To the Vicar, the spoils

(Not a very apt title, I’m afraid – I am not, unfortunately, a clergyman, and I’m reasonably confident that our Vicar isn’t planning to trouser the proceeds.  To the Parish the spoils, possibly).

While we’re on the subject of fetes, I yesterday attended our local Church fete and came away with the following –


1 tin wild pink salmon

1 can Boddington’s draught bitter (won in tombola)

1 packet Carr’s water biscuits

1 jar Nescafe Brazilia

1 tin cannellini beans

1 copy Mnemosyne by Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble

1 copy Delius’s Violin Concerto and other pieces, featuring Tasmin Little  

(many hundreds of losing raffle and tombola tickets not pictured)

The Boddington’s has – predictably – already gone (drinkable but a bit soapy).  The cannelli beans will soon be making an appearance in a risotto.  The salmon will, on past form, lurk in the cupboard until I realise that I’ve run out of any other type of tinned fish, when it will feature in some dish that really calls for mackerel or sardines. 

In Greek mythology Mnemosyne was the daughter of Uranus and Gaia, the mother of the nine muses and the personification of memory.  The disc is in the same vein as the same artistes’ earlier Officium.  I think I shall save it for when I AM ON THE TRAIN – but, as a taster, here is Remember Me My Dear (16th century Scottish, apparently).  The saxophone, I must say, divides opinion, but I like it.

6 thoughts on “To the Vicar, the spoils

  1. Good haul!

    I like a bit of tinned salmon with sliced tomatoes on a pile of rocket or spinach with a big spoonful of mayonnaise. OR it makes a lovely salmon pate.

    I met the vicar at Little Bowden on Wednesday conducting a funeral (him, not me – I’m not qualified). Absolutely top bloke I thought.

  2. Funnily enough, I ate it last night with some iceberg lettuce and cherry tomatoes. Not bad at all – out of mayonnaise though, unfortunately.

    If the vicar’s the one I’m thinking of (AQ?) yes he probably is – I don’t see a lot of him as he doesn’t often do evensong. Used to be at Oxford, I think, defector from the RCs. Funny, intelligent sermons, from what I’ve heard of him.

  3. Hello there! The Wartime Housewife suggested I should contact you to ask you’re advice about playing music. If you have a quick look at my blog (launched today) you’ll see that I’ve put an MP3 file on the end. Rather disappointed to find that one can’t listen whilst reading – if you have the time, please pass on any ideas.

    By the way, as a gentleman “of middle years” you might like to have a browse over on project50 every now and again. I look forward to “meeting” you!

  4. Please don’t think I’m the sort of person who doesn’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. My embarrassment knows no bounds! I am very tired – this blogging malarky is HARD WORK!

  5. Hello “Project 50” – good to hear from you.

    I wouldn’t worry about the spelling- in my first attempt at the message above I managed to spell lettuce with an i in the middle!

    Your project sounds fascinating – so best of luck with that. I’ll add it to my “blogroll”, so I can follow it. I’m 50 at Christmas, so I’m certainly part of your target audience.

    When I have music on my blog I use videos from YouTube – it’s amazing what you can find on there (a bit like a huge charity shop). If you wanted to do that you’d have to find the video, copy the url (from the bit where it says Share), then go to the icon for “Insert video” and paste it in. Presto!

    I’ve never tried adding an mp3 file as such but I imagine you choose the icon for Insert Music (the note), then choose From computer, locate the file and insert it. Perhaps that’s what you did though? When I clicked on your link I heard the first few notes, then it froze. Not sure what the problem is there, I’m afraid.

    Hope that is of some use, and best wishes for your project


  6. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I paid for extra space for the music, so I think a refund will be requested! I thought you had to buy VideoPress for YouTube etc but it is, as you say, incredibly easy.
    Anyway, thanks again, both for the advice and the support.

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