debris4spike: (Christ is Risen)


Just got back from evening communion at Church, and this was our final hymn. A lovely reminder that today is Easter Sunday ... Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, Hallelujah. It was also one of the hymns that my drothers had at their baptism back in 1984 ... so another reminder for me!

And, this final hymn was the last hymn of our morning service ... people often ask how I have coped with these last 5 years, well, there is your answer.



Happy Easter
debris4spike: (Spike - face + body + my name)
As all of you probably know by now we had a terrorist related incident in London, and as ever random people walking through the city are injured or have lost their lives.  It seems small compared with other atrocities, but no doubt is meant to scare people away from the city.

No way - terrorists are not going to run my life ... or my country!

Anyway, enough of politics (etc) not something I usually even mention on LJ.

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I keep saying I am back and then disappear!  Last time I picked up a tummy bug (I think the kid who sat in front of me at Church the previous day was ill), and sadly my Chronic Fatigue set back in ... so I somehow lost a week.  I managed to work for 2 days, but that was all.

So, I need to focus, and get back on track.  There is no way I can skim back through your news, and I must yet again apologise that I have been a bad friend (I should get that sentence in the pc memory and that way just fill that line in each time! ).

So what I need to do is do a catch-up post incase any of you remember who I am, and want to know where I am and what I am doing!It's all about me - )

I do hope that you are all well ... any news, please let me know.
*group hugs*
debris4spike: (Christmas - reason for the season)
No, not "the" first Christmas, although this is what we need to remember, but this is the first without Mum & Dad (or any other family).  And, yes I did cook myself a proper dinner ... and Jiffy thoroughly enjoyed himself opening his pressies that Santa brought him!

Happy Christmas .... I hope that all my friends are having a lovely day, but also that you are able to set aside at least a few minutes to remember the first Christmas morning - Jesus, the Son of God, born as a baby in Bethlehem.

Thank you Jesus for coming to this world.

Our Church wasn't having a service this morning, so I went to a local Baptist one and was pleased that we had one of my favourite carols. This is one of the 2 I chose when I was baptised back in 1975, but still love it now. Lovely tune, and meaningful words.



I do love the traditional carols, but this one was one of the other ones we had at Church this morning .... Let's celebrate the birth of a Baby

Glastonbury Abbey

Monday, August 8th, 2016 07:58 pm
debris4spike: (M*A*S*H)
Sorry I didn't post these yesterday, but I was watching M*A*S*H on TV, and as it was the last episode, I ended up watching it without stopping. When it was first shown here it was just after I left college and it really poignant. Spending 4 years together with friends, yet I knew I wouldn't see many of them ever again. It still reminds me of those days studying to be an osteopath and the great people I was with then.

Anyway, I continue with my trip to Glastonbury.

We went to the Abbey. Like many Abbeys in England it was destroyed by Henry VIII. The building remains are beautiful, as are the couple of the smaller buildings that are still fairly undamaged. We managed to miss the rain, and enjoyed the walk. Plenty of excuses to dig out the camera!

And so to a look around The Abbey )

Glastonbury Tor is on it's way!
debris4spike: (Essex Girl)
I said I had a final set of photos, well here they are.

Just some local photos )

Photo Friday

Friday, May 27th, 2016 09:12 pm
debris4spike: (K9 & Cyberman)
Today they are mostly photos of a place about 3/4 mile from where I live.

However the first photo is re-taken for those who are not following [livejournal.com profile] photo_scavenger as I have posted the item there.  In England (for those who don't know) we have the King/Queen's name on a post box.  Obviously there are loads of E II R for our present queen ... however this one is more unusual -Yes, we did have a King Edward VIII, even if he was never crowned )

Anyway, letters posted we walked on to St Loye's Chapel.   It was built in the 1380's to serve a local rural mansion and is dedicated to the patron saint of blacksmiths and goldsmiths.  After 400 years it fell into diuse and disrepaire, and spent many years as a stable.  St Loye's emblem is actually a horseshoe.  As you can see it wouldn't give much shelter now, but I love the way it has been left in the middle of this housing estate.

St Loye's )

In the afternoon I took Jiffy for his regular haircut ... so he looks nice and tidy again.  Here he is, in the car ready to go home for dinner .... )

What A Morning!

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 03:31 pm
debris4spike: (Son of a preacher man.)
Earlier in the week Dad and I found out that one of the nurses is a Christian who goes to the same denomination Church that we do.  She goes to the one in Exeter, while I still go back to our old one in Newton Abbot (I prefer a smaller group, and have friends there).  So, she suggested that Dad might like to go to Church this Sunday as she wasn't working.

So, I got there at 8.30, to find that Dad had been given an early breakfast, and had been given priority for getting him washed and dressed.  A minute to 9 am we were at the front door to wait for the taxi ... at 9.30 we gave up.  The staff were very, very annoyed on Dad's behalf.  The taxi company that he was booked with just had an answerphone on, and although the head nurse phoned a few other taxi services, none had a wheelchair taxi available at short notice.

