It was a good day. Divine Mercy Sunday marks the end of the first week of Eastertide. It is the first day of May, which commences the spring Marian month, a month we dedicate to Mary, Our Blessed Mother. And today is the day that John Paul II was beatified.
Unfortunately, I missed a good bit of the Mass because Joséphine was wet and hungry. Our new little parish doesn’t have a cry room for nursing mamas and I haven’t quite figured out how to discreetly feed my nursling in the pew. Even covered with a flannel, I’m still not comfortable feeding in the open church. I’m sensitive to older folks and small children who are unaccustomed to seeing a breastfed baby taking her nourishment. And I’m spoiled after nearly a decade in a parish with a special room for such things.
So I missed Fr. David’s homily. It broke my heart because he is a magnificent homilist. I really wish someone would record him so that I can hear them again in the quiet hour or so after the children have turned in.
After Mass, we stopped at the local tack shop for some information and a quick browse through their newly expanded shop. It’s so good to see! Brian and I take separate vehicles on Sunday because he serves the early Masses and we meet him for the last Mass. So while I carried on home so that we could change into farm clothes, Brian stopped for luncheon supplies.
By the time we were ready to make the 40 minute trip to the farm it was 3:30PM. And we were tired. We were a mile down the road when Brian realized that he’d forgotten his mobile. And we were 30 minutes down the road when he realized that he’d left the keys on his chest of drawers. So we stopped for coffee on the third attempt. 🙂
We had hoped to get started on cleaning up the small trees and brush earlier this week, but that wasn’t meant to be. We were all very pleased, though, at how much we can get done as a team in only 2 1/2 hours time. We managed to clear off all of the lilacs and bracken from the terrace in front of the lovely bay windows, and old hydrangea, and about half of the small trees on that side. We have one more beautiful day forecasted before the rain rolls in for mid-week. I’ll run out in the morning, while Brian catches up with his work, to pick up some more equipment and supplies and we’ll try to get the rest of the trees down around the house.
Here are some images from the day. I do apologize about the horribly blown-out photos, the afternoon was gloriously sunny and I had removed my filters on Easter Sunday when I shot some snaps in church. I’ll try to remember next time.