Noughth Begins

Morning run, chapel for the Office and Mass, fruit breakfast at home (cos the college doesn’t have space for staff to breakfast with appropriate social distance), then a series of Zoom meetings: one, two, three, four, with opportunities to meet new students. The afternoon took up and then amended prep for two of my modules,…

Michaelmas Dawns Grey and Soaking

Two days of not running in heavy rain, chilly weather. Morning Office, hot breakfast, Morning Worship on Radio Four, morning Mass, a Zoom greeting and introduction to the community, then a socially-distanced community lunch. The afternoon involved course prep then light admin and reading while I made the most out of my last afternoon before…

More Rain, Last Day of the Vac

Tomorrow begins Michaelmas Term, so I relished as much of the day as I could; it’ll be ten weeks till my life eases to this extent again. Serious rain this morning, so I didn’t make a morning run, but obvs I said the Office, morning Mass, hot breakfast, and finished my first pass through Legends…

More Catch-Up

Chilly, rainy morning run — I thought, about halfway through, that I might turn home and cut it short, but instead I forged ahead for the last three-quarters of a mile. This was a mistake; the rain picked up, and I was already soaking from the first bit of the run, so that by the…

Back To The Coal Face

Today is my first day back on duty at St Stephen’s House after months of sabbatical leave (first) and furlough (subsequently). It’s good to be back on duty, although it’s been more than six months segregated from seminary business, so I feel a bit rusty. Add to that the special circumstances attendant upon the coronavirus,…

Either None or Four

Today is the last day of my summer leave + furlough; I resume work for St Stephen’s House tomorrow; Noughth Week begins with Sunday Mass. Morning run in more chilly drizzle, Morning Office, morning Mass, hot breakfast, a debrief from the doctor who took one of the interviews I participated in several weeks ago. I…

Take Five

Chilly, drizzly morning run, Morning Office, morning Mass for St Michael and all angels, fruit breakfast, trip to Boots so that Margaret may obtain passport photos (she needs me to advise her on when she’s in the correct position for the camera, since without her glasses she can’t see the frame). Some positive work on…

Counting Down From Seven

Another cold run this morning, with Morning Office, hot breakfast, morning Mass, a little time on Legends, a protracted exploration of rural Oxfordshire (in the abstract; Margaret is working on a jigsaw puzzle map of Oxford from the early 17th century) whereby we sought the settlement which seemed to read ‘Jewcote’ on the map (obviously…

Eight Before Noughth

A very chilly morning run (5°), Morning Office, Morning Mass, hot breakfast, then banging away at James and miracles. Or, more to the point, a gallant attempt at a writing session; I went in to my study, and spent a couple of hours waiting through system updates, application updates, moving furniture to prepare for ventilation,…

And Back From the Shore

No run this morning, of course, since I hadn’t brought along my trainers. Morning Office, pizza for breakfast, a brief visit to the Delias before catching our train back to Victoria (then the Oxford Tube to home). Afternoon spent gathering and resting before a late afternoon appointment (which was delayed, then ultimately cancelled). Margaret made…

New Orders

No run this morning, as it was raining heavily when I woke up. Although the showers had abated a little later, by then I needed to get ready for morning Mass. Fruit breakfast, then packing up odds and ends for an overnight to Worthing for Josh Delia’s ordination. Travel went smoothly, we obtained sustenance from…