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Maybe you’ve seen us ………. in the morning as you’ve driven past Narborough railway station…Continue

Started by Debbie Swain. Last reply by caroline brazier Aug 14, 2013.

Making Myths

This is the story of how my Lady and I "got together".Sort of.I'm sure she won't mind my sharing it, as no personal information is in there and she remains totally in cognito.The poem forms a frame…Continue

Started by Steven N Johnson Apr 30, 2013.

A Poem from Roeburndale, 10 Directions March

BRIDGE How we laughedRelieved and journey endingThe first time we walked the bridge.How we didn’tLaden and journeys startingWhen we walked it last.Safe and unsafe are just wordsFear and dread are…Continue

Started by Steven N Johnson Apr 30, 2013.


Just earthworms,Going nowhere,Eating earth,Chomp, chomp,No destination,No home,No purpose,And yet,The soil,The garden,The flowers,The carrots........Continue

Started by Thomas Myojo Radcliffe Feb 9, 2013.

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Comment by Lindy Usher on January 26, 2012 at 17:35


aphasia & memoir (L.E. Usher 2011-2016)

Comment by caroline brazier on January 26, 2012 at 19:04

Wow! Lindy, that is so beautiful, so moving. You write with angel fingers.

Comment by Richard Meyers on January 27, 2012 at 15:54

Wonderful stuff Lindy,

I can only echo what Caroline says - beautiful words.

Comment by Lindy Usher on January 28, 2012 at 9:26

thank-you!, Caroline and Richard.

Comment by Richard Meyers on March 16, 2012 at 22:01

This was born of the wonderful tv programme in which David Hockney is interviewed by Andrew Marr.  I personally found it inspirational.   

Comment by Richard Meyers on March 16, 2012 at 22:07

David Hockney and

The Art of Seeing:

It was all about seeing

Nature is just there -

Colour is born in the eyeball

Shifting shade triggering

Light and shade alchemical

Constant skipping across form

From canvas to landscape

Over and over the same

Place displayed altered freely

Lit in an on-going flux

Tomorrow becoming yesterday

With today in a fine balance

Eye hand and heart vital to all

Old Chinese sages knew this

And the need to take the time

Necessary in order to see

What was there all along

Spring comes to the woods

As it does in all ways always

Astonishing always the same

Welcome guest arriving

Unexpected unannounced.

Comment by caroline brazier on March 17, 2012 at 10:10

Form touching form

Overlaying the body of the earth

With mind clouds

Or iridescent mists of dreams and fantasies

Do we see the guest

Or do we crush Her with an iron fist of interpretation?

Thank you Richard. I like your idea of the guest - have you see Manu Bazzano's stuff (He is doing some workshops at Sukhavati and will be here next Saturday evening giving a talk on the Gift of Hospitality.

Comment by caroline brazier on March 17, 2012 at 10:16

My play on the word 'form' here refers to the Buddhist term, rupa, which is translated as form, but refers to the perceptual object, ie the personal bias which creeps into our view of the world

Comment by Richard Meyers on March 17, 2012 at 13:02

Hi Caroline,

Yes indeed - 'the gift'.. and remembering to say Thank you, for the 'hospitality'.  I've not encountered Manu Bezzano, but will certainly look up his work.  Ruth and I are off to the French Pyranees again next Friday. Will the talk be available at all at a podcast or whatever? 

With regard your verse - it's an interesting point. We can certainly crush Her with interpretation, but what about playful appreciative interaction, in honour of the Guest? Isn't this what we do, what we are here for, when we are true to our calling as human beings (something like that)?  All very best to you.

Comment by caroline brazier on March 17, 2012 at 19:43

Oh absolutely. Nothing like a bit of dressing up!

Dot think we'll be recording the talk unless I can get my hands on some technology... not my strong point

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Friends, family and loved ones: greetings, and thank you for joining us for this celebration of the life of Perry Isadore Igoe.

Though we gather here today, bound by sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We were all privileged to live a life that has been touched by Perry. He possessed a number of extraordinary gifts, which he shared with us freely. None of these gifts, however, are more remarkable than his capacity for love in its purest, most sincere, and honest form. Love for his adored wife, his beloved daughters, his precious friends, and for nature that surrounds us all, especially the life breathed into us by the trees.

Perry was born August 1st 1963 and was very premature so spent the first six weeks of his life in an incubator where he captured the hearts of the nurses and midwives with his cuteness. The trademark infectious Perry smile is well known by all his friends and family so without a doubt, even as a baby he could melt hearts.

Growing up, he went to school in Braintree in Essex, where he lived with his mum Carol, his younger sister Tracey, and older brother Wayne.

