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Source: (consider it) Thread: Fields of Gold
Ariel
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I did actually send an email (rather than a pm) saying I would like to see the pictures and I suspect that if SS checks his hotmail account he will probably find more than one request from other shipmates in it.
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Miss_Molly

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To all asleep in their hammocks, a good rest, rocked on a slow, deep ocean. To those about to clamber aloft to trim the sails of our ship, surefootedness, and the pleasure of clear, crisp air. To those tired from a day of exertion, a warm meal and friendly chat around the mess table.

Hello from the middle of the night in Utah, dear shipmates. I am shortly going to bed myself, but I wanted to check in with all of you.

I am ending a wonderful day. Dave and Sue Ann came by at one o'clock with the tacos. I enjoyed three with great gusto. They had also been to a chocolate shop and brought me a solid chocolate turkey, who is strutting on my bookshelf, and each of us a chocolate treat. Mine was marshmallow covered by caramel and dipped in chocolate---just yummy.

Sue Ann hung the frame with the delightful wedding pictures for me, and insisted as well on doing my laundry. My brother taught me some tricks to deal with my balky computer. They revealed their astonishing insight into my condition as well. They informed me they had driven way out south of here where they had located a rental place, and obtained a wheelchair for my use at the movies and at church.

It made all the difference in the world not to have to walk more than a few steps! I did rather feel like a bwana with his bearers, though. Sue Ann rolled my oxygen cannister and Dave pushed me. Good thing he is so remarkably fit!

At the theater, which was predictably packed, we met with great consideration. We had arrived about an hour and a half before the Harry Potter screening we planned to attend, imagining a long wait in line. A movie employee, however, told us to wait in the cafe area until we saw the people coming out of the screening before ours, even providing what time it would be, and then for Sue Ann or Dave to give him a sign and he would take us in for early seating.

He took us in the elevator and showed us where we were to sit. We had very good seats, better than the other area where I knew there was room for a wheelchair. He told us to use the elevator without him if we needed to, if for instance I had to leave the auditorium for any reason. I was really astonished at such courtesy. We thanked him, of course, but I plan to try to find a way to pass on to his boss how much difference this consideration made to my enjoyment of the evening.

Harry Potter was, of course, spellbinding.

Later today, we are having scones and honey for breakfast, and then attending church. For the first time, I will have to receive the Sacrament seated in my wheelchair, as I now know I have no hope of climbing the chancel steps. It will feel odd, but I will be so glad to be there, in the place I love, and among so many old friends.

Thanks for your posts, my dears. I will respond next time.

This post comes to you with love and prayers from your Molly.

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Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver at a naval banquet in Philadelphia, 1899

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JoyfulNoise & Parrot OKief

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Hi Miss Molly,

Yeah, it is is so amazing how the smallest courtesy and consideration can make so much difference.

So glad you got to see Harry Potter - both films have been brilliantly captivating.

Love & God Bless,
JoyfulNoise & Parrot, O'Kief

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Brent
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Good Morning Miss Molly,

I thoroughly enjoyed our chat on Friday and learning more about you and hearing about the quilt. It was good conversation and at the perfect time as I was feeling a bit alone at the time, so I just wanted to send you an appreciation note for the chat.

I went to the SoCal Shipmate meet last night and met some great mates. The evening was filled with great conversation, some serious, some hilarious and I look forward to meeting mor friends. To Scot, Madgeo, RuthW and Kenwritez, thank you for last night, I had alot of fun.

Molly, my prayers for your continued strength and I hope you have a great weekend, full of God's blessings.

smooth waters,

Brent

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Rowen
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G'day.... moved back into the States today... WA... nice and cold- even some snow. Molly, it was great to chat with you this week!
I loved the HP movie too! We saw it late Friday night, and sat- spellbound.
I do enjoy reading your comments here, my dear.
love from me

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Moo

Ship's tough old bird
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For the first time, I will have to receive the Sacrament seated in my wheelchair, as I now know I have no hope of climbing the chancel steps. It will feel odd, but I will be so glad to be there, in the place I love, and among so many old friends.

I remember what that was like. I wasn't in a wheelchair, but I couldn't walk to the communion rail. I sat in the front pew and the elements were brought to me.

Strangely enough, I didn't mind. I was there in church for the first time in eight weeks, and I felt so good it didn't make any difference that I couldn't go to the rail.

I hope you had the same joy being in church today that I did back then.

Moo

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Shoehorn with Teeth

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Dear Molly,
There have been so many times I've wanted to post, to tell you that I still think of you often--when I read this thread, when I see the golden leaves, and in times of prayer. (My words seemed inadequate, but I still offered them to God on your behalf, each time thanking Him for the tremendous grace He has given you, and asking Him to be with you.)

The way you tell of it, it doesn't seem that your life is terribly mundane...certainly not much more so than mine...but I suppose the difference is that you have learned to enjoy the moments as I am only beginning to learn.

