Thursday, 30 April 2009
Its been cold and very wet the last few days. I have been doing the midweek communions but yesterday David and I had a day out. We went to Falmouth. This impressive port is the view from our sitting room window. In the evening I watch the sun go down on huge ocean liners as well as square riggers...there's not much we miss from our upside down house. If we want to visit it though it involves a ferry and about 15 miles of road to get there. The town itself is interesting . A long narrow Cornish street stretches from one end to the other and its full of small shops. Some have closed which is a sign of the times but others have taken their place and we wandered along buying birthday cards and jumpers, hoping to be able to wear the summer stuff this year. We ate in a car by the yacht harbour and it was a very relaxing day out despite the weather.
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
I am down there this morning doing a midweek communion. There are tourists around so I might have more than the faithful four. Who ever turns up it is a golden time down there for the midweek. Specially in the Spring when the sun is shining and all the shrubs are in flower. Last week we had mallards nesting but as yet there's no sign of them coming back. Close to the estuary is my daughters grave. She could not have had a more perfect resting place and I often go to visit and chat to her. So making me a fairly daft but unrepentent old woman.!
Monday, 27 April 2009
It's still wild outside after a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We had big congregations at both churches yesterday with quite a lot of visitors still around. Tosh has to have a tooth out tomorrow! Poor cat. It's going to be a whole day at the vets as he will need sedation. I think we are all going to need of when he comes home.
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Yesterday was a frightening day of storm and gale and rain. I only ventured out twice and in the afternoon I saw some of the damage done to the new trees and shrubs. The new leaves on the horse chestnut are strewn all over the grass. The fruit trees though still had blossom. The cherry tree lost every bit of its blossom but the apple trees had rather tighter flowers so they were still intact. I have yet to go out to look at them this morning but its no longer quite so wild out there. Fingers crossed.
Saturday, 25 April 2009
We did hear thunder during the night but I got up unprepared for the worst of it. Plants out of their pots were strewn all over the front of the house. I went out in my nightie to pick up much of it! The ancient horse chestnut has lost alot of its new leaves which are strewn everywhere. I have yet to put on clothes to look at the end of the field where the fruit trees are but I suspect the blossom will be knocked off well and truly!
Friday, 24 April 2009
In a week everything has gone green. The leaves are that wonderful acid green of Spring, there is blossom everywhere and our garden is looking wonderful. I have now got 12 large fruit trees in plus several bushes that are also blooming. By the time Autumn arrives we should get some good pies....providing the wind stays off for long enough to set the fruit.
Shopping in Truro this morning we went over on the ferry and it all is so beautiful that it made us realise once again just how lucky we are. Thank you God.
Monday, 20 April 2009
It's slightly misty outside. Falmouth has gone lost in the haze but slowly it will lift as it usually does for another great day. Yesterday Anne came for lunch and we sat outside sipping our white wine and talking and it was lovely. We are hoping for a summer this year but it has got off to a good start! Angie comes this morning and school starts again so there will be alot to talk about before the meeting in school tomorrow.
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Crispin is my lovely Golden retriever.....now an old boy. I realised yesterday that he was going to be eleven this year and that he was getting seriously ancient as big dogs go. He now has trouble with his legs as he tries to get all four of them in the right place to get down the stairs. He fell yesterday so I put him to bed in my study last night which is on the ground floor. When I came in this morning he didn't hear me...he only reacted when he saw me in front of him. His deafness may account for the very loud barking we have been complaining about. Oh dear old age is not for wimps even in dogs.
Friday, 17 April 2009
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
After all the lovely weather we are now back to the usual grey. I have been out and started the summer snail hunt! There they are chomping away in comfort...mm . Last year I decided that I was never going to win there are just too many of them in all the old stone walls so I fling them over the wall onto the road. This gives them a fighting chance...if they can mover fast enough they can get back in! Well its better than using chemicals!
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Back to work today after a day resting yesterday. I am down at St Just for the midweek service and its very beautiful down there right now with all the magnolias and camelias at their majestic best. The tide will be in and it will look amazing. Usually there are a handful of communicants but now the tourist season has started there are often alot more. We shall see.