Perry was severely dyslexic, so, as a young man, in a very lean job market, he looked for a practical career. He joined the RAF at 16 and served with them for 17 years in Biggin Hill, Brize Norton, Germany, and the Falkland islands. Perry was a peace loving soul and had no desire to ever take up arms, harm, or kill anyone. Since however there had been no wars for a long time, it felt like a fairly safe career for a fit young man. It suited Perry who loved to be part of a team.

When he was 23, Perry managed to search for and finally find his father, Isadore Griffin, who was Black American, which led to several visits to his father in the USA.  Sadly his father also died at an early age a few years later. But Perry has continued to keep regularly in touch with the American side of his family – he was always telling Liz that one day soon they would go to visit, what he jokingly called, - ‘the dark side’!

Perry then worked in logistics and stores for the RAF and was promoted to corporal but, as the Cold War ended, promotions in the RAF were increasingly hard to come by. So after 17 years Perry took voluntary redundancy, left the RAF and went to work for Motorola in Swindon. He bought a house with his then wife, Carrie, and lived in it with his two daughters Sian & Kylie and rather a lot of strange pets. 

Perry was a great believer in investing in property and at one point when he found his work hours cut down, he took on two other jobs and bought a house in Avebury, which he rented out for a while. He later moved to Avebury with his wife Antoinette and ran a B&B there. 

Avebury was a spiritual home for Perry – he loved the standing stones and he enjoyed the succession of eccentric, visiting tourists interested in the stone circles as well as the many crop circles that pop up in Wiltshire fields in the spring and summer months. Whilst Perry was there he was a member of a Wiccan coven and later a shamanistic group.

In 2007 Perry decided to train as a counsellor with the Buddhist Organisation, the Amida Trust – now re-named - the Tariki Trust. This was where he met Liz and they became good friends.  In 2009 they both qualified as counsellors. In his usual ‘speedy’ fashion Perry had completed the course in record time – under 2 years. He went on to work for an organisation which helped educate young people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Perry worked as a counsellor for several years before he finally fulfilled a life-long dream of buying a property ‘somewhere warm’.

In 2013 Perry moved again, lock stock and barrel, to the Serra De Estrella Mountains in Portugal where he quickly made a lot of friends among the ex-pats from the UK and Europe, all busy restoring old buildings and farming the land.

Perry and Liz met again accidentally in 2014 at the Buddhist House. They fell in love during a marathon 17.5 hour dinner and talked through the night and most of the following day. Since then Perry and Liz have been busy restoring their house in Portugal, affectionately named ‘The Ranch’ and have gone from having baths by candlelight in the goat shed, to a beautiful home with 3 bathrooms. Perry was never happier than when he was walking around the land working out watering systems and making sure the 150 trees he’d planted were growing well. Indicative of his altruistic personality and philosophy of sustainability, all the trees he planted at ‘The Ranch’ have been selected to provide for the next generations. A fan of tree nursing myself, I would often ask him about his trees and we would share videos and ideas for them. On a specific topic of his latest project, the Pecan trees, he mentioned how the earliest the small, 1-inch saplings would grow to bear fruit in 10 years, and it might be a good 20 before they reach maturity. “Perry,” I said, “that's ...a really long time.” To which he replied: “They aren't for me.”

And this is the type of person Perry was - always thinking of others first. Planning for the long term, working for a sustainable world, a world that works with nature, not against it. To paraphrase an ancient Greek proverb, “a wise man plants trees in whose shade he knows he will never sit.”

Perry had a great love of nature and the natural world, which he attributed to his Native American ancestors. His great love was trees, which he believed really spoke to him. So Perry returned to the Buddhist house to train in eco-therapy and shortly thereafter Perry and Liz started running eco-therapy and tree planting holidays in Portugal. Alongside his projects in Portugal, Perry joined several local eco-projects in Bristol.

On the 10th of July 2016, Perry and Liz married at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire in a beautiful hand-fasting ceremony with over a 100 family and friends. Neither of them stopped smiling and laughing all day long, and Perry tore up the dance floor in what seemed like a union of John Travolta and Patrick Swayze. Since then they have spent six months of every year at the Ranch in Portugal and have welcomed many family and friends as visitors there.

Perry loved life – he just loved being here on this earth. Many people on this Earth believe in a higher power or greater purpose. Perry was content being himself, in this world, right now, enjoying the greatest and the smallest life has to offer. A true “Zen master”, as I like to describe him to my friends.

Perry was the most gentle and kindest of men – a true gentleman. Perry never had a bad word to say about anyone – not a criticism or judgement ever passed his lips. He didn’t swear, he didn’t argue, and he also didn’t drink alcohol, smoke, or even take tea or coffee. That is one reason why his death has been such a shock for all of us. Perry’s life was about love, acceptance, and working with others as part of a team, and he lived that out with every breath he took.

We have been lucky to know Perry in this life, we regret his passing on so soon, and so young, but his spirit and his legacy will remain among us – youthful, lively, fun, and full of love, and that oh-so-special smile.  We honour him.   

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