This last week for me has been a very good one, full of time with my parents and sister. Monday started with a few hours of prayer and togetherness. Thursday we celebrated my mother's birthday. Friday we worked for many hours to make our basement suitable for company. (Well, we did try, but there's a bit more work to be done yet.)

The time we've spent together has been sweet. I am so thankful for it and how God is using each of us in the other's lives... to teach, to comfort and to sharpen.
May your remaining time with your family be as blessed!

Love and prayers,
The Shoehorn

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Aardvark
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I'm one of those lurkers who doesn't post very often on this thread, but I love to read your news. I'm glad you liked the quilt, I, too followed its progress avidly and I'm glad I was able to make my own tiny contribution to it.

Fields of Gold is one of my favourite songs and now I'll always associate it with you.

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JoyfulNoise & Parrot OKief

Ship's pirate
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Alright - just showing my total lack of the world around me. It is time I found out what this song is. Who wrote it, what do I ask for at the shop / library to get a copy of it etc etc. Maybe I should pay more attention to Sarah Kennedy. Has anyone emailed her to ask her if she is a shipmate he he. Right, off to bed now - I may wake in time for dear Sarah to penetrate my eardrums.

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Golden Key
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quote:
Originally posted by Miss_Molly:

Harry Potter was, of course, spellbinding.

...so to speak! [Wink]

I liked it, too.

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Beethoven

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Molly my dearest, thank you for your thoughts and prayers this weekend. As you know, there was a round of applause to welcome the newly baptised baby B into the church, but only I know who was really leading it! [Wink] You and Dolphy were both very much there in my heart.

The service was absolutely wonderful - I'll put a copy in the post for you, and I'm about to put the photos up on my site, so I'll email you the link (and anyone else who wants it!). I won't bore everyone here with a long description of it; suffice it to say that our vicar kept his welcome mercifully short, although not without a subtle 'dig' at Mr B [Frown] , Baby B behaved reasonably well, but made sure that there was no-one in doubt that she was the star of the show and the centre of all attention! Lunch was delicious, and a joyous meeting of family and friends.

Unfortunately both our mothers were ill, so Mr B's mum was unable to come up at all; although my mum managed to play the organ for the service as arranged, she had to miss the meal. Both our grannies were there, though, which was lovely [Yipee]

Much love to you, Molly - and of course, whiffles from the bunnies and fussing from the cats!

[Love]

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toujours gai!

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Ariel
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Hello Molly, I have just realized with some gloom that the highlight of my days is mostly commuting, unless you count my conversations with the electricity board about my budget plan repayments. I haven't the heart to share my interesting discoveries with you, so I shall tell you about the journeys back from work in the evenings instead. Although the trains are now seriously random, if you get on one the journey can still be a visual treat.

Friday evening was a pale lemon sky darkening to deep blue with grey blue clouds looking like elongated, fantastical creatures. Leafless trees silhouetted jet black against the sky, reflections making perfect, feathery symmetry in the still, flat expanses of water that used to be fields, beautifully mirroring the heavens and clouds. Venus extraordinarily huge and radiant, low in the darker part of the sky, brightening suddenly and then as quickly fading to insignificance. The waxing moon hanging high on the other side, clear enough to make out its seas and valleys. You might be able to see it tonight, and Venus, from where you are. Twilight is a strange time of day, when the boundaries between this world and the next seem very thin, and the land looks very far removed from the normal, everyday fields of the Oxfordshire countryside and begins to look a little like the setting for ancient legends. A nice transition between a busy city and a market town.

It has been foggy most of today, and this morning it was impossible to see anything, but this evening there were pockets of low-lying fog on the fields, blotting them out, but oddly, a huge pale copper moon could be seen quite clearly shining through it on the eastern side. As the fog thinned and the train sped along it seemed almost that we were racing the full moon. Sometimes it leapt through puddles and along rivers and dashed ahead in front, at other times it lost interest and slipped back behind us. It was a close thing but we won in the end.

Ah well. And now I must ring up the water board and have a chat with them about my budget plan repayments. What will I do when this is over? I shall have to get a life. In instalments perhaps.

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Janine

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How perfectly that phrase describes my life, "life in installments"!

Snippets of joy separated by expanses of mundanity? Mundaneness? Mundanitude?

An occasional stretch like this past weekend of spiritual and physical "recharge", then back to the house (which really wasn't quite so bad as I had feared it would be after my absence).

You pay the installment payments of humdrum or even "nasty-necessity" living, and you get back installments of thrumming blue-and-gold joy.

I wish I could flip it around. Where can I arrange to pay into life the short snippets of normalcy, but get back a return of great big gobbets of juicy joy?

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Wandering with Hope
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Miss Molly:

Just wanted to say hello properly. As I told you in the pm I already feel as though I know you - through your posts and mom has been speaking of you for quite some time.

