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Bumbling BT

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I know I promised to write about BT (British Telecom) and so here it is….

Our The Mhinisteir’s tussle with BT started in July and came to a head yesterday. Regular readers will know that the Mhinisteir is a very patient man and even he couldn’t cope with BT’s shenanigans!

This is how it began…. early in July, we received a letter from BT offering us the opportunity to have fibre broadband. After some consideration, we decided to take it up since broadband services in rural area is quite patchy.

In the Vicarage, the Mhinisteir is in charge of all things telephony so he phoned BT to accept their offer. He was told that a BT engineer will turn up on August the 9th to do some work in the Vicarage. It was the day that we were due to go away on holiday but we decided that we will depart once the BT engineer had been.

On the Thursday before the 9th, when the tree surgeon and his chum were chopping down the conifer trees, two BT engineers came. They needed to do some work outside which was fine.

By the way, nobody turned up on the 9th. When the Mhinisteir phoned BT, they gave him one of their lies and gave him another date. Instead, someone banged on the door the day before the appointment claiming to be from BT and wanting to be let in. The Mhinisteir denied access as the appointment was only for the next day and he was going to be in meetings all day. Furthermore, this person didn’t have any identification to say that they were from BT.

By now, I think you can guess where this is heading…… right enough the BT engineer didn’t turn up on the date that he was supposed to come. Again the Mhinsiteir had to phone BT and they spinned another wonderful tale. Apparently for the first time in the working life of the operator, the contractor got the date wrong! Once again a new date was fixed, this time for September the 10th!

However, the Mhinisteir got a text message yesterday to say that the appointment has to be cancelled and can they please give him a new date!

The Mhinisteir phoned BT to tell them that he has a very busy job and can’t sit around waiting for BT to appear and so to cancel the request for fibre broadband. I say well done to him!!!!

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Dogs and Cats

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The Mhinisteir was covered in dog hair when he came back home yesterday. He had been out visiting a few of his parishioners in their homes. He wasn’t amused for he dislikes both cats and dogs!

At dinner, he told me that he struggled to focus in the house with the dogs for the smell of dogs was so great. According to him, this was even after the dogs had left. Poor him! The things you have to do if you are a Vicar!!!

It reminded me of an incident in the Highlands of Scotland when we both had visited the home of a parishioner. ML was a spinster and her pets meant a great deal to her but her house smelt of dogs. I started throwing up violently the moment I stepped out of the house because the smell of dogs was so offensive.

I know many rural people have pets but we don’t. The Vicarage is both the place of work and home and we are of the view that it will be insensitive to have pets especially if someone coming to the Vicarage has an allergy.

As for me, I am neither a cat nor a dog lover. I don’t mind dogs from a distance but they must be on a lead. At one point, I even contemplated a wee chocolate Labrador for company. That might just have been possible if the Labrador promised to remain wee and more importantly if we had a housekeeper.

As for cats, I don’t understand them. They appear unfriendly and I find them intimidating as they remind me of tigers!

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From the Vicarage Library | In the Shadow of the Shahs

In the Shadow of the Shahs is a wonderful biography by Farifteh V. Robb. I would say that it is one of the best books that I have read in my life!

It is a book that talks about the challenges faced by the author in her country of birth, Iran. It is about her trying to survive the political revolution and about her new life in the United Kingdom. In the process, she a Persian muslim discovers Christianity and becomes an Anglican Christian.

However, I hasten to add that this book is not at all about “Praise the Lord” after every second sentence. Farifteh transported me to this beautiful country that is called Iran, educating me about how life was during the time of the Shahs and at present. Her conversion story is so beautifully intertwined that you wouldn’t even realise it!

It was also very interesting to read about the Anglican Church in Iran! I am ashamed that in the western world, we are fighting over church buildings and other trivia while for the Christians in Iran, just existing as a Christian is an everyday struggle and dangerous.

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Fluent in nonsense

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“Are you the Vicar?” barked the woman who was standing at the door. Seconds earlier, I saw through the kitchen window a very angry woman, wearing bright yellow wellies marching towards the Vicarage door. We have a door bell but she opted to bang on the door.

I wasn’t eavesdropping. I just happened to be preparing breakfast in the kitchen when this happened.

She went on a rant demanding the Mhinisteir do something about her unhappiness there and then.