So we went for a short walk outsid, then back to his room to read the Bible, before they got him a big bowl of porridge fro a second breakfast.

Doesn't dad look smart )

I have a feeling non-Church like language will be used when the staff eventually speak to someone!

I Have A New Toy

Sunday, February 8th, 2015 09:53 pm
debris4spike: (Kindle Readers (7 & the doctor))
Brilliant to get to Church this morning although weird to be prayed for while there. Weird but nice. Everyone has been very thoughtful .... as they have seen my year of struggle and have seen me having to stand during services as the seats cause my legs to cramp . They also know about Dads Alzheimer's so know part of what I am going through. Sadly there are others at Church who are suffering... 3 with on going cancer and 2 of the ladies have recently had hip replacements after breaking them

When I got back I made lunch although that ended up delayed as Dad got stuck in the bath and I had to lift him out!!

After dinner I did the washing-up while Mum and Dad had a snooze then I took Jiffy for a walk.

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The overall good news is that I have treated myself to a small tablet so I am writing this so that I can post it when I get internet .... I still have to register it .... so will do it when I get home tonight. I hope it/ helps me to keep up with LJ ....although I have to try to get the codes for Dads internet router. I keep the code of mine on the bottom of the connector.

I won't have time to get to answer your previous comments although they were amazing and really mean so much. Your love and support has truly meant so much .... THANK YOU more than I can
debris4spike: (Closer to God)
Over this last year our pianist at Church has been away having treatment for cancer, so Dad has been playing.  She has been a few times in the last month, and today was the first day she played.

So I am happy she is doing well, especially having known her prognosis, and even happier it meant Dad got to sit next to me in Church ... nice as we hand communion round from person to person, so I got to share that with him again.

Panoramic Exeter

Friday, May 30th, 2014 11:10 am
debris4spike: (Wow)
One part of the trip I did by myself was to go to the Cathedral.  As a "local" I don't need to pay to go in, and Christine had been loads of times.  However the real reason for the trip was a short guided tour that she didn't want to do.

Just to remind you of our stunning building, here are a few photographs  ... please note the tower you can see clearly (which is the oldest part of the building)

Exeter Cathedral )


And, so to the reason for my visit.  The tower I pointed out has 175 steps on a tight spiral staircase ... I know as I went up them ... at the half way point I thought I would never breath again, and by the top my legs were wobbly ... not with the height, but with the exercise.  But, it wasn't raining, and the views were worth it.

Exeter from a bird's eye view  )


So glad I did the walk!

Hope you enjoyed all my Exeter pictures ... there were 6 other pages (making 7 in all) if you missed them.  ... Just go back clicking previous entries to this post.
debris4spike: (K9 & Cyberman)
For those of you who don't know, Exeter is in the southwest of England, and was first settled in 250BC, and latest figures show that the present population is about 112,000, so a smallish city.

It has much of the Roman Walls left, as well as part of a Norman Castle. The Cathedral was started in late Norman times, and yet there is a new shopping centre there as well. There are Medieval houses, modern shops and war damaged remains all together ... a lovely city, that I am only just getting to know.

The first step on our trip shows this - St Stephen's Church, which was built in Saxon times, and re-built in Medieval times ... and totally refurbished in 2011 ....

St Stephens - Old and New together )
debris4spike: (James - head tilt (white with blue backg)
As most of you know I am a member of [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday and Sunday was the 12th of January ... so ... what did I get up to?

I set the alarm for about 7.45 as I have to make sure Dad is awake and focussed. So breakfast, and organising Dad, then off to Church. My Dad is 89 and suffers from Alzheimer's, but at the moment he is playing the piano for services, as our normal musician is sadly suffering with cancer.

So, off to Chapel (we are members of the Plymouth Brethren) and our group has 2 services on a Sunday morning. The first service was lovely ... especially as we started with one of my favourite hymns. Sadly I decided to head home rather than wait for the next service ... I have a virus on my diaphragm at present, and coughed, coughed, coughed ... so thought I would let the rest of the congregation should have some peace and quiet!

Once home I went to bed for a couple of hours. Mum was on the phone when we got in, so we ended up having a late lunch (roast chicken, and apple crumble).

After lunch I read the paper to Mum while Dad took their Westie for a walk. My Mum is registered blind, so it is good to read things to her ... and to do the crossword.

After tea (of Chelsea Buns - that Mum had made that morning) we chatted a bit more, before I headed off to my place (which is 25 minutes drive away), and once here I got caught up with LJ.

Then early-ish to bed, and a bit of reading, before turning off the light at 10.30.
debris4spike: (Son of a preacher man.)
Day 1 - A Picture Of Myself.
Day 2 - 20 Facts About Myself.
Day 3 - Favourite Quote.
Day 4 - What Are You Afraid oF.
Day 5 - 10 Favourite Songs.
Day 6 - Your Five Senses Right Now.
Day 7 - Your Pet Hates.

