Relaxing with the Rev Sidebottom

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Photo copyright: C E Ayr

The Revered Septimius Sidebottom had had enough, he left the vicarage in a huff. His plans were in ruin thanks to Mrs McDuffy. Not only had she saddled him with twenty years worth of candles, now she had gone and ordered iron stone. Ok she had meant to order a new iron, so she could continue pressing his vestments and altar linen. But what had been delivered was a chunk, ‘nay’ a huge boulder of iron slag. Instead of sitting at his desk writing a book about Emperor Septimius Severus, he now had to take Mrs McDuffy to the opticians.

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  1. neilmacdon

    The passions run deep in English villages

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly can at times. Thank you Neil

  2. Iain Kelly

    Ah, the return of the troublesome Mrs McDuffy – she means well at least πŸ™‚

    1. Michael Humphris

      She did, but sadly I fear that there are more mishaps to come

  3. Moon

    That’s a nice, fun story Michael and a unique take on the prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Moon, I surprised myself with Mrs McDuffy.

  4. granonine


    1. Michael Humphris

      The capers of Mrs McDuffy are growing, I just hope she remains hilarious. Thank you.

      1. yarnspinnerr

        Looking forward for the next episode.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you yarnspinnerr, I have posted a further story about Mrs McDuffy, called ‘Mrs McDuffys Pantomime’

          1. yarnspinnerr

            I have read it. Mrs McDuffy has really caught your imagination. You created a great character.

          2. Michael Humphris

            Thank you yarnspinnerr, now I have to develope the Reverend alittle more.

  5. James

    Or a psychologist.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Time will tell. Thank you for the idea. James

  6. Christine Goodnough

    I don’t suppose he could just send it back and get a refund? After all, the Ladies Auxiliary will have to host a lot of teas and fetes to pay for that one. Good one, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Christine, I am told if the rock is ground down it will make great fertiliser.

      1. Christine Goodnough

        Have they considered the cost of the grinding? How many diamond bits will this take? πŸ˜‰

        1. Michael Humphris

          The Rev was hoping that his parishioners might take turns with a hammer and chisel

  7. Jane Dougherty

    Couldn’t he just raffle it?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now thats a great idea, can I send a book of raffle tickets to you.

      1. Jane Dougherty

        Gladly. I never win anything anyway so won’t have to worry about where to put the wretched thing!

        1. Michael Humphris

          You never know, you just might win it, but I am glad to say that you are safe, as the Revered says the delivery cost would be to high, so he has cancelled the raffle.

          1. Jane Dougherty

            Phew! Maybe he could keep pigeons in it?

          2. Michael Humphris

            That made him smile

          3. Jane Dougherty


          4. Michael Humphris

            So pleased Jane

          5. Jane Dougherty


  8. Jelli

    snorting giggles… I see ‘Bingo’ prize in the future.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I love snorting giggles, thank you Jelli

  9. Keith's Ramblings

    A very welcome light-hearted tale, and you told it so well!

    Click to read my FriFic

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Keith. When in a hard place, the third way may seem right but I doubt it is. I like how you rolled the story out.

  10. Nan Falkner

    Ha ha ha – Mrs. McDuffy needs glasses! What a swell tale! Funny too!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Nan, I must admit that Mrs McDuffys makes me smile too

  11. draliman

    From one mishap to another, poor Mrs McDuffy and the long-suffering reverend!

    1. Michael Humphris

      One local wag has suggested that perhaps some of the parishioners are paying her to be troublesome.

  12. gahlearner

    The Mrs McDuffy character is a winner. This made me laugh out loud. Septimius really is dedicated to his namesake, isn’t he?

    1. Michael Humphris

      I agree it seems that Mrs McDuffy is growing as a character. Septimius is a frustrated leader of men.

  13. Kelvin M. Knight's blog

    maybe there is some fodder here for a new sermon…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Kelvin, I am certainly hope so

  14. Dale

    That was funny, Michael… Lots of good suggestions in the comments!

    1. Michael Humphris

      The comments really have encouraged me. Thank you Dale

  15. Alice Audrey

    Time to fire her?

    Great story. Come see mine here.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Alice, it really depends on what her next caper is. If she makes [ me ] smile she might live on as a character.

  16. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I’m so happy to see Mrs. McDuffy back for another week of farsighted humor. I’d say the vicar’s manuscript will have to wait. If not the next order might be an ocean liner or a rocket ship.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, Mrs McDuffy character has taken over me! I had to write and post a second story about her this week. I will try not to do that again.

  17. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Love this installment of Mrs. McDuffy’s trials.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your comment, I hope that more stories will follow about Mrs McDuffy,

  18. Mrs. Completely

    Haha!! I love Mrs. McDuffy! A great story, Michael. :o)

    1. Michael Humphris

      Really pleased to read your comment. I think Mrs McDuffy will feature again in my writing.

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