Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Boxing Day aeration

Boxing Day brunch after a long lazy sleep, a quick visit to comfort our son Owain who is down with the dreaded lurghy, and needing only to feed and sleep, then off to Barry for an invigorating walk along the beaches from Cold Knapp. Just a scattering of people out taking the mild air, and the tide right out, optimising walkable areas. The rain held off and the sun peeked through. All was calm and bright, and laced with quiet contentment. Except that Clare too seems to have the dreaded lurghy.

Thinking Anglicans remarked on St Stephen's Day being one of the poorest observed of the year, amongst (exhausted) clerics and laity alike. The Boxing Day edition of 'The Archers' was all about the Boxing Day shoot, with no mention of religious observances at St Stephen's fictional Parish Church, Ambridge. Not even the go-ahead Vicar Alan who wants to remove the pews and make the church more engaged in community activities seems to have got this one sorted. The Archers' message boards have no mention of this omission, unless it's deeply buried in tradition.

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