Friday, 31 July 2009
I am hoping the rain will have cleared by this afternoon but I shall hardly notice if it doesn't. This morning we have a man coming to do more concreting in the rain! We have the mother and baby whose christening is tomorrow and then the wedding! After that I have two more visits in the afternoon. Everybody is here on hols and want to pop in which is great but when do we eat? Cream teas is one answer. There will be a raid on clotted cream later!
I have never done a wedding rehearsal where the bride and groom were not speaking! Until yesterday! Dearie me, she was cross. Nor could I blame her.....the groom has lost his passport. The honeymoon starts on Tuesday and at present the bride will be on her own. Far be it from me to take sides between a couple about to commit themselves for the rest of their lives but I can see where she's coming from! That apart, the young man in question endeared himself to me yesterday by leaving a horsebox in the turning circle in the church car park. People drove down the hill expecting a route out only to find they had to reverse back up the hill. "No one complained to me" the boy said.
"You're not wearing a dog collar." He just looked very perplexed!
Thursday, 30 July 2009
The midweek communion this morning was sparsely attended and those who did come were all either very old or very ill. As they stumbled up to the altar I did think I should have been taking the communion to them in their seats but I was afraid of causing offense by offering it. The elderly priest who came up with great difficulty said afterwards "You had emergency ward 10 in here this morning Jean." Says it all really. Not tragic , just an admission that as we get older mundane things get complicated.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Now the children have broken up so has the weather! Its not just wet its also cold and windy! Of course now we have the summer house erected we are both looking forward to being able to make use of it sometime around October by the feel of things! I feel very sorry for those who have made their annual pilgrimage to sunny Cornwall! In the meanwhile I am quite busy with another wedding on Saturday and the christening of a baby whose parents I married last year! All the various families and friends are all turning up too so by the time we have seen everyone we are supposed to see there is precious little time for anything else! Crispin who was unwell over the weekend is eating again now so there's lots to be thankful for! Despite the weather!
Monday, 27 July 2009
The much needed sun house is being built even as I write. The men caught me not dressed at just gone eight and are already half way through. They tell me that they started their journey down to Cornwall at 2 am! Its a much needed addition to the garden as there is quite simply no sheltered spot anywhere in the entire place so hopefully this will solve the problem. Its quite big and when its all done we are having the remainder of the little courtyard paved so we can sit out especially on warm summer evenings and drink our Pimms in comfort! How the decadent other half live!
Sunday, 26 July 2009
If you are a manufacturer of this gel then you are about to become rich. Various Arch Bishops, Bishops, Arch deacons and possibly Uncle Tom have all been very busy sending out instructions this weekend as to how to not give our congregations swine flu. Cleaning hands with the gel is childsplay compared to trying to explain to the masses that the only person getting the wine was the priest! Two startled congregations looked on in astonishment as I sent them back to their pews without it. It is all in the name of health and safety but I think it could very well promote the sort of panic they so desperately want to avoid. The best comment was from our rural dean who said "I want to get it over with before I go on holiday. If you know anyone with it could we have a swine flu party." I think he was joking!
Thursday, 23 July 2009
My stepson Robin is in hospital after having his third kidney transplant. This is amazing in itself. The number of people who have had three is very small indeed. The match was a good one and they went ahead yesterday having waited all day to turn the poor donor's machine off. Three people received organs and will all hopefully all lead productive, happy lives as a result but the overall feeling is of horror. I am trying not to be squeamish but it sounds appalling for the family of the dead person. I just hope that prayers were said and that the good that has been achieved compensates to some degree for the loss. Rest in peace.
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
The man is coming this morning to lay the foundations for our summer house. He has brought rocks with him which David tells me are plums! Apparently they go under the concrete to hold it steady! David is fully conversant with all building work and yesterday we both had a laugh. The builders wife had gone to do some repairs at church with him and they had decided to paint the railings along the wall. At some stage her sister came to help and all the helpful people passing by had stopped to admire it. They were twice asked if they were doing to it as part of their community service! Two of the least likely looking criminals I have ever seen! They made a good job of it though.
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Yesterday it rained....this prevented the foundations being laid for the summer house which is due to arrive next week. Rain is now forecast every day for the next week so it looks as if the summer house may well be an Autumn house instead! Yesterdays wedding was a dry one only blighted by the choice of music and a wedding guest from hell! I can say no more!
Saturday, 18 July 2009
The weather is now a crucial ingredient today! Of course I want it to be dry for the young couples who are getting married this afternoon but as well there is a certain tension in the air as to whether our builder will arrive. As he is laying a concrete foundation for the summer house he can clearly not work in the rain. The rest of the week looks dubious too and if we can't get the base sorted out then we will have to delay the building for another couple of weeks! I am working on being very very patient!