Monday, 13 April 2009
Time to relax for a while today. The services yesterday went well and I saw some people I havn't seen for a long time. The lunch at the hotel was splendid. We sat out on the terrace in glorious sunshine and the food was excellent.....just what we needed after last week. Ken is away for a while so I am back looking after the parish with two mid week communions to do but its mostly quiet before we start the week after with school stuff to sort out!
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Alleluia! I have two services today, one at Portloe and one here in St Just. Portloe is a very pretty fishing village nestling into the cliffs. The sun is shining the tide is up and we have lunch booked at the hotel afterwards. Evensong tonight here at the ancient church just down the road. Many of the couples I married last year are back some with their babies and are coming to wherever I happen to be. It is 12 years today since the first David died. So much has changed since then.
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Yesterday I went to the three hour watch at the Cathedral which was great we had the Archdeacon taking the service and it was good. There I met an old friend I havn't see for five years and we had a very warm reunion......time has not been kind to either of us ! Today we have family coming this afternoon so I am making a banana cake and giving them a cream tea! I was hoping for sun so we could have it outside but either way it will be good to see them.
Friday, 10 April 2009
The sun is shining. That's a start. Yesterday was great. I thoroughly enjoyed the service in the Cathedral and am probably going again today. First we have a service on the quay and hot cross buns. I am still sure I can do a whole three hours this afternoon but I think I will give it a go. I always did it in my youth but the old bones are creaking now!
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
There was a storm here last night and I am dreading going up the field. Pots have been turned over near the house so I am expecting that the blossom will have been blown off the fruit trees.....so whats new? Its something I have to get used to living on the top of a hill.
Someone sent me an email with a recipe for chocolate cake in a mug.......it only takes 5 minutes.
Its the most wicked cake in the world! Instant cake ready for eating! I tried it its good. Recipe on demand!
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Holy week this year is not manic as it has been every other year. The last few years have been a haze of tiredness as I rushed from one service to the next so this year I am able to take it slowly thank goodness. I shall use today for preparation for what I am doing at the weekend but that is a luxury I havn't had before. I am still finding places to put all the stuff that Ann has brought over from Portscatho and our spare room looks like a bring and buy sale is in progress.
Monday, 6 April 2009
I have now sent out links to this blog to people who already followed the other one. At some stage in the future I may scrap the other one but for the moment I will run them side by side. Its raining this morning which is actually good news for the garden. One of the mimosa trees I thought had died has put our new growth. Alleluia! Many of the fruit trees are showing blossom so I am praying that the wind doesn't knock it all off again like last year!.
Sunday, 5 April 2009
My daughter in law Ann is clearing my old house at a rate of knots. This morning I am taking all the stuff left over from my period at Gerrans back to the church before it ends in the dustbin! On Palm Sunday the gospel is very long indeed so I am Reading it from The Message. By Eugene Peterson. I am not sure that Gerrans is ready for this. But I will give it a go.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Friday, 3 April 2009
I am doing the prayers at the end of term assembly this morning. This means I will meet the parents afterwards. Bearing in mind how angry they all are over the staffing situation currently looking unsolvable I am not looking forward to it.....but I could cope with all of that if somehow the chairman of the governors managed to have a meeting elsewhere!
Thursday, 2 April 2009
This is weird......I have yet to give anyone the link for this blog so no one is reading it. I am conscious though that some stuff going into the original blog is unsuitable for this one and the other way round. Ann is coming over today to go to a Lent course with me. She will I think enjoy both the course and meeting people. Ann is my sons partner. She has moved into my house in Portscatho with great joy and is currently making it hers! Every time she arrives here she is bringing me relics of my past long forgotten. I am now trying to acclimatise her into the mysteries of life in a small village.....even more importantly a Cornish small village. She will I am sure be fine.......on her first morning here someone had left her a bunch of daffodils on the doorstep thank you God.
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
I am learning as much as I can about combining my two blogs. The url and how to paste links to various things are still mysteries to me. Getting there though. Today, April the first used to be a nightmare when I was teaching. Now I have woken up to the delightful knowledge that it is a day with nothing in the diary! This is most unusual and a day to be savoured!