In some parts of the country "Hanna" is a common surname ... South Down among them. When I was at school I knew five people called "Elizabeth Hanna" (including myself). At Sunday School prize distribution church we had our addresses read out as well as our names ... in those days very few had their Christian names shortened and certainly not in one's Mother's hearing!
Anyhow, today my sister E arrived with a fuchsia for me called "Hanna"!
I have never, in all my years of plant observation and collection, come across any plant, anywhere, that bears that name! Isn't it wonderful?
Well, maybe you don't get so excited if you're not called Hanna ... but I was thrilled!
Of course it had to be the 365Project photograph of the day and, since it was raining, I ran along to the summer house and took pictures from inside with the plant soaking up the rain. It did mean that one arm ended up getting a bit wet - but all in a good cause. Natural light is often so much better for plants and the greens of the garden do help with the contrast.
Isn't it amazing how significant one's name is? I suppose we know that when we see just how many things are on sale with personalization! Now I have a fuchsia with my name ... how many readers can say that?!
Meanwhile, the mutt, who answers to more or less anything I call him, got wet. It's been a long time since I smelled wet dog and had to share a sofa with one. The smell is no better than it ever was and the sensation of 28 kilos of wet fur isn't all that desirable.
One of the things in the diary for today was a charity abseil off the roof of a Belfast Hotel. The curate of Saint Mark's, Dundela (who did a student placement with us in Saint Nicholas') was raising funds for Fields of Life and had agreed to do an abseil - although she is terrified of heights!
Lots of Saint Mark's folk turned out with the Rector to watch the moment!
"Third time lucky" we called to each other as this person waved! Soon she was over the edge and descending like a professional ... or something a bit like a professional!
I should note that the weather for the abseil was perfect ... rain came later. The young folk had a little bit of sun and no wind at all ... just the sort of conditions that you'd pray for (if you prayed for things like that)!
Today was also the day when the Methodist Church of South Belfast laid the foundation stone for their new building. Unfortunately I don't have photographs of that ... but this is a significant moment in that history. Building work has made great progress and everything is still on schedule for a February 2012 opening.
If this blog is also a record of my life ... then the day started with a visit to Tomb Street to collect a parcel. On Thursday I phoned BT about a problem with BTVision. On Friday the package arrived at the house to replace some units!!! How's that for efficiency? (I wan't at home so had to collect it today.) Eliot came too and was much admired in the sorting office and he was so obedient it was almost embarrassing! He can do it ... when he chooses!!!!
Night night world ... a long and very satisfying day with an idea for a sermon or next week's talk at the local Primary School!!! Might even do a powerpoint presentation for it!!!
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples
with the sight of the risen Lord:
Give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened
and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer
Collect of the Third Sunday of Easter.