Sunday, 9 November 2014

Super Hero Vicar

The Remembrance service in Trelawnyd is held at 2.30 pm and not at 11am. It is led by the vicar and by the chapel minister, and is usually supported by the congregations of  both.
Out of respect , I usually tag on with the dogs in tow, to stand at the back of the memorial Hall garden where the village war memorial is situated.
The war Memorial in the shadow of the new house build
The usual suspects where already there when I arrived, Christine and Bryn, Auntie Glad in her usual blood red coat, Mona from Ochr y Gop farm, Meirion Ellis , the vicar splendid in his black robe, the head of the community council, Pat the animal helper , there was perhaps twenty or so clustered around the memorial, that is, until the heavens opened and everyone had to scurry into the village Hall to keep dry.

I tried to get a shot of the vicar as he swept out of the rain with his cape billowing behind him and his Gothic hood pulled down over his face, but it was raining too hard
He resembled a somewhat slow moving video game super hero
I squeezed in behind with the dogs but stayed in the porch as Winnie was snorting so loud (she would have drowned out the service if we had followed everyone in,) so we braved the rain, and ran home, like a small herd of stressed out pigmy hippos to steam dry in front of the fire.

39 comments:

  1. Very sad and wonderful at the same time that your village like many others in your country remember.

    cheers, parsnip

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  2. Still, despite your foreshortened presence, you were quick off the mark to let us know. It's only just gone 3.30 now!

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  3. I am beginning to wonder whether or not that might be a pygmy hippo you have there in Winifred.

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  4. I like the hooded monk. He looks quite hunky peeping out of his hood.

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  5. That house looks a bit much for your area.
    Rain was probably appropriate for the service.
    Enjoy your day!

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  6. That's a bloody Druid, not a vicar!

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    1. Don't they wear white?

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    2. When Druids Go Bad?

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    3. The new series on channel 5

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    4. I think the British Druid Order wear white when officiating at solstice ceremonies at Stonehenge. Most ordinary druids wear whatever colour cloaks they feel drawn to. Personally I have a purple woollen one and have just made a red velvet summer cloak lined with patchwork made from cotton offcuts from years gone by when I made my own skirts. Unfortunately I was in hospital over Samhain so my new cloak has yet to be "aired" around the ritual fire.

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  7. Surprised the new house was allowed to be built so close...

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    1. It's the original house sharon, they are just doing it up.....

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  8. Essence of steaming dog - wonderful!

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  9. I'm curious about the house, too. Why is an Irish flag flying from the scaffolding. Not that I disapprove.

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    1. Lol
      It's a coloured gateon the side of the scaffold
      X

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    2. Just spent 2 mins googling gateon!!
      It is still very early here!!

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    3. Nutcase
      Or should that be
      Nut case

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  10. New homes facing the war memorial, a good reminder to young and fresh minds. I read recently the the Dachau gates were stolen, probably by those who just don't 'get it'. Hope Meg is ok John.

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    1. She's had two fits over yesterday and today...but is looking normally needy right now x

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  11. The vicar sounds very enigmatic. Cloaks tend to make me go a bit weak in the knees :)

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    1. Professor Snape...*sigh*.
      Jane x

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  12. Fine bit if Welsh weather

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  13. Now there is a word picture to top all :)

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  14. " We will remember them."

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  15. Good that the dogs go to church, John! Even if they must stay in the porch!
    Now to get you there! lol

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  16. Even if it was cut short by the rain, you were there. It means a lot, John.

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  17. We went to the cenotaph in Llandudno, fantastic service there, really well supported. But the canons being fired from the top of the Orme made the seagulls go into a cacophony of squawking, so the two minutes silence was the noisiest we had ever heard!!

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  18. I love the vicar's cape. I wonder where I can get one. Maybe I'd have to be a vicar to be allowed to buy the cape.

    Love,
    Janie

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  19. I also admire the cassock and capes....orderly somehow. Our Veterans Day services are Tuesday the 11th. We will take part as husband is a Vietnam vet and son is Veteran Of the Iraq War.

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  20. Just a quick thought for Meg's problem . I have just read this on an animal site about an older dog which had developed seizures ( not that uncommon apparently) : "organic hemp seed oil from my local health food shop - two teaspoons on his chicken necks at night. Hasn't had a seizure since " Might be worth a try ?

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    1. Helsie thank you for that... Will look into it x

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  21. It rarely rains for the Cenotaph service; but does so often for others elsewhere.

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  22. I am wondering why your service is in the afternoon? One of the most moving aspects of the 11o'clock 2 minutes silence for me is that so many others are also standing silently in thought all over the country, at War Memorials, in churches, shops etc. ( Hope the vet can help Meg today.)

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  23. The Heavens opened on all the Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Brownies & members of the British Legion on the village green yesterday... luckily the Church was very warm for them once they arrived soaked.

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  24. "Super Vicar" would make a great computer game. After overcoming all the hurdles in the mythical land of Trelawnyd - including a pack of vicious dogs from the corner cottage behind the church - the winner gets to take wine and bread in the virtual church. Pow! Zap! Amen!

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  25. Is your vicar as hot as that video game super hero? :)

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  26. We had a beautiful day here yesterday and a fabulous Remembrance Day service as well -- the 2 minute silence was right on time, too! This year three poppy wreaths were presented at the altar -- one from the Navy, one from the Army and one from a boy chorister, who represented the future generations -- which I though was a nice touch...

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