Fearless says "hello" and the CJ (the dog) would say hello if she could only get her nose out of the trash long enough. I'm afraid that I owe mom quite a treat - she had to come over this weekend and check on them for me while we were out of town and rumor has it they had misbehaved quite a bit. It appears that both were so upset that I had left them home and decided the living room was a proper place for a bathroom and the trash was a perfect play toy for the evening. I can only imagine how happy she was when she entered the house.

Sending many prayers your way.

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St. Sebastian

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Ariel, I didn't get your email but got your address from your profile, so an invite should arrive soon. I don't think I'm gettin lot's of emails I should. Perhaps I was too zealous in trying to filter out the mountains of porn invitations.

Willy, Sam's Club assures me that they don't store these email address on their computers once the initial email is sent. For what that's worth.
I wondered why people were being so hesitant to give out their email addresses. Now I know!

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DMarie

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Thanks, St. Seb! I saw the photos at last. What a wonderful thing to do! I didn't know about the quilt when it was being put together but my thoughts are there, too, even if a square isn't. Thanks for sharing these with everyone, it makes us (at least me) feel a part of it. It was great to see her look so happy. I'm so glad Miss Molly has something concrete to remind her of all the love that is being sent her way. And I loved the cat photos, too!
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Willyburger

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St. Seb,

Thanks for the access. I've mined all of your pictures of Miss Molly and her Quilt off of the site.

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Willy, Sam's Club assures me that they don't store these email address on their computers once the initial email is sent. For what that's worth.

Actually, thier disclaimer says that they won't use your email address to send you anything. I noted (says the cynical and suspicious IT worker) that they make no denial of selling email addresses to anyone else. [Paranoid]

Anyway, for those of you who are hesitant to give your email address out, I've set up a simple slideshow. It can be accessed at: Molly Quilt Pictures

I can leave these up for as long as anyone wants them. Enjoy. [Smile]

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Miss_Molly

Toujours gai
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To all my dear ones, my prayers and love tonight.

Dear Joyful Noise, thank you for the chats over the past couple of days. I am so glad our times at the keyboard have coincided.

Golf demigod Brent, I enjoyed meeting you so much on msn. I hope we will have occasion to talk again.

Sprite of Oxford, maybe we could trade bureaucratic hassles? You could unleash your pure English on my adversaries, and I could use the light saber Jedi Judy gave me to "aggressively negotiate" with your utility boards. I could see the sky, trees, moon, and fields so plainly from your description! Thank you for taking me on your train journey with you.

The trees are bare, now, here as well, except the weeping willows. My brother informs me they have trouble getting their leaves off and the sap in their roots before winter, and sometimes split as a result of too much sap in their trunks and limbs. I shall be watching the ones in the park and let you know how they do. I am glad the English trees exhibit the national good sense!

Dear Moo, did you know I turned out to be Martin Luther on the theologian quiz? No wonder I so appreciated the visits from your brother-in-law's pastor. Good Pastor Lindemood might like to hear this; I am sure he would laugh! I hope, by the way, that no further problems have occurred to keep you away from your beloved church.

Your dear and cynical Viking highness, thank you for your account of a loving family week. There is absolutely nothing like a family for driving us mad and then curing our insanities.

DMarie, I do know how much love is in the quilt from those who did not necessarily physically handle a square. I think of it as a battery charged with the love of all my shipmates.

That love is shown in the whole, and in the part you played, dear Aardvark. Your part is not small!

Motherboard, thank you for the lovely Thanksgiving card. It is getting me in the mood!

Sparrow, I am simply soaking in the good old Ankh Morpork lung slurry (for you cannot call something you can slice, air, now can you?)! I can't remember now if I thanked you for the tape you so kindly sent. If I did not, please forgive me and accept my gratitude.

Smudgie, my china, thanks for the lovely card and photograph of the harnsom lads! What is that behind them at, I presume, Exeter Cathedral?

Thanks,too, to FL for the lovely postcard of the hotel at which he stayed. (did you nick me a bathrobe?)

Beets, my dear, of course I was applauding! And if a whistle with fingers between the lips was heard--that was me, too! I am sorry the grandmas were under the weather, but how fabulous the great-grandmas were in fine fettle. I am glad you mother could play for the service; that will be a very special thing for Baby B to remember.

Thanks to all the dear people at the TDA dinner party for phoning to talk to me. Actually, they were phoning to make me envious of their fabulous wardrobes and social lives. Welsh Dragon "only just" in a lacy see-through blouse! Atlanta in a boa! And FL kept his hands to himself??!!? I enjoyed you all so much, my dears. I hope there will be many more occasions for you all to meet.

