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Haircut with a mask

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It was time for our haircut this week and like the last time, our hairdresser wasn’t wearing her mask instead I wore mine. Thankfully, she was okay with me wearing a mask.

The mantra now is that we must learn to live with Covid but here in the UK, it appears that we are living like Covid no longer exists! Sadly, Covid is still very much with us and the high infection rates in our area is proof of that. Many of our parishioners are down with Covid either for the second or third time!

Another favourite party line is that we will all get Covid at some point. I for one have got no desire to catch it and will continue to take all the necessary precautions.

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Need to lighten up just a touch!

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There was an article in the Daily Telegraph last week about new Covid etiquettes.

There were 5 questions. Each giving a Covid related scenario and a choice of three answers to choose from to assess how responsible one is in the current climate with the scrapping of free lateral flow tests and cases on the rise again.

I decided to do the test and my answers were all Bs. Under “How did you score?”, it said the following about those who answered mostly Bs:

You may have your reasons, but its possible you need to lighten up just a touch不不不不不不不不不

2022 · Anglican · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · England · Face Masks · Multi Parish Benefice · Parish Church · Parish Life · Parishioners · Rural · Vicarage · Winter

Friday Night’s Dinner

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Friday night’s dinner didn’t go as planned. Being away from the vicarage meant that I wasn’t up to date with the news. Meanwhile, the newspapers were piling up back at the vicarage! I had the radio on all week but the news was all about the war and nothing else. I knew that Covid-19 rules were being further eased but I had no idea that things had gone back to pre Covid19 times until the night before.

Sadly, that news put the kibosh to our plans for dinner. We both didn’t feel comfortable going to a place full of maskless people. The Mhinisteir has a few parishioners on their death beds who need visiting and it is not fair on them or anybody else for that matter so we just got a Japanese takeaway which turned out to be very enjoyable!

2022 · Anglican · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · England · Face Masks · Newspaper · Rural · Telegraph · Times · Vicarage · Winter

What’s the fuss about?

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Over the last 10 days or so, I have not enjoyed our daily newspapers at all. It has been filled with nothing but British politics. The country has been engulfed in the revelation that the British prime minister did not follow his own rules and instead held parties in 10 Downing Street when the whole country was in lockdown at different times in 2020 and 2021. It has also been revealed that there was one such party on the eve of HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral!

I for one do not understand what the fuss is all about? I am not a fan of the prime minister but he is our prime minister because the majority voted for him! It is the same people who are now grumbling. It is not Boris who has changed. He is still the same old Boris who has an aversion to the truth and fumbles along.

The public are also angry that the PM was having a party when Her Majesty the Queen was mourning the death of her husband and that because of his decision making she had to sit all by herself at the funeral. At this point, I would like to remind the public that at least she had the opportunity to be with her husband in his dying moments and that she was able to be present at his funeral, something which many many people were denied!!!!!

This of course has given a field day to the opposition. Sadly, I don’t like them very much either!

2022 · Anglican · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · England · Newspaper · Rural · Vicarage · Winter

The newsagent and the cancelled cheque

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We are very privileged to have our newspapers delivered straight to the Vicarage door and so just like every other month our monthly newspaper bill for December arrived a few days before Christmas.

Since I am in charge of the Vicarage household, the Mhinisteir passed me the bill without even looking at it. One look and I knew the figures were incorrect. We had been charged twice.

The Mhinisteir rang Old Mrs Patel who runs the newsagents to enquire. In case you are wondering why I didn’t ring Old Mrs P; she has a soft spot for the Mhinisteir and I didn’t think she liked to hear from me!

Unfortunately, it was the son who answered the phone and so wasn’t very helpful. He claimed to have not received the cheque for the previous month. Strange because since the pandemic, I have been paying them by cheque and there has been no trouble until now.

Anyway, I wrote out a new cheque with the new figure. Just then, the Mhinisteir reminded me to cancel the earlier cheque. Cancel a cheque? It was then that I realised that I had never cancelled a cheque ever before! How do I do it?

Thankfully and unusually it was a very straightforward process. All I had to do was to contact the bank in my case the Royal Bank of Scotland and give them the cheque number, the amount and the intended recipient.

Who would have thought that it would be this easy to cancel a cheque?

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Day 4 without heating…

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Today is the 4th day without heating since the vicarage boiler broke down on Thursday.

It has been a massive inconvenience but we are not miserable. It is amazing how the breakdown of something like the boiler can upset our routine. I thought it was just me who feels this way but the Mhinisteir is struggling too.

We were given 4 foot heaters by the heating company for which we are thankful but it is not the same and we are still cold. I have been spending most of my time in bed with the electric blanket turned on! I am only in my study to write this blog, after that I am going back to the comfort of my bed.

Thankfully, we have got hot water which means we can have our shower and do the washing up but we almost went without it as the engineer who was sent to us was new and so was not familiar with the way our heating system works.

