You know. You think your family love you and then you see a photo like this and you wonder how anyone who loved you could let you go out looking like that! This is me in the garden enjoying the dregs of summer with a very relaxed Morecambe. I haven’t really been out in the glasses. They were £2 from Primark and we call them my Harry Potters. This week has been funny. I really can’t think of anything to tell you…..really nothing to share….except
Now I think about it, I haven’t exactly been tied to the kitchen sink. We went to the theatre to see “The Ladykillers”. I remember the film with Alec Guinness and it frightened the life out of me – all very sinister. This was played much more for laughs except when it all goes pear shaped. It was done really well (I have never seen anyone stabbed to death with a bit of banister before) and the set was superb. Best set I have seen since the helicopter came on in Miss Saigon (That is the only bit I remember about Miss Saigon – the rest seemed to drone on a bit) I did have the chance to see Blood Brothers with Marti Pellow but to be honest, I would rather poke my own eyes out with a spoon. Nothing against Mr Pellow who I am sure is jolly nice but I hate “Star Vehicles” in musicals. I like to watch something without all the mumbling about “Was she in Eastenders?” and giggling when the “Star” comes on.
We had a Vintage Fair in Plymouth. Proper vintage fair mind you and not one of these events where you wander round looking at stalls with dodgy looking mattresses and old bits of plastic piping. This was all lovely and 1940s/1950s based with everyone all dressed accordingly and a live band playing stuff like “In The Mood”. I have never seen so many vintage tea-cups in my life.
Also, had a small moment when I was certain that dementia was setting in. Sat at Church Communications Team meeting and a chap refers to some work that has been done regarding advertising for volunteers and putting together some ideas and lists etc. and I am nodding my head and grinning at no-one in particular and thinking “Well done whoever that was” and then when I look – everyone is looking at me and smiling and waiting for me to explain what I did. It was me! I had done the lists! I honestly couldn’t remember doing it for what seemed like an age but was probably a few seconds. Then it all clicked back. In my defence we haven’t had a meeting all summer and I have had a lot on my plate but was slightly concerned that it took me more than a few seconds to work out what the jiminy they were all on about. Think I got away with it.
Caught up with Parade’s End. I have loved this so much. So beautifully written. Each line and each performance seemed so rich. Sir Benedict of Cumberbatch did really well making a strange character so sympathetic as did Rebecca Hall. I think she did almost too well because I was very nearly rooting for her at the end. (Only nearly) I loved the end. I loved how low key and gentle and well just – happy it was. One of my TV highlights this year. Also Doctor Who, end of the series (and of certain people – never did really love her that much but really liked him) also very good. The Weeping Angels are a genius creation.
Have been packing and stuff all week for FOW1’s return to university. We have loved having him back but it is time to go and he is ready as all his friends have gone. I never quite understand how people cope with this kind of thing who don’t have access to prayer. I pester the living daylights out of God at times like this and am very grateful that I can.
Oh and just wanted to leave you with this just because it it – well just very, very good. I made a decision to try and use Bible verses from the Message as much as possible on the blog because it is very accessible but I have really loved it and am getting so much from it myself. Like this from Philippians 1…
“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings So that your love is sincere and intelligent not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary A life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.”
Sometimes people make out that Christians are nice but dim. That our God commands us to follow blindly and not be thoughtful and intelligent. Read this and you will see that sometimes people are wrong.