The quilt tour now moves to the Western Hemisphere: We have a square from Island Exile in Hawaii. Aloha, Exile! We have Sharkshooter coexisting with way too many feline-themed squares. And behaving himself, too, no cats have turned up missing. We have a square from Rossweisse, complete with winged helmet! And two from the Jedi Temple, one from the senior Jedi, wishing that the force may be with me, and one from the Daughter Unit, complete with portraits of Belle and Jasmine, famous felines to those of us who frequent the cat friendly threads! Thank all of you, ailurophiles, and ailurophobe alike, for your very special contributions.

And now the Pathe rooster crows and the newsreel commences:

Sunday morning Dave and Sue Ann came by bearing scones! The Utah version, deep fried bread squares, split and with honey and cinnamon inserted. Greasy and delicious!

After breakfast, we decamped for the Cathedral. While Sue Ann and I waited for Dave to bring the car, we were accosted by the ducks and geese, who let us know in no uncertain terms what no-goodniks and wasters we were for not having bread for them. I think Sue Ann was a bit unnerved, but she held her ground, and the ducks, etc., did not come too close, just scolded us and left.

We arrived at St Mark's, extracted me and my equipment from the car and my brother then thought he would have to take the car elsewhere to park it, as our lot, the one closest to the church door, was full. However, in accord with a deal I struck many years ago, a handicapped slot opened up just then, conveniently situated just two spaces down from the door!

So, that problem sorted my brother grasped the chair handles and made a run at the ramp to the door. As I say, an excellent thing he is so fit. We met friends in the parish hall right away, and it was so good to feel their welcome and introduce them to my dear relatives.

The pew fitted out for wheelchairs is the first pew! We have been determined further to the rear types all our lives so this was an interesting experience, especially for my poor brother and sister-in-law, who are not Episcopalians, and had planned to "rise and fall with the tide" as it were, rather than be worship leaders!

It worked out well, though. As I told Sue Ann later, "if you did anything they did not expect, they just put it down to you being from a different diocese". [Wink]

I could not sing at all, although I managed to rasp a little sort of chant on the Psalm. However, this way I got to enjoy the music in a very different way, as audience and not performer. The choir and organist were splendid.

The year had come around to one of my favorite Collects, the one that tells us all Scripture is for our instruction: to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest, so that we may hold fast to the blessed hope of Salvation in Jesus Christ.

They did indeed bring me the Sacrament in my pew. I had my head bowed, and I think must have been dozing a little, though of course I would prefer to have you believe I was deep in prayer! In any case, Father Ramos had to gently tap my arm to recall me to my religious duties. I received the Bread of Heaven and the Cup of Salvation with such gladness, my dears!

Looking around the church, I remembered so many times in my life. Almost every foot of the place has a memory attached. I remembered people, too. My heart and my eyes were full.

Many people came to see me after the service, each expressing love and sorrow. I was enfolded in love. Love came from an unexpected source, too. Our new Dean is a man for whom I had never much cared, although acknowledging, albeit grudgingly, his services to the parish and the diocese. I have a singed wig now! He came down after the Communion and hugged and kissed me, asking if he might pray for a blessing for me. He then prayed with sweetness for "our sister, Molly." As we left the parish hall after I had shown my relatives some of the more interesting features of the cathedral (details on request), he caught up with us again. I introduced my relatives to him as Dean Lawson. He insisted I must call him Rick as I had always done. He hugged and kissed me again, and told me the bill for the hospitality today was that I must come again. I promised to try to do so. I am reproved and ashamed of my attitude for all these years. Thank goodness he is a generous man.

We went to McDonald's drive-thru for lunch. By the way SoCal shipmates, what are the "blue arches" mentioned in Kenwritez thread? I had a quarter-pounder without cheese and a small order of fries which I ate with great relish! Sue Ann said, "Just don't tell your Mom what we have been feeding you!" Of course, they would have fed me healthy things if I had indicated any desire for them; what I wanted though was good old American artery-clogging food!

After lunch, we took some photos, and they prepared to leave. I was sad to see them go, but they have work to do. They got home about 10:30 Sunday night, having again had a pleasant drive. I really am blessed to have such kind relations.

Marian had come by the time they left and she visited me until about 4 PM, when I was so tired I had to ask her to leave. I have pretty much dozed, with brief rousings to forage for food or answer nature's call until this evening! But I feel well now, and am glad to be able to greet you all again.

My love to all my shipmates.

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Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver at a naval banquet in Philadelphia, 1899

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Lady A

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Dear Miss Molly,
I for one would love to hear the memories that you hold within your church! Perhaps a guided tour of all the details and persons. You are such a gifted storyteller, it'll be like having lived there.
I have managed to stay alive through my son and all his friends. When I awoke on Saturday morning I had been blessed with 9 wonderful boys! The bunnies did not eat too much, though I think that perhaps they may have premature balding (maybe that's where men get that little round spot in the back of their heads [Big Grin] !!) I made eldest son clean all the dishes (though he begged to let the bunnies do it) and the sleeping quarters of The Fellowship of the Nine (my living room).
Joy, joy and more joy,
Lady A

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Rowen
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G'day dear Molly.... I am enjoying do our chats this week or so. I am so pleased your church visit went well. To meet such love- both from God and from people, and to be able to return it...

