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THE SIGNS OF A DYING CHURCH — CHOMSKYWEB

Church is boring for most because the power of God has vanished from many congregations … there is a lack of desire to pursue Him in the pulpit as well as in the pew. Like Samson, they “know not that the Spirit of the Lord has departed” (cf. Judge 16:20). High attendance is not […]

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Planning a trip to Malta!

I’m trying to choose a ‘flight +hotel’ holiday in Malta however when it comes to check the hotel, it takes time and of course there is no guarantee of success! At last, the girls and I  have agreed on the destination and indeed Malta seems to be a beautiful place with lots to do. Any hotel that you could recommend, let me know!

I also have to check the days and times for my flight from Poitiers to London or Limoges to London. Thinking about it, I should do this first!

Earlier on, Steven and I took a charming stroll to the only park in Civray, it’s by the  Charente river and I noticed that the banks are covered by new yellow leaves freshly fallen and lots of beautifully polished conkers! We sat down and watched for any birds. It was lovely to relax and take the time to unwind. Now that I have been teaching at Angouleme for a month, I find the days go too fast. On the other hand, it has helped me a lot to settle in France!

Dear friends, I trust that you are having a blessed Sunday 🙂

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In our new garden…

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There are lots of different flowers

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And two plum trees to be precise the Mirabelles de Nancy that Steven picked for our party tomorrow. My cousines are visiting us all the way from Bordeaux.

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So we are holidaying in Civray in a beautiful campsite at the edge of the town which explains the presence of this herd of cows.
The owners are welcoming and friendly.
This morning I continued reading the Gospel of Mark from ch6 to ch 9. Our Saviour is so understanding and patient with the disciples taking time to explain the paraboles to them (and us) i.e. Mark 7:18 ,Jesus full of compassion and love healed lots of  people, Mark 6:56. One of my favourite passages is when Peter says: you are the Messiah..Mark 8:29 When Jesus tells his disciples that He will suffer a lot, be rejected,put to death and resurrect 3 days later, Peter objected. The idea of the suffering servant was not something the disciples anticipated. Imagine their amazement at what was happening, Jesus forgiving sins,  telling off the Pharisees, calling them hypocrites, feeding the 4000 and then the 5000 with only a few pieces of bread and fish, delivering people from evil spirits..mind blowing stuff and the journey keeps on!
Have a lovely, peaceful and blessed weekend!

From Calais to Civray

Today is the first day of our French hols. We woke up at 3:15 in Dover and crossed the Channel at 4:30 on a P&O ferry (Only 10 minutes late) Perfect conditions, pleasant people on board..Steven noticed that if you wanted WiFi you had to pay £3.OO which is strange considering the crossing costs £ 200. When I drink a latte in Costa I have free WiFi.

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We stopped on the aire de la Baie de Somme but noticed that the café crème didn’t taste as nice as usual. The site is wonderful though and the ducks quacked joyfully!

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As we headed towards Poitiers I couldn’t help gazing at a sky of a different beauty; as if there were finger prints..
So nous parlons français et nous avons fait une promenade en bicyclette du camping jusqu’à Civray.
Bonne nuit bénie mes amis.
PS Meet one of the goats doing freely in the campsite!

Last day of our hols..

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The last day of our hols in Norfolk where we’ve had a relaxing time. Tonight the chef prepared wonderful diner number 5: mussels and king prawns; we bought them at Brancaster on the way back from Wells-on-Sea. After diner I read half of the chapter Being for Blessing 1
I find it extraordinary to discover some of the powerful writings of Julian of Norwich. She talks about the Lord ‘in his love he clothes us, enfolds and embraces us; that tender love completely surrounds us never to leave us. As I saw it he is everything that is good. Reading about the love of our Lord for us his beloved creatures always makes me emotional..and fills me with joy! Have a blessed evening!
1- Being a priest today by C. Cocksworth and R. Brown

What a privilege

To be here in Titchwell marsh relaxing and contemplating the Lord”s nature. The diggers are there to restore the damage done by a terrible storm last winter and it is very pleasing to see the amount of effort that the RSPB puts into creating and conserving the natural habitat. We were hoping to see the bearded tits and the warblers however I was excited to film a beautiful lapwing and a hungry seagull !

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It’s been a beautiful day..

We went to Titchwell (surprise!) and Wells on Sea again!

Today I have kept reading on and off ‘Being a priest today’ an amazing book if you want to explore further your calling towards ordination. I should say that this is not just reading but more of a learning curve that is very exciting.
Please keep me in your prayers.
Have a blessed evening.

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Not just birds

at Titchwell! As I was following Steven to a hide an exhausted dragonfly, une libellule as the French say, landed on the fence.Maybe it needed resourcing in energy or solar whatever. I thought it was in a pitiful state ..Later on when we were our way out of the hide two of them landed. Steven said “they were basking in the sun, soaking up the heat”..now moving to Wells by sea! A bientôt!

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