2020 · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Fashion · Left Handed · Panama hat · Rural · Scotland · Summer · Vicarage

New Panama Hat

The Mhinisteir has finally succumbed to pressure from me and has bought his first ever Panama hat. To be fair to him, there was no use for it in the Scottish Highlands where it was always blowing a gale almost all the time.  Anything you have on your head except a woolly hat would have gone with the wind!!!! Its a different story in England, you will be foolish not to wear a hat because we get a lot of the sun compare to Scotland.  After all these years in England, he still refused to get one until about 10 days ago when I ordered one for him!!! Paid for by him of course!!!! I am pleased to say that he has been using it diligently!

 

2020 · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Goodhousekeeping · Le Creuset · Left Handed · Rural · Vicarage · Vicarage Kitchen

My New Set of Pans

I have got a new set of Le Creuset Pans.  Actually they are not quite new.   They are second hand ones that I bought online.  This is the first time in my life that I have actually bought for myself a set of pans.  Most of my life has been spent in furnished houses with crockery and utensils included or I have used hand me downs which has suited my motto in life which is to travel light so I don’t own much.

I am absolutely delighted with my new set of pans.   They are cast iron so they are very heavy.  Hopefully I will never ever have to buy another pan again since Le Creuset has a lifetime warranty.  I am now eyeing a Le Creuset Pan Stand to show off display my pans!

2020 · Bishop · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Left Handed · Pimm's · Rural · Vicarage · Vicarage Kitchen · Wimbledon

From the Vicarage Kitchen – Ice cold Pimm’s

We don’t usually have any alcohol at home except for a bottle of cooking wine in the fridge and a bottle of Scotch Whisky for hot toddy which serves as a perfect antidote to a cold.

Just last week, The Mhinisteir was telling me about a cocktail drink called Pimm’s which he had enjoyed very much a good few years back.   I have heard of Pimm’s and have seen people sipping it during Wimbledon but didn’t know it was a cocktail!

Since it has been very hot this week, I decided at the last minute to add a bottle of Pimm’s to my online shopping basket.  My Pimm’s bottle arrived the very next day and this is how I made my Pimms cocktail.

Pimm‘s (Serves 1)

1 Part Pimm’s

3 Parts Lemonade

A couple of strawberries

A couple of slices of cucumber

A few slices of orange

A small bunch of fresh mint

Lots of ice Cubes

Method

1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, strawberries, cucumber slices, orange slices and fresh mint.  Lightly crush the mint in your palms to release the oil.

2. Pour into the glass one part of Pimm’s to three parts of lemonade.

3. Stir and enjoy!

You can also make this in a jug.  If doing so, remember to increase the quantity of the strawberries, cucumbers, orange slices and mint leaves.

ps: The Mhinisteir gave a very big 👍

 

2020 · Blogging · Britbox · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Left Handed · Rural · Television · Vicarage

Margo Leadbetter

You will by now know if you have been following this blog that we got a Britbox subscription for the sole purpose of watching the Vicar of Dibley.

One thing let to another and so instead of cancelling our Subscription after the Vicar of Dibley, we conveniently stumbled into Yes, Minister followed by Yes, Prime Minister and now we are going through the Good Life!!!!

Anyway, my favourite character from the Good Life is Margo Leadbetter.  The downside is that she reminds me too much of myself!!!!!

2020 · Blogging · Butcher · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · First World Problems · Food · Gluten Free · Handmade · Health · Left Handed · Rural · Vicarage · Vicarage Kitchen

Veal Burgers & Smoke Alarm

On Saturday evening, We had homemade veal burgers.  I got the mince veal from my Scottish butcher.  I prefer veal to beef as it is tender and easy to cook.  The Mhinisteir likes veal too.

I did all my preparation for the burger on Saturday morning so all I had to do in the evening was to cook the veal burgers and assemble them.

By lunchtime, my usual health woes were beginning to plaque me so I had to have a lie down.  It was soon time for dinner but I was only feeling slightly better.  However, I decided to soldier on and cook the veal burgers.  I am not a fan of barbecues so I usually cook my burgers in the oven.   Unfortunately on this day, the oven got very smoky.  I only had it professionally cleaned about afortnight ago so am not sure what happened there.  The next minute the smoke alarm went off. The Mhinisteir went into an almighty panic and started closing the windows. Yes, you read it right.  He started closing the windows!!!! Why?  He didn’t want the neighbours to hear the alarm.  I thought it was hilarious.  I instructed him to wave a tea towel at the alarm while I started opening the windows.  Thankfully the alarm stopped beeping just after a few minutes and calm was restored in the Vicarage Kitchen.

