Meanwhile I thought that it was time to begin to sort out some "stuff" in the study. Well .. it began okay. A stack of books was moved from one place to another ... some pages were stuffed into the recycling bag ... and then I came upon a pile of photographs that have been waiting for an album! The 365Project photograph of the day is the last one on this page ... but first ... a few of them up close.
The five year old with long golden plaits sits a trifle uncomfortably on her Uncle Harry's bike. Uncomfortable because the wall is a sharp pebbledash!
The study never did make any further progress! Much of the morning was spent answering the phone with half a dozen calls looking, not for me, but for "Toys R Us"! There's just one digit different in our phone numbers and from October until February a good nine tenths of my calls are mistakes. It's fun to hear how folk react when you announce Saint Nicholas' ... maybe they think that "Toys R Us" have begun to revert to that name for Santa? Only once did someone ask if I were sure it was the church rectory! Huh? Yes, I am sure and redirected them to the number they wanted. Another caller left her details on the answering machine and "told" me to call her right back ... she was very confused when the rector of a Belfast parish phoned ... it took a few minutes to sort out that one!
This has been a bit of a ramble ... need to focus and get back to some sensible thinking .... soon!
Lord of creation, giver of gladness,
in celebration we come today;
loved ones around us, hope shining strongly,
your love completing our deepest joy.
Church Hymnal number 542
David Mowbray (b. 1938)