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Archive for January, 2013

Only two blogposts this year. But my excuse isn’t the normal one of parish busyness and personal incompetence, although those things are obviously a factor in the emptiness of this site so far in 2013. But the main reason, I think, for bloglessness is some other writing I’ve been doing. And so far nearly 4,000 words of writing (of approximately 40,000 I’ve agreed to) for the BOOK I’ve just signed a contract for!

After my three minutes of fame talking about blogging in a seminar at the Midlands Women’s Convention last October, I was approached by an editor from IVP who asked me if I’d consider writing for them. So I thought about it, put a few ideas together, and suddenly I have a deadline at the end of March and a very tidy kitchen. Of course, housework becomes much more attractive when I have something more pressing and important to do…

Vicarage messThe working title of the book is Messy Ministry – mess being just about my top specialist subject, though ministry rather less so. So do please pray for me as I write to my deadline. Pray for my kind editor who will have to wrestle with the words I write and make them coherent (I’m already discovering that writing chapters is not entirely the same as a whole bunch of random blogposts strung together). And pray that I’ll be able to encourage everyone who wants to do ministry but finds that mess keeps on getting in the way. It’s a scary but exciting project and is proving a challenge for all of us in the Vicarage.

And if anyone would like to suggest helpful ideas for the book I’d be extra specially keen on that too…

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Snow in the City

We’ve been enjoying the beauty of snowy days here – the way the brightness of the white covering lights up our garden and the churchyard. And the the brightness it brings to children happily chucking snowballs and perfecting their sliding techniques. Although it’s also quite good to now be seeing the back of it and the walking hazards and extra associated clutter in the hall. Off to the back door again with you wellies!

A friend took a lovely photo of the church when she popped round to visit the other day. And to accompany it, a shot of the back garden through a pane of the living room window. It’s carefully taken so you don’t see the poisonous-looking mould gathering around the paintwork. In my defence we have been waiting three winters for double glazing now, and I optimistically assume every year that there’s no point in dealing with the blackness as the windows are about to be replaced.  *waves optimistically to any diocesan property staff reading this*

Church in the snow

Church in the snow

Bit late to put the garden furniture away now I guess

Bit late to put the garden furniture away now I guess

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It’s been a bit of a busy start to the year so I’ve been rather off blogging. But yesterday I went for a walk with Dreamer and Freddie the Pooch. We headed to our local park and the frost was so beautiful that I took a couple of pics. Glorious, eh? Only slightly marred by the three young couples snogging under separate trees. At 3pm on a Tuesday. Not sure what that was about.

Tower blocks looking mysterious in the frost

Tower blocks looking mysterious in the frost

Freddie pooching about

Freddie pooching about

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