Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The other morning, it announced its departure, not with a groan, not with a leak, not with a gurgle of coolant nor an electrical flash and plume of smoke - but with a stench.
One large joint of meat had clearly not been kept cold enough for too long and was absolutely minging. Despite the wife's hasty removal of said object, the pong seemed to fill the whole house and settle into the very pores of the building. Much opening of windows and gratuitous use of fragrant candles has almost returned our air quality to within acceptable EU limits.
Our wheelie bin however is a veritable bio-hazard, repulsive to humans but seemingly irresistible to flies. Apologies to the people who will have to empty it tomorrow morning. My next job is to take the expired fridge to the special place at the dump where appliances go to die.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The thing which seems to have given her the confidence to start experimenting with sounds was the weekend she spent with us in London - away from her noisy brothers! Since then she has been trying new words out every day. Now it's not that she is holding conversations by any means, but it is lovely to hear her practicing with shaping and forming words, even when she's only half got them and we are the only ones who knows exactly what she means.
I strongly suspect that, given what we know of her character, that the initial drought which has become a trickle, will soon become an unstoppable deluge.
Monday, March 19, 2007
The menu was pretty varied considering how few people the place can hold, with a good range of starters and deserts and two main courses available. It wasn't cheap - working out at about £35/head including drinks, but was really good food, well presented, by friendly people in a great little restaurant. We'll be going back - once we've saved up again!
It turns out that the people who run it, used to own "Let's Eat" a long-established Perth restaurant. It seems that they have freed themselves from the hassles of running a big town centre restaurant, and are evidently enjoying running this tiny little gem out in the country.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Walking today through Perth, I passed a group of lawyers happily posing outside their office for a firm photo, presumably for a brochure or website. I passed within a few yards of them just as the photographer was about to press the 'click' and capture the moment.
I was intrigued to discover that the way to get a whole group of lawyers to smile together for such purposes is for them to say in unison, "one, two, three......... feeeees!"
Monday, March 12, 2007
Decongestants, steam inhalations, steroid sprays and far too much ibuprofen didn't clear it up by last weekend and then I went on a flight. Chronic sinusitis and flying are a dreadful combination, avoid it at all costs.
Now I am on steroid 'nasules' which according to she who knows, is a more effective delivery method for steroids - which seem to be helping, and on the waiting list for an ENT referral. I gather the waiting lists for ENT are "improving" - they were at 18 months not too long ago. I only hope that tis time they come up with something more constructive than, "it might be uncomfortable at times".
Monday, March 05, 2007
My little sister, who Boris, Norris and Doris know as their mad aunt, "Potts" gave the wife and I a brilliant present, which she'd won. It was 2 excellent seats for a West End show, and a night in a good hotel in the middle of theatreland!
One particularly poingnant thing mentioned was the research of Catholic psychologist, Jack Dominion who has analysed the reasons for the high divorce rate today. He suggests that 50 years ago what made marriages successful was the extent to which the parties fulfilled the prescribed roles which society ascribed to husbands and wives. The changes in both culture and the economy however mean that this is no longer the case, and instead what makes marriages work is the quality of the relationship of the spouses. The marriage course therefore aims to help people develop critical skills such, listening, communication, forgiveness, etc which enable them to more effectively meet the needs of their spouse.
Another really useful thing to note was the way in which at the host church they have overcome the potential stigma in attending such courses. They have done this by involving virtually all the married couples in the congregation in the course, so that going to the course is not associated with your marriage being in difficulties. We are aware that this could be a problem, because some people said to us when they heard that we were doing the course, "Oh, I hadn't realised you were having problems". Whereas the course could probably do a lot to help struggling marriages (and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest this) it is more about strengthening marriages that are OK. One marriage counsellor commented that he spends much of his life trying to give couples the relational skills they need - ten years too late!
We hope that instead of the church just extolling the virtues of marriage (for which the biblical and contemporary statistical evidence is overhwelming) and bemoaning the divorce rate, and helping individuals to pick up the pieces from messy divorces - we can at least offer to help people to build better marriages today. This strkes us as the kind of worship we should be offering.