Ladydale Diary

I’m currently enjoying a few relatively restful days at home in the midst of a maelstrom of travels. Last week I was in the Vendée, a region of France which resisted the secularism of the French Revolution with heroic faith and armed resistance. I was there to teach an intensive week-long course on literature at Chavagnes International College.
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Ladydale Diary

This morning, as I gave our son Leo his breakfast, I pulled down the statue of St. Elizabeth of Portugal and placed her in a prominent place in the kitchen in honour of her feast day. She’s a favourite of mine, a queen who has something of the fairytale princess about her (not of the Disney variety!). I bought the statue several years ago during a visit to Lisbon to give some talks.
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Ladydale Diary

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, 2019 No travels since the last time I wrote but there’s been lots of activity on the home front. Last Saturday, we watched Evangeline performing at our local parish in a musical adaptation of “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”, the culmination of a theatre camp she’d been attending all the […]
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Sometimes I think I’m married to Snow White. I’ve already mentioned that Susannah has every squirrel and chipmunk in the neighbourhood eating out of her hand (literally). This doesn’t really worry me, though it means that our birdfeeder has become squirrel territory, which translates as “no birds allowed”. As someone who has long enjoyed watching the birds at the feeder whilst drinking my morning espresso, this is a little irksome. Now, instead of the silent serenity of avian visitors, I find myself besieged by squirrels, peering through the window or, in the case of a male whom my wife has aptly called “Jumpy”, jumping up at the window to demand to be fed!
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As I write, I should have been on a plane, headed to Tulsa. I was supposed to be giving a talk at the Idea of a Village Conference at Clear Creek monastery but the event was cancelled due to damage caused in the area by tornadoes. I heard that no fewer than 23 tornadoes were reported in the vicinity in a single day. In consequence, and unexpectedly, I find that I will have a weekend at home with the family. As it’s unexpected, we have made no plans, which is the way I like it.

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