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From the Vicarage Library | The Other Side of the Coin

The is the book that I took away for my holiday reading.

It is written by Angela Kelly who is the Senior Dresser to Her Majesty the Queen. It took me just 2 days to finish reading this excellent book. This is the second best book I have read this year! The first was this.

The book is full of colourful photos mainly of the Queen wearing some of the outfits from her extensive wardrobe, usually designed by Kelly herself. It also contains photos of some of the most precious jewellery that the Queen owns!

This book is basically about Kelly’s work as Senior dresser to Her Majesty the Queen. She writes extensively about her close working relationship with the Queen without divulging Royal secrets! It is definitely not a kiss and tell book. The book is well written and DOES NOT contain cheap gossip. It has been personally endorsed by the Queen herself which I think is quite a big deal.

A little snippet from the book…. The Queen does her own makeup! The only time that a makeup artist is involved is when she is filmed for the Christmas speech.

There is only one slight disappointment. Kelly refers to The Queen as the Head of the Church of England. She is wrong. Her Majesty the Queen is the supreme governor of the Church of England. Christ is the Head!

If you are royalist or simply interested in the Queen’s wardrobe then this book is for you!

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Holiday Report

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Our holiday started on Monday but we didn’t leave the Vicarage until 3pm. The hairdresser was booked to come in at lunchtime so we decided to go ahead with it. The appointment with BT was meant to be on that day too but as usual they messed up. More about BT in another post.

Our holiday destination was to the famous English city where we used to live. The purpose of the holiday was so that the Mhinisteir could get a few things done like taking our trusty old car for an MOT and a service. We prefer to take our car to our old garage in Scotland but these days it is just not practical. This appointment was booked ages ago but on the day of our travel, when the Mhinisteir rang them, the garage couldn’t find it and the owner with whom the Mhinisteir usually deals with was on holiday! Thankfully, just before we left the Vicarage, the garage phoned back to say that we should bring the car in as scheduled! Hallelujah!

We arrived at our little self catering cottage around dinner time. We had stayed there a decade ago! The cottage was squeaky clean and I appreciated their Covid-19 safeguarding measures which included no physical contact. We just had to take the keys to the cottage from a key safe.

We took a slow walk into the city centre as we needed to get dinner but also wanted to reminisce. Sadly, the city has gone down quite a bit. I didn’t like being harassed by touters. I suggested a nice Thai restaurant for dinner. I am still not comfortable dining in so it was going to be a take away. Needless to say that the food was lovely. They even took 20% off from our bill which was totally unexpected but much appreciated! I had my usual spice free Pad Thai while the Mhinisteir had something fiery. The portions were super generous that the leftovers ended up as another meal! Not complaining though! 😀

I spent most of my time either inside or outside the cottage catching up on my reading. As for the Mhinisteir, on top of the car business, he had a dental appointment one day and he also got to meet his friend for lunch at The Ivy the next! The car couldn’t be serviced as they didn’t have enough workmen but the car pass did the MOT!!!!!!

We both managed to sleep well every single night which was bliss.

A strange incident happened on the afternoon after the Mhinisteir had been to The Ivy with his friend. Shortly after he arrived back at the cottage and as he was removing his socks, I noticed that one of his toe was covered in blood! The Mhinisteir hadn’t noticed it until I had pointed out to him. His sock too was covered in blood. Thankfully it was nothing serious but just a cut. How he got it is a mystery!

All in all, we had a super holiday compared to our last one!

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International Left Handers Day

Did you know that today is International Left Handers Day ? I didn’t know there was such a thing until I got a message from my right handed sibling this morning!

Since it is International Left handers Day today, I have reposted the blog that I wrote and posted in November 2019.

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Yes, I am left handed and am proud of it.  Since childhood, I knew I was a little different because I was the only child in my class who would draw circles anti- clockwise!!!

However, I didn’t know that this was the reason why I couldn’t tell the time by looking at the analog clock that was in our family home!!!

As I became an adult I realised that most things are not leftie friendly like when I used to go to the bank and when asked to sign documents, the chain that is attached to the pen is never long enough

Recently I was making a mental list of some of the pros and cons of being left handed and the following is how my list looks like:-


  • left handed cheque book – courtesy of the Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Many famous people in the world are left handed😬


  • unable to knit as I can’t follow the pattern.
  • unable to use an ordinary potato peeler.
  • inconvenient to use Filofax, diaries etc.
  • almost impossible to learn Calligraphy as it is more suited for right handed people even though I have just finished learning the basics after a long struggle.
  • when greeting someone with a hug/kiss I ALWAYS go the wrong way and it is so embarrassing
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Rushed off my feet!

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I like a slow start to my day but the Thursday before our holiday was nothing like my usual start to the day. The Mhinisteir was out at a church service and we were expecting the tree surgeon to chop off the conifer trees. The Mhinisteir assured me that they will not be bothering me. Excellent I thought…..

