I have been on the lookout for a wee present for the Mhinisteir and I finally found one on the Holland and Barrett website. The cost of the item was £30 which meant that I automatically qualified for free delivery. Yay!!!!
Just as I was checking out, there was a popup that said I would be able to get a further discount if I entered a certain code. I entered it and it worked. I got £6 off the item which was fantastic but wait… that meant that I was £1 short of free delivery! Ordinarily delivery cost is £3.99 but if you spend £25 or more you qualify for free delivery. I decided to get a snack item for a pound to qualify for free delivery.
Guess what? There was none for £1! All the snacks cost £0.99!!!!!! It must be a marketing ploy!!! After several attempts, I decided to add a dairy free chocolate bar costing £1.79 to my basket. It certainly cost less than the delivery charge but was it worth the kerfuffle??? I really don’t know!!
Unusually, we have His & Hers loos in the Vicarage. Not quite his & hers like the ones in America but they are literally next to each other with separate doors so I decided to start using them as His & Hers.
Unfortunately, the flushing system in Hers is malfunctioning so I had no choice but to turn off the water and stop using it. Vicarages are usually the responsibility of the individual Diocese so we have reported the fault to the housing department and they have very kindly arranged a Diocesan approved plumber to come in tomorrow.
In the meantime, I was murmuring to myself the other day how inconvenient it is to use His now that Hers is out of order. It was then that I realised how privileged I am to have an inside loo with running water whereas so many millions in the world still have to travel such great distance to just collect water in very poor sanitation conditions. How dare I murmur when we have THREE loos in the Vicarage? I am so ashamed of myself. The human heart is so sinful!
Last week, we had our first complimentary Ocado delivery to the Vicarage. I am super pleased! Unfortunately, I was not able to experience the wonderful service first hand as I was forced to spend the day in bed but thankfully the Mhinisteir was available to receive the order.
I am all for recycling but I am not an eco warrior. I have an invisible disability which means that to have my shopping packed in bags is a very big help as the Mhinisteir is not always available to receive the shopping. Tesco has been very disappointing on this matter. They have changed their bags policy yet again. I have blogged about my experience here and here. Ocado collect the used bags and apparently you get a refund for bags returned.
Ocado is more expensive than Tesco but it is worth paying a wee bit more as I have more choice. Shopping with Ocado has also exposed Tesco’s hypocrisy on their care for the environment policy. I usually buy Method antibacterial spray and Ecover washing up liquid. I didn’t know that they are meant to be refilled until I started shopping with Ocado. Ocado sells refill bottles for both items but I have never come across them in Tesco!
Sadly, I have not been able to buy flowers from Ocado but it is a small price to pay. All I can hope now is for Ocado to continue with this excellent service.
Somehow, I was a little slow in catching up with the “John Lewis furniture nightmare” scandal this week.
I still don’t know who said what. There are many in our own country who can’t afford to furnish their homes even with charity shop furniture let alone furniture from John Lewis which they would think as luxury.
It is sad when politicians are oblivious to how their fellow citizens live.
Recently I was listening to a programme on radio about a little boy from East London who was missing school a few times a week every week. Upon investigation by his teacher, it transpired that he was missing school because his family could only afford one pair of school shoes that he had to share with his sister. On the days he was absent from school, his sister was able to go to school!!!!! I found it very hard to believe that this was happening here in England because these are stories that you hear happening in third world countries!!!!
By the way, here in our Vicarage, almost all our furniture are hand me downs. I don’t know who they belonged to as the person wanted to be anonymous. They have been with us for years throughout our moves to the different Vicarages. Just very grateful to have a sofa to sit on!
There were two stories in the newspaper that caught my attention this week. One is that Standard Life Aberdeen is to be/has already been rebranded as “Abrdn” (to be pronounced as “Aberdeen”). Why create unnecessary confusion and bother?
The second is that Wimbledon is to do away with the mid-tournament “Sunday Rest”. The reason given is that the advances in watering technology and grass maintenance mean that the courts could withstand the full 14 day schedule. Really?
Did the Sunday Rest not come about because of our country’s Christian heritage in keeping the Sabbath day holy?
This reminded me of a story that I heard many many years ago. It is about a Hindu priest in a temple in India. There was a stray cat in his temple that was a menace bothering the worshippers who came to the temple. Out of desperation, the priest tied the cat to a pole. The priest died and a new priest took over at the temple. One day the cat died. Can you guess what the new priest did? He went to buy a new cat and tie it up the same pole!
It happened on the occasion of our online evensong via zoom. The Mhinisteir and I were in different rooms as we have noticed that we being in the same room with two different computers affects the sound quality. As the Mhinisteir was leading the evensong, something caught my eye. Behind him was a vase of withered flowers in full view! Aaarggghhh!
For the last two years, I have been closely following the Post Office scandal thanks to the Private Eye. I think it is absolutely shameful that some post office workers had to go to prison thanks to an almighty IT glitch. It beggars belief that alarm bells were not ringing when the workers expressed concern about the phantom shortfalls.
What shocked me most was to discover yesterday that the former Chief Executive of the Post Office is an ordained minister in the Church of England! She is a non stipendiary minister.
In the tradition that I grew up in, being a minister is a calling and a vocation so I had never heard of a non stipendiary minister before I joined the Church of England. I still am not sure about non stipendiary clergy as I am not convinced that they can commit a 100% to their calling if you can call that.
Last week, I came across three newspaper articles about the present Church of England that really echoed my sentiments, two in the latest Church Times and the third in the Daily Telegraph.
The first, in the Church Times by Canon Angela Tilby writing about the Dean of Windsor and the manner in which he conducted the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
The second by The Rt Revd David Wilbourne commenting on the Archbishop’s search for a Chief of Staff! Something which I wrote about recently.
The third and final piece appeared on Thursday’s Daily Telegraph. This article is by their columnist Calvin Robinson. I never read anything by Robinson but this article about the Church of England and its woke culture is quite spot on.
As a news junkie and someone who has lived in different continents, I begin to have “withdrawal symptoms” if I don’t get my fair share of both national and international news. For some time now, I have been pretty fedup with BBC Radio 4. In order to appeal to the so called younger audience, some of the programmes have reached gutter level. For instance, I have been appalled by the use of vulgar language on daytime programmes like the afternoon drama. Book at bedtime is anything but… the amount of vulgar language and violence is a recipe for a nightmare! I have also stopped listening to Woman’s Hour, the Today programme and such likes. The news tend to be pretty much the same every hour when plenty is happening around the world!
The Mhinisteir gifted me a Roberts DAB radio late last year and since then I have been listening to the BBC World Service which is wonderful and I once again feel like a global citizen. I still dip in and out of Radio 4 but these days the BBC World Service is my go to radio station.
It is a shame that the World Service is only available on DAB.