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Petrichor

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That is what I am missing – the smell of rain! Here in our part of England, we have had very little rain. It rained for 10 minutes twice in the last fortnight and that was it. I long for the time when it would bucket down in the early hours of the morning as I lie in bed warm and toasty under the duvet!

ps: Petrichor is the smell produced when rain falls on dry soil.

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Painted Faces

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This week, thanks to the Sunday Times, I learnt that a Miss England contestant has decided to compete without any make up!

That made me think….. I am someone for whom personal grooming and appearance is very important. When I say personal grooming, I am referring to a well brushed hair and a bit of colour on the face. Until today, I have stuck to the three items that my mother taught me to use on my face – foundation, eyeliner and a bright lipstick. I use them all the time even when I am just home which is often the case. I dress up for myself as I find that a bit of make up and dressing up gives me confidence in myself and to interact with others. It also means that I will never be caught underdressed!

The nasty bug that I recently caught meant that I wasn’t well enough to go to church for a few weeks which was really disappointing. I decided to watch online services and started watching Anglican church services in different continents! One week it was the continent of Africa – their church services start at 7am (their time)! I think it is way too early. I struggle with our own service time which is two hours later. I still prefer the Scottish time of 11am!

As I was watching the service and trying to pay attention to all that was done and said, I couldn’t help noticing that the worshippers were well dressed. They were looking bright eyed and bushy tailed even at that time of the morning! The women especially were looking very good with their hair coiffed and with a bit of colour on their faces. They were very pretty to look at and reminded me of some of my fellow bloggers who always look as if they are ready to have tea with the Queen of England! 😁

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Zebra Drive

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With the days drawing in, the temperature slowly dropping and daily reminders of the bleak state the world is in, I needed a book to take me to a warm and happy place. After much thought, I decided to revisit Botswana in the form of Alexander Mccall Smith’s The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency !

Regular readers will know that I am a fan of his. I love the way he goes into details. Recently, some friends told me that even though they found Richard Coles latest novel, murder before evensong interesting, they thought that he had spent too much time on the first three chapters filling them on details! I haven’t read his book yet but I love details!

I went ahead and bought second hand copies of the first few books from the series. I remember reading them for the first time when we were still living in the Scottish Highlands. I had borrowed the books from the library. The books brought such comfort to me during the harsh winter months but somehow I couldn’t remember the story.

The books arrived safely on Wednesday which according to the Times newspaper was Smith’s birthday! What a coincidence!

I have already started reading the first book “The No1 Ladies Detective Agency” but still don’t recall much at all except that I had wanted to pursue my long term dream of becoming an agony aunt! I never pursued that dream! Maybe one day I will!🤣

However, I am so excited to read about all the comings and goings in Zebra Drive which is where the residence of the main character Precious Ramotswe is!

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Grilled or Roasted?

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For the past few days, I have been doing the Times2 Crossword. I don’t know how I got started but I do it while waiting for the Mhinisteir to come up to bed from his study. He has a strange habit in that after dinner and his bath, he heads back to the study where he puts in an hour’s work!

One of the clues on Tuesday was:-

Intensely question; cook (5)

My initial answer to that was ROAST!!!!! The correct answer was of course GRILL which I realised before I turned in!!!!

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Laughter is the best medicine

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Since the pandemic, very few things are working properly in England’s green and pleasant land. By the way even our grass is very brown at the moment! 🤣

Anyway, I had previously written about how the pandemic is exposing our broken system. I know it is not true but it feels like nothing is working at the moment especially if you are at the receiving end of it all!

About a month ago, the Mhinisteir had ordered domestic heating oil to prepare us for Autumn. Needless to say that it hasn’t been delivered yet! When the Mhinisteir phoned them up, they told him that they had attempted to deliver it but the driver couldn’t reverse into our little lane! I am home all day! There was no knock on the door or even a slip to say this was the case. Instead, the Mhinisteir had to ring them up to get this vital piece of information. He was then told that the oil will be delivered last Friday but again still no sign of it!

Last week, the Mhinisteir ordered some ink cartridge for his printer. As you can probably guess, they too haven’t turned up. According to ParcelForce, they tried delivering twice but there was no one at home which is a blatant lie because we both were home on the said days and again there was not even a slip! How is anyone supposed to get anything done?

Finally, we receive a fraud alert for our joint credit card every other week (no joke) which often results in either of our cards being cancelled and replaced. As you can imagine, it is extremely inconvenient as I have to update all our payment details every single time we get sent a new card!

