Fear not, I'll be back. If you got the picture message you'll know that I'll just be without net access for a while. See you soon...
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Living in a Vicarage, as I have been doing for the last couple of days, is an interesting experience.
The phone never stops ringing for a start, and neither does the doorbell. There seems to be much activity in the parish and it's hard to look out of the window and not see someone I know. Quite often the parishoners wish to make use of the garden for one function or another and I have found that there is a certain amount of expectation that because I am around I will help out. I don't usually mind helping out, of course, but the rather liberal use of our garden means that I will never sunbathe nude for fear of who might come through the gate next. Apologies for the palpable disappointment that that will cause some of you.
Earlier in the week we had a group of people from our old church come and visit us for tea. It was a wonderful afternoon but in it's own way quite surreal. I don't know about you but normally when I've had people over for tea they've never arrived by coach, let alone one as big as the one which brought this group. I've posted a photo below because a) I can and b) it brings a new sense of scale to the idea of "having a few visitors".
Earlier I had the pleasure of finding a note in my pidge (always good) which resulted in my collecting a brown envelope from the porter. Said envelope contained a jar of peanut butter-smooth-and a note with the text "be mine xxx". Pleasing. Evidently the jury is still out as to whether or not peanut butter can be used as a romantic gesture.
I am now on a train (where else?) heading home for a couple of days to enjoy some pre-finals home comforts. I will be spending most of the time in the library opposite my house (I start in a week...) but a change of scene will be nice and I'll hopefully return rested.
The kind comments and the debate on recent posts has been great-keep it coming! I am aware that I have unanswered questions and a conspicuously absent 'Links' section and these will be sorted in due course. If impending finals isn't an excuse for being slow I don't know what is...
(it might also explain why the most exciting posts recently have stemmed from the BBC News Page).
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