Posts Tagged ‘Birthdays’



October 23, 2010

I didn’t get ID’d before I was 18.

I have occasionally been ID’d since then.

Today I was ID’d twice. Twice in one day. When I’m now above the age of ‘if you look below 25, we’ll ID you…’

In a bizarre way, I guess this made me happy!


Girl Guiding 20:10 20/10 2010

October 23, 2010

The Centenary of Girl Guiding has been celebrated in many diverse ways. The Finale of the centenary year was timely planned for a celebration, with renewal of promises at 20:10 on Wednesday 20th October 2010; I like to think they planned it for my 25th birthday; Guiding is officially four times my age!

A long story short, I was able to join in with the Finale celebrations with my home Guiding connections, rather than in Leicester Square, with people I didn’t know that well yet.

I met up with the local Brownies and Guides in the village, and we caught the bus into Nottingham. It turned out to be a beautifully clear night, which also meant it was quite cold, but we had a good time! 4,000 Guides piled into Nottingham’s Old Market Square for the event. Which was kicked off with the local ‘Guiding’s Got Talent’ Stars, a local band followed by a presentation from the County Commissioner, before linking up with the rest of the world via the Community Channel, and then to Oxford, where we renewed our Promise, led by the Chief Guide.

I Promise that I will do my best,

to do my duty to God,

to serve the Queen and my country,

to help other people,

and to keep the Guide Law.

Thank you Guiding, for all you have equipped me with, here’s to the next 100 years!

Here’s some of the pictures I took, playing with my new toy:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

On the Bus: Taken by a Brownie: Guiding is inclusive to all girls: Pretty lights on the Council House: Daddy playing with my new camera: Being arrested for being associated with a bearded fellow: Brownies and their leaders warming up in Starbucks! x2: Marc having been run over by a tram, thus bringing the system to a halt, and protecting the 4,000 girls in the Square! (that’s logic for you): Daddy playing with my goody bag things: The buzz from all those pink ears!: Council House again: St Peter’s Church in the moonlight: Nottingham streets: Birthday Pub times: etc…: Mum and Dad on the Bus: The Moon.

After the event, Mum and Dad, Marc, Colette and I ventured to the pub for birthday drinkies, which was lovely. On the bus home, I somehow took the best picture of Mum and Dad that I know of. Don’t know how it happened, but hope you enjoy! Dad and I stayed up chatting and trying to take pictures of the Moon, before going to bed after a wonderful, blessed birthday.



October 23, 2010

Despite being pretty ill, my Birthday was a distinct improvement on last year, for which I thank God.

My parents, very generously bought me a new Digital SLR camera as a joint 25th Birthday and Christmas present.

As I was sick, I’d travelled home from London the day before my birthday, 18 hours earlier than planned, which meant I awoke on my birthday to one of the most beautifully crisp, Autumnal days I remember. Ever since I worked at Southwell Minster, Mum has always wanted to go up the tower. She was envious of Dad when I had the opportunity to take him round. I had wanted to try and visit the Minster while I was home, briefly, anyway, so adding all these things together, Mum changed her plans, and I took her up the Minster tower and was able to take some pretty exciting photos, too.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I was also able to catch up with Andrew, my old boss, which was, as ever, lovely. Andrew asked me to put my new photos on Flickr, as he’s not on Facebook. I have just about found time to oblige, so you can now view more of my pictures here:

As it happened, it was my old school’s Founders Day service that evening, and there were some rehearsals for the occasion going on while we were there. I also bumped into Mr Vickers, my RE teacher, who was well known for his lessons on Derby FC and ending the lesson with ‘I digress…’ It was genuinely wonderful to see him, although we both couldn’t believe how long it was since I left. Scary thing, time.

Mum and I got home and Victoria, for whom I was bridesmaid in June, came over for lunch, was was wonderful to catch up with her and see her Wedding photos! Malcolm, Mum’s Viola playing friend also came for lunch, too, which was fun! Later in the day Mum and I headed into Nottingham for the Girl Guiding Centenary Finale celebrations, which I will tell you about in my next post!


Protected: Weekend in the ‘shire

September 12, 2010

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:


Week One on our own…

September 11, 2010

Here we go; it’s down to us…

On Monday I arrived at work in time for Staff Fellowship Groups followed by Staff Lunch. It was our first Staff Lunch with everyone back after the summer. I love it. We were introduced to the new Apprentices who have just started their year this week. We had our meeting with Dave, reviewing the previous week and looking at the week ahead. Our Monday Training sessions start next week, so we got ahead with prep. for the evening as there was a Fellowship Group Support meeting for all the Fellowship Group leaders.

On Tuesday John and I were on duty for the Prayer Gathering shift. All of us Church Assistants were invited to the front to be introduced officially to the Church Family, which ended up being hilarious as ever!

On Wednesday, after being rudely awoken by builders and diggers outside my bedroom at 7.15am, I began early to set up for the Aroma leaders meeting and training session before it starts up again next week for the new term. Mark repeated a talk of his from Cornerstone on the Gospel of John, as that’s what they’ll be looking at each week. The others’ were all painting two rooms upstairs whilst I got on with the ‘normal’ Wednesday duties. Hannah and Oscar appeared to get more paint on each other than on the walls! The others wound up staying late to get the rooms finished, but I’d done all my tasks, so went home and slept… for 4 hours! I felt rubbish, but it was John’s birthday party, had it been any other social I probably wouldn’t have gone, but I thought having slept for 4 hours I would be alright… Oscar had cooked a feast for us, but it was all a bit behind schedule due to finishing work late! We ate around 10pm… Hannah and Maw had made John a birthday cake which was lovely, too. Dave gave me a lift home when the celebrations finished around midnight, but I really wasn’t feeling well again 😦 I wound up being up, ill most of the night, and had to take Thursday off ill. My first full sick day. Sad times.

I picked up again by late afternoon, at which point I had the dilemma of going to the ASO rehearsal for Manchester next weekend. On the one hand, it may well pick me up mentally and physically by getting out the house, seeing people and being productive. I am working next Thursday evening so I can’t make the rehearsal, so I felt I should go this week. Yet I didn’t know how it would look being in church playing my cello, having been off ill all day. And the worry of if I go, I may not be so well tomorrow…?! I decided to go for it in the end, and I’m glad I did; it was the right decision 🙂

On Friday I did my first solo shift at St Paul’s Robert Adam Street. I was working for Jelly Beans, the Mum’s and Toddler’s group which is an outreach of All Souls. I then had various cleaning tasks to do, which I finished early, so I used the opportunity to cycle over from SPRAS to All Souls, using my new Boris Bike key! Initially it took a while to get a bike to come out of a dock, once I did, I realised how bumpy roads in London are! I then discovered that I don’t fully know the one-way systems around the area, and ended up going in more of a zig-zag direction to get back to church!

On Friday evening we were all invited for dinner at the Enns’ house; John Stott’s former home. We had fun times with them, eating very yummy food and getting to know Louanne and Paul a bit more. After some persuasion, Dave offered to drop me and my Cello off at St Pancras Station for a train back to the ‘shire for Colette’s 20th. I found it hilarious that on the way out of the Enns’ flat, Dave caught his shoelace in the door and had to call the buzzer to be freed!

More Anon. Here’s a few pictures from the week;

This slideshow requires JavaScript.