It was our first church Bible study in an age last Wednesday night, as Viv completed taking us through the book of Ruth. On Thursday we spent some of a baking hot day tidying up rubbish out of the bedroom before going out for a walk. We've been doing quite a bit of walking: it's good for us and it's quite fun. I went to order some Polish Zloty (PLN) and some Swiss Francs (CHF) for the forthcoming trips, and I collected that currency on Monday. See http://ce.ordoacerbus.com/ for exchange rates. On Friday night, we went for a walk through Dibbinsdale and Brotherton Park. It's a good place to be, especially at this time of year. Bluebells as far as the eye can see. The evening was, however, spoiled a little by a thunderstorm. We didn't have quite such a bad time of it as Chris, who was out at Parkgate (local former port famous for ice cream) when the rain started.
On Saturday, we went to Birkenhead to buy a money belt for Chris. Other requirements include money for him to be in two sealed envelopes, and a recommendation that his clothes are put in two bags marked "Friday" and "Saturday". Nobody is trusted with his own passport. I can (just) understand that last bit. While in Birkenhead, Viv bought some bits and pieces for the Pentecost party, while I finally shelled out some moolah for a new DVD player. It's very small, and multizone capable. Setup, 1389, then choose the zone you want. I chose "0" for no zone, so that I can play any DVD without further ado.
Sunday was much as Sunday usually is. There was a concern lately about the services. The children (and their parents) were in church with us for the beginning of the service for the first time. This is common practice in many places, but a change for us. The obvious issues are: what happens to worship when there are more young people present? How will the music be different? Will there be enough time for the children's programme? Will everyone get across the busy road successfully? Etc.
Q. How many Anglicans [Catholics/Methodists/Episcopalians/etc]
A. Change? Change? Who said anything about change??? My grandmother gave that lightbulb.....
Interviewer: So you've been church warden for forty years. I guess you must have seen a fair few changes over that time.
Warden: Oh, yes. And I opposed them all.
Unfair. It's not quite like that here...
Monday and Tuesday have been pretty quiet days, except for the fact that Viv's mum has bought a new car...it's another Nissan Micra. The new one is a 2003 model, in a fire engine red. Today we took it to fill up. £30 for about 31 litres. USD 57 or NZD 91 for just over 8 US gallons. That's more value of petrol or gasoline than I have ever put into a car before.
After evening-meal tonight, out for a walk and then another Asda order. Pretty quiet evening so far. Viv is sitting quietly after an afternoon at the murder house.