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June 2013

7 things to get set for a good week at your desk

If you want good advice…

What a joy to be united in Christ!

Children of God

23 Before the coming of this faith,j we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:23-29

Singapore in thick smog!

Indonesia is struggling to contain the raging forest fires that are causing the thick smog which is enveloping Singapore, parts of Malaysia and some Indonesian cities.
On Friday, the government despatched helicopters to the worst affected areas, in a bid to create artificial rain. The plan is to seed the clouds once the temperature is a bit cooler to induce rain over the burning forestland.
Slash-and-burn farming is a technique that involves cutting down vegetation and burning to clear land for cultivation
It is cheaper than using excavators and bulldozers
The illegal burning of forests to clear land for palm oil plantations has long been a problem in Indonesia – particularly during the dry season in the summer
Indonesia’s Environment Minister Balthazar Kambuaya has said the government is investigating several palm oil companies in this respect.
From the BBC
Some of my students told me that they could not be bothered recycling or doing anything to protect the environment because there were more important causes of pollution. Well they are right on one hand. However we must still do our best and keep on fighting for our planet.

Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’… God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

Genesis 1:26 and 28

Why is palm oil destroying rainforests?

ImageWhen I eventually told my old and lovely auntie about our fire disaster, we talked even longer than usual. Randomly she mentioned palm oil and how she s watched a very interesting programme (on a French channel) about the dangers of Palm oil. She concluded saying, do not eat too much of Nutella! I was very surprised to hear that. I have only started to investigate the issue tonight. She was right. I found a lot of information and invite you to check it out yourself if you never heard about it before!

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On this websiste : Palm oil is an edible plant oil which has become a common ingredient in many consumer products. Today, around 50 percent of the goods we use every day contain palm oil, from processed foods to candles, grooming products and “biofuels”. Read on for more information on why palm oil has become so pervasive, and how it is destroying rainforests.

According to a report published in 2007 by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), palm oil plantations are currently the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia. Today, rainforest area the equivalent of 300 soccer fields is being destroyed every hour.

This is alarming! We can still act while there is time!

Beautiful nature!

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I love Fridays

Lunch time was extremely enjoyable. Our colleague  Sara prepared a vegetable feast which I just loved! home cooked food is so nice, you cannot replace it! This is my conclusion after nearly two weeks of eating out. We went out and had lovely Indian, Italian, British, and Chinese food in excellent and recommended restaurants in Stafford and nearby but in my opinion,  nothing compares to home cooked food.

It’s the third Friday that we  meet up for lunch. Last Friday, it was  sunny so we sat outside. I wish I could post the photos however I am at the hotel and I think that the cable linking my camera and the laptop does not work ! Have a lovely week-end!

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Life in a hotel

Living in a hotel if you are not on  holidays can be pretty bizarre. I am not complaining. There are advantages, to start with, it is much more comfortable than being in a caravan…though I do like the view you usually have in a caravan, over the sea,  or the fields, or even looking at the other tourists going by in a busy campsite in France for example! …Other advantages, you don’t have to go and get the water, empty the rubbish, change the bed sheets, hoover, etc.. What else, I am 10 minutes away from work compared to 25 min and I do get extra sleeping time which is lovely…Photo: Love him! ♥♥♥♥

 

The good news is that we have found another house to move in and the move should happen on Tuesday! Do keep us in your prayers!

rocket, fire and water

Disaster struck last Monday;  our neighbours dropped accidentally ashes in one of their bins after tidying their garden. Even though they were doused abundantly a few hours later the three bins caught fire and according to a neighbour “it was like a rocket” that with the help of the wind reached our roof and destroyed in about 20 minutes at which point the brave firemen were working hard to extinguish it. My hubby who was working in his study heard a crashing noise, that was the sound of the rocket, and went out only to discover flames reaching the roof…Still, we are alive and this is what matters. Praise the Lord!

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SOUTH WALES

My hubby, Camille and I went to South Wales to a family reunion. Meet my sister in law Pauline, her daughter Claire and partner Rob and 6 month old baby Peter. On Thursday, we visited St Fagans national history museum (Wales) an outdoor place not far from our campsite. I would definitely recommend it for your children or your pupils for all key stages. Here are a few photos
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