Showing posts from July, 2008

Holiday photos

More to follow

Varina and Isabel and Dad's family

Think dad tried to get in on the picture too!

50th Birthday Party

The Birds

My home town resembles the Hitchcock movie 'The Birds' at the moment. As the seagull babies have now hatched out - when I go for a walk with the dog - there is a seagull on duty on every lamp-post and chimney pot in town. This is alright as long as they stay there but currently we have to dodge 'mama' seagull every time we go in and out of the house as there is a brown baby seagull in the front garden after it fell off the roof. It's already swooped at the cat and my husband. I might have to resort to going in and out with an umbrella up! Though my husband thinks a tennis racket might be a better idea. My daughter and I were in town the other day when suddenly my hair was full of flapping wings - a seagull just swooped down and took the burger out of my daughter's hand that she was eating as we walked to the bus stop. Currently I have opted for the safer option and am taking the dog for a walk out of the back garden gate.

Fun in London



You're so cute!

Happy Birthday Liz!

Have a great day on Friday!

What we are going to see next week as a family.

Mama Mia - Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!

What we were watching today

The Sound of Music - a Classic - got us talking about all the other family movies we want to watch again, mostly Disney and some others like Bugsy Malone. A lot of the songs the girls know from their school days.

What I am reading

You can search inside this book at

What do Catholics Believe by Leonie Caldicott recommended by 'auntie.joanna writes'. The "What do we believe?" series pays particular attention to those aspects of the faith which make Catholicism distinctive includes the Sacraments, the Papacy and the History of the Church.

What I Have finished reading

Woman, Thou Art Loosed!: Healing the Wounds of the Past (Paperback) by T. D. Jakes (Author)

Elvis - Miracle Of The Rosary (alternate take)

Two for the price of one - the Rosary and Elvis!

My garden is blooming

My favourite flowers are a Private hedge in the summer - I love the scent from mychildhood. And Lavender - pretty and smells nice and Daisies - so cheerful.

We all went to the Zoo yesterday

Some piccies above of our day out.

I like this poem

Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.

1. The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference
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Luther Van Dross-Dance With My Father Again

another version

To dance with my father

For my dad

Elvis Presley: Always On My Mind

another version

Elvis Presley - Amazing Grace

Elvis Presley - The Last Concert

Suspicious Mind - Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley - In The Ghetto...

Elvis Fest

Elvis - Can't Help Falling In Love (Live/1968

elvis presley - always on my mind

Elvis rocks!

St Jude

Image Prayer to St. Jude Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use I implore you, of that particular privilege given to you, to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever. I promise, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.
Article from the above site: Danny Thomas and St. Jude
“Thomas began talking about his devotion to Saint Jude and how he believ…

Pro-life GP says none of her patients have regretted having a child

'As a GP, I have met many patients who have regretted their decision to have an abortion, but I have yet to meet a woman who regretted having her child.' Read the full article at fellow blogger's space: or the Daily Mail on-line.
"The young woman sitting in front of GP Dr Tamie Downes was weeping inconsolably. She told the doctor she was depressed and couldn't sleep or eat properly. There were times, she said, when she felt like killing herself.
Dr Downes had never seen the patient before, and as she went through her medical history, the woman, in her early 20s, told the GP that she'd had a termination a year earlier.
Instead of being the relief she'd imagined it to be, her life had gone downhill. Like many women, she had felt the time wasn't right for a baby and was worried about the effect it would have on her career.
'She'd thought it a minor thing, but it had turned out to be much more significant …

Mental Health Links

Links that can be found on:
Samaritans 0845 7909090
Saneline 0845 7678000
Scottish Association for Mental Health 0141 568 7000
Young Minds Parents’ Information Service 08000 182138
Rethink Advice Service 020 89746814
Mind InfoLine 08457660163
Promoting Mental Health: A Resource for Spiritual and Pastoral Care [PDF]. Church of England Web site.
Association for Pastoral Care in Mental Health: various leaflets
What is Severe Mental Illness? - available from Rethink
Royal College of Psychiatrists – wide variety of Mental Health leaflets
Mind: various leaflets
NHS Trust newspapers for local support groups – obtainable in doctors’ surgeries

Watch Edna's Story
The originals for these videos can be found on

Watch Joseph's story

Day for Life 2008

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted, he rescues those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34

Day for Life 2008 will focus on Mental Health. It will help raise awareness of the needs of those affected by mental ill-health, their friends, their family and their carers and the support that the parish community can bring.

