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Snow prayers

Posted by mike redshaw on November 30, 2010

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Please hold the vulnerable folk in your prayers and thoughts and if possible why not do something practical for them ?

Remember those who have to travel to work tomorrow and don`t really have an option to stay at home like me.

Pray for our emergency services and our road gritters and council workers in these difficult times

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More snow

Posted by mike redshaw on November 30, 2010

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Woke up this morning to further snow falls and a continuous snow storm all morning and then off and on this afternoon. Spent three hours on the phone this morning cancelling meetings for tomorrow night and a day trip to Stoke !  Also spent time talking to the District Chair and to other District officers re. a potential work development. All in all it made for an interesting day off and it was also Alison’s birthday, to boot ! By the end of the morning I felt that I had worked harder than I do on a normal working day.

Rotary was cancelled this evening which was a shame as it was our ladies night with singing entertainment and I had thought that this would have been a nice birthday event for Alison, so instead we walked around to the Cottage Restaurant, near where we live and had a very pleasant evening meal rounded off with brandy liqueur coffee.

As you can see, Sasha, our dog thoroughly enjoys being out in the snow and gallops out to see how it’s changed since the last time she was out 10 minutes earlier ! At least someone in the family is enjoying it.This photo was taken yesterday; in todays snow you can hardly see her legs and she looks more like a sausage dog ! The photograph below of our back garden has also changed as you cannot now see two of those tubs.  By contrast it took Vikki about two hours to get home from work tonight (got home after 10.00 p.m.) and she only lives just over a mile from work in the centre of Nottingham.

If its difficult for those of us who are able-bodied how much harder is it for the elderly or infirm ? Winter is a very worrying time for them and I think I`ll spend some time tomorrow visiting or telephoning some of my older folk to see how they`re coping.  Beautiful though this weather is, it brings its own concerns.

One of the joys of today came about when I decided to walk to the local shop; as I wandered around the street I saw a lot of the menfolk of the estate out clearing roads and chatting to each other; it took me right back to my childhood when Dad and the other men used to do the same. However, by this evening so much snow had come down that you couldn`t tell that they`d been out ! Still, there was a great camaraderie to be had in the on street conversations and the sense of togetherness.

Please hold the vulnerable folk in your prayers and thoughts and if possible why not do something practical for them ?

Remember those who have to travel to work tomorrow and don`t really have an option to stay at home like me.

Pray for our emergency services and our road gritters and council workers in these difficult times.

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Snow

Posted by mike redshaw on November 27, 2010

 Woke up this morning to 6 inches of snow. Made me feel as though I was back in the North~East !!

In all our years of travelling we have rarely experienced snow to this depth since we left the North~East; woke up with that old, childlike excitement of wanting to play in the snow, combined with the more realistic adult view of “do I have to g0 out in that ?” Car is covered and the estate is full of the white stuff, and I know that I`ve got to get to a 30th birthday bash tonight and so I`m hoping it will have cleared somewhat by then. However Rebecca assures me that its set in for a fortnight at least.

So what are we to do ? It’s amazing that I can hear about the depth of the snow in Romania and how the people get on with things, but here in this country with a lot less snow we panic and  grind to a halt. How is it that we cannot come to terms with this white stuff which arrives each year ? Are we sensible over it by staying indoors and not taking risks or is it a case that we are really just lazy and use it as an excuse to stay indoors ?

I don`t  know what the answer is except that I still don`t like it and I do enjoy being `trapped` indoors !        Take care everybody

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Jim

Posted by mike redshaw on November 10, 2010

Please hold my colleague, Jim, in prayer as he seeks to look after his Mum, and also bring reassurance to his brother and Dad in Northern Ireland.

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What next ?

Posted by mike redshaw on November 10, 2010

Have you ever had one of those days when you feel that you have been `piggy-in-the-middle of everyone ? One of the things I`ve learnt about Superintendency in the Methodist Church is that as fast as you deal with one issue several others come along.

I`ve managed to lose my day off today trying tos ort things out: is this a foretaste of the next six years ? I hope not.

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SKY

Posted by mike redshaw on November 4, 2010

Sky broadband

Further to my rant of the other week when I declared that I wouldn’t move ever again, I have now been informed by Sky that telephone line will take a further three weeks and I cannot have internet access through them. This seems fair enough until you realise that I first spoke to them, making initial inquiries, in early September. Numerous phone calls and goodness knows how many operatives later I received this news today; two months on !

This is despite being told on various occasions that the broadband was coming and even being sent a broadband modem and a sky address. When I asked why I couldn’t have been told earlier that their speed was too slow for this house the reply was simply that “I should have been told”. I can accept that we are “too far away from the telephone exchange” but for them to take this long to tell us is infuriating. We have a good tv signal and so can receive sky television; we trust that we will have a good working telephone line within the month, but the thoughts of not having internet worries me. We have become so reliant on it for so much.

So now I`m on the hunt for a good quality supplier who can get me more than 1 mg per second. HELP !!!!!!!!!

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