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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, October 22, 2004
    Another Wild Goose chase

    Back from a week on Iona where much fun was had bidding in an auction of items from the Abbey, to raise money towards the Community's Growing Hope Appeal. I found myself bidding against Jan for this gorgeous Wild Goose Studio casting of The Dream of the Magi (After a 13th century Burgundy carving; the angel's forefingers link the star to the first Magi, whose suddenly-awakened eye indicates that the dream has arrived).

    Jan outbid me in the end, though we'd pushed it so far she almost paid shop price for it. She was very keen to get it because for the past three years it has been a welcome part of her daily landscape - on the corridor wall outside the Abbey Warden's flat which was her home until very recently.

    But on leaving the island early today in a choppy sea, I had the casting in my bag. Jan has given it to me on loan for six months, which she's spending mostly away from her new home; felt it would be better off on my mantlepiece rather than gathering dust in storage somewhere. It will be a great companion as the year rolls on towards Epiphany.