Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
My day out with fellow Workplace Chaplains visiting The Essex Fire Training Centre - don't try this at home folks!!
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The location where the disaster took place - in the distance the City of London
Over 700 Daffodil bulbs were planted.
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Monday, 29 December 2008
One of the advantages of living on an Island is that you always have family somewhere near the sea, which means you can visit them to watch an Airshow on a Bank Holiday Monday. I don't know what it is like where you live but in the UK you can normally guarantee that on a Bank Holiday - when most of the major Craft shows, Fayre's, Airshows take place - that it will rain!!! but sometimes we are pleasantly surprised and the day turns out to be glorious.
These pictures were taken a few years ago of The Red Arrows (Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team) at an Airshow near where we lived. The sky was a brilliant blue which gave full advantage to The Red Arrows to perform their routine and for us, the audience, to watch in amazement.
The Red Arrows are an elite aerobatic team and are always part of any 'fly overs' where Royalty is concerned.
'You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky.' Amelia Earhart
'We return home, after these experiments, with the conviction that sailing flight was not the exclusive prerogative of birds.' Otto Lilienthal, 1874
'It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before is God and I have no fear.' Hellen Keller, aged 74 in 1955
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Sunday, 28 December 2008
I saw this meme whilst visiting a new friends Cheryl's blog and thought I'd have a go too.
1. Of all the things currently inside your fridge, what is the thing you like best?
let me just go and have a peek :) OK will someone please remove the cheese before I finish the lot? I love all the mouldy looking cheeses Stilton & Danish Blue.
2. Pick a quote, any quote, and share it here. It may or may not be appropriate to the season.
If you see someone without a smile - give them one of yours.
3. Of all the weather you've experienced in the last 7 days, what was you favourite moment?
the weather has not been too bad really - we've had some cold frosty moments but my highlight was sitting outside in the sun the other morning having my 1st cuppa of the day.
4. Regardless of what you celebrate, or when, or why, what was your favourite gift that you received recently?
my kitten (Karmen) from my husband (Nigel)
5. If you have pets, do they behave differently when you are home more than usual (ie, days off as opposed to when you are at work most of the time)?
just recently got a Kitten who, when I'm working from my office at home, loves to sit on my shoulder and fall asleep
6. Post one favourite photo you've taken this year and tell why you like it.
This photo was taken in July of this year. My father turned 70 and we had a family gathering at my house. This photo was taken in the garden when the grandchildren along with their grandfather were letting off party poppers. I love this photo because it shows my father with his youngest grandchild, Bethany aged 5, and his oldest grandchild, Karl aged 21.
7. Have you made any new friends this year?
I've been privilege to have made a lot of new friends whilst blogging this year. One blogger, John and his wife, stayed with us in August and another blogger, Ali, I spoke to on the phone yesterday for the 1st time.
8. Have you read more books this year than last? No, I haven't - this year I started my degree so have been browsing books rather than reading them for assignments; however, my son bought me a book for Christmas which I intend to start this evening.
9. How many 2009 calendars do you have? I received three for Christmas!!! One from the Creekmouth Preservation Society a group I belong to that is endeavouring to preserve the memories of a village in Barking which was destroyed by a flood in 1953 - one from my mother with family photos for each month and devotional one from a friend at church.
10. Did you learn or try anything new this year (a skill, a hobby, a food, anything)?
Yes, I started blogging this year!!!
Now you have ago....
Karl on a walking holiday with his dad (October 2008)
Saturday, 27 December 2008
'Written in Red' is one of my favourite songs and although the video I have plucked from YouTube is also entitled 'Easter Meditation' - it is a message for us everyday and a message to share with others.
'The love we give away is the only love we keep' Elbert Hubbard
'Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone' CS Lewis
'You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love' Henry Drummond
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Thursday, 25 December 2008
Last week I blogged about two lovely ladies called Doris and May who at the ages of 93 and 90 had to move from one home to another and the turmoil that it has caused them both. One blogger read the post and asked if she could send them presents for Christmas. I gave her my address and yesterday morning I collected her parcel from the Post Office and today I had the great pleasure of delivering her gifts in person to Doris and May.
