenty six years old. I can't get it out of my thoughts, why would any one be that cruel. Why as humans do we do this to each other. I've spent most of the weekend comforting my son, he went on Holliday with Daniel the friend that lost his life, two weeks…


Added by Andrew on July 10, 2017 at 0:00 — 7 Comments


The love your neighbour campaign in Birmingham came about after the decision to leave the EU. There was an increase in racist attacks and the Church of England hierarchy felt they should take action. What they did was encourage schools and other community venues to put free of charge bright orange banners on fencing etc with the words love your neighbour on them. At the moment funding has been obtained to make more banners to replace any of the 1000 that have gone up already and to encourage… Continue

Added by Andrew on March 23, 2017 at 9:07 — 1 Comment


So cold in the UK at the moment. You really can see it's winter. I find as I get older I'm less able to cope with the cold weather. I enjoy looking at the pattern of the ice on my window, but having to get it off the windscreen of my car is very difficult. My hands feel like they have frozen and I long for the warmth of summertime.

As it's the Holliday period with Christmas upon us I have taken two whole weeks off work. Saved my leave this year and really will appreciate the break. All… Continue

Added by Andrew on December 24, 2016 at 0:59 — No Comments

Buddha Quote

My heart, thus knowing, thus seeing, was released from the fermentation of sensuality, released from the fermentation of becoming, released from the fermentation of ignorance. With release, there was the knowledge, 'Released.' I discerned that 'Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world.
The Buddha.

Added by Andrew on December 9, 2016 at 0:11 — No Comments


This evening I watched the story of Damilola Taylor. He was the ten year old child that lost his life after being stabbed in London.

It was shocking to think of a child loosing his life this way. I hope that he has been reborn in Amidas pure land where he now resides.

The father of Damilola, Richard Taylor has started to work with disadvantaged youth, trying to show them how to live wholesome lives that are free from drugs violence and hatred.

This reminded me… Continue

Added by Andrew on November 22, 2016 at 0:43 — 1 Comment


Yesterday my daughter and granddaughter stayed at my flat until quite late. School holidays so they didn't have to get up early. They stayed over this evening and again I enjoyed the company.
Then I remembered how lonely I felt when I first came here to live alone nearly five months ago now.
It's odd how quickly one adapts to ones surroundings. I'm not sure if it's due to my faith or if that's how I have always been. Growing and changing and trying to adapt.

Added by Andrew on October 29, 2016 at 1:39 — 1 Comment


It's easy to see why people suffer with seasonally adjusted depression. The cold weather and dark nights after long warm days. I always find that I'm far more motivated in spring and summer. Happy to get up early and look forward to what the day may bring.

As winter approaches its so much harder to get out of bed, and my wish for the day is that I get back home quickly where I can hibernate until I'm forced to go back out.

As I get older I don't want to wish my days away and try to be… Continue

Added by Andrew on October 10, 2016 at 23:44 — 1 Comment

Back to reality

After a two week break i returned to work today. To be honest I enjoy my job so not too much of a trauma. It was surprising to see my email in box with over one hundred emails.

I sifted through them making notes so I didn't miss anything and able to take actions where required. As I did I thought how relaxed I've become over the last year or so, I'm able to sit back a little and organise myself and work load. There was a time not too long ago that I would have tried to do everything at… Continue

Added by Andrew on September 6, 2016 at 1:08 — 1 Comment

Lonely or self indulgence

I spentLast week on Holliday with my daughter and granddaughter. We lived together until recently and I have missed them, so a week away with them was lovely.

On the first day I spent an hour alone walking up the beach reflecting on impermanence and tried to make some sence of the loneliness I have been feeling over the past couple of months.

On my third day there I went into the sea with my granddaughter, she floated on her inflatable toy and we talked about lots of things.

As… Continue

Added by Andrew on August 28, 2016 at 9:40 — 3 Comments

What a week

Last Wednesday I decided to tidy up my garden. I had already mown the lawn and wanted to remove some vines that had grown over my downstairs bathroom window.

I used a plastic stool to stand on and thought maybe I would be better waiting until I have a ladder. Being impatient I ignored my instinct and instead of waiting until I had a ladder stood on my 4ft high wooden fence.

As I tried to step across to get back on my stool the fence broke and I dropped open legged onto the fence. I…


Added by Andrew on July 26, 2016 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

Letting Go

It's easy to become dependent on someone or a way of life. I have lived with my daughter and granddaughter for the past 12 years. Well actually I've lived with my daughter for the past thirty years, but with her daughter for 11 of those years after separating from my wife.

After meeting a lovely man and falling in love, as we do, my daughter decided to move in with him share her life and home with this person.

Now whilst being happy for her in her new life and as I sit here preparing… Continue

Added by Andrew on July 2, 2016 at 7:36 — 2 Comments


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