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A Bit Of A Round Up [Aug. 29th, 2017|11:39 am]
Tony Grist
It's 31 years since I quit the ministry of the Church of England. I don't think a great deal about the complications preceding and following on from that decision but when I do- as I did last night- I remember that I've actually had quite an eventful life. A friend from those days- who is still a member of the congregation I resigned from- says the parish is now being run in conjunction with another and attendance figures are down. It's to be expected. The Church of England is fading away- having served its historical purpose- and that's entirely right and proper- and not to be regretted

The school holidays are coming to end- and it only seems like the other day that they began. We got to see all but one of our grandchildren in the course of them. Also all our great nephews and nieces on my side of the family. It's always good to hang out with the future....

Our pressing business at the moment- only not that pressing- is getting this house off our hands. The man we asked to do an ad hoc valuation sent us some figures today. They were a teensy-weensy bit disappointing but they'll do; they give us room for manoeuvre.

The trees are turning. Once we've finished the plum crumble Ailz made yesterday I must see about picking our apples. Then we can have lots more crumbles and pies. I planted sunflower seeds rather late in the season and the surviving plants are a few days off coming into flower. I check on their progress once or twice a day.

I'm reading Morning Star- a forgotten novel by Henry Rider Haggard. It's set in ancient Egypt and is a nourishing stew of cheap romance and occult wisdom. When he writes badly he writes very badly, when he writes well he's excellent.

Ailz and I sorted through a drawer this morning. We have a fine stash of greetings cards and postcards waiting to be sent and need never buy another- well, not for several years. What's this cable for? Nothing we still use. Chuck it away.
Do we ever use table cloths? No. Are we ever likely too? No. So off to the charity shop with it.

[User Picture]From: topum
2017-08-29 05:05 pm (UTC)
Did you post about your experience of leaving the Church, etc? is there a tag I could use to pull those posts up? I would be very interested to read about your experience and how you came to that decision and how was it immediately after you made it, etc.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-29 06:13 pm (UTC)
I don't believe I have ever written about it in detail. And if I did I'd be invading several other people's privacy. Two things came together- a gradual process of alienation from the church and its teachings and the breakdown of my marriage. I wanted my freedom- and got it. The aftermath was all about muddling through. I wrote a bit, did low status jobs, remarried.

Sorry to be so gnomic. It's a long time ago and the ideas I was struggling with back then are not the ideas I have now.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-29 06:15 pm (UTC)
P.S. If you want to come back at me with specific questions I'd be happy to try and answer them. I don't mind being prodded...
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-08-30 01:52 am (UTC)
I need to do some culling out of things in a rather ruthless way. We won't be selling our house but it would be nice to be rid of useless to us things.

How many grandchildren are there now?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-30 08:16 am (UTC)
We've been making a concerted effort this summer to pass things on to the next generation. We managed to move a lot of ornaments and pictures and our niece actually took a couple of bits of furniture.

We have six grandchildren.

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