Friday, April 29, 2011

WE are having a lovely day

Bunting up

Walk to park at 8am with children

Wear them out first ,trip to park at 8am

Just crudites and sausages to keep us going

All quiet in sitting room

Filey's Royal wedding celebrations 2pm 

Boys happy for ages in balloon sword fight

Our neighbour David  has been busy as Town Crier

Am ready to watch it all again!

Friday, April 22, 2011

H/t to Rev Bosco Peters

I put this on the Filey Parish Blog ,and have had many positive comments so have put it here as well, I use Rev Bosco Peters Liturgy site frequently, It is a great site for those doing Parish Websites and Parish Blogs.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gods in his heaven all's right with the world

Sounds like rubbish to me. I've had an awful Lent.
I've run out of time , patience and devotion. I am jealous, greedy, fat and self obsessed. No one likes me.  I want to have a blog like the Old Geezers with thousands of followers. I want to  have enough money to not worry when the window cleaner comes. I want to feel full of joy when I wake up every morning, instead of pretending I do. I want to remember to be disciplined , to wake up and start Praising  straight away, taking captive every thought and experiencing that place after a while where the sacrifice of Praise kicks in to knowing the presence of God. 
Then there's the news, what Darkness. 

Ive just got up. Its always worse first thing. 

That was a rant . I'm working it out. Ive read my bedside ancient copy of Imitation of Christ . The marker has got to Book 3 , Ch 54. Wouldnt you just know that todays bit is all about 

CHAPTER LIV (project gutenberg)
Of the diverse motions of Nature and of Grace

"My Son, pay diligent heed to the motions of Nature and of Grace,
because they move in a very contrary and subtle manner, and are
hardly distinguished save by a spiritual and inwardly enlightened
man.  All men indeed seek good, and make pretence of something
good in all that they say or do; and thus under the appearance of
good many are deceived. 
I've read on the whole chapter. Its sorted me out. or rather HE has. I am looking too at Bobby's post today on the Filey Parish Blog, and Pams yesterday. We are all having a time of it it seems. Thats good, sounds like a good Lent to me.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Burgess Hill and Beyond

Filey is full of visitors today. How can I tell?
Well here the normally very quiet new Tescos is full , well at least busy, with people buying ready meals and pizzas, Packs of Stella and bottles and bottles of fizzy water and Chardonnay.
On the way to Tescos, municipalia in excelsis
We locals know when the shoppers do not live here, but have caravans  and holiday homes here  because in the winter it is just us. I grew up in a large village, and Filey always feels the same to me. My mother used to say when she sent us to the shops   'Don't tell the village your business!' 
So , walking home from the trip to my local small Tesco store I was so pleased to see the Season is now well and truly STARTED. A sunny, and warm day, (19degrees  in the garden today) and Filey is the ideal seaside town for a  weekend. 
I love seeing people relaxing, walking on the Brigg and beach, having a coffee sitting outside Frothies or the Corner Cafe, and  browsing in our small shops or eating fish and chips from the box in the Crescent Gardens looking out at the sea . I always want the weather to be glorious for all of them, from Rotherham,  and  Hull, and the Yorkshire ex pats from London. A seaside town is a great leveller. 
We too will soon be on our way to Burgess Hill to stay with our daughter , her husband and our 2  grand-daughters. 
Burgess Hill is not a village but a large town, five times larger than Filey. 
It has small shops too, our favourite is the secondhand Bookshop called the 'Bookden' which is run by the Lions. We never have to take a book to Sussex to read. 
WE have a dilemma always about finding a Church. The last 2 we tried seemed very Dull, so this time we are trying one where our grandchildren have some friends. Spouse has been a singer all his life,  and for the first 20yrs of our time together I always had to sit alone in church whilst C was in the choir. St Martins Dorking had a wonderful choir. All the children learned to sing , and worked for their RSCM medals. Here in Filey I don't thank God , have to iron any surplices. So In Burgess Hill we would like some beautiful Music OR a full on Holy Spirit Service. Both together would be fantastic. 

The South Downs have just achieved National Park Status. Burgess Hill is just out of the Park, but we see the hills a few miles  from the town, and know some beautiful places and villages around. 
Brighton, London by the sea  is only a OAPs bus ride from BH. I love it. It is my favourite place in the whole country for shopping . 
TAJ, my favourite shop in Brighton

And so I wander around Burgess Hill as the visitors amble around Filey, spending money in interesting shops, devouring the leaflets in Tourist Information outlets, trying cafes and remembering for next time (bacon sandwiches in the Burgess Hill indoor market), enjoying looking at the provisions in Waitrose (and longing for one nearer than Willerby), sitting on town centre benches, and going back to temporary home and wondering what's for dinner, and thanking God I didn't have to get it ready, and daughter has a dishwasher.