The wheelchair story reminded me of a wedding I did once, back in the early 90s. The groom was on crutches, with a broken leg. The bride sat- 9 months pregnant, and not at all well. The flowergirl was just out of hospital, after accidentally drinking bleach, and the poor old clergywoman was sitting too. You see, at that stage of her life, she was dieing of uncontrolled asthma, and had only done the wedding as a favour to friends. But it seemed rather odd at the time. Now, obviously she didn't die... else she wouldn't be posting now... And my asthma is extremely well-controlled these days.

Molly, it was that experience of illness which propelled me into hospital chaplaincy, thanks be to God.

Tomorrow I am going on an expedition to the snowy hills around Wenatchee, WA, by public transport no less. I hope it all works out. But there is a dear little German-type artsy village, at the snowfields, that is a tourist attraction apparently.
And this time in 2 weeks, I will be well and truly home in Oz- with family, friends, AND my own bed!

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quote:
Originally posted by Willyburger:

Anyway, for those of you who are hesitant to give your email address out, I've set up a simple slideshow. It can be accessed at: Molly Quilt Pictures

I can leave these up for as long as anyone wants them. Enjoy. [Smile]

Thank you Willyburger - what a lovely thing to do.

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The jacaranda trees remain as beautiful as ever in Sydney. The vibrancy of their colour and their early blossoms are, sadly, a sign of the drought that grips NSW.

I was down at Darling Harbour on Sunday - a redevelopment of the old docks area right by the Harbour Bridge with convention centres restuarants, the Sydney Aquarium, the Maritime Museum and so on. As always, it was full of people of all shapes and sizes - children playing in the waters rills and spirals, families out for a walk or having a picnic on the grass. This vibrancy and movement makes the Chinese walled garden there rather special, as a haven of quietness right by the city.

The garden was a Bicentennial gift of the People's Republic of China to the people of NSW. So it has been quietly growing and maturing since 1988.

Now in 2002, the new leaves of the willows weep into the lake, where fat carp loll in the shallows. The garden is a series of rooms, bounded by Chinese pavilions and bridges, each with different carvings symbolising the seasons and the natural world.

Somehow, in this small plot they have managed to plant a bamboo forest to wander in towards a poet's gallery. There are azaleas and rough pines growing in a mountain garden among wild rocks and cascades. There are peach trees (symbols of immortality), wisteria, loquats and lychees growing near a dragon screen. There are great rocks, naturally formed, that suggest dragons, horses, a seated child to the mind's eye. Elsewhere there is a house with a bonsai collection, for the Chinese appreciate this art too.

Finally, there is a tea pagoda, where you can sit on the top balcony and enjoy the whole garden, while sipping Iron Buddha tea and nibbling on a Chinese bun.

Gardeners everywhere owe a great deal to Chinese gardeners who domesticated and developed all sort of plants - for peonies, China and tea roses, camellias, wisterias, peaches. And of course gardeners owe a lot to God who made these things and gave us the ability and the senses to enjoy them.

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By the way, Wandering, surely that was Spudz you meant and not the splendid Fearless, who messed up your house?

Thanks, Willy, for setting up the link! In case any one has trouble making out which one I am, in pictures with ribbon hats, I am the one without the mustache! The mustached one is our own Saint Sebastian. The two lovely ladies are my mother and sister.

I must also reveal that Chukovsky was the primary temptress in a boa! I understand she had other garments on as well, or at least that is her story and she is sticking to it!

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welsh dragon

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Hello Miss Molly,

It was lovely to hear your voice at the weekend. It was a shame that it was so difficult to have a conversation through the noise! But I think everyone wanted to communicate their good wishes and the party atmosphere! Maybe I should point out also that the lacy blouse was the last of several clothing layers...

I am glad that you were able to get to church and to be so moved by the service. I guess you do get to see different sides to people at times of stress and change; I'm glad that your Dean has been demonstrating so many finer points of his good nature.

I have been thinking quite a lot recently about how going to church works - all that business of knowing what to do when and what to expect and how you relate to people. it sounds as though your brother and sister-in -law were managing the various challenges extremely well!

Your post, inevitably, reminded me of taking my mum to church after she got ill. It was very strange for her too, I think, to need other people's help so much when she had been used to being very active in her parish, being a lay minister and visiting the sick, and running the initation of adults into the church, and teaching the confirmation classes. And then to be in a wheelchair, in her case in a strange parish, and in a very different role...having the grace to enjoy what was happening in a very different and heartfelt way...I remember her being moved to tears by the singing...The parish we went to was near Chequers, the Prime Minister's country mansion and the first time we went there the PM and family were also present...and I was thinking in God's eyes, how do these different lives measure up...I was thinking that in my eyes, my mother was more important than the Prime Minister (we didn't have a disabled parking space...)

