Monday, 15 July 2013

Osmotherley pilgrimage to the Lindisfarne Gospels

The annual Osmotherley Churches Together pilgrimage this year was to visit the Lindisfarne Gospel in Durham. The afternoon was very warm, but the air conditioning inside the exhibition had some reaching for their jackets. The exhibition was excellently organised and even the security guard, who was giving the initial briefing, was laughing and joking with people.

It took about one hour to walk around the exhibition and then after we had had a cup of coffee we walked into Durham Cathedral. Unlike other cathedrals Durham is still free. It was nice to walk around and just sit in the peace and tranquility.

We will definitely be going back to  see the Gospels again.

Friday, 12 July 2013

NEOC Retreat

Four years after leaving NEOC, switching the lights off and closing the door for the final time on that three year chapter of my life I find myself at the Retreat House in Shallowford in Staffordshire on the inaugural Class of 2006 (the year we started) annual retreat. This year only two of the four who were looking to go on retreat have managed it.

To get away from the pressures of daily life and ministry and to spend time with God is just great. Two pieces of scripture are being used as a focus for the retreat, Mark 1: 35-38, "He [Jesus] rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed." and Mark 6: 30-34. "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while."

Although the incessant trains rolling past the retreat house are a bit of a pain, the weather is beautiful and the gardens are nice to walk around. Accommodation is good and the food is, well, just too good.

Next year we are looking at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Hong Kong

Arrived Friday and had a great weekend with Phil and Helen. We went up to the Peak yesterday riding on Peak train after having brunch in Pure and had a 3 km walk around the peak with some great views. At first the heat haze was quite bad, but after a shower of rain it was much better

Today we went to do a walk  near Shek O walking up to the Dragons Back. We only did part of the walk with Phil, Helen, Tim and Claire doing it all. It has been very hot today and very clear an excellent, but tiring day and we had a nice Thai meal in Shek O before going back on both bus and taxi. That was in itself an experience.

Unfortunately unable to upload pictures at present so check out my Facebook.

Thursday, 26 July 2012


I never thought I would write a blog on cookers, but here it is. Our built in oven stopped working so it was forced upon us to look at what was available and technology has moved on so much since we last bought a cooker. In the world of TV's you expect that, but cookers? Well the choice is electric ceramic, electric induction or gas hob. It appears to come down to gas v induction and induction appears to win as it is cleaner, quicker and therefore cheaper. The problem comes in the capital cost of actually buying the hob or cooker in the first place, but as prices are falling for induction hobs they are getting more acceptable as the better alternative. You do though have to add into the calculation the fact that your copper bottomed, glass or aluminum pans will not work on an induction hob, so you will have to buy a new set of pans. Not a problem for my wife!

Now I have to make the choice around a Bosch built in double oven and a Hotpoint induction hob v an AEG stand alone cooker with double oven and induction hob, the latter being the slightly cheaper option, but not the best ergonomically. Decisions, decisions.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

2nd June 2012

St Dorcas Orphanage
Returned from the orphanage to the Karibuni Lodge after a really emotional difficult few days there. Loosing this computer today so will update my blog when I get access to the internet again. Tomorrow we are off to Lake Nakuru for a safari then onto Nairobi..