Februrary 2012 Magazine Article

01 Feb

February 2012   “Okay – you win!” Sweep has waged a cunning plan and has finally won the war of attrition – twice!  Some while ago, Sweep ate tins of cat food and had pouches as a special treat.  He decided he didn’t like the tins, and so systematically refused to eat them.  Eventually I […]

January 2012 Magazine Article

01 Jan

January 2012 “Aeya pay!” Maayana split her lip, so Natalie dabbed the cut with the towel, then rinsed the towel in the sink before washing.  Aedan watched – and when he got a mark on the towel, he decided to rinse it – and for good measure, added the other towels.  The first Natalie’s Mum […]

Christingle success

26 Dec

With over 160 Christingles issued this year, All Hallows had its largest attendence for the 4pm Christmas Eve Christingle. Children enjoyed the red-banded orange, together with candle, and four sticks with jelly babies on.  This year’s sermon focussed on the meaning of the various components, with a young mum gamely comprising a giant Christingle.  With […]

December 2011 Magazine Article

01 Dec

December 2011 “That’s for sharing!” We are decorating a house in Lancaster before putting it on the market, and Jen is taking the lead role in decoration, which explains why I was in Spar with Jen and Zach, buying lunch.  Seeing a special offer on ‘Cadbury’s Christmas wish star’ – 2 for £1 – I […]

November 2011 Magazine Article

01 Nov

November 2011 “Crabs don’t talk!” The logic was irrefutable. Zach was being interrogated by a doctor.He remained resolutely silent, his hands making opening and closing motions – like a crab’s claws, it transpired – while the doctor asked him questions. Finally, the doctor asked in exasperation “Can’t you talk?” to which the response was “Crabs […]

October 2011 Magazine Article

01 Oct

October 2011 Nathanael flashed his lights . The car in the inner lane was pulling up fast behind a lorry, and indicated he was pulling out, edging towards the overtaking line.Nathanael flashed his lights to indicate that he had seen the driver and was holding back to let him in.The driver pulled in, and drew […]

September 2011 Magazine Article

01 Sep

September 2011 “Bbbbrraaappff” – Approximately the sound made by Nat on Ben’s tummy, to which Ben responded with a squeal of laughter and a broad smile.Ben is our youngest grandchild, now 6 months old, and a most enjoyable part of our holiday in France this summer.We stayed in a gite at La Mayet, near Ambert, […]

August 2011 Magazine Article

01 Aug

August 2011 “I like bread!” Joshua is only 2½, but he speaks with a clarity to which many children twice his age could only aspire.Not only does he have a clear ringing voice, he has a considered opinion on many issues, and is happy to share his views.As he left crèche this morning, he announced […]

July 2011 Magazine Article

01 Jul

July 2011 “Turn away from the church” Perhaps the oddest line of the day – our daughter Emma was marrying Carl, and as we drove out of the Rectory gate, I reminded our driver that we were driving away from the church – so that Emma could arrive in the car as she wanted, photographs […]

June 2011 Magazine Article

24 May

June 2011 “Engage Smug Mode” Kryten is a mechanoid servant with very human characteristics in the comedy ‘Red Dwarf’When he was proved right – invariably – he would walk off with a huge smirk after ‘engaging smug mode’.I felt like joining him.We have some roll-up banners at church and one of them separated from the […]