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Why You Shouldn't Do It Yourself!

Duration:
1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 22 May 2013

Vanessa's talking about decorating disasters this morning, when D-I-Y was a big N-O N-O! Plus hyssop is the latest Word Of The Day and Kirsty Hardstaff is today's Jolly Good Fellow, with Nicole's A Little Peace her birthday number one.

Music Played

15 items
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    ABC When Smokey Sings

    Now 1987 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Desmond Dekker

    Desmond Dekker You Can Get It If You Really Want

    Young Gifted & Black (Various), Trojan

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Fixing A Hole

    Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Apple, 5

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Liquid Lunch

    (CD Single), Grandmono, 10

  • Image for Sam Cooke

    Sam Cooke Another Saturday Night

    Sam Cooke - The Man & His Music, RCA

  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams Run To You

    Bryan Adams - The Best Of Me, Mercury

  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden Echoes

    (CD Single), 157 Records, 1

  • Image for The Whispers

    The Whispers It's A Love Thing

    The Greatest 80's Soul W/Ender (Va), Warner Strategic Market

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. Rhythm Of Life

    Sweet Charity S'track, MCA

  • Image for Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum Everything You Didn't Do

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder Part-Time Lover

    Stevie Wonder - Song Review, Motown

  • Image for Bonnie Tyler

    Bonnie Tyler Believe In Me

    (CD Single), ZYX Music, 2

  • Image for Travis

    Travis Flowers In The Window

    (CD Single), Independiente

  • Image for Nicole

    Nicole A Little Peace

    This Is Eurovision, Virgin, 12

  • Image for The Band Perry

    The Band Perry Done

    Pioneer, Decca, 1

  • Pause For Thought with Dave Tomlinson, writer and Vicar of St Luke’s Holloway in London

    Dave Tomlinson

    My friend Stuart, a navy chaplain, asked me to lead him on a spiritual retreat. We disappeared to a cottage in a lonely valley for a week. There were plenty of fields to walk the dogs, a friendly pub just down the road, and an unkempt but very attractive garden – with a view to die for.

     

    Each day we retreated up and down the valley with the dogs. In the evenings we retreated to the pub for food and sustenance. We played the odd hand of cards and sipped some port in front of the fire at night. But best of all, we kept silence in the garden each day and gazed at the hillside opposite.

     

    According to the mythical story of creation in the book of Genesis, human life began in a garden, and we have delighted in gardens ever since. If we let them, gardens somehow remind us why we exist. Whether we have a small country park, or a patch of green the size of a tablecloth, it’s somewhere to sit in the sun, to attract a few birds and watch them feed, to plant some seeds and see them grow.

     

    My favourite bit is just sitting in the garden and feeling that, somehow, I’m a part of all this.

     

    On the last evening of our retreat, Stuart and I stayed in the garden to say some prayers. It had been a lovely, crisp, autumn day and we’d had a fire outdoors all afternoon. By 5.45pm it was dark, but still quite mild, so we huddled around the fire with just about enough glow to read our prayer books. As we prayed, two owls repeatedly called across the valley, and a delightfully slender quarter moon peeped over the hill opposite.

     

    It’s wonderful to cultivate gardens, make them beautiful. But we should never forget to just savour them; let them breathe fresh life back into us.

  • Word of The Day

    Hyssop
    Hyssop - A small, bushy aromatic herb, native from the east Mediterranean to central Asia, at one time used medicinally.

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