This blog post was dedicated to me by my blog friend Basia on her blog which I have reblogged here. As part of a new project, Basia is blogging everyday for the duration of Advent. Thank you, Basia!
For the Mhinisteir’s wife Today is the sixth of December. For me the real beginning of the Christmas season. This was the day when good children were given a little present and naughty children a birch rod. One year my mother gave me a rod. It was very small and gilded. Very pretty. But a […]
This week is another busy week. The Mhinisteir had more meetings and on top of that we had to be at the Cathedral for a special service which was to be followed by supper for clergy and their spouses.
The trip to the Cathedral meant an overnight stay as it was going to be a long night. I am still very tired from last week and so headed straight back to the hotel after the service at the Cathedral. The Mhinisteir went ahead without me for supper. By the way, I had already informed the relevant people a week ago so that there will be no wastage.
This gave me the opportunity to make some notes of the hotel especially the room.
The welcome at the reception was warm. We were assigned room 6 and it turned out to be a suite. The room was huge!!!! There was a copper bath in the middle of the room. Call me old fashioned but I would be very uncomfortable to use the bath as I consider bath times sacred and need privacy!!!🤣
Anyway, as I was going to miss supper at the cathedral, I needed food. The plan was to just get room service. Upon arrival, I realised that there was no room service menu in the room; I was to ring reception. I also saw that the menu in the restaurant was going to be very limited due to….. Covid19!
I just couldn’t be bothered to ring reception and wait for them to bring me a limited room service menu and then to discover that nothing meets my dietary requirement! I brought some home made salad along and so that became my evening meal.
The room itself was very quiet which meant that we had a good night’s sleep. Unusally for a hotel, the heating in the room worked superbly. It was clean too. All in all, it is somewhere that we would stay again. At £210 a night for the room alone, it wasn’t inexpensive but then a peaceful night’s sleep is priceless!😁
The month of June has been busy and July is already looking busy. For someone like me life pre covid and post cover is similar.
However since the beginning of June I have had a few important commitments. I am exhausted!
I have made 2 visits to the Cathedral. One was in person while the other was virtually. The Mhinisteir and I attended a service in the Cathedral where one of our friends was made a Canon. It was a lovely service and it was wonderful to catch up with old friends.
The Virtual visit to the cathedral was for the ordination of our Assistant Curate who was making the transition from Deacon to Priest.
I have also attended one garden party. Since then, I have regretted my decision to go as I was very uncomfortable at the absence of Covid safety guidelines. I attended this event as the Mhinisteir’s plus one.
I am due to attend another garden party towards the end of July. It is to be in our Bishop’s garden. Again I am nervous.
In about 10 days time, we are expecting our first visitors to the Vicarage since March 2020! Have I already said that I am nervous??!!
I have decided that whatever the government decides,I am going to carry on using the face mask and maintain my current safeguarding measures.
I have just realised that I haven’t been too much of a fool after all. I have just checked the leaflet that came with the Census 2021 letter. We ARE ALLOWED to complete the survey earlier than 21 March 2021 if we know who will be in our household on that day!
However, I was a fool to believe the letter that was published in the Telegraph yesterday. Lesson learnt.
I had 3 bananas lurking in the freezer drawer. I didn’t want to make banana bread instead I fancied some Thai style banana fritters that I had in a restaurant here some time back. By the way, I have never been to the Land of smiles!
I am no expert but I am quite sure that the Thai style fritters required fresh bananas for they come as a whole fruit with the batter on the outside. It is usually served with honey.
I decided to experiment and came up with my own version using frozen bananas. They were quite yummy with dairy free vanilla ice cream served on the side
3 frozen bananas
100g Rice Flour
A pinch of salt and baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
Oil for deep frying
Add the frozen bananas, rice flour, salt and baking powder and mix them all together using a fork.
Heat oil in medium heat for deep frying.
Add the sugar if using to the gooey mixture.
Using a spoon ( I used a teaspoon), gently drop a spoonful of the mixture in the hot oil and fry until it is cooked and is brown in colour.
The Mhinisteir was keen to go away for a short break. He was tired and needed a break but I wasnt keen because of Covid 19. When you are a Vicar, holidaying at home is not an option. We have tried it before and it just doesn’t work.
I must confess that another reason why I was reluctant to go away was that some urgent Church related matter has a habit of cropping up whenever we go on holiday. The truth is even days off are like that. There have been times when we have had to delay, cut short or completely do without holidays. Maybe because we are in a multi parish benefice so more issues and people to deal with but then a Vicar’s job is 24/7 contrary to belief that Vicar’s only work on Sundays!
Anyway, we decided to go somewhere nearby just for a couple of days. It’s a place we know well. We were at our holiday destination within an hour.
I personally did very little apart from reading. However, on our last day, I managed a little shopping and I was pretty chuffed with myself. I like to browse antique shops and so I was absolutely delighted when we found an antique centre. We bought an Onyx Barometer. The Mhinisteir also discovered a household store where I bought an electric bug bat. Since then the Mhinisteir has put it to the test and it is working marvellously well. Just a shame that we now have to wait patiently for a fly to enter the Vicarage. Previously they would be arriving in multitudes!!!! Maybe they got the memo!
We had a lovely few days despite it bucketing down on Day one. No holiday is complete without a little ecclesiastical drama! This time it was someone getting in touch with the press to complain! Thankfully it was a non story. You might be interested in reading Guilty Until Proven Innocent!
We have a good local butcher who does local delivery but sadly their customer service is not so good.
I remember the time when I rang them to place my first order which was two days after we had moved to the Vicarage. The person on the other end was the least interested in my order and was keen to put the phone down. Despite the cold reception, I have continued using them but I also use my other”local” butcher in Scotland for wild venison etc.
During lockdown, I haven’t been using my Scotland butcher but have been solely using my local butcher until last week. As usual, I phoned them with my order but there was this abrupt voice that said that they are no longer taking orders for delivery as it is quite chaotic for them and that they are simply not taking any orders anymore!!!! I am not sure how they can be so choosy when there are reports after reports saying that butchers are struggling to shift meat!!!!
Anyway, I was slightly irritated because here I am trying to support my local business but it looks like they don’t need my custom so I had no choice but to take my custom elsewhere.
Isn’t it strange that my butcher in Scotland is able to deliver to England while my local butcher who is only a 5 minutes drive away is unable to do so?
Just this morning, the Mhinisteir was telling me that very often when he is conducting funerals, he will be the only one belting out the hymns. What about the congregation, I asked? He said almost all don’t sing as they don’t know the hymns even though they are the traditional ones. I was actually quite shocked to hear that. Who chooses the hymns I asked? The family, he replied. He added that they are often too upset to sing but sometimes it’s because they too don’t know the hymns but choose certain hymns because they are popular “funeral” hymns!!!! Oh dear!