I went to visit the family for the Easter break, and got some sun, and some very fine liturgy at the Parish of Saint Ninian and Chad, associated with the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, in Maylands, WA.
You can read about the Australian Ordinariate - the division of Roman Catholicism for ex-Anglicans running with Anglican patrimony and a version of their liturgy here:
Lovely ¨Who sitteth at the right hand of the Father¨ and ¨thou mayest...¨, ¨Thou Art...¨ etc. Marvellous. No guitars.
And jars of delicious old-style homemade jams and pickles for sale at the back of the church! Where else do you get that in the contemporary Church? Real Oxford-cut marmalade rather than marmalade-labelled orange-coloured sugary-water in the supermarkets...
And this was the beach on a late afternoon day...
And after grumbling about the failure of the cucurbits here, what was in the garden when I returned?
Nothing but this! -
An unidentified cucurbit - approximately fist-sized, ...
with seeding fat hen on the right-middle side (the lighter plant, with mature fat hen leaves making a curious background pattern)
So I have had a modest success for the season.
My hand pollination skills are still worth something.