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Can I have my accent back, please?

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After having lived in so many different parts of the world for most of my adult life, I find myself having lost my original accent. These days, I often get mistaken for a South African! South Africa is a country that I have never visited before so how I ended up sounding like a South African is a mystery. I would love to visit it one day though!

I used to speak with a gentle Scottish lilt but its now gone. It reminds me of the time when I used to go to a hairdresser in Glasgow. Barry spoke like someone from down south and so I mistook him for an Englishman until one day when he told me that he was born and brought up in Glasgow. His mother who ran the salon spoke like a true Glaswegian. Of course, I didn’t know she was his mother until much later! Anyway, how did he get the accent then? He had spent 5 years working in Manchester!!!!

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Why can’t anyone get anything right anymore?

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I am frustrated, frustrated because nobody seems to get anything right anymore.

Earlier in the year, the Mhinisteir and I each got ourselves a new pair of glasses. I am very big on supporting local independent businesses and so we went to our nearest independent optician. They are reputed to be expensive but we wanted to make sure that we got the best! We had to visit the optician at least thrice after we had collected our glasses because the adjustments made were never right! What is so difficult about getting it right the first time? We had to waste spend so much of our time getting there and waiting for them to sort it out. Is it any wonder that productivity level in the UK is very poor??

At the time that we made our new glasses, the optician offered a second pair for half price. We were given 6 months to decide which was very helpful. It meant we could save up too! After much consideration we both decided to go for a second pair which we picked up about four weeks ago. The Mhinisteir was pleased with his but there was something wrong with mine. I was getting very bad headaches and was feeling sick. It felt as if I was wearing someone else’s glasses. Anyway, I decided to keep it on for two straight weeks and things weren’t any better. I had no trouble when I used the older pair. The Mhinisteir made an appointment for me to go back to the optician and after a long wait despite an appointment, I got seen too. They were adamant that the prescription was correct so they tried adjusting at least 5 times even though it made NO difference. Finally, when they looked at the prescription against my first pair of glasses, they discovered that the prescription was indeed incorrect!!!! I was fuming. They have promised to sort it out.

Standards are slipping in every area including the CofE. Gone are the days when people took pride in their work!

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Horrendous Headache!

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I have had a horrendous headache since the start of the week which is the reason for my absence from the blogging world!

The non stop rain on Tuesday seems to have triggered it and sadly it is still not clearing up yet. The headache I mean! I have not touched my laptop for the last two days but was keen to know what has been happening in the blogging world.

As I type this, the headache is slowly beginning to intensify yet again so I better make this short.

Hope to be back soon.

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New (bad) Habit!

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The Mhinisteir practically lives in his clerical shirts so I am either busy washing them or ironing them!

The other day just as I was switching off the iron, I noticed that I had left one sleeve undone! Strange I thought… Anyway, I decided to check on the other 3 clerical shirts that I had just ironed and guess what? I had done the same on all three shirts!!!!!! How is that possible??? I have never done that before!!!! Could it be because the shirts are all black that it is difficult to see?

Anyway, whatever the reason for this newly formed bad habit, I am determined to break it and so now I thoroughly check the sleeves before turning off the iron!!!!

As someone once reminded me, bad habits are easy to form but difficult to break!

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Spoke too soon!

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I am still feeling a bit out of sorts since the sad news at the weekend. It was my last surviving grandparent. I just can’t seem to focus on anything. Thankfully things are slowly beginning to get better.

Just when I thought I was done with social events for 2021, about a month ago the Mhinisteir dropped a bombshell. We have been invited to a formal dinner with a senior cleric in the CoE! Oh dear!

I find these dinners a little stressful because even though the Mhinisteir and I will be sitting at the same table, we will be sitting with other people. I find it difficult to make small talk!

Of course there is the question of what to wear? Mercifully it wasn’t difficult to decide at all!

I promise to write about it when the event is over!

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Alternative Creed

We in the Church of England say the Apostles Creed Sunday by Sunday. Recently, I came across an alternative creed by the English journalist and poet Steve Turner which I found to be very thought provoking so here it is…

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin

We believe everything is OK

as long as you don’t hurt anyone

to the best of your definition of hurt,

and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before, during, and

after marriage.

We believe in the therapy of sin.

We believe that adultery is fun.

We believe that sodomy’s OK.

We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything’s getting better

despite evidence to the contrary.

The evidence must be investigated

And you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in horoscopes

UFO’s and bent spoons.

Jesus was a good man just like Buddha,

Mohammed, and ourselves.

He was a good moral teacher though we think

His good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same-

at least the one that we read was.

They all believe in love and goodness.

They only differ on matters of creation,

sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.

We believe that after death comes the Nothing

Because when you ask the dead what happens

they say nothing.

If death is not the end, if the dead have lied, then its

compulsory heaven for all

excepting perhaps

Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Kahn

We believe in Masters and Johnson

What’s selected is average.

What’s average is normal.

What’s normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.

We believe there are direct links between warfare and

bloodshed.

Americans should beat their guns into tractors .

And the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.

It’s only his behavior that lets him down.

This is the fault of society.

Society is the fault of conditions.

Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that

is right for him.

Reality will adapt accordingly.

The universe will readjust.

History will alter.

We believe that there is no absolute truth

excepting the truth

that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds,

And the flowering of individual thought.

If chance be

the Father of all flesh,

disaster is his rainbow in the sky

and when you hear

State of Emergency!

Sniper Kills Ten!

Troops on Rampage!

Whites go Looting!

Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man

worshipping his maker.

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Death in the Family

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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.

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From the Vicarage Library | On Confidence by The School of Life

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!

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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!

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Bumbling BT

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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!!!!