Friday, 26 May 2017

The Celebrations continue (and why not!)

May 26th -  by birth date

Super and relaxed dinner at the home of my great Gulf Gate SRQ friends, Ron and Charlotte Thompson (and with Ron's sister Karen and her husband Den).


Karen and Den


Birthday ice cream

Terrific gift from Ron and Char  (I know next tk nothing about Hamilton


My beloved Aunt Irene recently moved from her Flat in Bristol to a splendid Memory Unit in a good "care home".  As her daughters, (my cousins) cleared out her flat they discovered a veritable treasure trove of family photo's

Cousin Janet sent me one today.  I had never before seen it.

Here I am with my twin sister outside of the house where we were  raised.  Are we maybe three, or four years old?.  The presence of the perambulator (what a wonderful word!) confuses me. It certainly was not for Elizabeth and I  - we are far past that stage.  It cannot be for our brother Andrew for he was born in 1950 when we were already in what Americans would call first grade.

I love my sister's mischievous look, and I like that I was bearing a nice smile.

What nice children!

Thanks Janet!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

I must have been a beautiful baby

.. but "baby" can you see me now"

John Michael and Elizabeth Anne Povey

Born 26th May 1944

We were very young when this picture was taken.  My sister Maureen (not seen in the photo') was propping us up from behind as we could not yet sit up without wobbling!

I am told that I was given Mum's house key 'cause I wouldn't stop crying.

Back in the days before Velcro and disposable nappies (diapers) boy children wore dresses until they were potty trained.


25th May 2017 - an early celebration at Cafe Baci with friends,'

Rick Pereira and Allan Rogers from Church.

Rick Randall and John Conradi from my neighbourhood.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Paul Van D is an occasional worshiper at St. Boniface Church Tuesday morning Eucharist.

As he left this week I noticed his new tattoo on the back of his leg.

I said  "Paul, that's a very ............ tattoo".

He turned, grinned and said "most people have to ask me what it represents".

Not Paul's tat. but it looks a bit like this.

Q.   What word did I use

Monday, 22 May 2017

Feeling downright crabby recently.

The best and most delicious Crab cakes I have ever eaten were in a Restaurant called "The Green Room" in Hendersonville, N.C.  Big chunks of Crab and next to no filler.

The memory of that meal stayed with me, so much so that about two weeks ago I began to lust for Crab cakes.

I had two at a restaurant on May 14th.   The best I could say about them is that they had once has a passing acquaintanceship with a crab.

I tried again on May 16th at another restaurant. This time I judged that the Crab cakes had once seen a crab, from a distance.

"All of the filler, none of the meat!".

So there was nothing else to do but to make my own.

The recipe called for

1lb crab meat
1 1/2 tablespoons of bread crumbs.
2 teaspoons of chopped fresh parsley.
Salt and pepper to taste
1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoons of mayo
1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard.

I had only 12 oz of canned (and drained) lump Crab meat so I went easy on the bread crumbs,parsley, mayo, and mustard.

I baked the Crab cakes for 15 minutes at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, and then browned the tops and bottoms in a skillet with a bit of butter.


Almost worthy of "The Green Room". And sufficient for two meals each with 11/2 cakes.

Before cooking.

For lunch on May 21st, with cucumber, red pepper and heirloom tomatoes.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Vitality and energy at St. Margaret of Scotland Church.

I gave my home parish (St. Boniface on Siesta Key) a pass this morning and went out to St. Margaret of Scotland Church instead.  I was there partly because I have "supplied" there from time to time, but mostly because their Rector, the Revd. Carla McCook, is a valued member of our Tuesday morning study group.

It was a wise choice.  There is so much good spiritual energy at St. Margaret's.

The congregation sings and makes responses with energy and verve.

I never thought I'd say this but think it's partly because the hymns and congregation responses are projected onto a screen.  This results in worshipers looking up rather than burying their noses in a Prayer Book or Hymnal.

Rev. Carla  (as she is known) preached a brief, intelligible and clear sermon. The service included a Baptism (always a morale booster for aging congregations).

Liturgy and preaching apart the best part of the service for me was the presence of a child - thirteen month old Charlie.

His Mum and Dad sat immediately in front of me.  It was clear that Charlie felt very much at home as he rested on his Dad's shoulder, and looked back at me.

He and I had a long "eye flirtation" which eventually led to a "pinky" hook up!

What a gorgeous child!

That was not all.  From time to time Mum and Dad caressed his fulsome hair with such tenderness. And a few times they touched each other, not in an ostentatious way, but as if to say "we are so blessed to have each other and to have this wonderful child".

When the time came for the Baptism I exceeded my authority as a guest and suggested to the Mum and Dad that they should take Charlie to the front of the Sanctuary so that this wee lad could see what was happening (he seemed to be fascinated with all that was happening),  This they did.

Jesus said "let the little children come to me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven".  I understood this so very clearly this morning.

Thank you Rev. Carla and the people of St. Margaret's.