There has been a theme lately of form filling and swift learning curves on how organisations run with differing processes and terminology. It reminds me of how some ‘techies’ used to share I.T. knowledge back in the 1980’s. They made it mysterious and confusing, which helped to foster the feeling of it being beyond the grasp of ordinary folk. I recall how annoying that used to be. There are similar threads running between some current social set-ups that are here to help those in need. How vulnerable people, who are facing sharp life changes, are supposed to find their way through all of this is beyond me. I sense there are many falling through the net.

An unexpected wave of paperwork hit this weekend and my sparkle got temporarily buried under the deluge, so I escaped on Sunday teatime to walk the beach.

The Belfast ferry was gliding into port to the ‘pip’ of the Sandpipers merging with the cry of the gulls. The sound of cathedral bells floated across the water, as the sun caught the ripples at low tide and it was peaceful.

I paused to breathe deeply and have a splash at the water’s edge in my wellies (which are flowery).

Driving to Mum and Dad’s yesterday the radio DJ was talking about a choir she had seen at the weekend, on the television show Britain’s Got Talent. I remembered when I returned home and found the clip on YouTube. What follows is seven minutes of joy from Flakefleet Primary School Choir.

54 Responses to “Joy….”

  1. 1 Suzette Benjamin August 26, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I agree. I enjoy the restfullness of water. It is rather refreshing to my mind and fuels my mind. Thanks for your great posts. Your skill in writing is fantastic. Thank you.

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  2. 3 Sue Dreamwalker April 28, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Oh Boy Jane.. what a way to share Joy.. And so pleased you found your own piece of it too.. And shared that precious moment of the joy in the Choir and the School’s Abundance of Energy that was so infectious and emotional.. Tears are being shed as I embraced their energy and that of the panel..
    I have not been watching this show this year.. So missed this wonderful talent.. Oh to have a teacher like that when I was in school..

    Much love your way Jane.. And I hope you have a less challenging week ahead my friend ❤

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  3. 9 Beach fairy April 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    your blogs are always uplifting to read, but then you know that. The Video of the kids singing and dancing was amazing. As you rightly said. It brought a tear to my eye. I love the teacher. What a star

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  4. 11 frederick anderson April 21, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Cool ‘choir’! Such fond memories of walks in the shallows – thank you for reminding me of those. If I calculate correctly, visiting your parents involves driving across North Wales every time – no mean task! I mean, it’s not as if we’re talking about a civilised country, is it? Rebel militia, kidnappings, border checks? How do you do it? Hugs as ever!

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    • 12 Jane Sturgeon April 22, 2019 at 7:54 am

      Oh Fred, you are hilarious. We ventured to Anglesey on holiday last year, which is no doubt what you are remembering. Mum and Dad are in the depths of Cheshire and yes, the journey is the hair raising part! I’ve had to have a time and energy reckoning in this unexpected chapter and I have ideas and a rough plan for going forward. I hope you are enjoying a lovely Easter? Hugs for you my creative buddy. Xxx

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  5. 14 Al April 12, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Love those beach walks with you!

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  6. 16 Clare Pooley April 11, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    I also think that forms seem to be written in such a way as to put people off applying for the help they need! I am so pleased you have the beach close at hand and your description of what you saw and heard there is absolutely beautiful!
    I love the video!
    Take care my dear friend xx ❤ xx Love and hugs 🙂

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  7. 19 JoAnna April 11, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you for this sweet reminder that we must remember the importance, the necessity of having simple, enthusiastic, fun!

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  8. 21 Nancy April 11, 2019 at 7:21 am

    What a beautiful walk we had with you today. The ocean capture soothed me…

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  9. 23 dgkaye April 11, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Always a treat to visit your tranquil place here Jane. Loved the video and the beautiful capture of the water – just what the doctor ordered! Hugs are flowing to you over the pond. ❤ xoxoxo

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  10. 26 ianscyberspace April 10, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Jane what a happy spontaneous performance that was. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  11. 28 grandfathersky April 10, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Krishnamurti was known to have said that he didn’t think talking to people over thirty would make any difference in the world (because they were already dead), and spent the last part of his life working with children, because of the joy, and light that was still within them . Here it is! nothing holding them back, making everyone laugh and cry, and love! Where does it go, what puts out the fire in us, and where do we find it again? Nothing makes me smile like seeing children at play, seeing their wonder at the world … Thanks for sharing!

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    • 29 Jane Sturgeon April 10, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      I hope the fire is still in us…the uncomplicated joy of children and their ability to be in the moment is wonderful to be around. Your thoughts on this are wonderful, Pete, like sparks of joy. Hugs for you and much ❤

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  12. 30 John W. Howell April 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Lovely description of your walk the beach. I could see your wellies and hear the sandpipers. The video was terrific.

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  13. 33 smzang April 9, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Wow, Jane I thought nothing could compare to your effervescent energy, but I do believe
    you have met your match in this lovely group. Thank you for sharing the joy.


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  14. 35 Create Space April 9, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this Jane, you’ve added something special to my day and this is what teaching and learning is all about! This teacher and children have made memories to treasure! Le grà, Marie Xx

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  15. 39 Writing to Freedom April 9, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    A trip to the beach sounds wonderful Jane. Thanks for sharing this joyful and zanny video!


  16. 42 1smiles April 9, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    You live in a magical, spirit-filled place. I am always intrigued by the stories of your home.
    Much much love,

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  17. 47 Jill Weatherholt April 9, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    What a gorgeous photograph, Jane. A visit to the ocean always calms my soul. I hope your Mum is doing well.

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  18. 51 Beach fairy April 9, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Always great to read your blogs. Make me think but also uplift me at the same time. Thank you. Hope your Mum continues to improve.

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