Saturday, 17 August 2013

More old photo's - two young lads in Lowestoft.

My long time (of  63 years) friend Jeff Davies has been digging into his old photo' stash and sending me pics of "when we were young".

Jeff lived "just around the corner" (130 Bloy St, Bristol, U.K.)  from the home where I grew up (47 Devon Road, Bristol, U.K.).

It so happened that both our mothers were from Lowestoft, Suffolk on the east coast of England, some 240 miles from Bristol.

So Jeff and I grew up with an enormous fondness for Lowestoft.

My first visit there was with my Mum, and one or two other of my sibs -  I think that it was when I was 10 or 11 years old.

 The 240 mile journey, by coach (long distance 'bus) from Bristol to Lowestoft via London took at least 12 hours.

I can still remember arriving at the coach depot in Lowestoft where we were greeted by my Great Aunt Ada (Mum's aunt) and her husband Uncle Jim, and then walking up to their little urban cottage on Gun Lane. It was such a huge adventure.

On our first morning Aunt Ada fried some "bloaters" for our breakfast on her old coal range.  That sweet smell is still in my memory.

If you have never heard of bloaters -  it's time for you to do a Google search. (* and see below)

One or two years later I went back to Lowestoft, this time with Jeff and his parents.

Did I stay with Aunt Ada on that second visit?  I think so, but I cannot be sure.

I do remember that Jeff and I walked around the fishing Harbour where we kicked over a dead herring, only to discover that it was ridden with maggots.

I also remember that Jeff, his Dad, and I were at Lowestoft Ness (the most easterly point in the U.K.) and we were soaked to the skin by a huge wave which came over the Sea Wall.  Jeff also remembers this event.


Here are his photo's.

Jeff, his  Dad,  and I  on the beach.

Jeff's Mum and Dad and I

Jeff and I at Lowestoft (aged 11/12?)

At a pond. in Lowestoft. ( Jeff (l)  Jmp (r)  Jeff writes of this photo'  "Do you remember the boating pond near the Claremont Pier? We had some  (plastic) divers in which you put some bicarbonate of soda in the base and dropped them in the water and they kept coming to the surface and diving to the bottom again?"


** It was some eight or so years ago (2006? 2007? )  that my American/British friend Joe S and I  took a trip from London into Suffolk.We stayed in Aldeburgh -  a fabulous small town.  

Our Hotel was at the White Lion Hotel

To my great delight this  Hotel offered "bloaters" for breakfast.  I could not resist!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

St. Boniface Church, Siesta Key FL Photo'

This is the most recent edition of the newsletter from the parish I attend, St. Boniface Church in Sarasota.

I am delighted to tell you that the photo' of the Church is one that I took last year when I had a helicopter joyride out of our local airport, with my nephew Sam and his buddy Toby. They were visiting me from Bristol, U.K.

My brother Martyn was also visiting me (Sam is his son), but he was visiting our friends Joe and Dee up in Massachusetts when we enjoyed our chopper ride,

St B from air
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September 3
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Dear Michael,

Welcome to the new Saint Boniface Newsletter!  Make sure to check your inbox every two weeks for the latest edition. Enjoy!

NEW Sunday service times begin August 18!

Holy Eucharists at 7:45, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.

ALSO happening this Sunday
Children's Worship  Children of all ages meet at 9 a.m. for their own worship time
Church School  Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program welcomes children ages 3-11, 10:15 a.m.
Adult Ed  "Tell me the Stories of Jesus" with the Rector, John C. N. Hall, 10:15 a.m.
Childcare CO-OP care is available for 0-3 year-olds from 8:30 to 12:30
Blood Drive for Suncoast Communities Blood Bankfrom 8:30 to 12:30, walk-ins welcome, childcare available
Taize Vespers A service of quiet chant, prayer, icons and candles, 8 p.m.

*** And don't forget to bring your "pound" of items for Alex this Sunday morning! ***

Giving Tree This month we reach out to the teens in Sarasota's Guardian ad Litem program.  Because of abuse, neglect or abandonment by their families they must navigate the courts and possibly the foster care system.  By picking a Giving Tree tag and buying any - or all!! - of the items on the tag's wish list, you make one of these teen's lives a little brighter.  Tags are available in the church entry, Parish Hall or by clicking here.

