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Paint, paper and parties...

Today has been a really busy day! I set off early to go and help decorate a room at the rectory, along with lots of other people decorating lots of other rooms. We were all set to paint the "ecclesiastical purple" walls over with white paint when we noticed that the paper was hanging off the wall in one corner of the room and the wall was a bit mouldy underneath! So we made the painful decision to strip the paper off, deal with the mould and then repaper with lining paper before turning the room "iris" coloured!! Stripping the paper took most of the rest of the day, to see our efforts, and those of the other decorators have a look

We'll be back there next week to carry on the good work... though I hope to put on the sealant to prevent the mould recurring before then!

After our decorating was over it was time for Chris's birthday party. It was me and 12 men...(ranging in age from 12 to 45)...an interesting experience! We watched the movie Ghost Rider, which was rather weird, but really quite enjoyable, all about a guy who sells his soul to the devil, to try and save his father, and ends up being an avenging spirit...does sending evil souls to where they belong make you an evil being or a good one? Whose side are you on?... can the devil's power be used against him? - The movie begs lots of questions but doesn't provide much in the way of answers, I might talk more about that sometime when I'm not so tired. After that we went over to McDonalds, second choice of venue, but Pizza Hut was fully booked...

I think the boys all had quite a good time but getting them from one place to another brought the phrase "herding cats" to mind...


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Mar. 11th, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
Decorating the Rectory ...reminds me of a facetious poem that my rector father loved; it was based on a theme of 'when it's our turn to decorate the rector' and I recall the lines 'we deck him out at Christmas time with mistletoe and holly when it's our turn ....'I'll try to find it for you.
Mar. 11th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
The poem sounds fun... I'll look forward to it!

Our rectory is an amazing cavernous building, I really love it, (as did its most recent residents!) but it is a nightmare from the point of view of heating bills, upkeep, cleaning etc!
Mar. 11th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
They all are/were. But they were also beautiful houses for gracious living (when you could get them warm enough)! Most are now Old People's Homes etc. though one of ours is the home of a very wealthy family who are about to ruin the garden with a swimmingpool placed in the middle of the lawn (near the house) instead of dscreetly off to one side!
Mar. 11th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Well our rectory is going to accommodate at least more clergy family, who seem to be happy with the prospect... generations of children in the parish have fond memories of playing hide and seek there, and it is great fun to read the graffiti on the walls on the top floor, some of it so old that its childhood authors will now be retired!!

Its garden is lovely and definitely does not need a swimming pool!!!
Mar. 12th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
It sure looks like a big job, that rectory. I wonder when parishes decided to have a rectory, or a presbytery, or a manse... Seatoun Anglican has a spooky looking old manse. We seem to have mostly presbyteries.
Mar. 12th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
I can't even tell you how many rooms the rectory has... it has 3 floors, and at least 5 or 6 rooms on each floor... and it has these amazing windows with stained glass sunflowers! - I'll try to get a photo of them sometime, I think they are great!! A huge wooden front door too - but so much work to do in there!!
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