All flights in the UK are grounded today – because of the cloud of volcanic ash drifting over the country from Iceland.  Quite a few people have been inconvenienced – stuck at airports and wondering what to do next.  But not as inconvenienced as the poor people of Iceland who have been evacuated from their homes – or the still more people there who may have to deal with the next door volcano joining the fun.  I gather the issue is that there are glaciers over the area which could melt and flood the region.  All very dramatic.

A lady living in our village has described me as a ‘volcano’ – a ‘volcano spewing out ideas’!  She adds that she lives in fear of what I’ll think up next.  Mmmm.  Sounds a bit dangerous – especially when you consider that most of the ideas are pretty tame – no likelihood of flooding glaciers here.

I suppose that volcanoes are an analogy for life – lots of pressure chambers far below the surface, occasionally triggering some kind of explosion which changes the conditions around it for a significant area and time.  Sometimes there are signs of the build-up and sometimes the explosion comes without warning.  The effects can be devastating – but they can also be life enriching.  Our world would not work properly without volcanoes, but, on the other hand, they pose a serious risk to people.

My next mini-volcanoes involve sorting out books in the Honey Pot and trying to mend the canary-coloured caravan.  Not so much explosions as gentle ripples on a still lake.
Watch out for the ash plume though!


About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset. I am enslaved by Sherpa-the-cat. Saturday mornings find me 'playing shop' in the Honey Pot - a second hand bookshop, run from my garage, where along with the books you'll find fun, friendship and refreshments - all in a good cause.
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