We had a "fun" trip home. We went via Stockport, not the most direct route from Halesowen to Bromley, to take Helena home. The M6 was one very long car park. After a couple of hours of frustration I took a side road. To cut a long story short I went through a puddle was hiding a very large pothole which took out the two off-side tyres. We had to be recovered and get tow replacement tyres so we eventually reached Stockport at 22:30 instead of the anticipated 16:30. So much for a speedy detour. I am not attempting to recover the cost of the tyres from the local council - watch this space.
This Boxing Day we were not out in the midday sun, but rather the midday rain. We spent Christmas with our youngest son Lawrie who lives in Halesowen. On Boxing Day we went for a walk on Clent Hill. Despite th rain, cold and mud it was most enjoyable; we are a peculiar lot!
Our Parish Church was a 100 years old on Thursday 13 December. We celebrated with a sung Vespers presided over by Bishop Pat Lynch then on Sunday we had a High Mass celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith.
Vespers by Candlelight
Julia made the Celebration Cake, it was excellent. Bishop Pat, with the Mayor of Bromley is cutting the cake.
At Mass, The Gospel being read by Deacon Duncan
Archbishop Peter giving the Homily
At the end of Mass the Archbishop gave the Benemerenti to three parishioners. Many congratulations to Joan, Frank and John.
Julia's twin sister Phil and husband Peter were alss down for the weekend for our "present exchange" so it was a rather hectic time. On Saturday we wnet to Canterbury for teh day - had an excellent pub lunch at the City Arms.
Ilse my childhood friend once found a raspberry in the camp and carried it in her pocket all day to present to me that night on a leaf. Imagine a world in which your entire possession is one raspberry and you give it to your friend.
I am a retired Consulting IT Specialist. I have been married to Julia for 45 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 three in April - time flies
I am now ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the RC Church - date of ordination 8 June 2013 so am now in my third year of ministry.