In summer, Combermere is alive with birds and animals. Many of them arrive then: like the frogs which hibernate in the mud in winter, come out when the weather gets warm, and cheep all night in the swamp near the main house. In summer, Madonna House is also alive with human visitors.
Our summer program for young people brings friends old and new, so much so that our dormitories are often full. The kitchen does great work in feeding us all. Will you help them out?
They use small, lightweight saucepans to scoop food from the institution-size cooking pots into serving bowls. The cooks could use more of these sauce pans.
They could also use glass bottles (approx. 250 ml or 8 ½ ounces)—the kind juice companies use for individual drinks—and mesh strainers (all sizes).
Our summer visitors are a great help in the busy growing season, and when it rains or even when the ground is wet, those working in the gardens need appropriate clothing. Do you have any women’s rubber boots and women’s large-size rainwear: jackets and pants that you can spare?
Our cleaning department is asking for 8-inch and 12-inch squeegees, heavy-duty long-handled bottle brushes and heavy-duty rubberized door mats.
The laundresses still need line separators for their clothes lines and pre-soak aids such as OxiClean. They would also greatly appreciate some women’s handkerchiefs. (Yes, Madonna House still uses handkerchiefs.)
Our office needs white paper (8 ½" x 11") that can be used for computer printing.
The nurses need Melatonin (3 mg), Benadryl, Kleenex, and standard-size Band-Aids.
We keep you in our hearts and prayers; thank you for enabling us to welcome our summer friends into Madonna House.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (July-August 2014)
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