She's learning fast, though.
But when it came to choosing a date, Rod prevaricated and told the vicar that we couldn't get married that summer because much of the countryside was shut because of an outbreak of foot and mouth.
Ridiculous, of course, and probably I should have realised then that something was seriously wrong.In retrospect, I should have been firmer with him, read him the riot act. But Rod has a very powerful personality - that's part of his attraction - and I'm not great at confrontation.
I decided I would have it out with the vicar who married Rod to someone else. I explained I was upset that he had married my ex-husband in his church.
'The breakdown of any marriage is very painful,' he told me. 'I have experience of it myself.'
'But she broke us up,' I complained. 'As far as I'm concerned, they are two parishioners who came to me to be married and I could see no reason not to. The wedding is legal,' he said.
He sounded very cold and matter-of-fact. I told him that if he had bothered to look Rod up on the internet it would have taken him two minutes to find out the truth.
'I don't Google,' he replied disdainfully.
I asked him if he would have conducted the ceremony if he had been aware of the facts. He replied that he didn't sit in judgment of others.He told me that he didn't think there was any point in carrying on the conversation.
'So God doesn't mind if we sleep with other people's husbands?' I cried in distress.
It has to be said that Alicia is rather fetching. You can see that a man might be tempted. I wonder if she's related to Rosa or the late Walter ? I presume not, as they're Catholics. Rod would have needed an annulment Henry VIII-style to get a Catholic wedding, and with two kids already he'd probably have got the same dusty answer that Henry got. You never can tell though - the Church moves in mysterious ways.
More on the Wod'n'Alicia saga here, here, here and here.