Friday, 31 July 2009

Me in Seven words

So we have all been tagged! Describe yourself in seven words. Well, hee goes:

Competetive - I had 3 brothers, OK they were all younger than me, but you had to make sure you got your share. But it was not just that. I need to win/do better than anyone else, I do not often succeed but I have to try, so anything that could possibly be competetive has to be done to the very best of my ability.

Lazy - if I do not absolutely have to do something then I probably won't.

Yellow - the opposite of brave.

Young-at-heart - very important to be as young as possible. This has only applied over the last few years and hopefully it will get more and more important as the years draw on.

Huge-sense-of-duty - implanted in me by my school and my Mother and augmented by my religion. If there is something that I can do then I should do it. This results in a difficulty in using the word "No". I am just beginning to learn that sometimes one should say no.

Lack-of-self-worth. Have never known that I had any value. Early on not wanted by my mother. Then having had no contact with children, I did not know how to get on with them. Still don't really.

Bossy! - if I see what needs to be done or how it should be done then I will tell people. Sometimes they are so stupid! Have to be told! Oh dear - not very nice, am I?!!!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Ordinations of Deacons and Priests

Today was far from a normal Sunday.

I got up at 6.45, had breakfast and did all my early morning chores - watering plants and feeding birds etc.

I left home at 8.30 and got to my lift site by 8.45. The other two had forgotten their tickets, so did not arrive for a wee while. Luckily plenty of time had been written into the timetable. 5 of us piled into the car - I, being the smallest, sat in the middle of the back. Not too bad!!

We were dropped off at Newcastle Cathedral and 'socialised' for a while, as we were early. Before 9.40, we made our way into the Cathedral and found our seats - we had tickets, with block, row and seat numbers. I was very fortunate in that I was in Row 4 behind the Ordinands, but was seat 5 so well in. I could see well when we were sitting, but nothing when standing.

Promptly at 10.00, the Processional Anthem started - "I was glad when they said unto me,....." to music by Parry. The Bishop and lots of Cathedral dignitaries, priests associated with the Ordinands and the Ordinands themselves processed and ended in their seats. As is usual today, all happened in front of the reredos, so we were in touch with what was going on.

After the Ordinands were introduced, we had an Old Testament reading, a hymn and the Gospel, read in the midst of much acclamation etc. The Sermon was by The Reverend Dr Simon Jones, Chaplain of Merton College, Oxford. He had lead the Ordinands in their retreat, prior to today. It was an excellent sermon that connected us to the Ordinands, and was very listen-to-able.

After a hymn we moved into the Liturgy of Ordination. A period given to preparing the ordinands for what was to follow, then we had a form of Intercessions, like in the Holy Communion Service but biased towards the ordinations. Then the Ordinations themselves took place. The Bishop laid his hands on each of the 3 Deacons to ordain them, then we came to the Priests. I was very moved by this. All the robed clergy moved around the Bishop. Each Ordinand came up in turn and knelt before the Bishop. All the clergy who were near enough, put a hand on the head of the ordinand and all the rest put a hand on the man/woman in front, so there was a channel of support from all the robed priests. Then the Bishop himself laid on his hands and said "Send down the Holy Spirit on your servnt N for the office and work of a Priest in your Church.". They were all given a Bible as a sign of authority to speak God's word to his people.

Then we all welcomed them.

The Peace was more special than usual in a Eucharist. Our Deacon made a point of coming along the rows that she could get to for the Peace. The taking of Communion was well organised. The stewards knew where their people were to go and made sure that it moved smoothly. I was lucky in that I received the bread from the Bishop. There were places at the back of the Cathedral and even at the High Altar (for those who were sitting nearer to it including the choir. ) During that time the Choir sang an Anthem - "Set me as a seal upon thine heart...." and we sang a hymn.

After the Blessing by the Bishop, we sang "Angel voices ever singing.. " with the organ reaching full volune and us all singing as loudly as we could, while they processed out and so it was all over.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

July 2nd Garden

This Kolkwitzia has given us huge pleasure for years, and it tones well with the Prunus behind it and the Berberus purpurea in front and the Senecio greyiae in front. The variegated Holly to the right, has been dealt with very harshly this year. It had got too tall and the higher part was badly affected by wind, so we cut the top out of it. It will take a while, but in the end we will have a nicely shaped shrub/tree, that can be kept clipped to a good shape.

Here we have Penelope, which I planted early in my time here, so probably about 26 years old. The red one in front is a bit younger. To the left are 2 Rosa rugosa, Rosarie de l'hay and, I think, Fru Dagmar Hastrup which is not really visible in this photo. They have a fabulous scent.

This was planted this Spring. It should be very good, when it has bulked up

This is a white climbing rose that has been here for at least 60 years. Some years it gets cut back quite hard to make it renew itself. Being an old variety, it only flowers the once, but it does go on for quite a long time.

Delphinium, fennel and a yellow flower, name unknown in back herbaceous border.

I have no idea what this rose is. It was here when G arrived, but is not all that old. One year I cut it very hard back and it came back much stronger. The yellow one is much weaker but I love it.

Isfahan has flowered better this year than ever before. It has a lovely scent.

David Austin's Old English rose, Graham Thomas in early bloom. The Geraniums below are over but need cutting back. No Lavender yet.

A pale blue Delphinium, just coming out

A view of the Herbaceous Border from an upstairs window

Here is the vegetable garden