Sunday, June 29, 2008


My new (albeit second-hand) PDA is just great.

I currently have scads of prayers installed on it, and next week will be putting the Bible on it too. It saves carrying multiple prayer books and bibles around when space and weight is at a premium, and still makes it possible for me to pray/study almost anywhere and anytime :-)
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The Insanity Of It All

Read and weep.

How crazy can things get ?
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Monasteries in Danger

The Serbian Orthodox Monastery at Platina in California has had to be evacuated due to the intense forest fires raging since last Saturday's lightning strikes in N California.
The nuns at St Xenia's Skete are still there, but on high alert for evacuation.

Please pray for all those affected by these terrible fires, that there may be no loss of life in the area.....
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I am getting a PDA !
Only a second-hand Palm M515, but I am looking forward to getting it. Any ideas for must-have software ?
Are there any specifically Orthodox things I can put on , like a Menologion ?
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Pottering Along

We are moving slowly but inexorably towards the end of the academic year, and things are pretty busy. I have completed my Family Learning project with DD4, and we had our awards last Thursday.

Saturday was fencing class, and this time we got to FIGHT ! It was exhilarating, scary, but unbelievable fun !
Out of six bouts, I lost four, drew one and won one , and it was against someone whose fencing experience was considerably greater than my own, so that must have been sheer luck, LOL :-) DD3 is also doing very well, which does not surprise me.

DD3 & 4 went to a birthday party in the afternoon, and we went swimming on Sunday, so I am definitely getting fitter........

Monday saw my last Welsh class of the term and the dreaded formal assessment, which I managed to pass. This weekend sees our school Summer Fete, so the handful of us on the PTA will be running ragged till that is all safely over.

DH has been in increasing pain with his knee, and went back to the doctor last week. He has agreed that there is definitely something wrong, and referred him to an Orthopaedic Consultant, whom we saw this morning. It transpires that DH has ripped a cartilage and needs an MRI scan and arthrosopy, so we are waiting for them to contact us with a date for the scan.

So life continues.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I simply had to post this picture from my favourite place in Austria !
The wires in the right hand side are the cable-car cables approaching the top of the mountain, and the valley below is simply **filled** with clouds. Further peaks in the Salzkammergut are just visible in the background of the picture........
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

No Pain, No Gain

DD3 and I went for our fencing lesson again today.
The youngsters at the club really are a delightful bunch, and so helpful to an aging newbie like me !
DD3 is doing pretty well,as her coach reported back to the chief coach.

I can do some bits okay - I was told that my Parry 5 was very good indeed for a beginner, but some of the easier stuff I flubbed over.

Then we had footwork exercises. Over and over again, and a necessary thing too. Even taking steps forward in fencing has to be done in a specific way in order for you to keep your centre of gravity and not fall over as you stretch and fight.

It was the races back and forth the whole length of the full size gym hall that finished me. I am 44; the next oldest person there was about 19. Most of them were 12 - 15 years old.
Although I was last finishing the first three laps, I wasn't last on the final lap, which did make me feel a little better :-)

I now ache **everywhere**.

Still going back next week, though.......LOL.
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Easier Said Than Done

Actually obtaining the train tickets was easier said than done.
The clerk was less than stellarly helpful and wasn't particularly customer-orientated, despite what she said......

I asked for the £4 ticket between Blogtown and Bristol.
"There aren't any" she said brusquely. Mutely, I held up the printout from the National Rail website done less than an hour before, which showed there was a ticket at that price. "Just because they are on the website doesn't mean they are available. They have all beeen sold. The next cheapest ticket is £10"

"Okay, can you tell me how much a first class single on that train would be? According to this printout, a first class will only be £7".
This was a cue for the theatrical sigh and her barbed comment that "If there was a cheaper ticket, I would have **told** you so!"

She did eventually check, and there were 2 first class seats available at the £7 price; considerably cheaper than the second class single ticket she originally quoted me.

