Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Brain overload

I've never been particularly good at doing multiple things at once. And my life at the moment is no exception. My brain feels somewhat squeezed as I'm working on a sermon for church on Sunday (mostly done) a two-day market coming up and Christmas stock. Plus my primary role as mum to my three beauties. Oh and my job. I will be back when life is more sane and I can find my way through my study door.
Is it negligent to feed your kids cheese on toast for dinner?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

new brooches.

I've been working on some new designs for brooches. And they're here! Visit the shop to purchase. There will be more coming soon... Watch this space.

Friday, September 7, 2012


I went to a funeral yesterday. The man who died was a friend of my Mum and Dad. He and Dad had worked together for years when I was very young.

They were both ministers. As in Christian or church ministers. Not political ones. Dad was the senior minister - in those days they were called rectors. Boak was his assistant or curate. He had a beautiful wife and a large dog. And he never once called me by name. Boak, like my parents and siblings called me Snooks.

Years later and in a different city I went to the church where Boak was the rector. That was where I met Mr Neat. Boak married us nearly 17 years ago.

He was about 12 years younger than my Dad. And he died last week very suddenly.

Boak was what people describe as a character. He didn't fit into any easy categories. He was often not what people expected. Irreverent yet deeply devoted to the Lord. Ascerbic and at once caring.

He was an excellent preacher. One of the best I've heard. He had the ability to reach right down to his listeners' hearts and thoughts. He was forthright. "Stop sinning." And yet he was understanding and compassionate. His sermons on death were raw and real and dismissed any pious notions of death being an easy thing to bear. He had known grief and suffering and understood that pain and separation were more than just character-building experiences, they were a sign that something was very wrong with our world.

Death is unnatural. It tears and steals and reduces. It casts us on our knees as we grieve for those we love who have been stolen from us. And yet in the darkness of sorrow, when we are able to raise our heads from that wracking loss, we can yet discern a flicker of hope. As time passes the flicker becomes stronger as we see that this is not the end.

I thank God for Boak and his ministry to me.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Snoopy. Possibly the best screen dog ever.

I loved Snoopy when I was a little girl. Somewhere in my house or in the shed is a large Snoopy that I was given when I was about four. I must dig that out. The last time I saw him, my Snoopy was wearing a Paddington Bear t-shirt that was mine when I was very very small. I like to think that I appreciated irony even as a child.

I always felt sorry for Charlie Brown and wished he had a bit more self-confidence. And how Schroeder could play such music on his teensy tiny keyboard was beyond me... But I think Linus was my favourite. He was so kind and gentle and could see things that others couldn't.

Who's your favourite Peanuts character?

1967 Snoopy and the Red Baron by Charles M Schultz  hard cover - LavenderOwlVintage
RARE Vintage Snoopy Phone (Red Cord) Excellent condition FREE ship to USA - ChinaGalore
Snoopy's Christmas Cross Stitch Pattern PDF - lisalskinner
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Retro 1980s Snoopy Cowboy PVC Figure - riverwest
schroeder & snoopy peanuts comic painting from the 60s - waltyablonsky
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Peanuts, Security is a Thumb and a Blanket printed 1971 - RBHoweDesigns
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The Chuck - Made to Order Peanuts inspired gold T with black zigzags - sweetpeaalamode
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