I can remember the first MacDonalds opening in Kensington London in the late 70s. I thought it was the height of sophistication and elan to go there with my school pal...much later on I went out (very briefly) with a verse dramatist, and by this time was very unimpressed that he chose yellow arches as a pre theatre eating venue...though that wasn't what finished the relationship off...he showed me his poetry and it didn't scan...I still get the occasional craving for a big Mac tho (we have one round the corner from the hospital in Abingdon, very handy for lunch when you're in a hurry and want something tasty and comfortingly bad for you...I haven't met anyone else tho who sees the gherkin as the highlight of the snack...)

Any how, must finish as I want to get into work, do lots and lots of report writing and then go home and collapse into bed as have now got awful cold after too many (mainly work related) late nights at the weekend...in draughty police stations...

Abientot

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Saint Sebastian's email ended up in my junk mail folder for some weird reason but Willy's link works perfectly. It was lovely to see the pictures - thank you! If you flick through them quite quickly, it's like watching a short film. And from a technical point of view I'd really like to know how the slideshow was put together...?
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The photo's are lovely!!! What a fantastic quilt, I can now imagine Miss Molly sitting at her computer typing away.... and have a face for when we pray [Yipee]

Much love [Love]

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Margaret

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Dear Miss Molly

I'd dearly love to hear more details of St Mark's, as I didn't quite manage to get there myself a few months ago!

I don't think I've told you, but I was in Salt Lake City in June for a conference. It was actually a conference on new religious movements, split between the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, so naturally there was a lot of LDS involvement. On Sunday morning they arranged a tour of Temple Square and the Museum of Mormon History (can't remember its proper title) and I worked out that if I stayed for the half-hour service in the Tabernacle and admired the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in all their glory I could slip away while everyone else went off to the museum, and make it to St Mark's in time for the main eucharist.

Only it turned out to be President Hinkley's 92nd birthday, and he appeared at the end of the half hour, to be greeted by various speeches and the entire choir singing "Happy Birthday", and I couldn't slip out without looking very rude. So I wasn't in time to get to the cathedral, and have regretted it ever since - especially since now I know it's your church!

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quote:
Originally posted by Miss_Molly:
By the way, Wandering, surely that was Spudz you meant and not the splendid Fearless, who messed up your house?

Of course it was not the splendid Fearless! (and she graciously bows to you for your confidence in her) [Not worthy!]

Fearless was at home quietly gazing out the window at the yellow leaves still covering my yard; not so much as wrinkling the covers on the bed! [Big Grin]

Of course, it was Spudz. Fearless says Spudz is a barbarian. [Wink]

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My dearest Dame Molly,
Sorry for not posting in ages but as you know I have had things to deal with but be assured you are always in our thoughts and prayers. I have finally managed to get my flippers on a copy of the song we were talking about, and hope you will not mind me posting the lyrics here.

You and Me Against The World
You and Me against the world,
Sometimes it feels like you and me against the world,
When all the others turn their backs and walk away,
You can count on me to stay.
Remember when the circus came to town and you were frightened by the clown?,
wasn't it nice to be around someone that you knew,
someone who was big and strong and looking out for you.
You and me against the world,
Sometimes it feels like you and me against the world,
and for all the times we've cried
I always thought that God was on our side,
and when one of us is gone
and one of us is left to carry on,
then remembering will have to do,
our memories alone will get us through,
think about the days of me and you;
you and me against the world. (Helen Reddy)

With all our love,
Dolphy, Jack, Jessie and Brandy. xxx

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Just some more [Love] HUGS [Love] for you, Miss Molly! [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Miss_Molly:
By the way, Wandering, surely that was Spudz you meant and not the splendid Fearless, who messed up your house?

Oh my goodness - no wonder Fearless runs from me everytime I come over - I am always confusing her with her cousin Spudz. [Embarrassed]

Yes you are correct...splendid Fearless would never mess up my house I can see her perplexed expression now - I shall have to make sure she is not allowed to see this part of the thread.

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Willyburger

Thanks so much for posting those pictures. The Sam's Club site said that my Netscape 6.3.2 browser couldn't handle it, and they wanted me to download an IE browser. [Mad] [Mad] [Mad]

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welsh dragon

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Hello again,

I meant to say that I really enjoyed looking at the photos. You have such a lovely smile! and you look so sweet wrapped up in that quilt! (and St. Seb such a cutie! even if unavailable!) Great idea to have the pics on line.

Am having insomniac snuffly night. Hope you are comfortable back in Utah. Loved your little altar btw.