Luckily the tickets for the next leg of the journey was purchased without incident.

DH and I exited the station and bust out laughing.

DH's comment was that if that was customer service, he would hate to see them being unhelpful.........
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Popping Up For Air

Off to Blogtown today to pick up train tickets for my mum and myself to go to my aunt's funeral on Monday.

It is much cheaper for us to buy (in advance) single tickets to Bristol, and then change trains to get to Exeter than it is to buy a ticket from the Big City to Exeter.
Go figure.

It has taken about an hour of poring over various timetables and fare guides to find this, but it has saved us at least £40, so it is well worth doing.

Then we will visit the supermarket, and see if the "Banana's" are still on special offer :-)
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

At A Local Supermarket

was a display of lovely bananas, surmounted by a sign proudly proclaiming

Banana's only 90p.

There were also "Tomato's" and "Potato's".

Do any schools - apart from mine - still teach children how to use an apostrophe correctly ? Or even what a plural noun IS ?

I despair. We are a nation of darn-nearly illiterates.
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Dah-Dah-Dah !

The sport I have made a beginning at is............

Sabre Fencing ( or over the Pond, saber fencing )!

I am a rank beginner and by far the oldest in the class, all of whom are extremely good. I am having to swallow my pride, learn to make a fool of myself in front of 15 other people and not get all strung up about it.
Good for learning some humility :-)
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Monday, June 09, 2008

Three Guesses

I will give you three guesses as to what sporting activity I did for the very first time on Saturday.

Bear in mind, I am not the most co-ordinated person on the planet, I lack self-confidence and I absolutely **hate** making a fool of myself in front of other people. I only like doing things that I know I can already do fairly well.

I will post the answer on Tuesday, so you can all fall about laughing :-)

I still am laughing, after all..... but I'm still going back for more on Saturday !
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Friday, June 06, 2008

Sad News

Dear Friends,
my aunt Joan died very peacefully Thursday afternoon, 36 hours after being admitted to hospital. She was aware of her family's presence at her bedside, she was able to squeeze their hands as they spoke to her.
We are all stunned.

She and my uncle John had been married for 41 years; please pray for him as he prepares to face life without her.

I don't know when the funeral will be; she was not a churchgoer.

Philippa, my love and prayers and hugs for you and your dear mother.
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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Asking For Prayers Again

Dear Friends,
I have just had a phone call to tell me that my dad's youngest sister, my aunt Joan, has collapsed and is critically ill with what appears to be very advanced but hitherto undiagnosed lung cancer. She is on a ventilator.

Biopsies have been taken but the medics are pretty sure they are right based on clinical presentation and x-ray films anyway. She has been a very heavy smoker for very many years.

Please pray for her and all her family; her youngest son's wife is due to have a baby in three weeks and Robert will be commuting between England and France to be with his mother and his wife.

We last saw Joan just before Western Easter, and she was her usual chatty and lively self. This has come as a body blow to us all, especially as my Dad also died of lung cancer , some 18 years ago. Ironically, he had given up smoking nearly twenty years before that, but it still killed him......

Lord, have mercy......
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Monday, June 02, 2008

Reading The Gospels

Since Pascha, I have been making a concerted effort to read one chapter of the Gospels each and every day. I am now well into St Mark, and realising how very far from Christ-centred my life really is.

It has been a sobering and worthwhile process.

I think I really do need to do this for the rest of my life, to constantly remind myself of what my life should be like - Christocentric, not egocentric. If I truly love Christ, I will love others too.
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Getting Into Gear

The house is quiet. I have just come back from dropping the young ones to school.
Prayers have been said.Breakfast has been eaten, and my mind is a complete blank.

Normally I would be glad of the respite, but I have Welsh class this afternoon and really need to crank my thought processes into some semblance of working order, LOL. Especially after a fortnight hiatus, as we only have classes during the school term time. Last week was Half-Term holiday.

The answer ?
Monica Matthews "Is Ayios" at full blast.........
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