Monday, 28 July 2008

Baptism of Fire!

It's almost two years to the day since Sarah and I got married; it was as hot and humid then as it's been this weekend. With family and friends coming from all points of the compass (almost) it's nice to meet up for a meal before a big event, as we did the night before our wedding and again on the evening before Charlie's Christening. The Ball House is a local hostelry known for good food (and beer) and with the space to accommodate large numbers. We met up there the night before our wedding without incident; we thought we'd do the same again on Saturday. But after what occurred I somehow doubt if we'll be back for a third time. No-one seemed to notice that the (welcome) breeze had suddenly lifted someone's paper napkin over a lighted candle and then up and across the table like a mini-version of the SS Hindenburg, finally crash landing in a basket full of bread rolls. And the emergency services (in the form of relatives - I was at the bar!) were too amused by the spectacle to respond with the swiftness necessary for damage limitation. Water was belatedly sought and place-mats utilised as fire-beaters, and eventually the flaming bread basket was thrown out of the open window (to the management's obvious disapproval).
Thankfully, the Christening yesterday passed off without incident (although there was a moment - during the lighting of the baptismal candle - when I feared that seven hundred years of church history might be about to go up in smoke). The service was wonderful; we had a house-full afterwards and Charlie acted like royalty, as if the whole thing - presents, adulation and attention - was his due (which I suppose, in a way, it is). And Boston Stump survived!

11 comments:

  1. Oh dear! So relieved to hear the Christening went without incident!!

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  2. Lovely family snapshot! Your daughter looks amazingly like you!
    And Charlie is an old soul, I would think. Those very wise eyes!
    Glad you escaped Dante's Inferno - twice now it appears.
    XO
    WWW

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  3. Yes the ball house incident was very frightening wasn't it?

    Love Sally xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  4. I've just been reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer's account of being a godparent at his friend's baby's christening whilst he was locked up in prison - very moving indeed. Glad it went well despite everything!

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  5. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog! My photo's were indeed of Scarborough! We used to go to Scarborough as well in the holidays when I was very small, then we moved here... and I appear to have taken root.
    The Christening picture is gorgeous, you all look so happy. I am glad you all had a lovely time and it passed without any bread baskets causing trouble!

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  6. Ahhhh, suhweet photo! Charlie looks like he's about to jump out of your arms!

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  7. That's how it feels too, most of the time.

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  8. I'm sure babies know when they are the centre of attention. Daughter had a "don't I look beautiful?" look on her face for the entire day of her Christening despite being only 6 months old!

    It looked like a lovely, happy family occasion for Charlie!

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  9. Glad the christening went smoothly!

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  10. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Lovely Christening photo. Charlie looks like a real little star.

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  11. Glad you left the Stump unharmed. As a kid we went shopping in Boston about once a month, and I really cherish the memory of the pause for a cup of tea and a cake in the Tea Caravan next to the aforesaid erection.

    Happy memories, thank you!

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