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Why Slugs?

Last night at quasi-church we were asked what one question we’d ask of God given the chance, and the title of this post was mine.
I can just about cope with them eating my garden, which is a bit of a mess anyway. I can live with them being everywhere, and not being able to go outside barefoot at all.
I hate them getting in the house, but I’ve not seen one in the kitchen for a while.
I can even cope with the recently reported Welsh breed of carnivorous slug, because it wouldn’t have caused the problem I had last week. Rhys was away, so I put out a not for the milkman ordering half the amount of milk for the next couple of days. However when I got up the following morning, I found I had the usual amount of milk – a slug had eaten the note.
Not only that, but it wasn’t until I got the bottles into the kitchen that I noticed a slug on each one.

Silly Love Songs

I was picked on by our minister in our morning service this week to answer a question on the spot with no preparation. I failed to come up with any sort of useful, amusing, appropriate or otherwise answer. Normally I’m not this lost for words, at least coming up with something half witty, only to refine it beautifully as the opportunity passes. But this one had me stumped.

The question – “Tell us the name of a song that describes your love for Rhys“. (Rhys, by the way being my husband of nearly nine years in case you don’t know us and thought the minister was being ,really odd.)

So being me, a fan of Richard Thompson, June Tabor and various other expounders of love gone wrong, I had a thousand inappropriate songs going through my head. There are other songs that as a couple we have adopted as our songs over the years. None of these have anything to do with love, other than occasionally in the aforementioned ‘gone wrong’ capacity. One of the songs played at our wedding reception by friends who know us very well was Matty Groves (incidentally I just tried to link to a blog post I made about that song in mid May 2003, but it seems to have been written before the days of permawiblinks. It appears I was having a very bad day that day, so I’ve taken my own advice and am typing this post into Word first too). It turns out that there were people in the congregation willing me to come out with something highly inappropriate and therefore hilarious. Not being one to totally disappoint, it’s a little too late for the sermon, but the one I should have said was “Great Balls of Fire” – can anyone do any better?

Really there is no song that describes my love for Rhys, or any significant part of our relationship. We are two unique individuals, just as God intended, and therefore make a unique couple. Neither of us are popular songwriters (thank goodness), and no-one without an inside knowledge of our relationship could write a song about it. So even when you take away all the songs where love goes wrong or was never meant to be or is cruelly cut short, you are left with a (small) handful of songs that mostly don’t quite hit the mark. One or two other people were asked, and gave the answers; “It Must Be Love” (Which is admittedly a weak point in my argument, being a good song and fairly good at describing love, I think it’s just too cheery for me though.), “When I’m Sixty Four” (The respondent being that age), something by Dire Straits (reflecting husband’s music tastes) and “Wonderful Tonight” (vomit)

As the sermon went on, the point was made that these songs are different to the love songs we sing as part of our worship together. (‘Jesus is my boyfriend’ titles apart), yet this is where we really have to rely on the words of others to describe our personal relationship. And maybe this is why so often that act of congregational singing can be so difficult. Sometimes those words seem a million miles away from what we want to be saying to God. I would never serenade Rhys with a rendition of ‘Wonderful Tonight’ (partly because I can’t sing and don’t know the words to be fair) because it just isn’t what our relationship is about. So what does God think when I join in with a song just because everyone else is singing. What does He think when I sit one or two out?

By the end of the service none of these questions were answered. It had occurred to me though that ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ was as close to the mark as I’ll ever get to a song that describes my love for Rhys. I whispered it to him as the music group started up the closing chorus and he smiled, so that’s the one.

Greenbelt listings…

according to this blog they’d revealed at least some of the speakers a month ago this time last year. This year nothing.

This is my latest five minute project, and is being put to use as I write – answers on a postcard please:

So why the sudden return to blogging? A couple at church last night told me that they had been reading this thing, and so I thought I should make an effort :)


I don’t often get invited to someone’s house for tea and cake. Today I have been invited to two people’s houses at the same time. This means I miss out on birthday cake, but do get Chelsea buns. And there may be birthday cake later when I go round with card and gift.

We’ve had some snow today:


a further picture, and some more church renovation snaps can be found on Flickr as usual.

A small plug for a great cause: Everyone should buy this book.

Although lacking in most lineup info, Greenbelt have some speakers booked.

Right off to eat cake – I’ll be a bit late ness, as I’ve not bought the milk yet, and it’s a bit treacherous out there!

No pews is good pews

Sorry to the sentimental, but I’m glad they’re out, they were really uncomfortable, and there are plenty nicer pews out there that I get to sit on in other churches, it’s time to move on.

No they’re not being scrapped, they are all lined up and marked ready for reclamation… apart for the bit I stole, because as it turns out I am a bit of a sentimentalist after all.

For the curious…

This is what the inside of Pantygwydr church looked like at lunchtime, I happened to be passing with a camera at a point I could sneak in (deaconly perks or something) and figured enough wibloggers would be interested – a few more photos are on Flikr.


Edit – for those who never saw it, Alison has posted a picture of the church just before it got gutted here

It’s going to look great when it’s done, I do agree with you Neil insofar as pews are nice to look at, but they are neither comfortable or wheelchair friendly, so away they go!


Sorry for the lack of blogging recently – I’ve been holding together (with the help of many people, especially the artful lodger) our church’s annual Holiday Bible Club, after the youth and children’s worker managed to do her neck in very very badly. The week went quite swimmingly well really, considering this big set-back, and it was great that the church pulled together in such a way that we all know we can, but so rarely do.

In the middle of all this was, of course, Greenbelt – being a bit stressed about everything, I didn’t get really into ‘Greenbelt mode’ until about 11am on Monday – not entirely helpful, as we left the site at about 6:30 that evening, but better than not managing to relax into the festivities for the whole weekend.

People that made me laugh – Jude Simpson, The Ukuleles, Gerald Ambulance, Pete Ryder at Late Night Twist, Martyn Joseph singing ‘Dolphins Make Me Cry’ to the tune of ‘Is This the Way to Amarillo’ at the comedy quiz, Rhys bending his glasses out of shape on a bouncy castle, t&e and FW losing their tent poles, and many many other little things people said and did

People that made me think – John Bell, the Fair Trade panel discussion, Doug Gay, Jonny Baker, and again, there were a lot of great conversations through the weekend that have sowed seeds in my brain that will germinate into proper thoughts later.

Top point of the weekend was a piece of fair trade chocolate brownie, straight from the oven, and with a small square of chocolate inserted into its centre. Lowest point – probably the shower queue.

Can’t wait ’till next year.