At the weekend, my biggest nightmare became true when a dear family member passed away after contracting Covid19. As a mark of respect, I will not be posting anything for the next few days but I hope to return soon.
Last week, I had an unusual request from the Mhinisteir. He wanted me to read a little red book entitled On Confidence which is part of a series of books by The School of Life. He needed a little feedback!
I would not have read this book on my own accord but since the Mhinisteir asked, I decided to oblige.
I would never have described myself as confident but this book has informed me otherwise which has come as a total surprise but much welcomed!
This little book is easy to read with only 93 pages but I was disturbed by the coarse language.
I was also surprised to learn that confidence is a skill. I thought you are born with it!
However, as a Christian I cannot agree with the book. For example, it said that sometimes even our own family members will become jealous of our success and in circumstances like that, we should explain our situation to ease the tension. Quite frankly, it is a very naive way of operation. In life, nothing is as simple as that because if it was Cain would never have killed Abel!
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!
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!!!!
I think I am right in saying that for the past fortnight both our print and broadcast media have been saturated with news on Afghanistan. I have started turning off the radio when the news comes on and skip certain pages of the newspaper! There is only so much one can take.
I think I have heard enough but one thing I have not heard about is the plight of the Christians in Afghanistan. What has happened to them? Everyone including the CofE is going on about women and girls right to education etc but no one is talking about the Christians there. They will probably be the most persecuted people even compared to the girls and women!
Surely the CofE must know this and furthermore not all countries will accept Christians as refugees.
For the first time since December 2019, I went to the dentist last week. Due to the ongoing pandemic, I am unable to make a trip to Scotland to see my own dentist.
I had fixed this appointment about 6 weeks ago and I was nervous ever since! Due to my health situation, simple task like going to the dentist is like having ten rounds with Mike Tyson.
The trip to the dentist which was just for a routine clean went well but boy was I glad to get out!
Needless to say that since the visit, I have spent a lot of my time in bed!
An animal shelter based in Afghanistan, run by a Briton caused a stir when the founder demanded that his animals be given priority over the shelter staff in the recent evacuation. I was shocked to learn that many were in support of his decision!
I have since learnt that the animals have been evacuated at the expense of the shelter staff.
I am aghast!
According to Psalm 8:5, human beings are made a little lower than angels and so animals should not, must not, cannot get priority over human beings!!!!!!!
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honourPsalm 8:5
Yes, I am referring to our own diocesan Bishop! It is not only I who thinks that but some in the wider Church of England think that too.
Whenever there is a vacancy, our Bishop’s name comes up. For example, when the Bishop of London retired, our Bishop’s name came up. The same happened when ABY’s position became vacant and now the suggestion is that our Bishop should be the next Bishop of Winchester to clean up the mess that has been left behind!!!! I am so proud that our bishop is held is such high regard but it is not good news for me! I prefer to have our Bishop with us in our own diocese until they retire.
This wonderful Bishop of ours is very kind and caring. Someone who is firm and exercises authority but never arrogant. A person who prays and most importantly believes in the life, death and resurrection of Christ! I know that some clergy in the CofE don’t believe in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!!!! What are they doing in the Church??? I digress….
Our Bishop is a well learned individual who never shows off but can get grumpy when tired😂😂😂
We are very blessed and most privileged to have this individual in our lives and my only prayer is that our Bishop will remain in post for a very long time.
By the way, please don’t ask me which diocese I belong to as my cover might be blown if I were to divulge!!!!🤣🤣🤣
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!
Do you want to know where Dracula is buried?
The seaside town of Whitby, England has long been associated with Dracula and local shops are filled with Dracula memorabilia.
This is causing a big headache to the clergy and staff of the local parish church as each summer, tourists in their droves descend at the church yard looking for Dracula’s grave. Sadly, they are never able to find it!!!!
No wonder. Dracula is a fictional character!!!!!! Ha ha!!!