Reflection (& Beer)

Liam finished his exams last week, and so he and I have taken the opportunity to retreat to Devon for a boy’s weekend midweek. Some beer has been drunk, some good bonding has taken place: hey we walked up and then climbed Haytor yesterday: WE prayed together at the stunning Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Buckfast […]

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Bring back dangerous childhood!

From Mental Floss: With today’s paranoia of terrorists, child molesters and more, kids are missing more and more opportunities to go out, have fun and well…be kids.  To fight this, a new parenting mentality has started to arise, arguing that kids should go outside to play rough, even if it means getting a few scrapes […]

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Bureaucracy gone mad!

We lived in Sussex until 1999 when as a family we all moved up to Mirfield for my theological training. Then we had two kids, and Liam and Emma both went to a lovely primary school in Alfriston. We gave all the appropriate notice and moved them both up to School in Yorkshire. Since returning […]

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Bureaucracy gone mad!

We lived in Sussex until 1999 when as a family we all moved up to Mirfield for my theological training. Then we had two kids, and Liam and Emma both went to a lovely primary school in Alfriston. We gave all the appropriate notice and moved them both up to School in Yorkshire. Since returning […]

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Emma – a further update

Well, as dutiful and caring parents we went home at about 9.30pm to let the girl sleep. She was fine, and we’d only cramp her style. As I mentioned before, Emma sits in that middle position: mature enough to be independent and self-confident enough to not need us, and yet still, little, vulnerable and well, […]

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Well, it has started…

I think it’s the hanging around which is the most difficult to bear – the desire to be here in Hospital with Emma, and the realisation that everything else, including the needs of the other two and the pastoral work of the parish are set aside while we sit here… and do nothing. Why are […]

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