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Clerical Face Masks

This week, I got the Mhinisteir some clerical face masks made and sold by J Wippell UK who are suppliers of clerical wear. These masks are made in the United Kingdom which is a rarity these days. They come in a set of 5 in liturgical colours.

In other news, the Mhinisteir announced on Wednesday that he has “lost” many of his silk face masks. The next minute he looked at me accusingly suggesting that I might have lost them in the laundry!!!! How dare he?? By the way, he is not in my good books at the moment. Anyway, I went on the defensive and explained exactly how I wash and iron his masks and return them to him within 2 days of him DUMPING them!!!!

The Mhinisteir is someone who rarely loses things so I just found it hard to accept that he had lost so many. I was convinced that he had simply misplaced them.

I started turning out his pockets and going through his jackets. Within 5 minutes, I found ALL the masks in his jacket. I was pretty pleased with myself so I barged into his study holding all the masks in my hand like a trophy!!!!

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Salad Leaves, Milk & Johnny Walker

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For some time now, unusual things have been happening whenever I do my grocery shopping.

For the last one month, I have been adding salad leaves to my online shopping basket but they never get delivered. Of course the easy thing to do would be to blame the supermarket but upon checking the receipt these salad leaves don’t appear on it at all!!!!

Initially I thought that I had forgotten to add them but for it to happen four weeks in a row meant that it was time to investigate. When it was time for me to order my next food shopping, I logged into Ocado’s website. Before I had even chosen a delivery slot, I noticed that there was an item in the shopping basket! Mmmm…. Strange I thought. I clicked on the basket to see what the item was and there were my salad leaves!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had obviously been failing to edit my shopping basket properly!!!

I thought that that was the end of it until 2 bottles of Johnny Walker arrived with my usual shopping delivery yesterday. 2 bottles???? I had only ordered one but the receipt says 2!!!!! The Whisky bottle is a gift for one of the Mhinisteir’s colleague. I am teetotal while the Mhinisteir is happy with communion wine so what am I to do with the other bottle of whisky? Thankfully the whisky will keep so we can gift it to someone at some point.

Today the milkman brought 2 bottles of milk!!!! Honestly I have just had about enough!!!! We only get ONE bottle three times a week!!! Aaarrgggghhh!!!!!! I would have loved to put the blame on the milkman but records show that I had indeed ordered two bottles!!!!!

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RE

There was an article in yesterday’s Telegraph reporting that religious education teachers have been told in new guidance that primary school pupils should be taught about ‘white privilege’.

One of the people who questioned whether the guide was appropriate is the former Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali.

The situation in the educational institutions is that white working-class boys are at the bottom of the pile. So what does it mean to teach them that they are privileged?

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, The Bishop of Rochester 1994 – 2009, Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 16 June 2021

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Revenge is ugly

A few days ago, I read about the latest vendetta against the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford in the Private Eye. Oh by the way, he has been proven innocent once again! One of my bible readings for that day was from 1 Corinthians Chaper 6 which is entitled in the New International Version as Lawsuits against Believers!

I am so shocked by the determination of these persecutors. It appears that they would do anything and everything to try and pin this poor man down. What is very disappointing is that some among the persecutors are folk from the Church of England.

As I had mentioned in my previous blogpost, I don’t know this man personally and I am not even sure that I will agree with him on many things but to persecute him like this is very unchristian so says the heathen and they are right!!

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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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Space Tourism

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I had to laugh out loud when I read the following:

“Personally, I’m quite happy for space tourism to remain a rich person’s sport. Brits in Magaluf are bad enough. Do we really want them in space, banging on the rocket door and singing “Two world wars and one World Cup” to all the passing meteors? Also, at that price, the last thing you want is to get into orbit and find other people have put their towels on all the loungers.”

Robert Shrimsley, FT Weekend Magazine, June 12/13 2021

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Decorum

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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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Sundays!

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One of the advantages of not having a television is that one gets more time to do other things, in my case it is to read.

Here in the Vicarage, we get the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Church Times, Sunday Times, Private Eye and Le Monde Diplomatique. The one most common theme in these newspapers/magazines is burnout particularly here in the United Kingdom.

The lockdown especially the first one brought some relief to some but the problem that is burnout is raising its head again. Working from home during the pandemic has exacerbated things for most people. There are no boundaries. Bosses expect their employees to be at their beck and call at ALL times since they are working from home. Recently when the Mhinisteir was visiting a bank, the teller told him that because they have done away with call centres in India, she has to do the job of a call centre worker on top of her usual duties!

We no longer have rest days like the olden days when Sunday was a day of rest. They still do in certain parts of Scotland especially the Highlands and in some countries that I have visited like Germany and France where shops are shut. Did you know that even shops like Tesco, Boots etc close on Sundays in certain parts of Scotland?? I for one firmly believe that we need to reclaim our day of rest. Sunday trading laws have been most unhelpful.

I am not at all suggesting that we all start going to church. As a Christian, It will be great if we did but I also believe that God gives us the freedom to choose our way of life.

By the way, if you plan to go to church on a Sunday, I would personally recommend a BCP service! It will be a great start to your Sunday!

I am not even suggesting that we shouldn’t watch television, wash our dishes etc like some strict Sabbatarians do. All I am suggesting is that we try and do things that we don’t do the other six days of the week. Make Sundays special like meeting up with family, cooking a nice Sunday lunch, going for walks or just catching up on sleep/reading. Initially it will be a bit strange but maybe not too strange because that is what we were doing during our first lockdown! Once you have reclaimed your day of rest, you would not want to look back again.

Could this be the answer to the problem that is burnout?

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Spend a penny!

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According to fashion magazines, the must have suit for women this year is a jumpsuit. I for one will look like a mutton dressed like lamb in one but I have this gnawing question for those who wear it on a regular basis. How do you spend a penny???????!!!!!!!

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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.