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Old Mrs Patel

I have just finished writing a cheque for Mrs Patel who is our trusted newsagent.

When we first moved to our Vicarage, we were looking for a newsagent who was able to deliver newspapers to our home.  We were asked to go to the nearest town and enquire at McColls.  It was a very wet and dark winter’s afternoon but we were determined to get our newspapers delivered.  We walked up and down the High Street but couldn’t find McColls instead found an independent “corner” shop.  We decided to go in and ask for directions to McColls.  That was our first meeting with Mrs Patel!

Mrs Patel was very keen for business and said that she too does newspaper delivery.  By then, I was exhausted walking up and down and decided to go with her offer.  Since then   her service has been excellent.   I suspected that she had taken a shine to the Mhinisteir!!!  She even rings him up at the Vicarage to make sure he is happy with the delivery service and to remind him that his newspaper vouchers are due!!!!!

My suspicions were confirmed on the Monday morning before the lockdown was announced, when I decided to accompany the Mhinisteir to Old Mrs Patel’s shop.   He was going in to pay his bill while I was desperately looking for some writing paper.   It was only my second visit to the shop since our move.  I quickly realised that Old Mrs Patel was a little “cranky” that day!  Ah!  That was when the penny dropped.  Mrs Patel preferred to see the Mhinisteir on his own.

I have decided to stay away from Old Mrs Patel in order to maintain the peace and harmony.  Ha ha !!!!!


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Fear is real.  I am sometimes so gripped by fear that I feel paralysed.  However, for the last few months, I have found myself uttering these words as I start my morning after my devotion.

“Fear not the lions, for they are chained”

Just to give you a bit of context, they are taken from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and you will find the excerpt below:-

Thus he went on his way. But while he was bewailing his unhappy miscarriage, he lift up his eyes, and behold there was a very stately palace before him, the name of which was Beautiful, and it stood by the highway-side.

So I saw in my dream that he made haste, and went forward, that if possible he might get lodging there. Now before he had gone far, he entered into a very narrow passage, which was about a furlong off the Porter’s lodge, and looking very narrowly before him as he went, he espied two lions in the way. Now, thought he, I see the dangers that Mistrust and Timorous were driven back by. (The lions were chained, but he saw not the chains.) Then he was afraid, and thought also himself to go back after them; for he thought nothing but death was before him. But the Porter at the lodge, whose name is Watchful, perceiving that Christian made a halt, as if he would go back, cried unto him, saying, Is thy strength so small? Mark 4:40. Fear not the lions, for they are chained, and are placed there for trial of faith where it is, and for discovery of those that have none: keep in the midst of the path, and no hurt shall come unto thee.

John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress, London : Dent, 1954 (1678) page 47

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Left Hand Crochet


Yes! I have finally finished my very first crochet project!  When I was in Secondary School, I taught myself how to do a very basic crochet.  I had to teach myself as I just couldn’t follow any patterns.  It was only later that I realised that it was because I am left handed!

During my teenage years, there were more exciting things to do than crochet so I never picked up the crochet needle again until about a month ago.  One of our armchairs was urgently needing a throw and so I decided to crochet a very basic throw.    It took me about 4 weeks and I am so pleased with the throw.

I hope to tackle Curtain tiebacks as my next project.

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Mhinisteir:  You know that Goya?

Me:  Gyoza, the Japanese dumpling you mean? Why, have you got a craving for them?

Mhinisteir:  No…..  The little chap from Star Wars.

Me:  Yoda!  He is called Yoda!!!!

We don’t know anything about Star Wars.  I just so happened to know that the little fella is called Yoda!


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Milk Bottle Tops For Traditional Milk Bottles

Here at the Vicarage, we have been getting our milk delivered in traditional glasss  bottles for a good number of years now. It is such a delight to receive these glass bottles but the downside is they don’t come with reusable lids.  When we first started getting milk delivered, I was afraid that the milk will go off and so decided to look for milk bottle tops online.  It wasn’t very easy but I managed to find a supplier on Ebay UK.

