family: somebody in our house …

… turned 9 this past week. Yes, it is hard to believe. From this … you went on to become a big sister once … twice … and three times … and here you are! Our wind-sand-and-stars!

of mountains and (wo)men | 6

“On the first morning, I took them up Middlefell Buttress: five of us, all on one rope. It was slow, cold and boring. They climbed faster than I did, surrounded with an almost visible aura of masculine resentment. So I took them to Gwynne’s Chimney on Pavey Ark, and as they struggled and sweated in […]

world cup morning-after

Well that’s that then. Quite a show. And jolly well organised too. Let’s be honest, no-one thought we could pull it off like this! But, I do have the nagging doubt that it may be much like taking a seriously ill child for a day to the amusement park, only to tell her afterwards that […]

of mountains and men | 5

This from our friend Herb Ward, a favourite man-and-mountain quote: “In this modern age, very little remains that is real.  Night has been banished, so have the cold, the wind and the stars.  They have all been neutralised:  the rhythm of life itself is obscured.  Everything goes so fast and makes so much noise, and […]

winning a hearing for the cure

Why do we men need so much alteration? The Christian answer—that we have used our free will to become very bad—is so well known that it hardly needs to be stated. But to bring this doctrine into real life in the minds of modern men, and even of modern Christians, is very hard. When the […]

family: mothers

Let Her Celebrate! Let the mother of many celebrate her numbers and glory in the ornaments which decorate her life. Let her not be swayed by the scoffers, nor riled by the ignorant. Let compassion be her way and humility guide her thinking. Let her pin her badge of many blessings to her breast and […]

family: have you done my post yet mom?

Our eldest (8), a lover of all things crafty and hands-on, surprised me when she came up with a fictional story she wrote to put on ‘our blog’. Here goes: BUDDY I had always wanted a dog, but my mom and dad said NO! One day we were walking in the mountain, when I heard […]

when men say ‘I love you’ (to each other)

In chatting with a mate of mine about why his sister divorced her husband, he gave this wise insight; “she married him because she thought he was the strong silent type. It turned out he was silent only.” Well, there you have it, the problem with men. Saying “I love you” may be a thought […]

of mountains and men | 4

The Cragsman In this short span between my finger-tips on the smooth edge and these tense feet cramped to the crystal ledge I hold the life of man. Consciously I embrace arched from the mountain rock on which I stand to the firm limit of my lifted hand the front of time and space: For […]