Today was my first ‘go’ at cleaning my dear little church. There is a very organised rota and some people have been cleaning the house of The Lord for years. If we all take it in turns it’s only once or twice a year.
My usual method of housework is sweeping the room with a glance having lived overseas for 20 years but God provides dusters, polish and a Hoover.
There is something wonderfully calming being amongst ancient cool stonework. I am slightly in awe of the beauty of the Minton tiles lit by coloured sunlight which is pouring through the stained glass window by the altar. How many worshippers have knelt at the brass communion rail? Quite a few in the last week judging by the fingerprints! I remember my mother cleaning another church in my childhood; the Mothers Union rota. She will be smiling down to see me wielding a duster.
My work is done. Mental note to self to take my trusty Ewbank for the carpet next time it’s my turn.
Time for contemplation and prayer and yes, I sweep the nave with a glance as I leave quiet as a church mouse.
According to Rolo. Fantasy adventure series of books. For children and adults. Life as seen through the eyes of a time travelling, blogging, nature loving rescued dog
Rolo spent Saturday morning at Hungerford Library meeting new fans and presenting prizes to children who had entered the writing competition sponsored by Hungerford Book Shop. Debi explained how Rolo wrote both of the books ‘The Secret Adventures of Rolo’ himself and why he appears so tired during the day – because he is out adventuring via a time tunnel found in Athelstan’s oak tree on Savernake Forest by night! He is very proud of his second adventure book called The Chilvester Passage which is just out.
The quality of the 30 entries for the children’s writing competition was very good and made judging difficult. The brief was to write a poem or beginning of a story with the words ‘The mist was rising. I was lost.’
Rolo was slightly annoyed that he didn’t get to meet Kate Adie at the speaker’s reception in The Corn Exchange last night. He would have regaled her with his own battle stories. Debi had a wonderful chat with the venerable broadcaster, reminiscing about time spent in Dubai.
The third Hungerford Literary Festival is running until 22 October.