Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Faith summer break!

Last week I went on the faith summer break with my sister and my best friend Owen. It was great fun! As I assured you before I went there was a Chasuble and a real Chalice! (In fact I was asked by Fr. David Standen whether it was good enough!) The theme of the talks was "On a mission from God" and all of them were excellent! There were 4 talks: the first was an introduction. The second one was God on a mission, which was about  how God originally planned to come down to earth as a Savior but after the fall He had to come down to earth as a Redeemer as well and to found the Church. The third one was about how the Church carried on God's mission. The final talk was you on a mission and it was about God calling you in a vocation and how we all have a general vocation which is to love each other and a private vocation which God has given each one of us.
 Meanwhile at Alton Towers Me, my sister and Owen were on a mission to ride some very scary rides. One of them was called Oblivion and it is the first roller coaster in the world to have a vertical drop in it! It was very, very scary!
Some photos will follow when Owen e-mails me his photos! 

Monday, 29 August 2011

An epic mountain walk!

I'm writing this on Dad's Iphone in North Wales!
Yesterday we went on a very memorable walk, which should have covered 6 mountains but we only did 3 because of unforeseen reasons! (Such as low cloud, a 3 year old who refused to be carried and rain!) We decided to take what at the time seemed like a short cut. (It actually took 5 hours, a waist-deep encounter with a bog for my aunt which resulted in a new catchphrase"say goodbye to dry" and ended with a call to mountain rescue made by a very anxious Dad who had gone ahead to get the car a few hours before... it was canceled!) I got some lovely photos but (another excuse) I lost my camera on the walk and at the last minute I took lots of photos randomly on Dad's Iphone. Here are some of the better ones:

My best friend (who was with me on the faith summer break) took some photos with his camera. He will hopefully email me some pictures of the walk and also the retreat!
A post on the retreat will follow tomorrow!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

A retreat!

This week I will be on the faith summer break, so there will not be any more posts; but watch out over the weekend because I'm hoping to get some action shots!
( And I can guarantee there WILL be a chasuble and a chalice even though the retreat is at the same place as the last one!)

Monday, 22 August 2011

Queenship of Mary

 Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the  moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?
  Happy Feast to us all!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

High Mass for our Lady's Assumption

Sorry about the gap between the last post!
On Monday there was a High Mass at the Birmingham Oratory for Our Lady's Assumption which was beautiful! The Celebrant was Fr Anton, the Deacon was Fr Guy and the Sub-deacon was Fr Paul. The thurifer was absolutely fine, unlike last time!  I was 1st acolyte and everything went as planned! The MC very kindly lent me another book on the Mass; I'm hoping to review it soon.

Friday, 12 August 2011

A lovely recipe!

Here is a recipe that I found on the internet after Mom said she would like cherry and almond cake out of nowhere! So late at night I began making it! It turned out very well for a first try. (Unfortunately it turned out a bit too well as it had all been eaten before I could take any photos!)


  • 250g (8oz) butter, softened
  • 250g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 250g (8oz) plain flour
  • A few drops of almond extract
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 200g carton glacé cherries, halved
  • 125g (4oz) ground almonds
  • 4tbsp milk
  • 50g (1¾oz) flaked almonds
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  • 20cm (8in) round cake tin, lined with baking parchment


  1. Set the oven to 160ºC (320F / gas mark 3). Place an oven shelf just below the centre of the oven, so that the cake will sit in the middle.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time, along with a spoonful of flour with each egg and beat in the almond extract.
  3. Sift the remaining flour and baking powder over the mixture and fold it in, then fold in the cherries, ground almonds and milk.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the lined cake tin and level the surface. Sprinkle over the flaked almonds. Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 1¼ -1½ hrs or until the cake has risen and is just firm to the touch in the centre.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and leave it to cool in the tin for at least 30 mins. When cool transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Dust the top of cake with icing sugar just before serving and then cut into 12 slices.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

First time thurifer!

Before reading this try to saying first time thurifer three times quickly!
 That was me on Sunday! I got a crash course (not literally!) in how to thurifer about 1 hour before Mass that lasted 5 minutes... all went well (unlike the last High Mass at Corpus Christi!) At least it didn't set on fire as in this video! Mass was lovely; it was a solemn High Mass with Fr. Agnellus Murphy F.I., the Deacon was Fr. Christopher Miller and the Sub-deacon was Fr. Julian Booth.
A little girl, whose family we know, made her first Holy Communion, which made it even nicer! The party was in the presbytery afterwards and celebrations (which involved a lot of cake!) continued late into the evening...

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Caterpillars and butterflies! (or moths)

 Me and two of my sisters have been collecting caterpillars over the past 4 days. Although none of them have pupated yet,  it is still early days, and at least they are all still alive! (One of them nearly drowned when we first set up their little habitat...whoops!). Here are some photos of them:

When they emerge from their chrysalis they will be cinnabar moths; a colourful daytime moth.