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Giggling Squid

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Well, that is the name of the eating establishment that the Mhinisteir took me to one fine day in May. I had actually come across this restaurant on one of our visits to the city and was quite taken by the name “Giggling Squid”. When I looked in through their big windows, I liked what I saw – their decor was classy but cheerful. I looked up the restaurant online and discovered that they have many branches across England.

I was very keen to visit them for the Mhinisteir’s sake but eating out is very tricky for me but I was determined. To my delight, I discovered that the branch that we were planning to visit had plenty of natural light flowing in and so I would just about manage if we went for lunch. For some reason, I prefer lunch to dinner. I don’t like going out in the dark.

Once inside, I was bowled over by the decor of the restaurant and we were informed by the waiting staff that the Thai owner herself had come up with the idea. It was just beautiful! We got to sit in a giant birdlike cage which was fun. The food was excellent too. I could only have the pad thai which was non spicy and so I decided to opt for the Giant prawn pad thai from the ala carte menu instead of their ordinary pad thai from their lunch menu. The Mhinisteir was able to have something with a bit more kick to it. Needless to say that all the dishes were beautifully presented.

We have been there twice so far and have not been disappointed. It might be the place for you if you like Thai food and beautiful restaurants.

Just a quick disclaimer…. I am not paid to promote Giggling squid. I enjoyed it very much and thought that someone else might too.

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My week so far…

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It is only Tuesday and I am dead tired. I haven’t been sleeping properly for several days and it is beginning to affect me. Furthermore, July has been a busy month. For someone who rarely socialises, I had two social events to attend and that has taken a lot out of me. I will write more about the social events in another post.

Church on Sunday turned out to be wonderful. In the service I attended, all were wearing masks and we were socially distanced!

In the last three days, I have received two bouquets of flowers. One was a bouquet of Alstromeria while the other was a bouquet made up of beautiful smelling sweet peas. They were both from parishioners from different villages. How very kind! It definitely cheered me up!

At one point, I had so much to write but now I can’t think of any of them! It just goes to show how tired I am.

Hopefully things will improve….

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Say it with flowers

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Since the start of the year, I have been unable to add flowers to my online supermarket shop. During the daffodil season, I was able to buy them from Tesco but even that has come to an abrupt end. Morrisons were the only supermarket to have flowers to purchase online but unfortunately I no longer shop with them as they often don’t have the things that I am wanting while Ocado only sells floral arrangements from Bloom and Wild which is way beyond my weekly budget! All I am looking for are just simple flower bunches like roses to add colour to the Vicarage.

I know that some people will look down their noses on people like me who buy their flowers from supermarkets but due to our rural location and my health, I don’t have easy access to florists. I have tried looking at e-florists but they too only do floral arrangements.

I know that with Covid-19 and Brexit, things have become complicated but I also feel that supermarkets spoil us by turning into one stop centres where we can buy EVERYTHING and once we have successfully become overdependent on them, they withdraw services according to their whims and fancies.

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Bouquets & Brickbats

This is my first blog post since the start of Spring 2021! I continue to feel a lot more tired than usual so my poor blog has been neglected for the last fortnight.

The Mhinisteir is crazy busy (like the character’s boyfriend in The Little Bakery). I still don’t think it is fair or right to ask clergy to shoulder so much of burden disguised as multi parish benefice. It is not one or two other parishes. You almost need a third pair of hands to count the number of parishes. Everyday someone or something is kicking off so a bit like whack a mole! The Mhinisteir Is obviously very happy with his work, though tired. However, I am feeling his pressure. EVERYTHING has to revolve around his tight schedule which can be quite difficult.


I had a very pleasant Tesco delivery on Tuesday. Unusually, the young delivery man was very attentive. He took the effort to inform me of substitutes and even helped me with the shopping. Later on, I realised that there was an extra bunch of daffodils in the bag!!!!! What a lovely surprise!


I have always ordered my repeat prescription online and this week when I tried to do the same, I was unsuccessful. I was able to access my records alright but there was no option for me to choose the correct prescription which was odd. I was very reluctant to ring the surgery but I had no choice.

I rang and explained my difficulty. The receptionist insisted on transferring me to the pharmacy. I could not understand why. She said that they in the surgery don’t know anything about the online system and that she will have to transfer me to the pharmacy. I finally had to ask if the pharmacy were in charge of the online system to which she answered no. So why on earth transfer me to the pharmacy???????? I just want my online account to work. Finally she said she could change my password but I had to come to the surgery. There was nothing wrong with my password!!!! Quite frankly changing the password wasn’t going to solve the problem. By this time, I was getting slightly irritated but I had to “smile” and be polite for they ALL know that I am the Vicar’s wife!

Anyway, I just thanked her and rung off!

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Flowers by Post

Scilly flowers are a flowers by post company based on the Scilly Isles. They are a family run business whose prices are reasonable. They also offer free postage within the UK. I was first introduced to them by Old Mrs Bear and have been using Scilly Flowers since then.

Life as a Vicar’s wife means I am often sending flowers to someone and yesterday was one such day. This time, it was to the wife of a reitred clergy who is poorly in hospital.

It is on days like this that I miss Old Mrs Bear.

However, I must remember that as the Evangelist Billy Graham once said, Old Mrs Bear just has a new address!

Disclaimer: I have not been paid by Scilly Flowers to promote them.