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Michaelmas Day

St Michael and all Angels or Michaelmas Day is 29th September.  As hubby and I had some “adventures” this year on that date, I am compiling them into, what I hope will be, an interesting and informative post for the following day.

Hubby needed to go to the local amenity tip (recycling centre).   He had suggested that we set off by going there and then continue somewhere for a day out.  I had only been home a few days after my recent trip (which as I mentioned on Twitter included travelling on 12 trains, 2 underground trains, 6 buses and in 2 cars twice each).  I also had to attend a choir practice in the evening, so after taking all this into account (not that I said anything), he decided to go on his own and then for us to have a short trip out in the afternoon.

In the morning I was able to catch up on some cleaning and ironing.  Over lunch I asked him what he needed to look for in the town we proposed to visit.  He didn’t need anything, so I went on the train by myself for the items I had listed and a haircut.  Meanwhile he made use of the good weather to do some gardening.  Rain is forecast for later in the week.

On his way home from the tip, hubby took the shortest route along narrow country lanes.  What he thought was a kestrel had flown out in front of the car and continued along the centre of the lane at 20-25 miles per hour just clearing the road surface with its wings for about 800 yards.  It had seemed to be waiting for a car to come along and disturb the wildlife.  At a fork in the road it flew over the hedge and perched on a post in the corner of the field. A conversation I had with our postman this morning (30 September) about birds has led me to update this post before its publication. He was amazed to have seen two swallows this morning. When I told him about the bird hubby had seen, he suggested it was a merlin as they are known to fly in that way. Hubby is now convinced that it was a female merlin. He had never knowingly seen a merlin before!

My afternoon out was not without incident.  A friend was arriving back (with a trolley case) on the train I caught so we exchanged greetings.  Another was on the station I arrived at, waiting for the next train home.

I saw a few more people I knew.  One had time to spare for a walk and after I had done my errands and had my hair cut, I caught up with her again and we had a chat sitting on the bench, where I had found her.

Readers of my blogs have an advantage over my face-to-face friends as you can make your escape without seeming rude, if I go on too long!  I told my friend about it being Michaelmas, which she hadn’t realised, although in the past she might have known.  The reason I told her was because the preparations for Hallowe’en were nearly complete at the hairdresser’s.  I had talked to the young lady, who cut my hair, about the day being Michaelmas (St Michael and all angels) and that St Michael was and is an angel.  She seemed surprised.  I said they were early for Hallowe’en as it is more than a month off.  (It is October 31st, for any readers who might not have this information to hand).  Her reply was, “We like to be organised”.

Coming back on the train I met another friend, who had also been on a journey recently, setting off later the same day as I had.  I had experienced more reliable travel than he had.  On my travels I had noticed pretty mauve flowers along the railway.  It took me a little time to realise they were Michaelmas daisies – I do not often travel long distances at this time of year.

The connecting idea between the kestrel, the hairdresser’s with its bats and St Michael is, as you’ve probably guessed, wings.  Angels are depicted with wings, although in the Bible there is little to suggest that they have wings.  Only St Luke (Luke 2:9-20) records the angels (a great company of the heavenly host) appearing to the shepherds at Jesus’ birth.  Their sudden appearance might suggest winged messengers.  Angels are mostly portrayed as unexpected visitors.  However in Revelation 14 St John describes angels flying in mid-air.  Birds, insects and bats have wings, but helicopters fly too.  (I am not poking fun, just looking at possibilities.)  Seraphim and cherubim have wings.  All the named angels are male: Gabriel, Michael, Uriel and Raphael.  Have you seen an angel?  The writer to the Hebrews indicates that an angel might be difficult to recognise.

Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

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Interconnectedness

Before the summer holidays several of the craft group ladies made pretty dresses for a charity project Dress a girl around the world.  This worthwhile project provides girls with a pretty dress each, which should last them for a few years.  It is hoped that they will be respected and less likely to be attacked.

I did not take part in the project as I knit for charity and find that less demanding than sewing.  Craft group is something I regard as relaxation rather than work.

I keep in touch with two friends I knew at school.  This week I was fortunate to be able to meet up with each of them. One surprised me with her enthusiastic account of a recent trip she made to Uganda with a small charity founded and run by someone she knows.  Supporters sponsor children’s education.  Among other useful commodities they took some of these sorts of dresses (which may be made from pillow cases).

Of course the interweb makes the dissemination of information very easy, but I still find these sorts of connections (or coincidences) pleasantly surprising.  There are many links between what my friends in the various parts of the world are involved with.

My other friend showed me holiday photos showing trees decorated with knitted fabric.  She hadn’t heard of yarn-bombing.  I’m not sure whether there are any benefits (apart perhaps from tourism) arising from yarn-bombing.  Organisations such as Knit for Peace might be a better outlet for the output of prolific knitters.

I wrote this post on my tablet on the train.  On my return home I found that one of my writer friends on Facebook was giving thanks for special friends.  So am I!

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Blogging to date

This is the third post looking back over my posts from earlier this year.  Now I need to look forward and decide what is worth writing about.

Tourist trap (Guest post from Johanne Winwood)

Why does nobody find my blog? Indeed!

Have you missed me? My intentions to reduce blogging frequency

Delayed flight a daily prompt for which I had a suitable photo

City planners a daily prompt

Blogging experiment I posted from a tablet

Rare medium A daily prompt led to my debut on Soundcloud

Other -ers This expands on my Twitter profile

My method of blogging describes how I produce my posts for Sue’s considered trifles.

Twittering about books A month long Twitter challenge

The second book of Samuel and the ladies’ Bible study group

Bridging the gap how no to suffer from writer’s blck

What I have read in  June A humorous post about books

Birds at Sizergh Castle  an outing

The Reisenbach Problem A book review

Another cushion A craft project

Earworm a daily prompt

Singular sensation – a ripple of laughter a prompt from 365 Days of Writing Prompts

Technology, tools and loom bands a weekend with a theme!

Stranger in a strange land a prompt from 365 Days of Writing Prompts

What is kindness? the weekly writing challenge

The stats connection a daily prompt about the most viewed posts

Alexander McCall Smith – a favourite author A post about books I have read

Blogging and stress A post about Blogging as a cause of or relief from stress

The state of my year 365 Days of Writing Prompts

A Flower Festival – Part 1

A Flower Festival – Part 2

A Flower Festival – Part 3

What is the opposite of writer’s block? A daily prompt

My blogging plans Why I decided to blog less

20 widgets described these were on my blog at the time of posting

How do you use social media?

How a spectacles case became a picture a craft post

Book review: Neither Here nor There

What I had for Christmas Not a complete list: I also had some piano music I wrote about before and a surprise present from a friend afterwards.

New day dawning Another daily prompt for which I had a photo available

A game of Scrabble® I wonder who won…

End of summer blogging survey The first part of my review of posts after the summer

Sunflowers and beyond a tribute to blogger, Tina Downey

How do I get spirituality? Faith

Blogging overview continued The second part of my review.  (This post is the third and brings us up-to-date.)

A crocheted baby blanket A craft post

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