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Hello dear reader. Thanks for your patience whilst I have been away finishing off my PhD thesis – you’ll be pleased to know it has been submitted to The University of Liverpool and I am now waiting for a viva date. So, I hope to be back here blogging on a regular basis. I am thinking about a re-brand (again) but I suspect that is a while off but in the meantime I will let you know about a few things that have been happening:
– Eva has started walking to school on her own
– We have adopted a puppy from Freshfields – his name is Jacob and he’s very cute (as you can see above)
– Eva, mark and I have been to Belfast for a little jolly – which was great…lots of sitting about, chilling out, catching up with family and friends.
– I have had a cold – I feel much better now, though I am still very tired.
– I am at last feeling like I can get stuck in to parish life. I just hope nothing else comes along to get in the way of being able to be in the parish full time (apart from my more formal curacy training commitments of course).

So, with that in mind I had batter get back to parish life…


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November 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm

stress and stuff

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The stress of producing drafts of chapters and updating stuff is getting to me. I have taken to cake and other stress relievers. This week has been a mad time as it seems just as I get into writing I have another project on the go as well. Poor old Eva has had to go to our trusty childminders Heather and Eric for this week and next as both Mark and I are working. She is loving it though…it’s just the having to get up for me to get her to south Liverpool by 9am that is hard (on both of us).

Monday was a PhD day that started wit an Every Child Matters group meeting to plan the playday event (which took place on Wednesday). So after and hour of sorting that out I came back to my office to crack on. I achieved quite a lot I think. Though I did have to do quite a lot of Greenbelt planning and got distracted by a few parish duties.

Tuesday was the day I shall refer to as Burger Day! I spent the morning with Henry and Mark (the reader at St Peter’s church) planning the sermons and services for St Peters for Autumn and Winter. It was a great morning of sharing and panning. I had to then fix a puncture (we keep getting nails in the passenger tyre – not by accident I am afraid). Thankfully it just needed patching up and only cost £6 but I think I may have to deal with ‘those that nail’ because it is on its last patch. I then popped in to see the youth club and discovered that the BBQ for the playday hadn’t been sorted so had to go to ASDA to get 200 burgers and then cook them. It took me 6 hours to pre-cook the burgers. The house stank of burgers, I stank of burgers and Joe managed to block the drain with the burger fat…so I had to get a plunger and industrial unblocker to free the yack. But it was all soothed by the lovely 3 course dinner Eva and Joe cooked Mark and I (and 2 guests). A lovely lovely treat.

Wednesday was the playday…we were opening a new playspace that has been created on derelict land near us. It is a nature play garden and has the potential to be fantastic. It all came together in the end – someone else took over the BBQ which meant I didn’t have to stick of burger grease for 2 day running. The fire- engine turned up, the community police officers were positive, the housing associations were supporting and turned up with freebies and balloons, the street-dance group were great and the games (skipping workshop, drumming workshops, facepainting, flower arranging) that were organised for the kids went down well. The weather was great as well. I was very impressed by the whole event. But, I was cream crackered…and it was another day of low achievement on the PhD front.

Thursday I cleaned the church – the theatre company have vacated and it needed a good clean. Then cracked on with some work in the afternoon. Mainly prep for the 2 services I am leading and preaching for on Sunday.

Today is my day off… Eva has a friend over, I have just been to the shops and dropped off my sewing machine at the menders…now I am going to eat cake and read a book…Mark is off to set up the show for tonight at the old police station on Lark Lane. Joe is off out into town later and the girls are on a sleep over so it won’t be a quiet night for me. Hey ho.

Just had a bit of time to look over my supervisors corrections of my latest chapter…it wasn’t ALL bad. But there is a long way to go. Hey ho.

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August 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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Guerrilla Worship – Crosby Beach Labyrinth

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Mid-day prayers were very blowy today as I popped over to Crosby Beach to walk the Dream prayer Labyrinth. The wind was ferocious but I put my hood up and walked and prayed – actually the wind helped me focus and blocked out pretty much all other sound as I stepped gently round the Labyrinth. A much needed blowing out of the cobwebs! So, thanks Dream.

Mark and Eva fancied fish and chips (I had chips and steak and kidney pudding). Then off to St Margaret’s church summer fair…which interestingly seemed to have attracted most of my congregation (we are neighbouring parishes so this is to be expected). So, I sat and chatted to people, spent money on bits and bobs that you can only buy at summer fairs (???!!!) and Eva won the big raffle prize – so we are all happy!

I have preparation for tomorrow’s morning service (though no sermon to write) so I am at my desk doing stuff. And I feel really quite tired.

I have a surprisingly large amount of sand in my hair…

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July 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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back blogging

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This was the very moment of priestly ordination (a highly illegal photograph taken by my lovely husband)


Well, it is good to be back…back here on my first web-blog (having left Diakonia behind – the website that is because ‘once a deacon always a deacon!’) and also back after a number of adventures.

So much has happened in the last few weeks, so here is a quick run down:

– I was ordained priest a few weeks back – which was an amazing event. I was far more relaxed than last year and felt a lot more confident about my place in the process this year. The diaconate year is so important in terms of getting my head round all the changes in my life and directing myself toward my new ministry. It was far from ordinary but it certainly prepared me for the shift to the priesthood.

– I presided at my first communion(s) – because I serve at two churches I got to do this twice! It is difficult to describe the remarkable privilege of presiding I was quite overwhelmed by the whole thing. I was very stressed about it and managed to mess up a few bits and bobs but I was drawn into the church community in a whole new way…supported, loved, cherished. Brilliant.

– I have been on clergy conference. I really didn’t know what to expect but was actually quite pleasantly surprised by the 3 days of retreat to Swanwick with 300 vicars. We were entertained by Roger McGough and Hugh Dennis, spiritually challenged by Jim Wallis and June Osborne. I also attended a couple of great theological debates led by Ann Morisy and Paula Gooder . It as great to catch up with old friends and meet some new people. I came away feeling challenged and spiritually refreshed (but also a bit tired – too many late nights setting the world to rights).

– I have also been to Spain on holiday to a wonderful villa in the hills outside Malaga – Villa Victoria. It was a real treat to go away somewhere very hot, with a private pool and just sit about soaking in the sun. Spending time with Eva and Mark – just the 3 of us – was a real treat too. We have not had much time together this year and a whole week was great (though it did take some getting used to!). I have managed to become ‘off-white’ – a nice low level tan – for the first time in years. I also read some great books, ate some fantastic food and spent some time with my cousin Ian who lives in Torremolinos.

– I am now trying to get my head together for a busy week – including going to see Madonna at the MEN tomorrow . We also are off to John and Johanna’s wedding on Saturday – which will be an exciting adventure.

So, best go and get on with living the life I blog – I will let you know how I get on with PillyJ at Madonna’s egofest tomorrow…

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July 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm

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