Day 8 - What's In Your Handbag

The actual entry is here ... but [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37    pointed out that I had said I had 3 bags and only gave 2 photos! Well I was in Exeter ... now I'm in Torquay so can show my Sunday bag ... made for me by Toni, and containing my Bible, a hankie and a couple of peppermints.

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debris4spike: (Amen!)
In the centre of the town is The Abbey ... a truly stunning building. And they also have their own website with yet more photos ... so if you don't get fed up with my pictures, there are more there to look at!

The church was founded in 705 and there are 2 Saxon kings buried here - Ethelbald and Ethelbert ... brother of Alfred the Great.

That's what you call a stunning building )



Stunning. isn't it?


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debris4spike: (Son of a preacher man.)
They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for the church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services, and even though I know we have already seen some of them, it is still worth sharing the smiles.


The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
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Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
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The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.‘The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.'
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Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
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Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
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Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
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For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
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Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
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Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
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A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow..
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At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
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Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
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Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered..
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The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
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Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
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The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
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This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
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The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
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Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please use the back door.
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The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM .. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
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Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
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The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday:
'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.'


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May 12th 2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 05:16 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I said a couple of weeks ago I would do the Mass Observation Day this year ... so, 2 days ago was the day.

Here is my report )


"And Can It Be" is one of my favourite hymns, and one I want for my funeral.





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I Love This Hymn

Sunday, August 5th, 2012 02:48 pm
debris4spike: (Amen!)
Just had to listen to this hymn ... so thought I would share it. I love it very much - the words mean so much, and say so much as to why I am who I am. We finished our second morning service with it - but I was on coffee duty, so didn't get to sing it!



1
All the way my Savior leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav'nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate'er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well,
For I know, whate'er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

2
All the way my Savior leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living bread.
Though my weary steps may falter,
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! a spring of joy I see,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! a spring of joy I see.

3
All the way my Savior leads me;
Oh, the fullness of His grace!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father's blest embrace.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day,
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way,
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way.


I Love This Hymn

Sunday, August 5th, 2012 02:48 pm
debris4spike: (Amen!)
Just had to listen to this hymn ... so thought I would share it. I love it very much - the words mean so much, and say so much as to why I am who I am. We finished our second morning service with it - but I was on coffee duty, so didn't get to sing it!



1
All the way my Savior leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav'nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate'er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well,
For I know, whate'er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

2
All the way my Savior leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living bread.
Though my weary steps may falter,
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! a spring of joy I see,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! a spring of joy I see.

3
All the way my Savior leads me;
Oh, the fullness of His grace!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father's blest embrace.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day,
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way,
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way.


debris4spike: (B7 - Going to live forever)
Well, I thought it was a great day - whatever the weather, whatever the news (sport included!!) I had a lovely day.

How can I begin to thank you all for what you did to help me celebrate my 51st birthday.

The day before, Mum & Dad took me shopping and bought me a watch.  That was doubly special ... both in that it is a lovely watch, but also that both of them were well enough to actually go out with me.  These last few months have been rough for dad, which has made mum's year long troubles worse.  However both are doing well at present, which is lovely to see.

When I got back it was to my first "card" -

Photobucket

Thank you [livejournal.com profile] kudagirl... as she pointed out, without him we would never have "met".

I woke really happy, as I had a really special dream ... what a great way to start the day.  

Then I was given the following message from [livejournal.com profile] jaded_jamie .... so what could I do, other than have a great day.



At Church they started our second service by singing "Happy Birthday" ... so that was fun.  The chief elder suggested giving me the bumps ... but as I pointed out I had never had it done, so it was too late to start ... and dad said I would be heavy!  So that idea got abandoned.

Then back home for lunch ... sneaking more LJ time ... and the serious bit of my birthday ... pressies and cake!

(Part 2 to follow)
debris4spike: (B7 - Going to live forever)
Well, I thought it was a great day - whatever the weather, whatever the news (sport included!!) I had a lovely day.

How can I begin to thank you all for what you did to help me celebrate my 51st birthday.

The day before, Mum & Dad took me shopping and bought me a watch.  That was doubly special ... both in that it is a lovely watch, but also that both of them were well enough to actually go out with me.  These last few months have been rough for dad, which has made mum's year long troubles worse.  However both are doing well at present, which is lovely to see.

When I got back it was to my first "card" -

Photobucket

Thank you [livejournal.com profile] kudagirl... as she pointed out, without him we would never have "met".

I woke really happy, as I had a really special dream ... what a great way to start the day.  

Then I was given the following message from [livejournal.com profile] jaded_jamie .... so what could I do, other than have a great day.



At Church they started our second service by singing "Happy Birthday" ... so that was fun.  The chief elder suggested giving me the bumps ... but as I pointed out I had never had it done, so it was too late to start ... and dad said I would be heavy!  So that idea got abandoned.

Then back home for lunch ... sneaking more LJ time ... and the serious bit of my birthday ... pressies and cake!

(Part 2 to follow)

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