Wednesday, 4 May 2016

I'll Mount The Air

We watched the Radio 2 Folk Awards [on catch-up TV] at my brother's house on Monday evening. I loved this piece by The Unthanks - a reworking of a traditional folk song from Dorset.
I'll mount the air on swallows’ wings to find my dearest dear 
And if I lose my labour and cannot find him there 
I quickly will become a fish to search the roaring seas 
I love my love, because I know my lover he loves me 
I'll comb the air and ocean deep to find my dearest dear
In all my days and empty nights I cannot find him there
I swiftly will become a deer and scour the heathered moors
I'll find my love before the water falls on these shores
I'll cast all fear unto the wind and bring me to my soul
And if in danger he becomes and tumbles from my hold
I'll break the earth on which he lands and rest his head to sleep
I am my love because I know my lover, he is me
I'll mount the air on swallows wings to find my dearest dear
And if I lose my labour and cannot find him there
I quickly will become a fish to search the roaring seas
I love my love, because I know my lover he loves me 
A whisper, a memory, I can feel that you are near me
Oh I feel that you are near me, oh I wish you to be
I'm calling, I'm crying, in hope that you can hear me
Oh I feel that you are near me, oh I wish you to be 

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Practising What I Preach

Plan A: Drive back on Sunday afternoon from WWDP Conference in Northampton, deliver my friend Penny to her house at the other end of town. Unload car, put out dustbins, go to bed. And then spend Monday changing sheets, unpacking, washing, ironing, getting house straight for Bob's return on Tuesday.

Sunday's journey was tedious. Big hold up at Oxford. We stopped at the next services for loos and a drink. I rang Bob. He, Liz, Jon, Rosie, Adrian and Marion were sitting outside in the sunshine, planning their Bank Holiday Monday. [Work at L&Js cottage, then all go to a village fete, then L,J&R back to London] It all sounded idyllic. More fun than housework. 
I got home around 6.30pm and revised my plans.

Plan B: Drive back, deposit Penny, unload car, do the bins, buy petrol and drive to Norfolk.

10.40pm Sunday night - stopped at the end of the road by Cornerstones, and sent my unsuspecting husband a text. "Please put the kettle on" One minute later I rang the front doorbell.

Monday was spent enjoying the day with the family. Much more fun than housekeeping, and Rosie is growing so fast. It was such a great family day together.

Sorry, no pictures yet, the camera-to-PC lead is in Dorset [where the dust and chores are also waiting!]

Monday, 2 May 2016

My Tip For The Day

My tip is do not do ANY spring cleaning today - get out there and enjoy the day with friends and family. The dust will still be there tomorrow.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Pyjama Prayers

Here at my WWDP Conference we are very conscious that sometimes people who attend will not want to get up early for morning prayers, or stay up late in the evening for night-time devotions. Not everybody is a lark or an owl, so to give
people the opportunity to take things at their own pace, we have put 'Pyjama Prayers' in their welcome packs. 
This way they can, if they wish, pray in their own rooms.

 A song for the morning

                Today I awake
    and God is before me.
    At night, as I dreamt, he summoned the day;
    for God never sleeps but patterns the morning
    with slivers of gold or glory in grey.

            Today I arise
    and Christ is beside me.
    He walked through the dark to scatter new light.
    Yes, Christ is alive, and beckons his people
    to hope and to heal, resist, and invite.

            Today I affirm
    the Spirit within me
    at worship and work, in struggle and rest.
    The Spirit inspires all life which is changing
    from fearing to faith, from broken to blest.

            Today I enjoy
    the Trinity round me,
    above and beneath, before and behind;
    the Maker, the Son, the Spirit together -
    they called me to life and call me their friend.

John L. Bell (b. 1949) and Graham Maule (b. 1958) Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 139. Words and Music: From Love From Below (c) 1989, WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH Scotland.

A prayer for the evening

The Examen

The Daily Examen Is one of the meditative prayers written by Ignatius Loyola (a 16th century Spanish priest and founder of the Jesuits) and included in his Spiritual Exercises.
There are many versions of the Examen today, but all have five steps. At the heart of the Examen is the third step – reviewing your day. 
Here is a simple reflection using some of the key elements:

1. Place yourself in God's presence. Give thanks for God's great love for you.
2. Pray for the grace to understand how God is acting in your life.
3. Review your day
— recall specific moments and your feelings at the time.
4. Reflect on what you did, said, or thought in those instances. Were you drawing closer to God, or further away?
5. Look toward tomorrow
— think of how you might deepen your relationship with God and help to bring about his kingdom. Be specific, and conclude with the ‘Our Father.’

Saturday, 30 April 2016

April Achievements

Life was rather busy this month, so the crafting has been more 'urgent requirements' than 'a relaxing time of creativity'. I enjoyed the last minute hat for Rosie, and the Disney dress for my friend Brooke. Then there was all the stuff with the new die-cut machine - the greetings cards, then all the conference tags. And all those stash-busting drawstring bags. But it is still a fair output, and I am happy with April's Achievements

Friday, 29 April 2016

I Love Lego

It is entirely Steph's fault. She went to a Team Meeting at work, and the amazing cocktails were served with little chocolate Lego Men perched on the top.
There is always room for a little Lego man somewhere. So I decided I should have a go at making my own. [I need to get plenty of practice before Rosie is old enough to enjoy them!]
The silicon tray can be used for chocolate or ice. I melted 16 small squares of chocolate in a Pyrex jug over a pan of water, and that was enough to fill 8 moulds. I used a BBQ skewer to encourage the chocolate into the corners and crevices.

Here is my first little man - turned out very neatly

So then I made a batch of dark chocolate ones as well

I refashioned a box which had held notelets, and put a selection of men inside. You cannot see clearly - but each Lego man is sitting in a neat little card area lined with tissue paper. Clingfilm holds them in place during transit.

Bob thinks they would make toppers for cup cakes too.

Thursday, 28 April 2016


This weekend I am off to Northampton for Y-Pray, our first ever WWDP Conference aimed at younger women. Yes, of course I am going as a committee member, not as a delegate!
Everyone who attends will get a 'welcome pack'  containing information, and a few treats. Rather than just print off a name label and sticking it on, I have been busy making personalised tags. I chose one of the "rounded-off squares" from my set of nesting dies. A great excuse for more practice withe my Big Shot machine.

Then I took some of the leftover booking forms. I From each I cut out the conference logo, and a matching piece of plain turquoise from the back of the form. I stuck these together, and pasted on a name slip. I laminated and trimmed each tag, then put an eyelet in one corner.
A brightly coloured elastic band threaded through the holes, and all the tags are ready for slipping round the handles of the goodie bags.

I am pleased we could recycle the spare forms to good effect. More stuff about the conference will be following later...