Calligraphy · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Rural · Vicarage


I have just discovered what flourish means in Calligraphy language.  It refers to the decorative pen stroke added to the letter.  In other words, the curly ribbon like drawings.

I am slowly becoming more confident using Calligraphy but still don’t know how to apply flourish to my words!!

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No handmade cards this year!

I have just been told that I am not to be making any handmade cards for Christmas this year!!!! As you can imagine, I am not happy but the Mhinisteir does have a point.  Given my health condition, it is going to take a lot out of me.

I don’t usually send out Christmas cards.  Instead I send out New year cards.  Back in Scotland , the ultra conservative Christians don’t send Christmas cards as they are of the view that Christmas is a pagan festival.

My reason for sending new year cards is very different reason.  It is purely based on personal experience.  At Christmas, here at the vicarage we receive hundreds of Christmas cards.  I often feel that we are not able to appreciate or read them thoughtfully given that December is a very busy month.

I also noticed that after the hustle and bustle of Christmas, January becomes a very quiet month and you hardly receive anything in the post.  Furthermore sending a New year card means that I can personally thank those who had sent us a Christmas card.

So these are my reasons for sending a new year card but this year I just have to settle for shop bought Christmas cards.


Birthday · Blogging · Church of England · England · Observations · Rural · Vicarage

Struggling for words…..

I can’t believe I am writing this but I am struggling to write these days. At least part  of the reason for this is because I am having a rough time health wise.

I usually have plenty to write about so I don’t know what happened….

Anyway, one of the things that caught my eye while flipping through the papers is that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones are both celebrating their birthdays today!!!!!!


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Vicar’s Day Off!

It is almost impossible to have the Mhinisteir all to myself on his day off.  The phone starts ringing first thing in the morning and the door bell goes off every few hours!  These are almost always people who know that it is his day off!!!!

As I get older, I am getting more annoyed compared to my younger self whenever our private time is ruined over something trivial like when Joe Block is unhappy over Mary Bell’s lengthy intercessory prayer on Sunday!!!!

The only way I have found to overcome this problem is for us both to disappear from the Vicarage for the whole day.  Even then it doesn’t solve the problem completely as people can ring the Mhinisteir’s mobile phone!!  But it is certainly better than spending the day off at home!!!!

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Calligraphy Update

Over the last 3 months, I have been teaching myself to write copperplate Calligraphy.   I am pleased to say that for the first time yesterday, I had the confidence to write a letter and address an envelope using Calligraphy.  It took me a whopping two hours!!!!  I think I will need many many hours of practice before I can attain perfection.  Practice makes perfect!

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Bridget Jones’ Baby

I am a fan of Bridget Jones.  She is everything I am not.  When the movie “Bridget Jones’ Baby was released in the UK, I was not well enough to go to the cinema.  I was so disappointed until a few months ago when I finally got to watch it on TV!!!!

We had an overnight stay at a hotel and just by pure coincidence discovered that they were showing the movie that evening! I was over the moon because we don’t usually bother with hotel televisions as we don’t own a television.

If you haven’t watched it, then it is a movie worth watching.  I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had been ages since I had a good laugh.  The movie also highlighted the lonely world we live in and how much need there is for the Church to share the good news.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life – John 3:16

My only criticism of the movie is the inclusion of bad language.

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Lack of privacy

Privacy is something of a premium if you live in a Vicarage.  I always feel like a goldfish in a goldfish bowl.  I thought I was quite used to that feeling until recently…..

For this reason I have all my curtains firmly shut at all times.

I love to look out of the window first thing in the morning and throughout the day until bedtime.  I like to admire our peaceful surroundings but I ALWAYS happen to catch the attention of someone passing by!!!!!  How is that even possible as the Vicarage is in a dead end? There are the ocassional dog walkers but how is it that I always end up making eye contact with someone??????  What is the right protocol??? Do I wave to them?????

I am super embarrassed whenever it happens first thing in the morning because I am usually blurry eyed, wearing old pyjamas and sporting bed hair.

Ah! The joys of living in a Vicarage!!!!