May and Doris with their gifts
I explained to Doris and May (as best I could) that a blogger friend, who I have never met in the flesh but have only corresponded via our blogs, had sent gifts as well as Christmas cards from her children to them both - Doris burst into tears. Through her tears she responded 'I can't believe that this dear lady, who doesn't even know us, and gone the extra mile this Christmas time and thought of us'Doris examining her gift
One of the gifts was a hand knitted lion from a rural community group in Kenya. The lion came with a card, which I read out to them both - it told of the group and how the ladies knitted these lions to raise money for themselves and their family. The card attached to each lion also gave the name of the lady who had knitted it. Doris' lion was knitted by a lady called Esther - her response was 'A lady I don't know in Kenya has knitted this lion to help her family and another lady that I don't know has made it possible to reach me today - I shall pray for them both'.
So thank you my blogging friend for bringing some Christmas cheer to Doris and May.
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
I would like to wish all my blogging friends a Happy Christmas. The photo was taken in 2006 and is of some of the youngsters at The Barking Salvation Army performing the nativity.
I read this prayer on the Advent website, which you can go to by clicking on the wreath in the sidebar, and was particularly drawn to the last two lines as it quotes the title of my blog.
Oh, King of us all.
You have lifted my mind in hope.
I want to be like Mary, your mother.
Thank you for this Advent journey.
My life gets so busy that I forget to focus.
Nothing will be impossible with God.
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Lowestoft Beach - Feburary 2008
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Nigel phoned me on his way home last night and said 'Do you fancy popping into London for a ride on The Eye' - well you don't have to ask me twice the answer, of course, was 'YES'. We got there for 9pm and guess what? The London Eye closed at 8.30pm!! Never mind we had a leisurely stroll along the river and then ended up at Waterloo Station for a McDonald's - such is my life and my world!!
Monday, 22 December 2008
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Our Family service at Christ Church consists of families from many different ethnic backgrounds which brings to our small fellowship a rich deepening and respect for each others beliefs and traditions. Every Sunday we all leave having learnt something new about each other and this morning was certainly no exception.
We discussed the ritual of putting up decorations and the giving of presents. One family shared that their Christmas tree is up but the lights are not switched on until Christmas Day say as to announce the arrival of baby Jesus - the Light coming into the world. Another family open their presents on the day of Epiphany - the day traditionally the Three Kings brought their gifts to Jesus. We all agreed; however, that amongst the different culture, traditions our response to Jesus was the same and we sung it in the last verse of the carol 'In the Bleak mid-winter'
What can I give Him poor as I am
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb
If I were a wise man I would do my part
What can I give Him - give Him my heart.
Happy Christmas to you.
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Saturday, 20 December 2008
The Thames Barrier Park (London) is just 20 minutes drive from our house and, sometimes, when we have a free hour or so Nigel & I will drive over and wander around the park, enjoy a cuppa and look out over the River Thames then return home feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed.
A part of The Thames Barrier Park with the Thames Barrier in the distance.
London Holds My Heart
I'd kill to see the lights of London
Friday, 19 December 2008
These Boots were made for walking...
"Walking takes longer..than any known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed." Edward Abbey 'Walking'
They are not glamours or delicate nor particularly feminine but they are comfortable and pink!!
My blogging companion Ali tagged me for this and I learnt how sad my life is!! I hardly watch TV and go to the same restaurant down the road!! anyway here goes...
8 TV Shows I watch.
2. Strictly come Dancing
3. Through the Keyhole
4. Midsomer Murders
6. Songs of Praise
7. Who do you think you are?
8. Any nature programme
8 Favourite Restaurants
1. La Scala
2. The Greyhound Harvester
3. Hungry Horse
4. The Dick Turpin
6. The Dickens
7. The Tower Hotel
8. Anywhere with friends
8 Things that happened to me today
1. was made a cuppa of tea by one of 93 year olds
2. woke up at 6am and couldn't get back to sleep again
3. surprised visit by Revd David Pearson
4. learnt the postman's name 'Wayne'
5. a friend offered to take me to an auction
6. received a touching 'thank you' card
7. received a Christmas present from an unexpected person
8. got a lovely hug from a friend
8 Things that I look forward to
1. Finishing my degree
2. Holiday with Nigel in January
3. Attending the 'Ceremony of Keys' Tower of London
4. Rotary Trip to Ham Mark, Germany
5. Rotary fellowship weekend
6. Meal with friends then a ride on The Eye
7. Trip to South Africa in 2010
8. Trip to Bangladesh 2009 with our Bengali neighbours
8 Things I wish for
1. Happiness and Health for my family and friends
2. Unity and peace amongst all people
3. Dad's op goes OK
4. Visit Auschwitz
5. Good nights sleep!!
6. cure/knowledge for Alzheimers
7. To see the Mousetrap play in London
8. that our own 'mice' guests have left!!
