and within 5 minutes of taking it out of the box I was happily using it on the internet! I went for the 27 inch version which didn't seem that big in the shop, but seems massive in the office; still as I get older and the eyes start to fail I can use a very large font! Being a student, albeit part-time I was able to get a reasonable discount. Now all I have to do is get used to the differences between it and the stuff from Mr Gates. I know who has the better product and it doesn't come from Seattle!
Never to take the easy way Julia got an infection in her leg ulcer, which to put it mildly gave her absolute hell. She is on antibiotics and now seems to be on the mend. Last weekend we had the Church Christmas Fayre - this was the first one that Julia has missed; it would have been too much for her standing all the time. Yes there were chairs but knowing my wife.........
The Mo is coming along. Much to my great surprise I have raised £452 - and there is still time to donate. Click here please! The Mo is looking better than I had hoped for although my niece has asked me to keep it for her wedding on December 18. I am not sure if she is that serious and if mission control will allow it; we shall wait and see.
Julia has been suffering with a leg ulcer for past seven months; it began whilst we were on the Pilgrimage in May. Eventually she went to the doctors to see about treatment. To cut a long story short she had operations on the veins in both legs last Tuesday. She has not been too brilliant since; she went out today for the first time and came back absolutely shattered. Hopefully things will now start to improve. We went to the funereal Mass of a Catenian friend, Brian, who was a lovely man. He was only 74 but he had eight great grandchildren at the Mass; we are in our sixties without any grandchildren!
Last weekend saw the first "Study Weekend" of my course in Pastoral Theology. Apart from the learning it was a good chance to get to know the other eleven in my year and those in the years above. It took place at High Leigh which is a conference centre in Hertfordshire, about 30 miles north of London.
The house had originally been owned by the Barclay Family (of banking fame). It is now used as a Christian Conference and Study Center. various bits have been added on to accommodate students/delegates but it remains quite a nice building with pleasant grounds
All in all a good weekend. Despite all my studying the "Mo" continues to grow!
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We managed a weekend at the Lodge to prepare it for the winter break. David came down with us and we all had a great time. After Mass on Sunday we went to Boscastle, scene of the terrible floods in 2004. It is now fully recovered although the main road in was closed for maintenance; the shopkeepers were not best pleased.
I am a retired Consulting IT Specialist. I have been married to Julia for nearly 47 years and we are blessed with four children; David, Andrew, Lawrie and Hélèna. Not forgetting the "other half's"; Gaew married to Andrew, Lawrie's partner Emma and Hélèna's husband Sam.
In addition we have a grandson - Henry Thomas, son of Lawrie and Emma. Henry was four in April 2017 and he now has a sister, Georgia, born on 29 December 2017.
I am ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the RC Church - date of ordination 8 June 2013 so am now in my fifth year of ministry.