I was slightly irked to see an article entitled “Will you help train a priest in Africa?” in the latest Church Times. The Church Times has a fund called the TAP (Train a priest) Fund. My understanding is that it is mainly used to support priests in the UK.
I am not at all suggesting that we shouldn’t share our resources with Christians in the wider world but it just seems so ill timed when the COE (Church of England) is cash strapped and there are talks of clergy losing their jobs.
This is a subject that has been on my mind for the past 24 months. I try and support the Mothers Union by buying greetings cards in bulk as I am always writing to people. However, I am always bothered by “foreign” faces at the back of these cards and on their websites. The Mothers Union was started to help local women and it has now evolved into an international charity. I also know that Mothers Union helps 100s of families in the UK so why only focus on their international work? Is it because that’s what sells? Does it make one feel good about supporting someone in a third world country?
Maybe we prefer to help “others” while we ignore the poor who are right at our doorstep!
I do! I almost iron everything that comes out of the washing machine!!!
Recently, there was an article in the newspaper about people ironing tea towels. As always, there are people who like to iron them and those who prefer not to. I don’t think there is a correct answer. However, I was quite interested to read a letter to the newspaper from an older lady who was taught by her domestic science teacher to iron tea towels as ironing gets rid of all the germs and if there is an accident in the kitchen, one can use the tea towel (a new one of course!) to wrap up. How interesting!
The first book by my bedside is the Jewel in the Crown which is the first book in Paul Scott’s the Raj Quartet. According to the Mhinisteir, it was to be a Valentine’s Day present which arrived 2 weeks before the actual day. Strangely, on the day itself there was not even a peep from the Mhinisteir. He claims to have forgotten!!!! Mmmm…..
The second book is my Sunday book entitled Rowan Rules by Rupert Shortt. It is a biography of Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
I am very pleased to announce that I have finished reading these.
This morning I woke up to a blocked toilet. Yes, one of our toilets had become blocked overnight. Last Saturday it was our boiler, this Saturday it was the turn of our toilet. I decided to ignore leave it until I had finished my Saturday jobs including a cooked breakfast. In between jobs, I googled “blocked toilets” to see what I could do to rectify. If you notice, I haven’t mentioned the Mhinisteir yet! Regular readers will know that he is hopeless with his hands. I am marginally better. I decided I won’t involve him.
I tackled the blocked toilet with some bicarbonate soda and vinegar, a brand new bottle of Sarsons malt vinegar to be precise! I also followed it up with boiling water afterwards. Thankfully the toilet is now unblocked.
I have never had to unblock toilets in my life before. As they say, there is always a first time!!!!
This week started with me getting the bin collection completely wrong.
The Vicarage is situated on top of a small hill. Immediately next to the Vicarage is the Church. Every week, the Mhinisteir and I will bring our bin to the bottom of the road for it to be collected. We did that again this week just that when we got to the bottom of the road, the bins on the pavement for collection was of a different colour to what we had!!! I was very sure that it was the black bin that was due. We came back home without the black bin and checked on the council website and guess what, it was NOT the black bin!!!!!!!!! How on earth did I (a perfectionist) get it so wrong???????
I spent the rest of the week worrying about something ridiculous! So unimportant!!!
On a positive note, the weather is picking up which is just lovely. I even managed to plant some of the freesia bulbs that I bought via Waitrose, just that I didn’t know which way they went in!!!!
About two days ago, I read online that Nestle is planning to introduce Vegan Kitkats. How fabulous its that???? I am not Vegan but I am allergic to dairy. I am so looking forward to that day when I will be able to try them!!!!!!
It is Ash Wednesday today and I have just come back from Church but without the cross marked with ashes on my forehead. Due to Covid19, we didn’t have the imposition of ashes.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent. My Protestant Christian upbringing was heavily influenced by the Reformation so we didn’t mark holy days which means that we don’t observe Lent. Keeping the Sabbath day holy was all that mattered.
In the Church of England and in England as a country, things are very different, almost everyone observes the Lent season and the favourite question is “what are you giving up for Lent”? It can get a bit awkward when you say you are not giving up anything because it makes one sound irreligious! I have never given up anything for Lent and I don’t intend to begin now. I will use the Lent season to pray and meditate on God’s word which is something I do on a daily basis anyway.
We have had snow almost every day of this week. The Sun has been shining for the past two days but it is still not strong enough to melt the snow. Last night was a particularly cold night. I had to turn on the electric blanket in the middle of the night because it was so cold and my pillows were cold!
It was still very cold in the morning. When the Mhinisteir went to turn up the radiator, he found the radiator in the bedroom to be stone cold!!! That explains why we were both freezing in bed! The boiler had packed in again. Honestly, this is the third time this has happened since Christmas Eve! It was looked into at the start of the year and all was found to be well.
The upkeep of the Vicarage is the responsibility of the Diocese and so we must go through the Diocesan Housing Department everytime there is to be any repair work but since it is the weekend, we are allowed to phone the Diocesan approved plumber directly. Thankfully, the plumber was available to come straight away.
As we were waiting, the Mhinisteir came to report that the heating has miraculously come back on! What about the plumber???? He gave the plumber a call to update him but since he was already halfway here, he decided to come anyway. Just as well he did because there was a fault with the heating system. The heating was only coming on if we turned on the hot water! The plumber managed to solve the problem and it is such a relief. The heating is working well now but it is taking an awful long time to heat up the house as the Vicarage has been without heating overnight.
Did anybody notice the date today? 13th! Haha. I am not at all superstitious but when I was in school, I used to love writing stories about things going wrong on Friday the 13th. Of course, it was all pure imagination!
Recently, The Mhinisteir and I had to have new prescription glasses after our eye tests. The eye tests had to postponed at least twice previously due to the fast changing Covid situation. Anyway, all went well and we are just waiting to pick up our new prescription glasses.
I was a bit nervous going to a public place like the Optician so I decided to use a disposable surgical mask instead of my usual silk mask. The next day, I had a huge breakout! Since the Autumn, my sensitive skin has suffered so much and I was getting fedup.
I didn’t want to see the doctor just yet so I decided to do some internet research and came across a product called Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cover Stick. It is a concealer that is infused with Salicylic Acid. I have been using it together with the La Roche Posay moisturiser for almost a fortnight now and my goodness what a difference it has made to my skin! My skin is looking much better and clearer. In fact, I noticed a diference immediately. No more angry spots.