Thursday, May 19, 2011

A famous knight

Raph, cleaning out his camera, came across this shot that I thought you might like.  He sent it to me as "A famous knight we met in Prague."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Scare-crow at the market

This is a little nonsense thing to write but it made the children so excited!

I am in the habit of taking the little ones to the market on Saturday morning in Château du Loir where we get what we need for our noon meal that we all take together.  Often they get some little treat from the butcher or baker as well!

Last Saturday, after picking up some meat at our butcher, I looked at my list and said, Now we have to go pick up some bread for the meal.  That's when Christine reminded me of a little rhyme I made up years ago when I'd take the kids out: "The butcher, the baker, the hot-chocolate maker" and asked if we were still going to keep that tradition too?

Well, we did, of course!  As we were headed over for the café the children (Olivier, Christine, and David) suddenly let out a squeal!  They had seen a tall man, apparently (almost as high as a lamppost, 'Tine said).

It turned out to be a young man on stilts, dressed up as a scare-crow and larking about the way artists do on a sunny day at the market.  When we found him he was tickling passers-by with a long feather affair where his hand should be

Along with him there soon came a photographer from the local newspaper who took our picture with him and told us the name of the paper.  So, much to the children's delight, here is the picture that came out today:

He took a couple of pictures and in this one, we can't even see Olivier.  Here's my shot.  And in colour! :-)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Successful change of pasture

Raphael spent the afternoon today putting up electric fences on the field near the house.  It was quite a job since the wire had a way of always getting tangled.  But we won in the end, and the pasture now has a couple of new residents up from the island.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Lilly in the paper

Last night Raph sent me a link to a newspaper article from Alsace.  It appeared last month (05/04/11) and told the story of some association that Lilly is a part of promoting (actually, renting) cloth diapers.

It was nice to see her again with a big smile and to know that she's happy and found a sense of fulfilment.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Rejoice Not

"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth" Prov. 24:17

I've thought a lot about this post throughout yesterday.  I feel sick at heart and know that, as my conscience stands, something—however inefficacious—must be said.

So, Osama bin Laden is dead.  Maybe.  They say they buried him at sea.  Maybe.  But I'm not as naive as I used to be and even a child could be forgiven for questioning this account of events.

But that is not my point today.  I am ashamed of the way this subject has been greeted throughout the day by the news-media—in particular the radio, of course, in my case.

We were told that hundreds of Americans greeted the news by spontaneous public gatherings, waving flags, and singing the national anthem.  The president of the United States told them, "Justice has been done!" and world leaders have been echoing the same sentiment all day.

I want to say, How dare they!  This is justice?  How is this justice?  Revenge, certainly, but justice, never.

This is vigilante justice.  How we demean ourselves and expose our basest feelings: shoot a man through the head and claim justice has been done ... I say, with all the power of the Word of God behind me that this is wrong!

Didn't Jesus tell us how we should deal with our enemies and those that mistreat and despitefully use us?  Didn't he give us the supreme illustration by living what he preached?  Haven't we had a few examples of real Christianity in our midst—people who lived the same life?  What about Leo Tolstoy?

Remember the Amish schoolhouse shooting tragedy of a few years ago: the amazing thing about that community's reaction was the forgiveness extended to the killer and his family.  Have we forgotten that we will be shown the same mercy we show others?

We, as a culture, and our western so-called Christians nations have missed yet another opportunity to demonstrate what really makes Christianity different from Islam but we have failed miserably and we will reap the results of that failure.