Pope backs fight for Amazon land

Pope backs fight for Amazon land

Pope Benedict XVI with Jacir José de Souza from CAFOD partner CIR (Indigenous Council of Roraima) [Fotografiafelici/Survival]
Pope Benedict XVI has added his support to the campaign by two Brazilians trying to save their Amazon home
Representatives from two indigenous communities have won support from the Pope after travelling to the Vatican to make a desperate plea for help to save their Amazon home.
Jacir José de Souza and Pierlângela Nascimento da Cunha are from the Makuxi and Wapixana tribes in Brazil whose territory, known as Raposa Serra do Sol, has been illegally occupied by a group of powerful farmers.
Even though Brazil's President Lula has officially recognised this land as belonging to the indigenous peoples, the local state government supports the farmers and is calling on the Brazilian Supreme Court to give them a large piece of the land.
The Makuxi and Wapixana, along with three other indigenous communities, are urging the Supreme Court to …

St Maria Goretti

Today I ask for the intercession fo St Maria Goretti for all those women who have been affected by rape. Martyr for PurityPatron Saint of Youth, Young Women, Purity and Victims of Rape:Oh Saint Maria Goretti who, strengthened by God's grace, did not hesitate even at the age of twelve to shed your blood and sacrifice life itself to defend your virginal purity, look graciously on the unhappy human race which has strayed far from the path of eternal salvation. Teach us all, and especially youth, with what courage and promptitude we should flee for the love of Jesus anything that could offend Him or stain our souls with sin. Obtain for us from our Lord victory in temptation, comfort in the sorrows of life, and the grace which we earnestly beg of thee (here insert intention), and may we one day enjoy with thee the imperishable glory of Heaven. Amen. St. Maria Goretti, pray for us! See also this Blog here:

The Sacrament of Penance

"For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God."

Why go to Confession??

Personally I have found confession to be a time of great grace and blessings.

Thomas Joseph Cardinal Winning 3rd June 1925-17th June 2001

As below

What it all about!

Thanks to Jackie Parkes for this video.

Sunday School

There was a recent programme on BBC 4 (some of the best programmes seem to be on BBC 4 lately!) on Sunday Schools - the rise from humble beginnings with Robert Raikes, Hannah More and William Wilberforce - to a massive attendance in the Edwardian years and on to the slow decline after the 1950s. I myself have fond memories of Sunday school. The programme editor stated that we would realise one day what a sad loss the demise of Sunday Schools would be. There are Sunday schools dotted here and there but with nowhere near the numbers in attendance that there used to be. Evangelical churches in particular do have classes for children and youth. Sunday school classes were not always at the same time as Church but this never bothered my generation who were used to to-ing and fro-ing on foot as children, being more independent in soem ways, and not having to be taken and collected by parents in a car to our chosen destination. The inconvience of timing of Sunday school for today's busy p…

Books I am reading

Beyond Coral Shores: Life and Work with a Remote Tribe (Missionary Life Stories) (Paperback) Martin Haworth gave up a thriving business and, with his family, travelled to the Philippines, hoping to minister to the people there. In time, it became apparent that they were called to work with the indigenous people of the Buhid Mangyan tribes, and so began a difficult yet greatly rewarding missionary adventure.
Gently amusing, and often emotive, this is an intriguing, informative and highly detailed look at the lifestyle of a remote people: their land, their lives, their hunger for God, and the daily challenges faced by the missionary. (

If you like this you might also like:
A Heart for China: The Gripping Story of Benjamin Broomhall (Missionary Life Stories) (Paperback) by Norman Cliff (Author)

Rachaels Vineyard




The most beautiful rendition of Ave Maria I've ever heard

Some Pictures

From our trip to the Natural History Museum

Be Not Afraid - My Night

Catholic hymn

Life in the Beloved Community

Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate, Priests for Life

Fr. Peter West, Priest Associate, Priests for Life

Priests for Life

Quote of the Day

Mugabe says only God can remove him - let's pray and see!