There are lots of different flowers
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
This morning I heard my hubby praising the Lord for a sunny weather on his day off. He planned to plant various seeds and didn’t fancy moving cold soil! Before planting he built a special gate that hasn’t got any hinges to stop our two rabbits to go in the vegetable patch to be! How do we protect our heart against the upsets that assail us daily? It took some time before Steven realised that the rabbits loved digging the soft soil and feeding on the new tender shoots. Spending time with the Lord asking Him to explain the why and what of a difficult situation is the first vital step. It may take a while especially if you are like me, a bit slow..
Secondly, I find patience a must! Steven’s idea to protect our veggie patch never disappeared but for a reason or another whether it was the weather or the lack of wood, he couldn’t get on his task. Reading the Word helps us to focus on the Lord’s timing. The Lord is ‘faithful and he will not let you be tested beyond our strength’ ( 1Corinthians 10-13)
Thirdly, thinking outside the box could be the answer!
The question is ‘Could it be that I am partly responsible for this situation that upsets me. The ‘if I ‘ comes to our humble mind but it’s too late so knowing that our Saviour restores our life and He is our sentinel we say sorry in true repentance and ask the Holy Spirit to comfort us and guide us.
Have a peaceful and blessed week-end!
Here we are again strolling along in the beautiful market-town of Lichfield! The cathedral is looking magnificent as always. Lots of families are out and about and the market stalls are busy as always! Youngsters looking at the geese and ducks landing on the lake.
We went to have a look at the museum where they had a few old photos; the one that struck me was that of about a dozen of pea-pickers; black and white and very serious since the photographer would have told them no to smile. It reminded me of a photo of my grandmother when she was young!
What are you up to today? Have a blessed Saturday.
I hope that you have had a peaceful and blessed Christmas. Today Steve and I are chilling in Lichfield.
Yesterday we had a ‘ board meeting’ to talk about what we were going to do the next two weeks and decided that today we would go to Stafford. Imogen would go to the emergency dentist at 2 provided that she managed to have an appointment. While Steven was topping up his veg in Tesco, Imogen and I would browse the sales..only the 70%..
Nothing happened as planned. First we got up at 9 then I rang the dentist at 9:10 and was told that all the emergency appointments had gone. I thought it was best to let Imogen sleep a bit more and I put on the coffee. Looking after the two rabbits took a little longer than I thought because I couldn’t catch Mima Leah! She is so shy!
After our bible readings Steve mentioned that we would go to Lichfield: “There is a guitar shop there so I might as well have them repaired mine.It’s more convenient than going to Bolton!” I agreed and by then it was 12 so I woke Imogen up.”My tooth is not hurting as much. Praise the Lord! ” Just as well because we didn’t have the appointment. “I’m not going to Lichfield. I fancy the rest of my curry for breakfast!”
So we’ve left the guitar in the good hands of Steve and now we are enjoying a brunch.
What are you up to today? Have a wonderful day!
I suppose that this post is a bit like an open diary and a very exciting one! Joy! Friday night I was enjoying reading more commentaries on Isaiah 40 and Mark 1, what I did on and off all week. Steven tempted me with a melted Brie served on a small nan bread, and I may have told you before that I love cheese and this was an offer hard to resist.
Saturday, we went to Stone farmer market, the last one before Christmas. On the way, Steven pointed out at a beautiful heron crossing the road over us. It was too late for me to get a photo and moreover I didn’t have my ‘proper’ camera, only my phone. The stalls were all full of goodies, some of them I found quite dear. There was a stall where French brocante was displayed and I looked at 5 copper pans, however they were light and slightly damaged priced for 55 pounds. Nope. We then went for a drink and my coffee came with cute mince pie. After our drink, we went back to the market and they were about to go home so we managed to get purple and green kale, free-ranged eggs and mushrooms at a bargain price!
Sunday morning, as I was driving to the first church, I asked the Lord to use me to speak to everyone attending each service. After, I was thanking the Lord that he strengthened me during the two sermons. I know that I couldn’t have done it without him. I also felt so encouraged by the support of my vicar who has such a great sense of humour (it does help in a big way!) and so grateful to hear everyone’s comments.
Looking back I praise the Lord for an excellent week-end, as he poured grace and mercy on all our family.
May the Lord bless you and your family abundantly this week in Jesus’ name.
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