Sunday, 10 February 2019

A Life of Contrasts

I'm feeling in a reflective mood at the moment, maybe because we are in a state of change ourselves (good changes, exciting changes). I was quite moved by an item on a TV programme about the social reformer Robert Owen (1771-1858).

 You can find out more about Robert Owen and New Lanark Mills at 

The website says "he encountered much criticism and opposition in his lifetime" and I suppose he would have because he was working towards the improvement of health and conditions for factory workers in the late 1700's and did truly marvellous things.

Then by chance another programme led me to one of the worlds largest slave owners, merchant and politician, John Gladstone (1764-1851). Although he's not the only one who received compensation when slavery was abolished, being someone who owned so many slaves, he received one of the biggest payouts from the British Government - the equivalent in today's money of £83 million.

When he got rid of his African slaves he imported Indian labour and by all accounts they were little more than slaves (see Wikipedia for more details) living in terrible conditions.

Two men, living more or less at the same time, but such contrasting ideas on the value of human life.

You might also be interested in this story about modern slavery from The Conversation

Until next time

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Springer Spaniel Frisbee Dance

Harry just loves the leaves and his frisbee. 
A quick video to cheer you up as the winter weather continues. 
What a waggy tail.

It's snowing heavily here and is looking very pretty, however we were planning to go and look at some properties tomorrow. I think we may have to cancel.
Until next time, take care

Saturday, 26 January 2019

All Set For The Big Garden Birdwatch

Comfy chair, laptop and a cuppa and I'm all set to record my sightings this year. Should be good as this garden is full to bursting with wildlife.

The weather is rotten today, very strong winds and very heavy rain showers but the birds don't seem to mind too much and the squirrel's been for his daily visit to fatten up a bit more (if that's possible) on peanuts.

My bird watching window

I don't think I'm going to get much recorded in this weather so will try again tomorrow. Brave Robin popped out of the trees to feed but all the others have flown away to find better shelter and I don't blame them.

Hope you are taking part this weekend
Bye for now