The sun was out and the sky winter blue. Time to get out and chase away blues of another kind!
I walked round the edges of the ploughed earth where a flock of Fieldfares rested, turned through the tunnel of trees and just saw the back end of a deer disappearing. Then out onto the open marshland where a flock of wild geese grazing there took to the wing with a gush of wind and gabbling. As they went quiet again, snippets of Larksong serenaded me as I walked back under the blue.
And seeing this tranquillity laid out before me I couldn’t help but think of all the terrible things that are happening in the world and feel incredibly lucky for these moments of peace around me.
Even if the blues were making me suffer I know it is nothing compared to the suffering of thousands of others right now. Despite what we have to confront sometimes, most of us are incredibly lucky.
So I am also incredibly grateful to be back here in front of the computer again, in a country that is at peace, and find it bewildering to think of the mindless slaughter that is being inflicted elsewhere.
If there was one sole purpose of education that overrides all others it must surely be for children to learn how to live with others with tolerance, understanding and compassion, and be educated for the perpetuation of peace.
May peace be with you this season.