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The Church is not a Venue!

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Here in the vicarage, the summer season means that the Mhinisteir gets super busy with weddings. He was just telling me the other day that he is already booked up for summer 2025!

However, it is rather disappointing when wedding couples and their guests mistake the Church, a place of worship to a wedding venue. Wedding guests often leave our churches covered in litter like used tissues and sweetie wrappers which the poor church wardens who are volunteers spend hours cleaning up!

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A Rather Morbid Topic

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When we used to live in the Scottish Highlands, the talk about death and funerals were part of our everyday life. It was party because of the Mhinisteir’s job but also because we lived in such close knit communities, it was a subject that was very hard to avoid. Shop windows used to be plastered with death announcements and it was considered rude not to attend wakes or funerals of people in the village. Most of the people I know would attend at least one wake/funeral each week but usually more. One man’s wife even nicknamed him the chief mourner because of the number of wakes/funerals he was attending each week!

Here in England, it is the complete opposite. I rarely hear about deaths or funerals. It is usually hush hush. People don’t want to talk about it. The only time I hear about funerals is through the Mhinisteir. I remember going to a Thanksgiving service for a good friend and coming out totally confused. Usually, going to funerals gives me a closure but on this occasion I didn’t get that because without the sight of a coffin it just felt like an ordinary church service.

As a vicar, the Mhinisteir has to be deal with a lot of funerals and one of the big problems that he faces with every other funeral is the order of service. The Church of England has a set of rules that needs to be followed. Unfortunately the bereaved families struggle to abide by them because they want to follow the deceased person’s last wishes which are often not aligned with the CofE rules. As you can imagine, this makes the Mhinisteir’s job very difficult. I know that it is easier to let the family have their way because one doesn’t want to add to their grieve but if the piece of music that the family wants is something that mocks God or contains bad language then surely it can’t be allowed. What an irony!

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Coca Cola is it?

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You will never find sweet fizzy drinks in the vicarage pantry. We do have a few bottles of Shloer that we might occasionally have with our Sunday roast but other than that I never stock up on soft drinks. Having said that, I might treat myself to a full fat Coca Cola on the rare occasion we go out for a meal provided it comes out of a glass bottle. Personally, I think that Coca Cola out of a glass bottle tastes much better. I don’t do anything that has the word “diet” in it so diet Coke is out for me!

Here in the UK, we are in the process of choosing a new Prime Minister (yet again) and one of the candidate’s favourite drink is Coke! It was only through his interview in the Times newspaper that I learnt that there are two types of Coca Cola. The usual Coke made with high fructose corn syrup and the Mexican version that is made with cane sugar.

I of course have never had the Mexican version but can’t help wondering why not all Coca Colas are made using cane sugar?

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It is not a small world after all!

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Until I started watching the Lambeth Conference a fortnight ago, I hadn’t realised how small my world had become! I was shocked by that unexpected revelation but it was a necessary welcome.

I just couldn’t get my head round to the fact that there was an Anglican church in almost all the corners of this world and that we follow the same liturgy. The bishops who were present at the conference came in all colours, shapes and sizes and spoke different languages reminding me how big the world is! One of the disadvantages of sitting in an old vicarage in rural England is that it is so easy to forget that there is a BIG world out there.

Anyway, it was so wonderful to see the different designs in their violet clerical shirts and to see their wide smiles – hiding the fact some came from very difficult political situations in their own countries. At least one bishop, his wife and baby daughter were living in a refugee camp just for their own safety.

I didn’t think that the Lambeth conference was very well organised. However, I am very grateful that I got to see and sometimes hear from these bishops.

Now I just need to make sure that I do everything in my power to not shrink my world any further!!!!

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5 years a blogger

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According to WordPress, I have been a blogger for the past 5 years! I am pretty chuffed that I have come this far.

Instead of the usual drivel as to why I started blogging blah blah, I have decided to do something different and write about the changes that have taken place in my blog in the last one year.

I certainly have more followers than a year ago. I have also noticed that I have a good number of followers from South Africa – how marvellous! I do have a slight disadvantage in that my blog name “screams” religion and so it may not be attractive to people who don’t do religion. However, I have been pleasantly surprised to have been proved otherwise!

I have become confident as a blogger which in turn has given me the confidence to leave comments in other blogs. I am of course very selective but do leave the occasional comment nonetheless. Despite making it impossible to comment on my blog, I do receive some lovely messages through the contact page ❤. Thank you and here’s to another year!