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Newsletter 23rd August 2015.
Lazy summer days and I hope that you are enjoying them.
Last week the GCSE results – with A and AS levels the previous week. Congratulations to all who have done well.
I am still waiting for the First Holy Communion forms. Please return them as soon as possible as I need to order the books for the autumn. At present I think that I have received ten – I am sure that there will be more than this in the class.
This week the feast of St. Bartholomew on Monday, St. Monica on Thursday and St. Augustine on Friday. Also on Wednesday we commemorate Blessed Dominic Barbieri, the Italian Passionist priest who came to England and who received Newman into the Church.
I have replanted some dill, which seems to grow very well and the second pot of basil is beginning to thrive. Flat leaf parsley does well but it is more difficult to grow the curly variety. The magnolia and the cherry tree have been well watered every day.
The honey from the garden was a great success. Unfortunately the bees were very badly behaved and stung a number of people so they will be moving on fairly soon. Thanks to the bee keeper who provided the pots.
Do you remember Elizabeth David? Here is something you might try from one of her books. Cook some sliced courgettes, two small shallots and a bunch of watercress in some butter. Cook some long grain rice, drain well and add the cooked vegetables. Serve with some grated parmesan cheese and a grating of nutmeg.
Some news now about the new Routemaster buses. You will recall that they operate with electric motors fed by powerful batteries. The diesel engine cuts in to recharge the batteries when the state of charge is too low. It seems after a couple of years of service, the batteries are not retaining the charge very well so that the diesel engine cuts in for most of the time. The same problem occurs with an electric hedge clipper with a lithium battery. After a while the battery loses its ability to retain a charge for a long time.
The great nephew is spending quite a lot of his holiday time with his grandparents as his mother is back working at the hospital. I understand that the day begins at 6am when he wakes up and wants to start the activities of the day. A fourteen hour day with a four year old can be quite demanding.
There is space this week to tell you the story of the nieces wedding. All was prepared for the reception in the garden – six ovens roasting the food –and power for the band – but in spite of assurances to the contrary – when the on switched on, they blew all the main circuit fuses. Sister in law is wonderfully competent – she had lived in Central America and always takes the necessary precautions. She had arranged for a standby generator to be in place in the garden – this was started up and the festivities continued without a hitch.
Now a prayer:
Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength. Help us to have a perfect trust in your protecting love so that nothing may frighten or worry us and that we may see your hand and your will in all things. Amen.
Something from Brian Patten now:
Leaving nothing and nothing ahead;
When you stop for the evening
The sky will be in ruins
When you hear late birds
With tired throats singing
Think how good it is that they,
Know you were coming,
Stayed up late to greet you
Who travels between places
When the late afternoon
Drifts into the woods, when
Nothing matters specially.
Best wishes to you all
Monsignor Nicholas Rothon

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