Monday, April 25, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pascha Approaches !

I am so excited that Pascha is nearly here !

We will not be able to get to Church tonight  but we will be there tomorrow for Agape Vespers and the Parish Feast, and my spiritual Father has said we can make our Paschal Communion after Vespers.
DD4's Godmother will be there too, which is an added extra blessing :-)

Wishing everyone a joyous and Blessed Feast of Feasts, in case I am not able to post tomorrow....
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Max On Life

Max On Life  
Answers and Inspiration for Today's Questions

By Max Lucado

Published by Thomas Nelson

This thoughtful book provides a question and answer format covering a wide variety of topics in the 172 questions. Some of the questions include coping with problems in marriage, being single, pornography, sexuality, honoring one's parents and coping with serious illnesses and death.

I am sure that at least some of the questions would resonate with virtually every reader, but due to the volume of questions, the answers tend to be very short and would perhaps not be tackled deeply enough to satisfy a person who is deeply troubled about that particular topic.

I think that this book would be most useful particularly if someone is very new to Christianity and looking for answers to things that perplex, and it is therefore a good starting point. For fuller answers which are tailored to individual circumstances, there can however be no subsititue for discussing things with one's own Priest/Minister. I particularly liked the comprehensive index of topics at the end.

The book is very much geared to the Protestant Christian outlook, with a heavy emphasis on PSA and sadly would not really be suitable or useful to the Orthodox or Roman Catholic Christian reader.

BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honestly held opinions and review.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Museum Part Three

A Railway station waiting room, complete with model evacuees.

Air Raid Warden's post

Original packaged items.
I remembered several of them :-)

Box Kite and plane

A WW2 Scout uniform, of particular interest to DD3
who is a proud member of the local Scout Troup.
Scouts were used as messengers in WW2 in this area.

Original documents of the time.

The girls loved trying on the clothes, the boots and the hats...

and there were lots of things to choose from!

DD3 admiring herself wearing a hat.

Part of a German Dornier bomber engine,
 shot down over the Gower peninsula.

                                               There were things to see outside the building too.

The ambulance looked none too comfortable....

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Museum Part Two

DH wearing a gas mask -it was very much a "hands-on" museum.

DD4 wearing the gas mask !

Taking photos of myself dressing up in period clothes...

First aid kits

                                                                     and toilet kits!

Children's plane spotting cards

Food rationing.
 I wonder how we would manage on the austerity diet.....

Original wireless sets

Lots of items were donated by local families.

                                                               A mock-up of an Ops Room.

A public air raid shelter.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

WW2 Museum Part One

Sorting through some folders on the computer yesterday,
 I realised that I had never blogged about our trip to the small but delightful World War 2 museum in Swansea last year........
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 Bunk beds inside the bomb shelter

and a gas mask for the baby in its cot.

A mock-up of bomb damage, which was very effective in the subdued lighting....

And mock-ups of period rooms.

Even a fully stocked pub bar, though the model barmaid looked rather the worse for wear.....

The money was utterly unfamiliar to DD3 & 4, and only very vaguely familiar to DH and I.

The shop windows were taped to prevent damage from flying shards of broken glass during air raids.

The old Police Box occasioned delighted shouts of glee form our Doctor Who fans..... did the old-fashioned clothes.

It was all fascinating, and the guides in period costume and personas were incredibly kind and informative.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Recent Trip To The Big City

Last week I went to The Big City to do some shopping.

The City was bombed quite heavily during the Second World War, and consequently the sights can range from the sublime to the ridiculous as far as architectural details go......

Road works and improvements to pedestrianised areas seem to be permanently on-going. 

Looking up from the shop-frontages to the details higher up is a very rewarding experience !

I loved this line of roof-tops, spoilt only by the banner advertising Sky Sports at one of the bars occupying the ground floor....

The white struts are a glimpse of the massive Sports Centre, of which more later.

There are many delightful Victorian colonnaded arcades and shops.

Looking up towards the Castle gatehouse.

                                                               More views of the Castle

The Victorian clock tower.

Part of the Roman and later mediaeval wall, heavily restored and rebuilt in the 1800s.

The Old and The New !

Part of the main shopping street, above normal eye level.

A very modern Shopping Mall cheek by jowl with Victorian buildings.

Another couple of views of the new Sports Stadium.

And some crazy vegetable sculptures near the Bus Terminus !

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