According to the Holy And One True Lectionary of the DIOCESE OF WENCHOSTER, today is the feast of Saint Bianca the Bubbly, the patron saint of inebriated women of a certain age.
Whilst I was in Norfolk at the beginning of last December, sorting out my in-laws affairs prior to their move up to County Durham to be near us, I visited the the tiny village of Great Bishop Gosyp which is half way between Walsingham and Wells-Next-The-Sea. When I'm down that way I always make a point of popping into a shop in the village, the famous (in certain church circles) Gay Cossack Icon Emporium which is run by nuns from the nearby convent of Our Lady With The Attitude. On this particular visit I struck lucky because Sister Griselda OPMS was behind the counter. As she knows I have an abiding interest in the rarely seen she always has something interesting hidden under her habit which she keeps hidden from everybody else so that I can get to see it first. Imagine my surprise when she whipped out an extremely rare icon of Saint Bianca painted by the nineteenth century, Orthodox monk, Brother Vladimir Pistov. Of course, I bought it on the spot (I won't tell you how much I paid, but it was a lot even for an icon of dubious provenance that had evidently arrived at the good sister's convent hidden in a crate of tins of sauerkraut). Hopefully the KGB, which I understand Putin has reintroduced to Russia, do not read my blog because, for my old friend, Saintly Ramblings, and all fans of the esoteric, here it is in all its glory.