Notes from Fathers Day

Notes from Fathers Day

There are two new dads in our immediate family - my two sons-in-law, Shaun and Gareth. Fathers Day this year was the first for both of them, and I wonder what went through their minds, about their new status in life, their new roles and responsibilities. Or did they simply shake their heads in wonder [...]

Slipping back into the moment

Slipping back into the moment

Coming home to South Africa is like slipping into old clothes, and I have been wearing these familiar garments for a week now. Hard to think (I wrote this on Thursday) that it is barely a week since I left Toronto. The most joyous part has been reconnecting with my daughters, and their husbands, and [...]

On the farm, conversations

On the farm, conversations

Yesterday I wrote about photographs and signs: here are four more images from the farm near Bailieboro, this time photographs of my wife and friends out enjoying a walk. But as images, these photographs seem to me to be crowded with unspoken messages and questions. Who are these people? How are they connected? What are they talking [...]

Photographs and Memory

Photographs and Memory

My daughter sent me this photo this morning of Joshua, her first child, and my first grandchild. He will be three weeks old tomorrow, getting bigger and stronger I imagine, every day. The photograph, I messaged her back on WhatsApp (this sixty year old is au fait, okay, with modern technology!) instantly reminded me of [...]