Field of Dreams: if you build it, they will come!

Walking with my wife
July 25, 2010, 2:48 pm
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If you do not already know the site, you will derive much profit and pleasure from reading Fr Hunwicke’s regular blog, called “Liturgical Notes” (link on left). Besides much learned lore on Liturgy, Fr Hunwicke has much else of interest, and recently he has been extolling the joys of a married clergy, not least going on country walks with one’s wife. Following his good example, I add a note or two about excursions Marilyn and I have made this year, in search of family links (hers) in various parts of the country.

After Easter, we visited Cornwall where some of her forebears lived before emigrating to Canada. We found the derelict mill where her great-great grandfather was the miller, in a remote valley down a narrow lane. The associated mill-house is still in use as a holiday cottage, but the mill-stream is clogged up and the mill-wheel rusted away. a good prompt for meditation on “change and decay in all around I see.”

This week, on St Mary Magdalene’s Day (Marilyn’s birthday) we set out for Wiltshire, finding the former pub where he grandmother had been born, and later on a gem of a Church, at Marden, where some of her forebears are buried (we also found a delightful pub for lunch).

Fr Hunwicke muses, “I wonder what those celibate clergy over there get up to on their days off. A friend of mine in the clergy of Kerry tells me that when his confreres meet, cards, nicotine, and whiskey feature large. Doesn’t seem to me as much fun as matrimony.” I couldn’t agree more.


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