Baby Sussex · Baptism · Church of England · England · Faith · God · Observations · Radio 4 · Rural · Vicarage

Christening or Baptism??

Last Saturday saw the baptism of Baby Sussex.  There was a big hoo-ha in the media over his parents decision to keep this event private.  I was however distracted by the terminology used to describe this occasion.  Through out the day, the word Christening kept popping up on the Radio!

As far as I can remember, nobody I know has ever used the term Christening to describe an infant baptism!!!

Cricket · England · Radio 4 · Rural · Scotland · Tebbit Test · Vicarage

The Tebbit Test

I am no Cricket fan.  In fact I don’t understand Cricket at all.  The Mhinisteir does and he has tried explaining but in vain.

Since, it is Cricket season, the Tebbit testhas been mentioned quite a lot on Radio.

Who will I support if it was a sports match between England and Scotland? People I know in England assume I will support Scotland.  However, I always support the underdog as I feel sorry for them!!!!!!

The Mhinisteir and I were once listening to a football commentary between Manchester City and Tottenham.  Manchester City were leading.  I was elated when Tottenham scored a last minute equaliser.  At that precise moment the Mhinisteir turned around and asked me ” who are you supporting??” To which I replied “Tottenham”!!! The Mhinisteir’s face dropped because until then he thought that like him I was supporting Manchester City!!!!!

In other news….. I was listening to the Today programme on Radio 4, the sports bulletin came on and the big sports news was that England were starting off their Netball World Cup today.  Sadly all the emphasis was on the England team when Scotland and Northern Ireland are also competing.

Calligraphy · Faith · God · Health · Left Handed · Prayer · Rural · Vicarage

Copperplate Lettering

Frustrated.  I am frustrated that I am not able to lead a normal active life.  Simple tasks have become very challenging.

I am trying not to dwell in self pity.

As I prayed that God will lead me to a hobby, Calligraphy came to mind.  I was very excited but I am LEFT HANDED!  Left handers and Calligraphy are like water and oil, they don’t mix!  I searched the internet for books on Calligraphy for left handers but I was unsuccessful.  There were materials online but they were of no use to me.  I wanted a physical book.

I wanted to narrow down on the type of Calligraphy I wanted to learn.  I love Copperplate Lettering and decided that that is what I will try and master.

I finally found a book by Laura Di Piazza called Copperplate Calligraphy  It isn’t for left handers but is simple enough to learn.

I also found YoungHae Chung’swebsite inspiring.  She too is left handed!

I am giving myself until September to learn.  I am very pleased that I have been fairly diligent in practising!


Church of England · Church Warden · Faith · God · Health · Makeup · Parish Life · Rural · Vicarage

The Joys of living in a Vicarage

Tuesday. 10.30am.  The doorbell rang and the Mhinisteir opened the door in his starched clerical shirt looking his usual smart self.   It was one of the Church wardens who decided to come unannounced.  I froze!  Why?  Because at 10.30am, I was just out of bed, still in my jammies with bed hair and tucking into my warm bowl of porridge.  I knew the Church warden was going to come at some point and do some work around the house but he was meant to phone before coming!  These days, this is how I look on most mornings.  Getting out of bed, showering and getting dressed used to take me an hour but these days it seems to take forever.  Somedays I feel so rotten that I am forced to remain in bed until midday so in that context Tuesday was a good day.

I didn’t want the Church warden to see me in my holey pyjamas.  He has only seen me in full face paint.  Yes, not all Vicar’s wives are plain Janes.  I do take pride in the way I look, thank you!  Just that I wasn’t expecting anyone today so didn’t even bother with my silk dressing gown.  I was trapped in the dining room.  I wanted to get upstairs but it was only possible if the glass door between the Mhinisteir’s study and main house was shut!  I slowly tiptoed towards the glass door and found it OPEN!!!! Oh help!  What am I to do?

I sat waiting in the dining room for the next 45 minutes.  Finally the Mhinisteir called out ” He is gone, darling!!!”  Phew! What a relief!

Church of England · Faith · God · Observations · Rural · Vicarage

The Disappearance of White male clergy in the Church of England

I can’t help but wonder if we will soon witness the disappearance of white male clergy in the Church of England! Maybe we are already beginning to see it happening! I think white male clergy are the most discriminated people in the COE at the moment.

Recently, I read of the appointment of female bishops.  The headlines on at least two diocesan websites screamed ” First female bishop for the diocese”

Is it at all possible that the gender of the Bishop elect was already decided long before the selection process? Sadly I am not the only one who thinks this way for there is a letter in the latest Church Times from a traditionalist about the appointment of the next Archbishop of York.  The writer appears to suggest that the gender of the next ABY has already been decided.

So why the obsession????  The Bible clearly reminds us “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. nor Greek, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” – Galatians 3:28. (KJV)

Book Review · Radio 4 · Scotland · Vicarage

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

About a year ago, the book at bedtime on Radio Four was Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.  I  know I enjoyed listening to it but I can only vaguely remember the storyline as I was drifting in and out of sleep.

This week I heard on Radio Four’s open book an interview with Gail Honeyman, the author of Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.  It was only then that I realised that She is Scottish.  I would love to read the book and so have asked the Mhinisteir to put it in his Amazon Wish List!!!

Cathedral shop · Faith · Petertide Ordination · Prayer · Scotland · Uncategorized

Holy Socks

After the ordination service on Sunday, I slipped into the Cathedral shop to get a momento for the Mhinisteir.  As I was looking around for something suitable, I came across Holy Socks

I later discovered that Holy Socks are the brain child of Margaret Wyllie in Scotland and that these socks are actually made in Scotland.  I bought a bright yellow pair known as the Whirling Bike Wheels for the Mhinisteir. They were reasonably priced at just under £7.00 and were nicely presented.

Holy Socks are great conversation starters!!!!!


Disclaimer: I am not paid by Holy Socks to promote them.

Isle of Lewis · Lewis Chessmen · Rural · Scotland

Lewis Chessman

Two days ago, there was an article in the Telegraph newspaper about the missing Lewis Chessman.  I assume that this story would have been featured in all the national newspapers.

The story goes like this….an Edinburgh family had kept the Lewis Chessman in their drawer for 55 years without knowing that it was one of the Long lost Lewis Chessmen  They finally realised it’s worth and the Lewis Chessman was recently sold at an auction for a whopping £735,000!!!!

About 10 years ago, I had the privilege of visiting the home of the Lewis Chessmen.  Sadly I remember the trip for all the wrong reasons!!!

1. I was violently sick at Glasgow airport just before boarding the plane to Stornoway.

2. Once on board, I realised to my horror* that the pilot was a woman. * The moment I let the sisterhood down!!!

3. The pilot had trouble landing because of strong winds.

4. My hosts conveniently forgot about my arrival so I was left waiting in the airport for a few hours.  By the way, it was their invitation, I didn’t invite myself!

5.  It was blowing a gale the whole weekend with intermittent power cuts!

6. The airport security in Stornoway airport is stricter than most international airports.  My handbag and its contents were so thoroughly scrunitised that I felt guilty even before I had done anything wrong.  Never ever go through security at Stornoway airport too early.  They have too much time and not many passengers so will be Super thorough!

7.  My flight back to Glasgow was delayed by several hours due to a hole in the windscreen of the plane!!!

But there was one feature in Stornoway airport that I remember fondly. Smacked in the middle of the baggage collection area stood a large carving of a single Lewis Chessman.  It was a magnificent piece of art!