Meant also to tell you about the shape note singing session I went to last week. Oxford is apparently a hot bed of the art, well for an English town, anyway. It was great fun, even if a bit complicated. And they use these big old books - apparently the Sacred Harp is the human voice...this is my first contact - apart from your posts - with the Southern Harmony.

They apparently have a regular session singing in the Easter Good News at a local church - followed by a slap up 7 course breakfast. I will have to ask them what all the courses could possibly be...

I have always found singing rather difficult because I am an unconfident alto, and altos tend to get awkward bits that don't have an obvious tune. But I do enjoy it in a gormless, enthusiastic sort of way. The person leading the session said that a positive feature of this sort of singing is that “you can explore the spaces between the notes…” which is a nice way of putting it don’t you think. And enthusiasm seems to count for more than finesse…I think that it would be fun to join a session with lots of strong altos so that I could follow more what they do. If I can, I will go to the Christmas carol session…

Another good thing about this evening was that the person running it used to work in the same department as me…and at the time it was riven by lots of conflicting political factions…and she would have been on the opposite side of all that…so it is as though some of that was gently being healed…through, well, harmony…which is rather a pleasant sort of idea, don’t you think…

Lots of love for now, I will go & get a bit more sleep I think…

WD xxxx

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Chorister

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Thanks for the great pictures - I was beginning to wonder if I would ever see them! I particularly liked the dangerous mischievious one of Molly with the knife poised. Now I believe all the warnings on the Miss Molly revelations thread!! [Two face]

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I thought the golden bows on M.M. and S.S. especially fetching.

Know what you mean, W.D., about the healing in the music. Just came back from retreat w/ 15 sisters-in-the-Lord, and happened to be in the same vanload (for 10 total hours driving) with one who is my polar opposite politically. And almost as vociferous about it. [Devil] [Snigger] [Killing me]

The Lord unites. That's all I can say. Even while I think her political opinions unfounded I would be at her bedside if she were sick today, and I would expect her at mine.

Bless you M.M. for the chance to see into others' lives you give us here.

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Willyburger

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quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
Thanks for the great pictures - I was beginning to wonder if I would ever see them! I particularly liked the dangerous mischievious one of Molly with the knife poised. Now I believe all the warnings on the Miss Molly revelations thread!! [Two face]

Yes, this little slideshow app also has the ability to have captions, as you might have seen on the knife shot. Perhaps we need a Caption Comptetition? [Big Grin]

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Chorister

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The golden tresses of St. Sebastian would warrant quite a few 'interesting' captions, I'm sure! [Killing me]

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quote:
Originally posted by Janine:
I thought the golden bows on M.M. and S.S. especially fetching.

I think you are confused. There were no golden bows; those were halos. [Angel] [Angel]
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Dear Miss Molly,
You would enjoy the scene outside my office window. I look out on a courtyard with several large gum trees, home to various forms of wild life and some tables and benches.It's morning tea time and a group are sitting being squawked at by mamma magpie and youngster. Some are willing to donate biscuit crumbs - the magpies are making an awful racket.
Personally I wouldn't, however, for I saw what the magpies were up to yesterday. Similar hullabaloo, and I looked out to see a possum being chased round the courtyard by three magpies and a mynah bird. They got the poor possum almost cornered twice, before it managed to escape down a drain. I've seen big white cockatoos chase possums before, but never magpies. Mind you magpies do chase humans - which is why donating cake crumbs may be a wise insurance policy. Or it may just encourage them.
In the evening I took a group of Brownies up our local hill, accompanied by a creature who must be a distant relation of Sven's. Her name in Ghlyn, she comes from western NSW, and has been sent visiting by the Guides out there to raise awareness of them - and the drought. She is round, covered in hot pink fur with black spots and has pink tulle hair and a Guide hat which is rapidly being covered with badges and swaps. I'm sure she enjoyed her trip, though we couldn't see as far as usual since Canberra is covered in smoke haze from a fire about 150 km away. What we could see looked so dry - like it usually is in March, not November.
But the girls loved photographing her and each other and drew pictures to put in her travel book.
Love to you
Christine

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St. Sebastian

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Thank you, Eanswyth, for recognizing my halo, bedraggled as it was that time of day. I suppose I can see how it would be mistaken for ribbon. As to the knife, well, I didn't want to mention the various vignettes on the Revelations thread where it has come into play for fear someone would report Herself to the authorities.

Will, thanks for setting those up on the web!

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quote:
Originally posted by Welsh Dragon:
Maybe I should point out also that the lacy blouse was the last of several clothing layers...

You mean you had already removed several layers! What sort of party was this? [Eek!]
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Miss_Molly

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Dear friends, please pardon me for my absence from this thread. I shall post again as soon as possible. I have read your messages and am so grateful to you all. May I be indebted still further and make this request? I see we are almost at the 500 post mark, the point where pages start to go into limbo. Would some kind shipmate with a faster printer than mine be willing to print out the thread as it stands so far? I am so sorry I did not start printing and saving long ago, but I really do lack energy. I believe my mother would be comforted to see all your kind messages, so I dare ask for someone to start saving this thread.

