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Bits and pieces on a Friday night

Just looking round for some Valentine Day trivia and came across this….

The Strangers Hall Museum at Norwich has an unusual survival from the mid nineteenth century: an anonymous St Valentine’s Day card dated and postmarked 1862, said by the museum to be addressed to “Miss Jenny Lowe [query Love], Crostwight Hall, Smallburgh, Norfolk”. The coloured card is embossed with couples, cherubs and roses, and in the middle is a silver bird on a silk panel. On the pictorial side of the card are the printed words “My dearest Miss, I send thee a kiss”, and on the other is written by hand “Good Morrow Valentine”.  As the Hall was then occupied by the Lane family, the addressee may be Miss Jenny Lane.

I wonder if Jenny knew who her admirer was??

Its been an hectic week – with some very late nights. It was good to stop this evening and watch ( to me) the delightful Carol Klein’s gardening programme through the seasons. It was December and showed us her garden died down yet ready for its spring resurgence. I love the bit at the end when she says that she delights in enabling all the plants to be what they are meant to be in her garden.

A bit earlier I watched a Channel 4 programme about a priest called Ray in London who decided to “come out”  to his congregation. A very humble and gentle man – I wonder how he is faring in his attempt to ask the church to allow him to be what he is meant to be in the garden of humanity.

Finally, I like these words  by Harold Thurman:

“When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and princes are home,

When the shepherds are back with their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,

To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry,

To release the prisoner,

To rebuild the nations,

To bring peace among others,

To make music in the heart.”

It cant always be festival time – but inbetween the big celebrations  which the church relishes comes the hard kingdom work. But to do so and make music in the heart gives it all a touch of heaven in the ordinary. ( With thanks to George Herbert for that last phrase)

February 11, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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