This is one of those posts, where only my regulars really bother to read (or at least I think they do)
Throughout all the ups and downs the last few months, I haven’t really spoken about my Services. I am still in the process of studying to obtain my Marriage Celebrant Certificate, but because we don’t have the internet set up as yet where I now live (hopefully next week) this has had to go on the back burner.
I have till October to finish it, so I must try and get my thinking cap on.
Today I conducted my 26th Funeral Service, in Melbourne today I woke to 5 deg C. The Service, was held at the graveside, because Chapels were unfortunately booked and they were expecting up to 100 people. Approximately 70 arrived, in the deplorable conditions.
Woollen three quarter coat, boots and leather gloves I crossed the mud and we waited for a late family member to arrive. The graveside was in a completely open area, so the icy winds swept from every direction. Then the rain began. I stood next to the attendant as she held a microphone for me and an umbrella that blocked my view of everyone. My pages, though in a folder and in plastic sheets, started to crease and blow around and words started to run. Someone came up and helped hold the pages down as I read. My nose also started to run, my entire body was shaking from the cold. As I write, it just hailed and now thunder rumbles it’s way closer.
This was my first entire Service conducted outside, I can only hope there aren’t anymore this winter, but in this ‘profession’ you cannot guarantee a nice weather day for an outside Service.
On Monday I have my 27th, in a Chapel I haven’t been too as yet, I can only hope it’s warm.
Thankfully, being busy writing and preparing the Services has kept my mind busy, which is a good thing.
PS: The penguins are doing okay, though Pop had another fall the other morning, from getting out of bed too quickly. Ambulance arrived, but thankfully all was well, though he was lying on the floor yelling out for mum to hear him for over 30 minutes. K and her b/f are still in the rental shared house and we have seen each other a couple of times, speaking mainly on the phone, fortunately there hasn’t been any incidents. Tomorrow all my furniture comes over and things will begin to be more familiar.
Thank you for reading.