2021 · Anglican · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Left Handed · milk · Rural · Summer · Supermarket · Vicarage · Vicarage Kitchen

Spoiled Milk!

For 2 weeks in a row, I have had to dump all the milk that the milkman has delivered as they had gone off!

I cannot explain why this is the case. The weather is still warmish so I always leave the cool bag out for the milkman to deposit the milk which he has been doing diligently. I wonder if this has got anything to do with the delivery problem experienced by most of the UK.

It happened again on Monday morning! As most of you know, spoiled milk smells quite nasty! I decided not to report this to milkandmore as it will quite frankly be a waste of my time.

Years of rural living has taught me to always have a UHT whole milk in the cupboard and so that is what I used.

I have a dairy allergy so it is only the Mhinisteir who uses milk. He decided that we should pause our milk delivery until the autumn when the weather will be cooler. He really liked the new organic UHT whole milk that I had bought from Ocado and suggested that we use that for the time being.

A bit more about the organic UHT whole milk. It is called MOO and comes from Devon. The producers have their own cows! How fabulous!

2020 · Anglican · Autumn · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · England · Fashion · Left Handed · milk · Rural · Supermarket · Vicarage

This & That

For the last few weeks, there have been lapses in my blog posting. Health has been more challenging than usual. Also, the things I would like to write about don’t really need a dedicated blog post each so I thought I will do a summary of the things that I have observed….

Lockdown 2.0 – My observation is that during the first lockdown, there were many people who started blogging and those who were already blogging were posting daily but with Lockdown 2.0 that doesn’t seem to be the case, even those who post regularly have slowed down.

UHT Milk – We get our milk delivered by the milkman but I always like to keep a small carton of UHT full cream milk in our store cupboard. It is nigh impossible to buy a small full cream UHT carton from the supermarkets. They only sell large ones whereas they stock semi skimmed milk in small cartons!

Supermarket Delivery – We got our usual delivery this afternoon. I pay for bags so rightfully all our groceries should come in bags. However for the umpteenth time in a row, some items were without bags!

Emergency clothes shopping – I had to do an emergency online clothes shop for the Mhinisteir. He hates shopping but I could no longer bear the sight of his holey clothes! To be fair he only wears them at home but there are so many holes in them that the clothes can no longer provide him with any warmth! He dresses very traditionally like Jacob Rees Mogg so he is in for a shock when he sees the rose pink cardigan!!!!

2020 · Anglican · Autumn · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · FT Weekend · God · Left Handed · Manse · milk · Milkandmore · Multi Parish Benefice · Newspaper · Parish Life · Rural · Sabbath Day · Scotland · Scottish Highlands · Telegraph · Vicarage · Village

Late Newspaper Delivery

On Saturday, very unusually, our weekend newspaper arrived only at midday. Earlier, the Mhinisteir had to phone old Mrs Patel to enquire only to be told that the delay was caused by Extinction Rebellion’s protests at printing presses.

As I waited for the papers, my mind began to wonder to Scotland. I realised that since moving to England especially now in rural England that I am living the good life! We get almost everything delivered to the Vicarage. Back in rural and remote Scotland, nothing was delivered to the Manse. Simply because there was no such service. We had to travel for 30 minutes just for our daily papers. In some areas where strict sabbatarian rules are in place, we bought the Sunday papers on the Monday as newsagents weren’t open on the Sabbath.

I love to read the weekend FT especially their magazine supplement. It is always very colourful and interesting with articles on wine, food etc. In Scotland, those supplements were often missing or you make the 30 minute drive only to be told that the FT didn’t arrive that day!!!!!!

Here, we get our eggs, milk, meat and fish delivered right to our door. The only thing piece missing in the perfect jigsaw is a good vegetable box delivery. At the start of lockdown, we started getting a local fruit and vegetable box delivered but soon realised that it wasn’t for us because we were not able to choose the vegetables that we required and ended up with wastage which is not right. I have still got bags of chopped butternut squash in the freezer!!!!

On a day like this, I am extra thankful for all these wonderful delivery services that we enjoy! Long may it continue!

2020 · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · Coronavirus · Dairy Free · Diet · England · Fan · First World Problems · Garden · Left Handed · milk · Rural · Summer · Vicarage · Wildlife

Heat, Hair & Hedgehogs

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As I write this, it is 3.30pm in the afternoon and I have just had my second shower of the day: the heat has been so unbearable for the past few days.  It saps your energy: making me tired and a little grumpy ( according to the Mhinisteir, very grumpy).   I have been unable to sleep at night since the heatwave began.  In fact, it was almost 4am by the time I went to bed this morning.  Tiredness doesn’t help my health condition one bit.

Anyway, I had something to look forward to this lunchtime.  The hairdresser was due to visit: my second haircut since the lockdown rules were eased.  As usual, I was pleased with my haircut.  The short bob theme is coming along nicely.  The Mhinisteir too had his haircut.

As I was chatting to the hairdresser, I told her about something that I had read in the latest Country Living magazine: that hedgehogs are lactose intolerant!  She knew about it!  Am I the only one who has been in the dark about Hedgehogs and their dietary needs???

2020 · Archbishop of Canterbury · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Faith · Forgiveness · God · John Lewis · Left Handed · Mattress · milk · Milkandmore · Rural · Safeguarding · Vicarage

Monday Blues

Like Garfield, I had Monday Blues.

I was furious ( over reaction on my part!!!) with the Milkman this morning.   In order to prevent the milk from turning bad in the summer heat,  I invested in a MilkandMore cool bag.  I have been leaving it out for the milkman to put the milk bottle in it to keep the milk cool. I don’t know what came over the milkman this morning but he did not do it! The milk bottle was left on the doorstep to sun itself!!! Maybe he had the Monday Blues too!

Then I read in the papers that a certain clergy person has confessed to an inappropriate relationship with the wife of a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Not another Church of England scandal!!!

Things got back to normal when our new mattress topper from John Lewis arrived. We have an old mattress that is uncomfortable.  We can feel the springs.  We were struggling to find a suitable mattress.  It was during this time that I read somewhere that there is an inexpensive option.  To purchase a mattress topper at a fraction of the price of a good mattress.  I did more research and found one suitable on the John Lewis website.  Unfortunately it was out of stock.  I decided to wait until it was back in stock but that day never arrived.  In the meantime, we continued struggling with our mattress.

Last week, when we got some John Lewis vouchers in the post, I decided to go ahead and finally order a mattress topper.

Here’s to a good night’s sleep!!!!

 

 

 

 

2020 · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Faith · God · Left Handed · milk · Milkandmore · Rural · Vicarage

Milk Bottle Tops For Traditional Milk Bottles

Here at the Vicarage, we have been getting our milk delivered in traditional glasss  bottles for a good number of years now. It is such a delight to receive these glass bottles but the downside is they don’t come with reusable lids.  When we first started getting milk delivered, I was afraid that the milk will go off and so decided to look for milk bottle tops online.  It wasn’t very easy but I managed to find a supplier on Ebay UK.

These plastic tops are reusable and come with a ring which sits nicely on the bottle neck which gives them an edge over Moopops milk tops.  They are reasonably priced and comes with free postage.   The added bonus is that these tops are dishwasher friendly.   I have had mine for years and after having gone through the dishwasher umpteen times they are still in tip top condition.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote this product and do not represent the sellers.