8 People I Tag
I would ask, even though you don't know them, that after you have finished reading this that you will say a prayer for Doris and May.
Gracious God, hear my prayer for all those who are elderly, both in this community and throughout the land. May none feel unwanted or useless, or that they no longer have a contribution to make to our common life. May your peace rest upon those who suffer poor health and declining mobility; grant that they might each rest secure in your comforting presence. Be with those who still retain good health and vigour, that they might find the proper channels for their energies. And be especially with those who have lost the companionship of the one who has been with them throughout much of their lives, and who consequently feel great loneliness and grief, that their grief might be healed and their loneliness transcended through the comfort and peace which you alone can give; for your love's sake, hear my prayer. Amen.
prayer taken from the Falkland and Freuchie Parish Churches
This is my first Hopeful Friday post and I would like to tell you about The 4th Barking Brownies who came last evening to visit the residents of Thames View Lodge (Sheltered Housing Accommodation). The Brownies, ages 7-11, have visited before and because they were so friendly and took the time to chat to each resident I welcomed them with open arms when , Mary - Brown Owl, asked if they could come again.
The Brownies presented each resident with a gift which consisted of a Christmas decoration and card, which they had made themselves and a bar of chocolate - all beautiful wrapped up and tied with ribbons.
Rose, Tom and Doris with some of the Brownies
Then afterwards the Brownies spent time chatting with the residents. They had obviously spent time beforehand preparing their questions 'What did you get when you were my age for Christmas?' 'Did it snow on Christmas day when you were little?' 'What was your favourite toy?' They sat very patiently as residents shared their Christmas memories with them.
The highlight for me was one 8 yr old Brownie who came rushing over to her mother, who I was talking to at the time, and said "Mummy, mummy you must come and meet my new friend - her name is Rose."
Every generation has something to offer but sometimes we forget that the old and the young can mix together and learn from each other.
Especially for the evening - one of my ladies from Christ Church, Barbara, made this beautiful cake.
I came across this prayer which is a 'Christmas Prayer'Loving Father,
Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every giftand good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Our theme this week for Thursday Challenge is 'LIGHT' - for other participants please visit Thursday Challenge
As a minister I lead 'church' services in a variety of different places - peoples homes, nursing homes, sheltered dwellings to name a few and I take my 'hands' and a t-light candle with me. When leading a time of prayer I light the candle and somehow the soft glow within the hands reassures those to whom I ministering of God's presence with them - holding each one of them in the palm of his hands.
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Nativity set from Ghana. Wordless Wednesday
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Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without these Three Kings/Wise men. They have always been part of our family Christmas decorations for as long as I can remember - my mother knew how much I loved them so gave them to me as a gift a few years ago. My mother and I worked out last night that they must be at least 45 years old and they are still going strong!!! They are rather faded but amongst all the other glittering and sparkling decoration they still remain my favourites.
Christmas Gift Suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect."
Monday, 15 December 2008
This afternoon I attended the 2nd School Concert at Thames View Infants - bless them they were brilliant - will be back again tomorrow morning for the 3rd performance. I was invited to attend in my role as school Chaplain. Having visited the classrooms over the last week or so and seen the practices taking place it was delightful to see it actually happening on the day.
I left after the Seagulls Nursery performed the Nativity scene as my parents were coming to visit. Tomorrow, though, I shall be able to stay to end and chat with teachers and parents.
Karl with my Mum and Dad (photo taken this evening). My parents are retired but seem to more busy now then when they were working and it's difficult to pin them down to pop over to see us for a meal; however, they came late this afternoon and we exchanged Christmas presents, gossip etc - my middle brother also dropped by straight from work and Nigel very kindly treated us all to fish n' chips.
Here endeth another day :)