Category Archives: A Vicar’s Musings

As summer draws to a close…

As I write, our late summer break is drawing to a close. Mick and I have spent the past few days at our son’s home in South Devon. It has been a lovely opportunity to slow down, reflect and recharge our batteries before we embark on the busy times ahead of us. As always, the […]

Challenges and Blessings

It has been a couple of weeks since I’ve added to my blog. This is not because nothing has happened, in fact it has been quite the opposite; the past week or so has been an incredible mixture of being exceptionally busy, times of trauma and moments of great blessing. Two weeks ago the festival […]

Announcement

The past week has been one of mixed emotions as I’ve announced my impending retirement at the end of this year  in many ways it seems months away, but I know only too well that once the summer holidays are over, the weeks will fly by. There are many conversations still to have and so […]

You’ve got this

  I wrote this specifically for a young woman who is really struggling this week, but I’ve put it here because I believe it sentiments can be applied to so many of us at the moment, including myself. You’ve got this   It may not feel that way today, But I know you’ve got this. […]

‘Secrets’

This week I am publishing one of the most difficult letters I have ever chosen to write. Please note that I used the word ‘chosen’. Much of the subject on my ‘Secrets’ page is about things I have been coerced or even forced into. To write this letter last year was my choice. It was […]

‘Come to me…’

Tuesday saw us return from a wonderful week long break in Devon. It was everything we hoped it would be. It was a week of total switch off, the first for me in eight months, and I hadn’t realised just how much it was needed. Of course, any busy person returning from a break will […]

Doing things differently

I am currently sitting in the quiet of my son’s home in Devon. It is a lovely barn conversion in a coastal hamlet, only metres from the hotel he manages. It is secluded and it is silent, other than bird song, and I am enjoying the spectacular views and a much needed retreat from parish […]

Being honest with yourself is the start…

  It has been a challenging week for me, which is why my post is later than usual. I have struggled and I feel that I need to reiterate that have not written and shared my story (Secrets behind the collar) for any shock value, neither have I shared it to evoke any particular reaction. […]