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Occupation Retired teachr/author
Location Saint Romain, Poitou-Charentes, France
Introduction Retired teacher of English Lit. I'm English and live with my husband and 4 cats in France in the house we bought in 1989. We have a private chapel on 2nd floor organised for Low TLM/Missa Cantata, also a library of 4,300 books, documents, journals, DVDs, Videos. Not surprisingly the library is the biggest room in the house. Twentyfive years a Gregorian/Renaissance chorister at a well known London church; have had three books of meditations published by Continuum inspired by the inextricable relationship between prayer and gardening. I am currently writing a fourth. There are not enough hours in the day!
Interests Prayer and spirituality, Traditional Roman Catholicism, 'Vaticanology', Present state of Church, Pope Benedict XVI, Tradcath blogs/websites French, American & British, Latin Mass Society England and Wales, Paix Liturgique France, Institute of the Good Shepherd Bordeaux, Cenacle Eucharistic Adoration Tulsa, Gardening (my meditation/prayer garden and potager), Writing, Updating my Library Catalogue on Library Thing, my cats.
Favorite Movies Rebecca, The Song of Bernadette, Casablanca, The Shoes of the Fisherman, The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet (Zeferelli), Taming of the Shrew (Burton and Taylor) Amadeus, A Man for all Seasons, Day of the Jackal, The Sting, Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth), Sense and Sensibility, (Emma Thompson), Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources, Pagnol Trilogy, Les Choristes, etc, etc, etc.
Favorite Music Gregorian Chant, Polyphony (from Machaut onwards, mostly Renaissance), Elgar 'Dream of Gerontius', Handel 'Messiah', Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Sibelius, Shostakovitch historical dance, court and country particularly, English, French and Italian, Opera random selection Norma, Turandot, Ragtime eg Scott Joplin, Nina Simone, Selected Jazz, Blues, Pop 1930s - present day, French/Belgian poet singers eg, Brel, Brassens, Sablon, Montand, Ferrer.
Favorite Books Bible, Breviary, Daily Missal, Pilgrim's Progress, St. Augustine of Hippo and Early Fathers, Thomas Mert, onanything and everything by Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, many others too numerous to list, Shakespeare, George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Keats, Robert Frost, R.S. Thomas, T.S. Eliot, Jane Austen, 19th century novels, Iris Murdoch, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Rumer Godden, Bill Bryson, impossible to list all.

You have a red jar of cedar chips. Why do moths miss the forest?

Wood for trees