Life in the Rocking Rectory

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A sad farewell

Yes, my time at Blogit has come to an end. I'm bowing out - sadly, because I feel I've made so many friends here over the past few years - but I now find myself so busy online that something has to give. I want to say a big THANK YOU to all my Blogit friends for making Blogit such a good site and... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Royal excitement

We've had an exciting time. Ed and I motored down to Cranfield University at the Defence Academy, Watchfield (just outside Swindon), to share in our youngest daughter's PhD graduation ceremony. That was exciting, but even more so, the Princess Royal was awarded an honorary degree at the same... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I've been waiting...

Is it only after you've retired that you spend so much time waiting around? I find myself waiting for tradesmen - plumbers and electricians and the like - waiting for phone calls - people who promise to call at a specific time but never do - and for the last three days, waiting for the rector to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Slow cooking

It's been a chequered week of alternate days of pouring rain and bright sunshine. Unfortunately one of the pouring rain days was yesterday so I didn't get my weekly golf, but today is glorious sunshine so I've already made the most of it and while Ed was watching The Open (golf) on television,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

We're back again.

Actually, we've been back a week, but visitors descended as we arrived home and stayed for this past week. It was lovely seeing them again and we had a good time together. These visitors were very interesting. They have a caravan, and this last winter they took it to the south of Spain where they... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A summer of sport

Not for me, you understand. I might play a few games of golf, but I won't be out there every day hacking at a ball - any ball! However, you could be forgiven for thinking that the UK is sports mad, especially in summer. At the moment we're thick into Wimbledon, and at the time of writing, we still... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

And another sadness...

Yes, Don died on Sunday morning, but again, I'm so glad I got to see him one last time. I'm sure we shall miss his funeral as we're off to Wales on Saturday and it's almost sure to be next week, but Joan's funeral isn't until July 8th, when we shall be back. On a brighter note, we had some old... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 13, 2011


There are many sadnesses involved in the life of a priest, but when I retired I thought that would be the end of them. Yes, OK, definitely wishful thinking, and perhaps I knew that deep down inside. On Saturday I was invited back to one of my previous parishes to baptise the great grandson of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

We're home

Just back from a great week with our youngest daughter in Belgium. She works at the university in Leuven, so Ed and I hopped over via Eurostar, which was such a good experience. We took a bus from home to Norwich train station (free), a train from Norwich to Liverpool Street in London (vastly... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The swan...

Ed played golf today while I stayed at home and minded the house (aaahhh) so he was under strict instructions to find out about the swan. Apparently all the eggs have hatched, although I'm not sure how they know that since no one has seen the cygnets. The cob is still hugely aggressive, and the... Sign in to see full entry.

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