Sunday, 13 December 2015

Ding Dong

Gaynor , the mad organist

Around 50 of the village die hards braved the weather to come to the Church carol concert 
The service was taken by members of the congregation
which I thought was a nice touch.
(For your information the vicar is still recuperating from having a new set of plastic hips) 

Animal helper Pat, old Trevor, Mrs Trellis, old Flower Show jam winner Barbara Parry, Trendy Carol,
Daphne and Frank, only Aunie Glad was absent, she's on holiday in Llandudno.

A mince pie and a polystyrene cup of mulled wine was very welcome afterwards



67 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lovely outing. Auntie Glad is one remarkable woman.

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  2. Poor Gaynor - she doesn't look so much mad as embarrassed ! The hat looked better on you John, and that's saying something, so give it to little Mary and let her do what she will !

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  3. I think Gaynor the mad organist should wear that hat ALL the time!

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  4. a lovely service with the villagers. mince pie, ummmmmmmmm...

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    1. Perhaps "ummmmmmmmmmmmmm" is a result of language issues. I think John means "mincemeat" anne marie, which despite its meaty sounding name is a very fine sweet concoction of dried fruit, spices and sometimes spirits. Yum, rather than Um? Mince pies are more likely to be served at half time at football matches (well, soccer, you may say...)

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    2. And in New Zealand, smothered in tomato sauce - which is 25% sugar if you've a mind for such details!

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    3. I hope you mean the mince pies (ie meat pies) are smothered in tomato sauce Virginia, not the mincemeat (fruits and spices) ones.

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    4. in australia fruit = mince pie
      meat = meat pie.
      Sauce is a given

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    5. I wonder if John ate all the pies, or Gaynor... There is always someone who scoffs more than their share (not that I have any evidence to suggest John might have).

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    6. Thanks Kylie for the Aussie translation.

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  5. They just need some snow to complete the scene.

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  6. I have worked out the sum that Gaynor put on the board. It's 821 - I think! Is Gaynor perchance related to Noddy - the little man with the red and yellow car?

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  7. How fun. Community is so important. Nothing better than feelings of belonging.

    Funny how you color the hat red, put a fluffy white ball on it and it inspires the holiday spirit. Color it white and remove the ball and it speaks of sitting in corners for misbehaving.

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  8. That would be a perfect `church fund` charity Christmas card ! Shes adorable !

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    1. You wouldnt say that if you met her!

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    2. Oh, I`ll take your word for it then !

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  9. This just cheers my soul. Doesn't put me in the Christmas spirit, mind you, but it does cheer my soul.

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  10. I adore that photo! I agree that it would make a great Christmas card. I'm not sure it would be possible for your village to live up to the level of charm it seems to have on your blog! I think it would be a great place to live. The people you describe make my day. Especially Auntie Glad. She's my favorite!

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  11. Gaynor, the mad organist, does looks somewhat mad.
    Now if she had folded the hat at a jaunty angle things could be different.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Mad as a badger

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    2. I hate to say this but she does look mad ..

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  12. So very glad that quite a few turned out for the Village Church carol service and well done to those who handled the service.

    All the really good organist I have heard were a bit mad. Perhaps that is a requirement to play with such gusto.

    Oh I do miss mince pies. Here we usually get Christmas cookies (biscuits) with coffee or punch.

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  13. Isn't it wonderful to be surrounded by such good people?

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  14. Sounds as though you had a good turnout....very Christmas spirited!

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  15. I'd quite like a church service without the vicar! I hope his new hips are bearing well! Gaynor seems a good sport to put on the Santa hat - but if looks could kill..................!!!

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    1. She wouldnt wear it for the service.......the vicar wouldnt like it

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  16. Gaynor looks like one of Santas elves sitting there :)
    It all sounds lovely and just the way the days before Christmas should be ..

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  17. At least she can play the bloody thing.

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  18. Kind of reminds me of the Dawn French vicarage and the characters therein.

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  19. Agree with Parsnip, the hat erection is not the best look.

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    1. I will never be able to look at the Street Santas with hat erections now ... thanks ... thanks a lot :)

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  20. Auntie Gladys is my favorite but now Gaynor, the mad organist comes a close second! How I miss the days when we attended the Anglican Church (where I was the organist for 37 years). Living on a diamond mine in the 90's. the choirmistress (a spinster, no doubt) always invited us back to her home for mulled wine and a mince pie. Your post evoked great nostalgia for me. xx

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    1. There was a few younger people there too as well as two children....perhaps the tradition may continue a few years yet?

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    2. what ? hat erections ?
      Oh , oh you mean attending the concerts. . I hope they do too. Keep the old traditions going .

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  21. A really fantastic old fashioned village tradition, what could be better! Glad you had fun!

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  22. At what speed does Gaynor TMO play? Is she a galloper or a producer of dirges? Of the two, I'd prefer a galloper - what about you?

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    1. She can give it rocks if the need arises

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  23. Sounds like a lovely service John, Gaynor's hat looks great x

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    1. Well worth the £1.50 I paid for it

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    2. My god .. for that price,she will have to wear it every Chirstmas for years to pay you back
      LOL

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  24. Oh, that's so Christmasie. I love things like that, especially when there is mulled wine afterwards. Cheery is the word that was invented especially for things like that!

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    1. And there is nothing like Mulled Wine to make somebody cheery :)

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  25. Welcome to Dibley

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  26. Gaynor looks like Ebeneezer Scrooge from the 1930's movie!
    Good that everyone did their part in the vicar's absence.

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    1. Bet you dare not say that to her face x

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    2. Oh she definitely does! And that look shouts 'Scrooge YOU!'

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  27. Gaynor does indeed look mad wearing that unusual (and might I add "stiff" looking) Santa hat. He strikes me as a musician who can hammer out a mean tune on the church organ. It's lovely that everyone who attended pulled together to make the service a success. Sounds like a good time was had by all. Hopefully the Vicar & his spankin' new hips will be up & about in short order

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    1. I am sure he will be do the salsa very soon

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  28. That hat is the BEST!! Very pointy.

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  29. My condolences to Gaynor. I am glad I am not around, that's all I'm saying.

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  32. She does look rather 'Gnome-ish'.

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  33. I have never seen a Santa hat stand up like that. And mince pie is divine, especially if it actually has minced roast beef in it to cut the sweetness of all the fruit ... You must be getting in the spirit of the season by now with the music and the pie and the drink!

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  34. Mince pie, mulled wine and a village church concert -- sounds pretty darn charming to me.

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  35. The hat must have had a fright, ours are all very laid back.

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    1. LOL ... It is 7:30am and this is how I start my day, reading this blog and giggling.

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  37. Ha ha! You need a plaster painted garden gnome for your yard that looks exactly like her, perched in her tall chair!

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  38. I bet she was glad of that hat to keep her ears warm :-)

    A double hip replacement for the vicar ... ouch!!

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  39. That look definitely says to me: "Mess with me at your peril!"

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  40. Others have beat me to the punch, but that hat should not be pointy like a gnome's. It should droop over one ear like Santa Claus's. Any fool can see that.

    Is Gaynor male or female? I can't tell, not that it matters.

    Our Lessons and Carols service yesterday had Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany all jumbled together in a mishmash. Not that that matters either, but a little more order is sometimes in order.

    Maybe Auntie Glad knew exactly what she was doing when she scheduled that holiday.

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