Thursday, 26 March 2015

Voucher day

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For those of us in England and Wales, today is Aldi voucher day again in the Mirror.

I've seen elsewhere that the voucher will be the usual £5 off a £40 spend, and valid until next Thursday.

Disappointed for the Scots again with no voucher in the Record. If anyone can shed any light on why the voucher has been stopped north of the border, I'd be interested to know.

With school breaking up here tomorrow, we will be getting a voucher and heading to Aldi early next week, I think.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Quiet prayers

The circuit meeting passed the resolution tonight to appoint two ministry support workers.  As soon as the job is advertised, I shall be applying, and would thank you for your continuing prayers over this opportunity.  

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

It's gone!

It has been posted at last!  The last two sections of the Faith and Worship course that I have been doing for the last four and a half years - sent in to be assessed this afternoon....

Results will be sent to the local tutor at the end of May.  In the meantime, I need to read twelve of Wesley's sermons, and think about a short presentation I need to make to the circuit meeting.

BUT I have [in my head] put the flags out as it feels like such a weight off my mind.  I can't really believe it!

So tonight, on my return from gymnastics, I am putting my feet up by the fire and watching Jackson Brodie for a fix of Edinburgh architecture and Scottish accents.  Chocolate cake is also on the menu.

Hope you are keeping warm - the last throes of winter were lashing down the hail here this afternoon!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Film review

The YFG and I went to see the second film in the Divergent series on Saturday afternoon. This one is called "Insurgent". They are based on a trilogy of books by Veronica Roth, who has a tiny part in the film.  

These two are the main characters, Tris Prior [Shailene Woodley] and Tobias Eaton/Four [Theo James].  Needless to say in a teenage film, there is a thread of a romance between them as well as the main thread of the story.  It was interesting to find out that Theo James is British and has actually acted in an early episode of our beloved Downton Abbey as the poor chap who died in Lady Mary's boudoir!

Her mother is played by Ashley Judd, who I have watched no end of times in Double Jeopardy.

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The film a science-fiction based story, set in a Chicago which is almost destroyed and is surrounded by an enormous fence, more to keep the people safe than to keep them in, they are told.

The people are separated into five factions, consistent with their dominant personality traits.  Tris and Four both come from Abnegation families, but end up in Dauntless, the warrior faction.

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Teenagers are tested for their aptitude and can change faction from the one into which they were born.  Tris's parents were devastated that Tris chose Dauntless and her brother moved into the Erudite faction.  At her testing, Tris finds that she has dominant traits from so  many of the factions that she doesn't actually fit into any one of them particularly - she is a "Divergent" which the government seek to find and destroy because they see people who can't be pigeonholed neatly as a threat to a stable society.  

It was an interesting film and I had read the first two books in the trilogy - and now I find that I have to go and read the last one, Allegiant, as I am not sure I can wait two years to find out how the story ends.  As is the trend with books like this which are being made into films, they are all dragging out the final book by making it in to two films.  Film-makers did that with the Twilight books and are now doing it with the Hunger Games books too.  And so Allegiant will be made into two films.

We went to a different cinema from our usual venue, and it was lovely.  The Light cinema in Wisbech made a refreshing change from the Cineworld cinema that we had regularly frequented.  Yes, the Light cinema doesn't have an arrangement to take Tesco Clubcard vouchers so I did have to part with real money but it was cleaner, more comfortable and more welcoming, so we are definitely going back.  It wasn't expensive as these things go - the tickets for the two of us booked online came to less than £13.  Needless to say, we passed on the popcorn, the huge paper cups of Coke and the assorted other items of junk food which we on offer in the foyer.  A reasonable treat for Mothering Sunday, even if it was a week late!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Another Pause in Lent

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Joining in again this week for A Pause in Lent with Ang at Tracing Rainbows.

Today's service was based around some verses in Jeremiah 31 which talk about commitment and God's relationship with us.

The minister pulled together an interesting service and had us all making origami boxes in which to keep notes of our commitments to our faith for a period, perhaps a month or two.

The service challenged us to think about commitment in this time of Lent, when we are trying to reflect on Jesus's time of trial, and perhaps trying to abstain from something for the time of Lent. We talked about how we might devote ourselves to something like marriage or parenthood compared to a short term commitment to something like an evening class for a period of a few weeks.  We considered our faith and our devotion to that, and how we live out that commitment in our life.

As I am going to get the last section of my local preacher's course in the post to the HQ this week, I reflected a little on the dedication that getting this course done over the last almost five years has required.  I shall be very relieved to get it in the post, I have to say.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Finally, Donna!

Donna, the winner of the giveaway a couple of weeks ago, can at last look forward to a parcel in the post! 

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 It was sent yesterday, so with luck and the Royal Mail on our side, you should have it by about Tuesday as it was sent second-class.  Hopefully Donna will let us know that it has arrived, when it does, but I am not going to spoil the surprise for her of what is in the package!  I just hope she likes it or finds some of it useful......

I wasn't able to find a blog to see what you like, Donna, so I just presumed that you like some of the same things that I do, since you visit here, and sent some bit and pieces that I like...

Friday, 20 March 2015


Apparently, Spring will have sprung today, but I am not so sure: there's a lot of mist and murk here this morning and not too much in the way of sunshine.  It may even rain here today, and the clouds are fairly heavy so I am not too hopeful of seeing much of this eclipse!

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However, it's always good to have a good start, so the first day of spring might be an opportunity to start afresh again!  It is apparently the International Day of a time when the news is still reporting people feeling miserable about their finances, and the isolation that many are experiencing, it can be a struggle to find happiness.

Well, you know me!  Trying hard to find positive thoughts each day, and feeling gratitude, are my keys to happiness.  There are always things I could do better, I know, and sometimes I get overwhelmed with stuff - but there are things to look forward to and I know that this season of busyness isn't going to last for ever, thank goodness!

Professor Brian Cox is on the tv this morning on the BBC's eclipse programme - and he seems to be permanently cheerful with his cheeky smile!

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My joy got a knock yesterday when the annual Council Tax bill arrived, but I did know that it would arrive at some time this month!  £127 a month this time, and that is with my single adult occupancy the two months of being able to make a little extra in savings are over.  I've had a good week spending-wise in that I have hardly left the house, and so I haven't spent anything in the shops.  I have bought two cinema tickets on line for the YFG and I go to see a film tomorrow afternoon as she was a bit disappointed that I didn't have much time to spend with her last weekend.  It is her choice of film, so I am not sure how much I am going to enjoy that bit, but given that I shall be out with her, I'm sure it will be a good time - she is very good company :)  My lack of shopping this week drove her to the cooker last night - there was no "food" [read "snacky stuff"] and so she made herself a carrot cake.

Anyway, I am going to watch the Eclipse on the tv now and then start work - doesn't seem to be any point trying to phone people this morning until it is over!  Enjoy the first day of spring, and let's all try to be a little bit happier today - it's all about making connections with others, they say......