Life

Do gerbils go to heaven?

It must have been around 6:30am when I awoke.  There was a subtle blueish tinge to the light trickling through the curtains, and it was mostly silent.  The bed was warm and cosy, and I had nothing to get up for apart from the usual.  So what had woken me? Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Life

Diamond and Pearl

I’ve finally got round to taking some photos of our gerbils, Diamond and Pearl.  Ellie was cleaning our their cage this morning so I had to babysit them both on the sofa, and took the opportunity to whip my camera out.  It’s actually quite hard to get a good shot Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Internet

Making time for… everything

Work has generally been quite busy recently.  Which is a good thing.  More work means more money.  However, there is more to life than work, and there are a whole load more things I need to squeeze into my week than just work.  I'd like to share just a few of this week's additional bits and bobs with you.  It gives me something to do after all.This afternoon I took the opportunity to put work on hold briefly while I went outside and mowed the lawn.  It has needed doing for a while now, and I've been putting it off, but today I figured I ought to take advantage of the sunshine and get out there while I can.  Looking at the forecast, the weekend isn't going to be too promising.  The lawn actually needs treating at some point, as one half of it looks to be more moss than grass.  We've got some moss-killer, it's just a case of spraying it on and letting it do its job.  I didn't get round to that today, but I did cut the grass and do the edges, so the garden is looking nice now.  I also noticed that the peas in our vegetable patch are beginning to grow too!  We've got carrots and parsnips in there too, but I only planted them last week so it's no surprise they're not topside yet.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Life

Hail the mighty timewasters!

"Time is an illusion.  Lunchtime doubly so."  So said the great and oft-misquoted Douglas Adams.  And how right he was in his observation.  We fill our lives with so much 'stuff' that there is rarely time left over to indulge in that age-old tradition of 'sitting and doing nothing'.  That's something I've done precious little of lately, through a combination of an unusually high quantity of work and an influx of new ways to fill that 'spare' time in between work, sleep and mealtimes.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Christianity

What’s up, doc?

They say time flies when you're having fun.  My recent absence from this blog is testament to the additional truth that actually time flies regardless.  True, I have had a lot of fun recently, but it has been mixed with periods of busyness too, the combination of which has meant that finding time to sit down and rant about it here has been quite difficult.  Nevertheless, the time has now been found, and here I sit to write a conspicuously verbose update.  In case such lengthiness should put you off, I'm dividing this blog into subheadings, to make the sheer quantity of text a little more bite-sized and easier to digest.  If you haven't the time to read it all, I completely understand.  Just bear in mind that I went to the effort of writing it.  So there.So, first of all, a general introduction.  Many things have happened since my last blog post, including (but not exclusively): two trips to theatres, some significant developments on the business front, a somewhat extended birthday, Neddy going to the garage a couple of times, a couple of additions to the Dawkins household, an above-average number of requests to lead worship, and a general realisation that Ellie and I are taking over our church.  That's quite a lot to write about.  I'll try to keep some of it brief.  Just to demonstrate that, you'll notice the lack of information in the spaces between words.  Every little helps.(more…)

By Matthew, ago