Theme for the Day
A journey into Central Wales on one of the rare sunny days last month was a satisfying, joyful experience. Nature was demonstrating to us again, in the glory of autumn colours, leaves and berries shining red in the hedgerows.
It is always a question with those who love nature best whether the splendour of these days is not even more wonderful than the flowers that bloom in the spring?
As a matter of fact nature is not dying in October, but preparing for another resurrection. That should be an encouraging message to those of us who have fearful qualms about old age.
The Rev Malcolm Hart-Richards
FROM THE PAST
200 YEARS AGO: Lord Nelson has written a very polite letter to General Buonaparte at Cairo, assuring him that he shall forward all the private letters addressed to persons in France, which he had intercepted, but that he should keep the official dispatch es. The private letters, he describes, as being generally written in a style of the most ardent love, and it would therefore be a sin to withhold them from the fair, who must be disconsolate at not hearing from their lovers.
Aris's Birmingham Gazette, October 1798.
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