I hope to post again later today. I have been doing little posts, so you would all know I was still alive and your shipmate, but have lacked strength to do more.

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dolphy

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Dearest Molly,
The thread is printing out as I type.. I will also save it to disc for you.
Much love,
Dolphy. xxx

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Miffy

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quote:
Originally posted by Dolphy:
Dearest Molly,
The thread is printing out as I type.. I will also save it to disc for you.
Much love,
Dolphy. xxx

lol, Dolphy!

Great minds think alike!

Best use yours as I've not done the disc thingy.

Yeek, it's starting again. I must have pressed the button one too many times! [Wink]

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dolphy

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The task is finished! I have saved the thread to disc and will add posts as they are posted. Once the thread is closed i will post the printed version and the discs off to you.

(Great minds indeed Miffy!!!)

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Posting in the middle of the night here, Molly, as for some reason I can't sleep. I hope you are feeling a bit less exhausted.

This afternoon as I set off for work on the back shift, the Silverlink train was packed. The sky was that beautiful yellowy colour with silver clouds and higher up patches of very pale blue sky. The train was the opposite - muddy and messy. These trains are always a bit grubby, and today exemplified why.

There were a couple of groups of youths, well wrapped up in hats, thick jackets and wearing boots; they sat on one seat and put their feet up on the opposite one and went off to sleep. I don't know if they were homeless, or just catching up on being up all night and then having to go to work. Noone even commented on them!

Then we passed a couple of stops where we acquired bunches of teenage school kids all creatively attired in school uniforms, jumping up and down on platforms and yelling cheerfully and swearingly at each other, using mobile phones to their girl/boyfriends and generally taking over the whole station.

Two girls sat opposite me and began discussing a young man they knew, commenting on his yellow teeth, his hairstyle, the way he pawed at them, his arrogance at expecting them to fall for him and go out with him. One was wearing a bonnet with grey fluffy fur round the front of the hood and grey fluffy pom-poms at the end of the ties. the other one had severely flattened hair stuck to her head, & enormous hooped ear-rings.

I thought the conversation (loud enough for all to hear) was funny and interesting, but there was an oldish woman with very thin, very red lips, who was glaring and looking down her nose.

Eventually we arrived at my stop and most of the scholars leapt out of the train, thundered up the stairs, crashed down the end flight and rushed out into the traffic, still yelling cheerfully to each other.

O to be a teenager again! All that energy! [Yipee]

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quote:
Originally posted by Miss_Molly:
May I be indebted still further and make this request? I see we are almost at the 500 post mark, the point where pages start to go into limbo.

Not to worry. That was only a problem on the older version of the software. The word assosiation game in Dead Horses is now on its 55 page!

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Hello again Molly,

I do hope all is well with you and you are comfortable. It has been so wet wet wet here, the sky is grey and forboding and the rain is sheeting down at times with lots of noise and portent.

I don't really mind bad weather, I can always escape into a book. I have read the latest Pratchett though I found it harder to get into than usual. More about the Patrician though, which I liked. There is a sort of theology to those books isn't there that I enjoy. Things are confusing and complex and muddled and coincidental - you can sort of rely on the coincidences - but there is something that makes things turn out alright, something that goes quite deep.

I remember someone was going to send you a copy of Night Watch - have you been able to have a look at it?

I am afraid I have been trying to negotiate the world of football in the Quiz - which I know very little about - and I hope that I haven't been leading judy up the garden path (talk about the blind leading the blind...) - but we are valiently doing our best you know. There has been an effort to reinstate you ...but Quizmaster has been hardhearted *pointed sigh*

She excellently had me traversing the River Ganges on the last question. Which reminds me that I went to India when I was 19 - in a spirit of adventure (and because it sounded romantic, I was that sort of a teenager). But I won't tell you about that now because I am a) in the library and b) my bleep has just gone off.

But just you take care, and keep comfy and have fun with St. Seb and that oxygen line...

WDxxxx

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Theology in Pratchett? Now there's a thread waiting to happen.

I'm always surprised that we don't have a shipmate called Mightily Oats. He would fit right in on the Ship!

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Dear Molly,

Another CD (yes, more hamsters! more Japanese songs! . . . more Japanese songs -- about hamsters! You think I'm making this up, don't you?) is on its way -- but please have St. Sebastian open it, because it is one of those papery mailers (not bubble wrap) and I worry that whatever they use for padding will set off your allergies.

Many many many hugs!

David
Yaa, yaa, yaa, yaa, yaa . . . oo, lalala!
Yaa, yaa, yaa, yaa, oo, LA, la . . .


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