13 January 2022, The Tablet

Glimpses of Eden

Glimpses of Eden

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind …” and it didn’t half blow! Charging straight down the high street, the north wind’s famously sharp teeth mauled and chewed me as I walked into town. Staggering round a corner, I suddenly found myself sheltered from the bitter blow. A tall, ivy-covered wall blocked the rampaging gusts. It felt about 15 degrees warmer than out on the road, and seeing the public bench standing conveniently at the foot of the wall, I gratefully accepted its offer and sat down to get my breath and bearings back.

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