Father William’s Chutney and Washington

14 May

Today we were on a mission! When we were in Stanwell prior to our flight from Heathrow, we had a meal in the local pub and got talking to the people who cooked our delicious pies. They told us that Father William Whittaker, their local priest, had moved to Washington and that they missed him very much. They asked us if we would be going near his new Church, St Monica and St James on Capitol Hill and we said we would try to find it. They gave us a jar of their home made tomato chutney to take to him. 

We walked up in the rain from Union Station through many streets and finally found the Church, a lovely old building. We knocked on the door of the Rectory and met Father William who was really moved by our efforts to find him and that his ex parishioners cared enough to send him some chutney all the way from England! 


 After this delightful encounter we walked down towards the Capitol past some lovely homes, then on to first The Museum of the American Indian and then the National Gallery of of Arts where we were delighted to find the original Andrew Wyeth painting that we have loved for so long and of which we have a print at home. 

What a brilliant day that was!


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6 responses to “Father William’s Chutney and Washington

  1. anotherday2paradise

    May 15, 2016 at 1:21 am

    What a lovely day you had. I love the painting. 🙂

  2. Grannymar

    May 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    A real special day!

  3. teresa

    May 14, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I live in Stanwell, and I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like Father William xx Washington is very lucky to have him there ! xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 18, 2016 at 9:00 am

      We took to him immediately, such a warm and friendly chap. He invited us to dinner that night but we had to decline as we had such a busy schedule. 🙂

  4. Tammi Kale

    May 14, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Father William will never forget this day!

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 14, 2016 at 2:08 am

      I think you may be right. He was really chuffed! 🙂


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