Virginia Barton



  • Coal-Filled Wellies says on: August 15, 2017 at 4:15 am



    • Ginny says on: August 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm


      Wellies — I can almost hear you sing that; perhaps The Great Amen? Gin

  • Nadine says on: August 15, 2017 at 5:42 am


    Extraordinary to think this was written in 1373, over six hundred years ago…

    We used to go to the island of Tinos as children on the 15th August, with my Greek grandmother, where every year they throw an icon of the Virgin Mary in the sea to celebrate her feast day.

    Strange habits…

    • Jack L says on: August 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm


      Interesting, Nadine. My Italian grandfather told us as kids that on the Assumption, August 15th, there was a “cure in the water,” so we had to go down to the beach and get wet. As you can imagine, we were more than willing to do so.

      Apparently the same “cure” can be had from a dip in a swimming pool or a bathtub. I had a swim this morning!

      I suppose the belief in the healing qualities of water extends all the way back to Baptism…

      • Ginny says on: August 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm


        I’m sure you’re right Jack. And water is an essential to all physical life quite apart from Baptism.

        Don’t know about you, but I actually ache when parents say they haven’t had their children baptised and that “they’ll leave it to them when they’re older.” Ginny

    • Ginny says on: August 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm


      I need to know if you retrieved the icon, Nadine, or was it left in the sea? Left I suppose.

      Do they still do it? If you go to Greece, please ask.

      I believe Margery Kempe was a contemporary of Julian of Norwich whom she visited, and left an account of that visit. It seems she had 14 children and must have left them with Nanny (or maybe Dad?) because she travelled widely, including to Rome and Jerusalem. How’s that for fifteenth-century woman? Ginny

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