Thursday, 19 April 2018

Mendlesham Church

Remember I was short of ideas for blog posts?

I have a cunning plan..............thanks to this book, which has been on my shelves for several years.
It features interesting things from 100 churches all round Suffolk. We'll start with those closest to home.
Last week when we were out we had to come home via  MENDLESHAM  to pick up tablets from our doctors surgery, it seemed an ideal opportunity to stop at the church for a few minutes and find the things mentioned in the book.

The place-name 'Mendlesham' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Melnesham and Mundlesham. The name means 'Myndel's village'.
St Mary's Mendlesham

 First........... The Font cover made by a local man called John Turner in 1630. In the 19th century it fell into disrepair and was removed to the clock chamber where it stayed until it was repaired and put back over the font in 1908.

The same man carved the pulpit, I like the old stone steps, worn away by the feet of dozens of vicars

This carving on a pew-end shows a dragon biting his curled tail, a symbol of infinity. 

The book doesn't mention that  a room above the porch.......

  originally a priest’s room, contains a unique armoury - “the most complete armoury of any English parish church”. As well as the parish collection of armour, assembled at the time of the Armada, it contains part of an Elizabethan longbow, several parish chests, a ‘Vinegar’ Bible and other artifacts. It is open on the afternoon of the first bank holiday in May.

The man who is Vicar there has been there forever...........(well not quite.... but certainly since we lived in the area back in the 1980's). It's High Church with incense and all the trimmings  so more RC than C of E (More about Anglo-Catholic church HERE ) and they reject the ordination of Women. 
One of our neighbours where we used to live in the 1980's became a devout member of this church but only for a few years so her son (same age as our eldest) could get a free scholarship to a private RC school! talk about working the system!

1 Church down 99 to go!

Thank you for all the comments welcoming Willow Rose to the world. I hope these colds go so we can see her soon and we've also had to miss seeing Florence this week too. Wish someone had cured the common cold years ago!
Willow and I aren't the only shared birthdays in the family. Our Youngest shares her birthday with Col's sister and Florence shares her birthday with our nephew. 

And is it any wonder we talk about the weather a lot in this country when it goes from chilly....... needing a fire all day to well over  20 degrees C in the space of a couple of days!

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

No Problem Remembering This Birthday!

 Monday was my 63rd birthday and during the morning with very good timing our daughter-in-law produced our 3rd grandchild.
Welcome to the world Willow Rose.............. our second grand-daughter.

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New Mum, Dad and baby all fine.

We've not seen her yet as both of us went down with nasty colds over last weekend but hopefully  we'll be able to say hello very soon.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Wood for Next Winter

 We've got through a lot of wood this year.....the long cold spring and Colin needing warmth to get better after the hospital stay has really eaten into the heap, so while he is feeling well enough - which might not be the case all year - we've been cutting some wood ready for next winter.

 Two builders bags full inside the wood shed, plus some small stuff just inside on the right, but a great big empty space in between.

Now we need Col's brother to bring the log splitter over to split the big bits of Ash on the left of the shed and the large chunks of a dead Walnut on the right of the picture which next-door-but-one neighbour brought round last weekend. He also brought some more wood pallets

 and some chunks left over from his work as a landscape gardener. The pallets are leaning up against the workshop to dry out as they had been laying out in all that rain over Easter. Colin is splitting the chunks with an axe.
At the back of the huge heap above is willow and poplar for the following winter.

Getting wood stored for winter is very reassuring.

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