June 4th, 2007


Weekend sun and rain

Saturday morning dawned and after a while it was time to go to
Liverpool with Viv and her mum and their cases and see them safely
onto a train to London. It was still baking hot, so David, Matthew and
I walked up and had a look around the University and nearby, looking
at places such as the Victoria Building, the Mathematics department,
the Guild building, the Anglican Chaplaincy. And nearby, the Phil, the
Everyman and Bistro, and 21 Hope Street, showing that a clapped out
student house CAN become a chic restaurant with the passing of time!
Then home, and on Sunday morning to lead the 9.30 service. According
to many reports, I led very well god Debbi preached very well. A quiet
afternoon as David went off to archery and the rest of up watched a
movie. And by the evening, the weather had changed to a downpour such
as was rarely seen here, but is quite common in the Pacific. I
couldn't believe that the pavements previously dry were almost
impassable. Yet by this morning it's again almost dry. Loads of people
at church asked where Viv was, was she alright and so forth, so she is
certainly missed. I suppose she will have to answer for me in three
weeks. But today, Christopher is going back to school, Matthew has an
exam in the afternoon and David is taking a friend to the art gallery
in Port Sunlight. Inside the museums, infinity goes upon trial. Voices
echo this is what salvation must be like after a while. Remarkable.
Not only the words fit the event, but also the title. Non Dylan fans,
once again, won't have a clue what I'm on about. But it's work time
now. More soon. Be seeing you!

Four seasons in one day

It's a glorious afternoon again, showing that you never can tell. The
day seems to have run reasonably smoothly, but I suppose I'll only
hear of any disasters once I get home. And maybe not even then! Still,
I don't think I need to turn up at the first meeting at 6.30. It's not
exactly a meeting, just a requirement to get an updated CRB. Most UK
readers will know what that is. It's a criminal records bureau
disclosure. I have before me just such a disclosure from September
2006 and a matching New Zealand Ministry of Justice criminal
conviction information letter. Both are very boring, which is just
what we want. After deciding whether I need to get them updated, there
will be an extraordinary meeting of the PCC, the church council. Of
course, some people will say that all our meetings are extraordinary,
which is probably not only true but also a cliché. Just for once, I
have my iPod with me, so as I travel to Chester, I have Bob for
company. He's currently singing Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands. All
being well, I should have a short time at home before I need to set
off again. In other news, Viv is well, or at least she was this
morning, but there was no net access at the hotel in Dijon. Not good,
but then again it does save money...