These plastic tops are reusable and come with a ring which sits nicely on the bottle neck which gives them an edge over Moopops milk tops.  They are reasonably priced and comes with free postage.   The added bonus is that these tops are dishwasher friendly.   I have had mine for years and after having gone through the dishwasher umpteen times they are still in tip top condition.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote this product and do not represent the sellers.  






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Funeral Directors

The Mhinisteir deals a lot with Funeral Directors.  Unfortunately from what I hear from him, they seem to be very unpleasant people to deal with.   It appears that they like to employ a lot of underhand methods.   I’m sure there are some honest ones too.

I would have thought that they will be kind as they would be dealing with people who are at their lowest.    Looks can be deceiving indeed!





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Brahmin Reborn – Bhaskar Sreerangam with Esther Sandys

It is 1966. Madras, India. A young Brahmin (Bhaskar) realises the futility of his ritualistic Hinduism. Unable to face another day, he gives his gods an ultimatum: reveal yourself, or I will kill myself. After preparing a deadly meal, he heads out for what he thinks will be his final walk around the city. As he does he passes a man handing out flyers. They catch his eye. He’s intrigued. He heads inside to see what’s going on. What happens next changes the direction of his life and the ill-fated meal waiting at home.


I picked this book from the Mhinisteir’s library.  I am very interested in World Religions and so was excited to learn a little about Hinduism and so started reading it on Sunday instead of my usual Sabbath nap!   It was an easy read so I finished it in 3 hours!

I had hoped to learn more about Bhaskar but the book was about his early days before and after becoming a Christian.  The first four chapters were quite heavy as they contained many Indian terms for rites and rituals with detailed explanations which were at times overwhelming. 

As I arrived at the last page, I was disappointed that the book didn’t touch on Bhaskar’s later life like how he met his wife and how he ended up ministering in Bristol! The book somehow felt incomplete!  

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Have pity upon us miserable sinners, who now are visited with great sickness and mortality; that like as thou didst then accept of an atonement, and didst command the destroying Angel to cease from punishing, so it may now please thee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen – ‘Prayer in the time of any common Plague of Sickness’, – Book of Common Prayer

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Strange Week

This week has been a strange one. The lockdown itself is not bothering me because even before the Coronavirus pandemic, I have been self isolating due to health reason.

For the Mhinisteir, the weeks leading up to Easter is always busy. Holy Week is especially busy. My Protestant upbringing means that every week is Holy Week and every Sunday is Easter! For that reason I don’t do anything special. Health permitting, I usually try and go to the Chrism service in the Cathedral. This week has been fairly quiet in that sense. The Mhinisteir is still busy. Being in rural parishes mean that we have more elderly people in our Churches and in the last few weeks, a good number have been taken ill some critically.

We heard this week that a friend of ours had passed away quite suddenly. He had collapsed at home. Taken to hospital. When his wife phone the next morning, She was told that he was doing well. He passed away around lunchtime that day when he collapsed for the second time!

Despite the lockdown, we had a good number of Easter Cards & Chocolates from our Parishioners. A few of them have been sneaking out when dark falls. Something that we don’t encourage of course!

I baked a banana cake on Friday! It was only after I had baked that I remembered it was Good Friday even though I had watched an online service!!!!

Again on Good Friday, The Mhinisteir got a phone call from a parishioner wishing him a Happy Easter. Happy Easter on Good Friday??? We are living through strange times after all!!!!

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My Vegetable Box

My first vegetable box arrived today. It was a day late but I’m not complaining. As with most delivery drivers, this one got lost too. For some strange reason, the Satnav takes them on a wild goose chase to the other end of our village.

In case you are interested, my local premium vegetable box costs £15.00 and contained the following… leeks, potatoes, red pepper, onions, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, carrots, parsnips, mushrooms, pears, oranges, pineapple and apples.

The Coronavirus lockdown has given me time to review our shopping habits. I have always tried to support local and independent businesses but have been depending on supermarkets for items not covered by the local/independent shops.

However since the lockdown, I have been Super annoyed with the supermarkets and am seriously trying to cut them out of my life completely. I am not sure how I am going to achieve that but am going to try.