There really, really will be no more posting for a while as in theory I am on leave this week and at a couple of conferences next.
Leave is theoretical, not because I don't think it's important to take it - it sure as heck is and I'm allegedly the first DBC minister in many a long year who has insisted on taking all their leave - but because there are a few important pastoral things still to be done. I need to say goodbye to a person with a terminal illness and to check his choice of hymns so I'm ready for the phone call when it comes... I need to do a couple of hospital visits to say farewell to folk who were absent over the weekend. I also have a BMF meeting in Didcot - the last before I undergo Union Reassignment, something I'm told is painless!!
Next week I spend 2.5 days being 'refreshed' by BUGB - so I will be chilled and ready when they hand me over to BUS on 1st October and then 2.5 days at the EMBA ministers' conference, which I have helped organise these last four years.
Betwist and between I have to finalise some sort of phone/broadband arrangements to tide me over at D+300 (big thanks and a 'shout out' to Will who has been advising on this) visit Dibley municipal tip a few times, register with some university or other for the coming academic year (don't ask! Really. Do not) and enjoy not having to set the alarm clock for a while!
I will see some of you at D+300 on 3rd October and others in blogland in the near future. Until then, then...