Oh by the way, The veal burgers were lovely too!!!

2020 · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · Death · England · Faith · Heaven · Left Handed · Rural · Tears · Vicarage

Grey Hair

As I was combing my hair in front of the mirror the other day, I realised that I have suddenly gone quite grey.  I don’t know if I have suddenly gone quite grey or that I had never noticed my greying hair before. I prefer not to cover my greys.  As I was going over my hair with the comb, I realised that the grey hair does suit me.  Very well actually😬.

As I continued combing, My mind slowly moved to spiritual things.  What a privilege it is to be able to turn grey.  Many people’s time on earth is cut short in their prime.

A school friend of mine passed away when we were in secondary school.  She died due to unnatural causes ( I won’t say any more).  She never got to go grey.  What a solemn and sombre thought for we take many many things in our lives for granted.

2020 · Bishop · Blogging · Cassock · Cathedral · Church of England · Church Times · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · Curates · England · God · Left Handed · Multi Parish Benefice · Parish Church · Parish Life · Parishioners · Rural · Vicarage

Curate Season

Another year and another new batch of Deacons in the Church of England will be going to their respective parishes to start their 3 year Curacy.  They will be known as Curates.

This year, we too are getting a new curate who will be with us for 3 years DV.  Sadly not all Curacies are success stories.  There is often a breakdown in relationship between the training incumbent and the curate which is very regrettable.

About a year or so ago, there was an article/letter in the Church Times which stated that most breakdowns are caused by Jealousy.  Not the curates, rather the training incumbent getting jealous of the Curate’s popularity.

Anyway, Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Ordination service has been postponed as the Bishop MUST lay his/her hands on the Deacons to ordain them.  Instead, We will have a welcome service via zoom.  Until the Ordination is complete, the curates will be known as PASTORAL WORKERS instead of REVERENDS. Something that some prospective curates are finding difficult – not to be able to use the dog collar just yet!!!

 

2020 · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · Disadvantage · England · Garden · God · Left Handed · Moles · Prayer · Rural · Vicarage · Wildlife

The Moles are back!

When we first moved to the Vicarage, the garden was covered in molehills.   Moles are a big problem where we live –  one of the disadvantages of rural living!  We got pest control to deal with them as humanely as possible.  Very soon, the moleshills were getting fewer  until one morning when there was no molehill at all!  Hooray!

Two weeks ago, I noticed that the molehills were back!  I was  disappointed. I didn’t expect them to operate in the Summer!

Another disadvantage of rural living is that it is very expensive.  Anyway, the Mhinisteir and I decided to pray over it.  So these days, every morning we look out of the window to look out for fresh molehills.  So far there are no new ones.  We shall keep on praying!!!

 

2020 · Blogging · Church of England · Cleaner · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · England · Face Masks · Left Handed · Multi Parish Benefice · Parishioners · Rural · Vicarage · Waitrose

Our new face masks

IMG_0078Our new silk face masks arrived last week and The Mhinisteir was able to put it to the test the very same day that it arrived.

Since the lockdown, the cleaner is no longer able to give us a fixed day but thankfully she does give us a good few days notice.  In order to maintain social distancing, we try to vacate the house for her.  The Mhinisteir had a few errands to run including a trip to Waitrose which gave me the perfect excuse to get him to try out his mask even though I was afraid he might look like a bank robber which was why I got beige masks instead of black.

While waiting for him in the Waitrose carpark, I noticed that more shoppers are now using the facemasks.   Personally, I think that we should all be wearing masks.

Later in the week, we got another 4 hand sewn masks (pictured) from one of the parishioners!  How kind and thoughtful.

2020 · Baking · Blogging · Cake · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Dairy Free · England · Food · Freezer · Gluten Free · Handmade · Rural · Vicarage · Vicarage Kitchen

My Secret Cake Stash

I try to have a secret cake stash tucked away in our freezer.

Whenever I bake a cake, once it has cooled,  I cut two small pieces of the cake, put them in a foil and stash them away in the freezer.

On a day like yesterday, when I felt like a cake with my cup of tea but didn’t have any freshly baked cake, I raid the freezer.  I never label my cakes because one is ever so grateful to get their hands into ANY cake (Tried and Tested Method😬) !