Just as I was entering the shower room, the doorbell rang! I took a quick peek at the window and it was the tree surgeon and his chum. They were young men and I most definitely wasn’t going to meet them in my dressing gown so I ignored them and went ahead with my shower! When I came out, they were still in the driveway instead of the garden. Mmmm….. I got changed and went to greet them from a distance. They said all was well. Great!

I went to the kitchen to do the dishes when I suddenly saw two faces smiling at me through the kitchen window. Just for a split second, I assumed that they were that of the tree surgeon and his chum but no it wasn’t. Instead they were from OpenReach (British Telecom). They were not due until Monday!!!! I went to the door and they introduced themselves and said they were here to do some work on our telephone line. I said that we were told to expect them on Monday. Apparently, the people coming on Monday will be dealing with a different issue but these men were going to work on the telegraphic pole. Just then I remembered the Mhinisteir had an important zoom meeting with our Bishop!!!! Oh great I thought! The meeting was really important as it had to do with the safeguarding issue that I had wrote about some time ago. The men from Openreach assured me that the internet connection will not be affected.

The tree surgeon and his chum were working away in the garden until 3pm. Just as they were leaving, our cleaner arrived!!!! By then, I was so exhausted that I couldn’t wait for her to leave…..

Anyway, the good news is that the conifer trees are gone and there is so much light coming into the Vicarage which is wonderful.

The next day we got a telephone call from the Diocesan housing department informing us that the tree surgeon’s chum’s girlfriend had tested positive for Covid19 and so he is having to self isolate! Thank God that we didn’t have any close contact with him!!!

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Out of Office

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As a lady of leisure, I usually don’t get to use “Out of Office” so it feels wonderful to even type it out!!!

As many of you might have already guessed, we are on holiday! Yay! We are away for 4 nights. I was hoping to continue blogging when away but have decided against it so that I can have a complete break and return to the blogging world rejuvenated!

All being well, normal blogging services will resume next week!

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Recently, I received an email notification from Britbox to say that they have now added to their list, Monarch of the Glen, a Scottish drama about a young laird trying to restore his childhood home called the Glenbogle house.

I was elated! The Mhinisteir and I used to watch this as part of our downtime. We enjoyed it so much that we wanted to watch it again. Sadly, my joy was short lived as Britbox have only added the first two series of the drama instead of all the series!!!! What a dampener!

I have since discovered that they have done exactly the same to another Scottish drama called Take the High Road.

I feel shortchanged!

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Bank Holidays

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For as long as I remember, the Mhinisteir has always worked on a bank holiday. For those who don’t live in the United Kingdom, bank holidays are public holidays.

I don’t know of any other clergy who actually works on a bank holiday but according to the Mhinisteir, Vicars ARE NOT entitled to bank holidays.

Fast forward to August 2021, an email arrived for the Mhinisteir reminding him of all the holidays that he is entitled to and It was in bold print that clergy are entitled to bank holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I feel like weeping when I think of all the bank holidays that we have wasted missed!!!!!!!!!! No matter. There is one on the 30th of this month. Yay!!!

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From the Vicarage Kitchen | Centre Cut Fillet Steak

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The Mhinisteir and I are often mistaken for vegans or vegetarians. Why? I have no idea!!!

We both eat meat. However, we only buy meat from a butcher and it has to be free range/ organic meat which means our food bill is slightly higher but then we rarely go out to eat.

We both love a good fillet steak. About 12 months ago, I noticed that my butcher in Scotland had started selling centre cut fillet steak, grass fed of course. It is pricier than ordinary fillet steak but the Mhinisteir just loves it.

I like my steak medium while the Mhinisteir loves his cremated!!!

Just before cooking, I rub the steaks with olive oil and season with salt (no pepper!) and pan fry them in a smoky frying pan for 5 minutes on each side. I do not add any oil to the frying pan.

The steaks always turns out wonderful! I serve them with handcut triple cooked chips, tomatoes, mushrooms, salad and peppercorn sauce.

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Another Anniversary….

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Today marks the 4th Anniversary of Diary of a Church of England Vicar’s Wife (Bean A’ Mhinisteir)! I am amazed that I have lasted this long. In fact, I think I am getting better at it even if I say so myself!

When I started blogging in 2017, I only posted once a week. The blog was marked “Private” which meant NOBODY read it.

About 2 years ago, I decided to bite the bullet and go public while maintaining my anonymity. I use a pen name.

Since last year, I have been trying to blog every weekday. I am pleased to say that I have been mostly successful. It is of course tempting to blog everyday especially when WordPress sends you congratulatory messages for blogging several days in a row. On Sundays I take a complete break from most things including blogging instead you will find me in a pew in one of the umpteen parishes the Mhinisteir is responsible for.

I don’t see my blog as a religious one but being a Vicar’s wife means that I can’t help commenting on religious matters so for that reason I don’t allow comments as I prefer not to get into theological arguments discussions . Furthermore, I would like to keep this a light hearted blog.

Some followers regularly take the trouble to get in touch via the contact page with lovely comments while others follow quietly. A big thank you to all of you out there for reading my feeble words and for your continued support!