Outreach Survey Spend a few minutes with the Grants Committee's survey and help direct our outreach funding.  Each year the Committee recommends several thousand dollars in grants to support worthy works locally and abroad.  They would like to know your interests and passions as they consider this year's grant proposals and recommendations.  Surveys are available in the church entry, the Parish Hall or by clicking here.  

Church on the beach 
Sand gathers between your toes at Church

On Saturday night, September 7th at 7:00 p.m. you may want to wear your sandals to church! St. Boniface's new Church on the Beach meets at the Yellow Guard Tower on Siesta Key Beach for informal worship and fellowship. All are welcome. Come as you are!

Every first Saturday night of the month, join friends new and old at Church on the Beach. Just about sunset, we gather for worship -- some simple songs, prayers, a brief homily, and maybe even a sandcastle or a walk in the surf.

It's a new way to worship in the beauty of God's creation. Enjoy the Number One Beach and thank the Lord.

Don't miss your first opportunity for Church on the Beach. Saturday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

August 15th

On this day in 1984 I began to serve at Rector of St. Stephen's Parish, Pittsfield, MA.

On this day in 2000 I began to serve as Rector of St. James's Parish, Cambridge, MA.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

All goodness? Well ... maybe

For reasons I cannot explain,  this headline from the free "flyer" which arrived in my mailbox today made me grin.

(It is from an ad. for closets).

Indeed I do not wish my home to be messy and untidy.

I'd like it to be organized.

But I do not wish for it to be "totally organized".  That would be so boring.


The ad reminded me of a prayer from the Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer which asks that God would "strengthen us in all goodness".

My thought as I pray this prayer is that "I'd like to be strengthened in a wee bit of goodness, but certainly not in all goodness".

I need some space for naughtiness..

Monday, 12 August 2013

Horseless carriage not needed/ Help for neighbour needed again.

I did not need to use my horseless carriage/motor car/automobile today.

I did not need to shop.

I did not need to go anywhere.

The "big ole beast" enjoyed a day off, resting in the car port.

My dog and I had a few nice walks, even in the 92f heat.


My "neighbour with all the problems" fell down today. She could not get up.

She called the Visiting Nurses office to report her plight.

Someone in that office called 911 to get some EMT's to her home.

A staff person in  that office also called me, in the (vain) hope that I held a key to her home.  I did not.

The EMT's arrived but were unable to open my neighbour's front door.

So I contacted our Condo. Assoc. Office,  from which our (very part time) administrator drove up with a key, to enable egress for the EMT's.

If she had not been at work I would have had to track down one of the Condo. Assoc Board members to get a spare key from the Office safe,.

The EMT's rescued my neighbour and helped her into a change of clothes.

The neighbour refused to go to the hospital.

This is getting stale.


Our Office administrator was able to persuade my neighbour to provide keys to me and to another neighbour, so that in the next crisis (and it will happen),  the emergency services will have easy access to her home.

And so it goes.  My neighbour has poor physical health (and possible mental illness).  She is a hoarder. She is utterly stubborn. She lives in dreadful squalor. There will another crisis, of this I am certain.

It's wearisome for me, but I'd rather have a key  for the use of  emergency workers in the next crisis, than to to have to go through the rigamarole of tracking down a Condo Board member, or the Office Administrator to get an emergency key from the Office safe .... at Lord knows what hour of the day or night.


My actions are rooted not in charity, but in self-interest.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Food simple food

Today I made a simple, hearty and nutritious meal for lunch

The chief ingredients came from Trader Joes

1. A carton of their tasty Black Bean Soup

2. A can of their "Black Beans - Cuban Style" - to give the Black Bean soup a bit of body.

I heat these ingredients in advance and find that they are sufficient for three meals (on three consecutive days for me, as I live alone). I eat one portion and save the others for the next two days.

3. On  each day I also cook a handful of egg noodles and mix them in with the enriched soup.

Such a simple and hearty lunch. Goes down well with a bit of Ciabatta bread.

Total cost is no more than $5 - a bargain for three lunches!

Prep. time is minimal.

This simple meal can also be made from products from stores other than Trader Joes.


Those of us who live in a Trader Joes market area are just about members of a food cult.  We are great admirers of their products - 'though labels should be checked for some of their products  are not necessarily healthy.



(Trader Joes is owned by the same German Holding Company with runs Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud. There are many Aldi stores in G.B. and there is one in this part of SW Florida - up in Bradenton, FL)