Saturday, 24 December 2011


... et habitavit in nobis et vidimus gloriam ejus, gloriam quasi unigeniti a Patre, plenum gratiae et veritatis

May God grant you all a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas.

I will remember all my readers (all five of you ;-) ) at Midnight Mass (solemn High Mass) tonight. (Thanks to automatic publishing I'll be singing carols when this goes live)...

God bless, Annie Elizabeth & family xxx

And the winning name...

...for our lovely black brindle and white Bull Terrier pup is TREACLE!

For non-English readers (and those of you living north of Watford) Treacle is Cockney rhyming slang for "sweetheart"...  As she's an Essex girl and one of her breeders is a very nice Cockney gent, the name seemed appropriate. Treacle = treacle tart = sweetheart.

...and she is!

Note the non-stop wagging tail!
Meeting the chickens... They're bigger than her - for now!

(That's it for dog posts, we can now resume regular programming)

Restoration, Declaration, Illumination...

We bought outdoor Christmas lights for the first time last year - largely because I was delighted to find a Christian company making (shock!) Christian decorations for Christmas! I like to think that our nativity and star go some way to counter the cultural tide of flashing Santas, reindeer and "Winterval" type decorations..

If you're interested in getting some illuminated angels, stars, or a nativity of your own I heartily recommend Silent Lights - I have no connection with them, apart from being a very happy customer.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Mantilla mayhem

Somehow, somewhere our family has managed to lose three mantillas at church in as many months. It's annoying and puzzling in equal measures. I lose my red leather gloves, they turn up in the lost and found box. But three mantillas -- zoop! -- disappeared forever. Or have they? It's sort of like a lacy version of Schrödinger's cat. Mac suggested that I check the spare mantilla drawer, but no luck there either. Yes, I did say Spare Mantilla Drawer. How cool is that? Does your church have one? Nyah-nyah.

And speaking of cool -- well, just check this out. A parish like ours is worth any number of self-vapourising mantillas: perhaps it's fueled by mantilla power. I may stock up on a few extras just in case...