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The Straight and Narrow

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The Straight and Narrow:

Today is Advent Sunday. The Reverend Rosecombe lit the first candle in the advent ring of 4 symbolising Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. Every year at this time, he expresses his hope that his congregation will stay on the straight and narrow.

The Straight and Narrow

History suggests this sermon is an example of the perennial triumph of hope over experience.

Yours, unfortunately from the bendy and wide,

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Happy Thanksgiving America!

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Happy Thanksgiving America!


Sir Plym has been busy organising a Thanksgiving Supper at the Ox and Moose. 2 weeks ago, this invitation appeared in all of our inboxes



Dear Castle Coopians,

It’s time for our Castle Coop Thanksgiving party!

Thursday 28th November in the Ox & Moose 

6pm until late.

Help us raise money for the Village Hall upkeep while we party!

Tickets £10 in advance, £15 on the door. 

All volunteers for decorating the Ox & Moose and helping serve out, please contact Sir Plym or Lady Egality



Supper party at The Ox and Moose in Castle Coop to celebrate Thanksgiving

A toast to the Pilgrim Fathers & the Sweet Land of Liberty!


Yours hoping no-one noticed me eating an awful lot of  brownies,


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What I know

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  1. If Brown Owl organises me, I feel cross. If I organise myself, I feel pleased
  2. The Agent isn’t fond of stew for supper.
  3. Watching an episode of Foyles War helps several of us Castle Coopians cope with Brexit distress.
  4. I feel better when I can touch my toes
  5. Wearing trousers with elasticated waists makes me feel old.
  6. Lady Egality wears clothes beautifully.
  7. My efforts to improve my self-discipline aren’t often successful.
  8. I like New Year Resolutions and must start thinking of good ones for 2020.
  9. Living in Castle Coop produces all sorts of unexpected feelings in me. I think I long for the hustle and bustle & anonymity of city life but actually, so long as I’m not being ticked off by Brown Owl, I usually remember that being a little cog in a little wheel has a fair number of plus points to mark up in the ‘pro’ column.



Yours thoughtfully,

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Wasps versus Mojitos? No contest!

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Wasps versus Mojitos? No contest!

Of late, I have been distracted from doing all sorts of things that I shouldn’t allow myself to be distracted from doing. The summer sun has gone to my head.

Unfortunately, while I’ve been busy making the most of the blissful recent heat wave…just look at what’s been growing in our flower beds.


In my absence the garden has joyfully let rip.

Today I fully intended to spend a virtuous afternoon mowing, digging, cutting & raking…

Liberty Hen gardening

but then suddenly a vicious wasp flew in out of nowhere and launched an unprovoked attack on my forehead.

Is Discretion the better part of valour?

What would you have done in the circumstances? I made an executive decision to retire gracefully.

Catching rays

making the most of the summer sun with a magazine & a mojito near to hand 

IMO, wasps versus mojitos? No contest!

Yours warmly recommending the combination of sun + deck chair + magazine + mojito,

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