She is unhappy that the churchyard is getting in the way of her garden. Seriously???? Did she not consider that when she bought the house all that yonks ago????

What a start to our Monday morning!

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. A few years back, a newcomer to the village complained about the church bells. The matter even went to court after this individual displayed threatening behaviour. Why buy a house right next to the parish church if you want peace and quiet????

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Lockdown Panic Buying

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I am sure that at some point during the pandemic, I got on my moral high horse deploring panic buying.

I am ashamed to admit that I too succumbed to pressure and ended up panic buying 3 specific food items!!!

As I type this, I can’t stop laughing but this is what happened…. In a fit of panic, I bought a SINGLE can of Tesco organic chickpeas, ONE jar of Seeds of Change organic korma sauce and ONE jar of Seeds of Change organic Tikka Masala sauce. All these 3 items are still in my pantry waiting to be used.

I really don’t know what on earth possessed me to buy these three specific items because I have NEVER EVER bought them before. Of course now I don’t know what to do with them!!!!

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I still can’t get used to hard water. I miss not drinking water straight out of a tap but I must not complain since I don’t have to walk miles just to collect water!

My skin has suffered a great deal and so when I saw an advertisement for an eco shower head that softens the water, I ordered one after consulting the Mhinisteir. By the way, I don’t have to ask his permission but in our marriage, we always consult one another!

Having never descaled our shower head in Scotland, I am fedup with having to descale our shower head every month.

The new eco shower head arrived yesterday. I was able to fix it without trouble and have also enjoyed a couple of showers since then.

However one thing relating to the eco shower head really annoyed me. The delivery driver who delivered it!!!! I really didn’t know where to look because she was in what I would describe as a skimpy top which revealed her undergarments!

It is ridiculously hot here at the moment so I understand the need to wear suitable summer clothes but I cannot accept lingerie. It is very unfair on us who have to open the door to someone who is not appropriately clothed.

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Oven Clock

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In the past fortnight, we have had a handful of intermittent power cuts. Compared to the power cuts in the Scottish Highlands, these intermittent power cuts are nothing! However, one of the things that annoys me is that every time there is a power cut, our oven clock goes gaga and the oven will not turn on until the time on the oven clock has been reset!

I often operate in ‘auto pilot’ mode so for example I turn the right knobs to turn on the oven but don’t bother checking that the oven has indeed been turned on instead I walk away and start doing other things! That’s exactly what happened the other day but just that because of the power cut, the oven clock had gone gaga and so the oven had not turned itself on! Thankfully, on this occasion I noticed it very quickly.

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His & Hers

Unusually, we have His & Hers loos in the Vicarage. Not quite his & hers like the ones in America but they are literally next to each other with separate doors so I decided to start using them as His & Hers.

Unfortunately, the flushing system in Hers is malfunctioning so I had no choice but to turn off the water and stop using it. Vicarages are usually the responsibility of the individual Diocese so we have reported the fault to the housing department and they have very kindly arranged a Diocesan approved plumber to come in tomorrow.

In the meantime, I was murmuring to myself the other day how inconvenient it is to use His now that Hers is out of order. It was then that I realised how privileged I am to have an inside loo with running water whereas so many millions in the world still have to travel such great distance to just collect water in very poor sanitation conditions. How dare I murmur when we have THREE loos in the Vicarage? I am so ashamed of myself. The human heart is so sinful!

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The above photo contains the answer to yesterday’s blogpost! Did you guess it correctly?

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Missing Christmas Tree!

Regular visitors to this blog will agree with me when I say that Life in the Vicarage is super exciting.

I discovered at the weekend that our small artificial but expensive table top Christmas tree has gone missing!!!! How is that even possible????!!!!

This is what happened…… When we moved to this Vicarage, the movers lost some of our stuff which included the Christmas tree.

The best bit is that I had completely forgotten that we didn’t have it last year.

It is too late in the day to try and buy anything Christmas related so there will be no Christmas tree in the Vicarage this year but then there wasn’t any last year either!!!!!!

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Mr Reverend

As I was filing away documents, I came across two letters from the bank addressed to Mr Reverend followed by the Mhinisteir’s first name and surname.

What is the world coming to? These days, the easy excuse is that it was a computer generated letter. However, it required someone to input that information into the computer!

There have been quite a few instances when callers assumed that Reverend was the Minister’s first name!!!!