Rural churches have very little or no heating so it was mighty cold in both churches yesterday. On top of that, the windows and doors were kept open in compliance with Covid19 guidelines. When we came back, we were even more cold!!!! 扒扒扒扒

As always our kind parishioners have been offering us their portable heaters but I think we are quite alright for now but we can’t wait for the heating to be restored.

2021 · Anglican · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · Death · England · Face Masks · Rural · Vicarage · Winter

31 December 2021

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We have finally come to the end of another year. I never know what to expect when the new year begins. I know that some will say that 2021 has been the same as 2020. I beg to differ.

Yes, Coronavirus is still with us. However with vaccines, rightly or wrongly we have become bolder. Once again, we have begun to focus more on ourselves than others; offers to provide our elderly neighbours with help dwindled and is now non existent. Going on holidays has become a birth right!

Below are some of my own highs and lows of 2021:-

2 x lady babies who were born this year into the family.

2 x weddings in the family.

The Mhinisteir was made an honorary canon of the cathedral.

2 x funerals in the family including that of my grandmother’s who passed away due to Covid19.

My father landed in hospital and was not allowed any visitors due to Covid-19.

Happy Hogmanay!

2021 · Anglican · Blogging · Brexit · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · England · John Lewis · Rural · Vicarage · Winter

CHANEL N簞5

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On my recent holiday, I treated myself to my first ever bottle of CHANEL N簞5 eau de parfum.

Previously, I had always thought of it as an older woman’s perfume and so have tended to give it a wide berth. Thanks to Covid19 and Brexit, I am no longer able to purchase perfume from the small trusted perfumery in France and so I had to find an alternative and that is when I started to look at the famous CHANEL N簞5

I am delighted with my purchase and so am going to stick with it.

However, my experience at the CHANEL counter in John Lewis wasn’t as delightful When we arrived at the counter, there were no other customer so we got the undivided attention of the salesperson who looked like as she had seen better days. Sadly, she looked unkempt and her black outfit was covered in dog hair! Unfortunately, her colleague didn’t look any better.

Maybe I was expecting them to look like Coco Chanel不 or am still stuck in the past where salespeople were well groomed and going into a departmental store to purchase a bottle of perfume used to be an experience in itself.

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The Vicarage Christmas 2021

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We were late in going to bed on Christmas Eve. Actually, it was already Christmas Day when we went to bed at 2am; I was waiting up for the Mhinisteir to come back from the midnight mass. I always get very nervous when he has to drive in the dark especially during the festive period when half the drivers appear to be less than sober!

The next day, I struggled to get up for the Christmas Day service. Unlike the Mhinisteir, I wasn’t bright eyed and bushy tailed but at least I wasn’t grumpy after a nice warm shower. Just as I was about to enter into Church, a parishioner approached me for a hug. I had to politely decline. He was shocked and I felt bad but I had to act responsibly. I wish that he hadn’t put me in that situation in the first place but ……

While in Church, I realised that it was warmer outside than it was inside for I was frozen. After the service, folk were saying how cold it was in the church but that’s rural churches for you; poor heating and no loo. The service was lovely and I got to see the new baby; a young family who are regulars have had a new baby boy. They already have two other boys.

Back home, I struggled to thaw. After a bowl of warming soup, I decided to head to bed with Agatha Raisin and the electric blanket while the Mhinisteir went ahead with his home visits/communions.

A few hours later, I found the Mhinisteir reading next to me in bed! It also meant that it was time for our Christmas dinner which was pan fried turkey breast with rosemary and all the trimmings. I know that the Mhinisteir was exhausted as he also had a few deaths in the parishes in the run up to Christmas so I didn’t insist that he dressed up so we had our Christmas dinner in our old pyjamas which was a first for us!

In case you are wondering, we do have family whom we are very close to but unusually for us, both sets of our families are very busy doing good between the Christmas and New Year period so we don’t usually have a get together during the festive period. It is not something new but has been going on for generations. In fact, almost 50 years, the Mhinisteir’s uncle was returning home after distributing food and presents to the underprivileged when he was tragically killed by an errant driver.

ps: We have yet to open the Christmas presents that came from our parishioners. We hope to put that right this evening and after that I have to start writing thank you cards.

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No room in the inn

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On Monday, I read a blog post from a fellow blogger who lives in another country writing about how she is not welcome in her own parish church because she is not vaccinated.

Just as I was getting over the shock, I came across a newspaper article which said that here in England, Durham Cathedral is demanding proof of vaccination from all worshippers! Shame on them! As far as I know, this is NOT the Church of England’s policy. The ABC who usually has plenty to say about things that doesn’t concern him has gone quiet!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

According to that famous verse from John’s Gospel, God gave his only begotten son for the whole world not just the vaccinated!

Today, we are discriminating people based on their decision not to vaccinate. What will it be tomorrow? The colour of their skin or gender? Once we go down this route, there is no turning back.