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Its been dark all day and is pouring down! The general air of doom and gloom was not helped by the funeral of an old dear friend. After it we went to the Sailing club for a wake, the second in a week and met several old friends plus the family of the departed. It seemed like an appropriate way to spend such a dark day. There's alot to be said for a wake!
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
The garden here is exposed. My previous garden in Portscatho is in a fertile valley sheltered from the winds. Things grow there that I can never grow here. It is a natural sun trap which my children are now enjoying. Back here at Tregear Vean the battle against the elements continues daily. Its growing well, the combination of rain and sun just now is more April than July . Everything I've put in this year thrives wonderfully well but there is still no place out there to sit in the sun when it's blowing. After a few moments we just reluctantly come back inside. However we have got a summer house on its way! Having given a great deal of thought to the problem we finally had a swift rush of blood to the head and ordered a big one which will sit in our little courtyard facing the sun! Problem sorted ..... we hope.
Monday, 13 July 2009
The christening went well despite the gloomy weather. At the end of the service we were joined by a bat. It swooped gaily up and down the church in acrobatic swerves. Most people thought it was a swallow but then a child said the magic words "It's a bat" A tremor passed along the rows so I said brightly "Don't be frightened it's only a bat, it can't hurt you" None of them were alarmed, just fascinated by the free show of aerobatics! One of the mothers then told us a strange story. She lives in a very old barn where of course there are bats. One night after a giant storm a bat tumbled down and went straight down the front of her jumper and nestled into her comforting bosum. "What on earth did you do?" was the question most people asked. She said she just stroked it gently and then very carefully fished it out. It flew off. I never knew that bats were not just in the belfry.
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Its not so much rain as a fairly steady drizzle. Falmouth is no more......we look out onto a grey landscape with no features in it apart from the odd cow! The good news is that there is no wedding today. The bad news is that there is a Christening! A girl I have known since she was herself a tiny girl is bringing her third baby to be done. She says it will complete the set. I am not totally convinced! She is one of five and her mother was one of four. I know all of them well and three is a very modest number for that particular family. As well as the usual number of godparents we have in addition a child who is going to be the fairy godmother complete with wings and a wand! She is the child who found her mother dead this time last year and the family are trying to give her a new life as best they can. Rain or no rain we shall have fun!
Friday, 10 July 2009
Another burial today down at St JUst. We are getting very full. I am taking the funeral and Peter my old colleague is also taking part. We have decided that we will not wear black cassocks but white albs for the funeral. Two reasons. The first that it is a celebration not a time for mourning,,,and also that we will be cooler!
Thursday, 9 July 2009
David caught a very early train to London this morning. He was going to a lunch attended by ex board members. They are legendary and its as well that the train journey home will take several hours. He will have sobered up by the time he gets home! At this time of the year one day is probably enough!
Monday, 6 July 2009
This week is busy by anyones standards. This morning I have a communion followed by a funeral. The next funeral is on Friday. On Saturday I have a christening. So how did I lumber myself with another moving day today? It's not a big move. Hopefully it is the last move though. The man, helped by my son will bring over a yew chest of drawers, a microwave, two huge garden chairs and a sofa! I don't want to think how many boxes of books! All this will happen whilst I am in church! In theory. Its happening now to give them a bit more space in my old house...at the moment they can only just walk round! We are approaching a calmer period hopefully.
A dear old friend died yesterday.....this brings the total of four deaths to a hundred yard stretch, three of them on the same road. I am doing two of the funerals this week at St JUst. The verger has found the graves they are to go into with some difficulty. Its very strange at the moment . The next village has also had a great many die in the last few weeks. Is God doing some pruning? I am grateful that we have lost the very hot weather now, in fact here its business as usual..its blowing a gale. To balance out the deaths I have a young mother coming to talk about christening her baby this morning. She will bring all three of her children with her.....we shall enjoy that.
Saturday, 4 July 2009
We drove home in the heat yesterday but today we got up to rain! This is good the garden needs rain badly, and there is no wedding today so we can cope with it! The house and garden looked lovely as we came home in the late evening to find someone had left us a present of several bottles of red cider! It was the groom from last Saturdays wedding! We havn't tried it yet but it looks wonderful! David has gone to get Tosh and I am going for Crispin soon and then we will be back to normal again with no more trips planned until the Autumn. A quite settled period will be very welcome.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
It is forecast that today is going to be the hottest yet! A trip to the church is called for as is the pimms bar. Usually I go walk about in Henley but it was just too hot yesterday so today is e going to be no different. The picnic in the meadow was prolonged yesterday and will be again I assume. The river bank is full of people cheering on the poor young things who are rowing! It is not restful!