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About jemma74

I am espoused to Kevin Donnelly - he of Tin Drummer fame - and, together with our two splendid cats, Grace and Mabel, we share this little slice of heaven down on the Severn... oh, and I also do poetry. Also reading, cooking, drinking and drama teaching not always at once or in that order.

So, it’s been a while…

This piece is the original, an edited version is appearing in my parish mag in March. I attended Ben’s inspiring and poignant service today and wanted to give others who knew and loved him the chance to read this in … Continue reading

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New year, new leaves…

So, here I am. Not, exactly on the side of the Severn anymore (though, in recent weeks the Severn’s been about eight miles wide so we’ve got close) but still wanting to put “stuff” “out there”. Here’s a piece I … Continue reading

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The wait’s over, the weight continues….

Percy Patrick Arthur Donnelly arrived at 9.13pm on Thursday 22nd November. Lifted into the world after his poor mother had tried for thirty four hours to push him into it. And the world is simply not the same. Won’t ever … Continue reading

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Weighting and waiting…

As you may have guessed, Kevin and I are “expecting”… Expecting what? Well, during the last few months, friends, relatives and complete strangers have helpfully filled in many of the blanks for us there. We are expecting sleepless nights, reduced … Continue reading

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It’s like “Zimmie” says…

About ten years ago my lovely friends Janey and Neill suggested I participate in a blind date. They’d be the other couple, it was with a lovely chap they’d met, a solicitor, a lover of books, paintings and other grown-up … Continue reading

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Lux Mundi

Today will be the tiniest bit lighter – and therefore feel the tiniest bit longer – than yesterday. Through this darkest of months people of many faiths and of no faith at all have been bringing light into their homes. … Continue reading

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Faith, hope and china

I like china. A lot. Over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection. Not much of it is very rare or very valuable but it’s very pretty and, much to the horror of several other collectors of my acquaintance, I … Continue reading

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