Sweetness and Light

Reflections on rural living and faith


My name is Beth and I am new to this blogging thing.

I retired in Autumn 2018 after working 13 years as Presbyter in the Methodist Church in Britain. Retirement was due to health issues. My desire to make the world a better place has not retired, so I am searching for how to best use my time and energy to do this.

Before I was a minister I worked for 13 years as a Registered Nurse in the US, specialising in maternal-infant care. I worked in the newborn, intermediate, and intensive care nurseries; I cross-trained to work as a postpartum nurse, and then did ‘couplet care’ of postpartum mums and their babies. Occasionally, I worked with low-risk labouring mums.

I taught sibling preparation classes, breastfeeding classes, and newborn care classes. I spent the last 5 years of my nursing career as a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, using my time to help mums and babies who were struggling with breastfeeding.

I am second-time married and have two kids from my first marriage who have fledged.

I love animals of all kinds, nature of all kinds, and am happy to sit and stare into our pond for hours.

I have kept chickens for the last six years. Each day with them brings something new.

I am hoping to get my own honeybee hives. I have taken two beginners beekeeping courses, but just haven’t been able to get started with the practical side. For now the blogs will be more about ‘light’ than ‘sweetness’ … but that should change in time.