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A Skinny Fairtrade Latte in the Food Court of Life - Page 4

  • Kitties Outside!

    Today, for the second successive day, both cats ventured outside.  Sophie has been doing so for a while, but Sasha has only just decided it's okay to do so.  Maybe the fact that I was working outside, and had both lunch and tea outside, contributed to her feeling it was safe enough to do so?

    After the photo was taken, and the cats had gone in, I did cut the grass! 

  • Liverpool Blessings

    Yesterday I took a trip to Liverpool, had a lovely amble along the waterfront and then spent time visiting each of the cathedrals.  I've attended services in each of them, and taken part on the Whit walk along Hope Street a fair few times, but this was the first time to really explore them, and it was a real blessing, as they each hold a real treasure store of architecture, art and spirituality.

    The photo is from the Anglican Cathedral and is a stunning wooden sculpture of the crucifixion.  Spending time with it, and reflecting on how we as Jesus' followers continue to inflict wounds upon each other, and, hence, on him was salutary yet also, strangely beautiful.

    Below is a poster from the Chapel of Unity in the Metropolitan (Roman Catholic) cathedral that reminds us of the shared central elements of Christianity (even if we may disagree in the mode of Baptism).  It reminded me of the words attributed to various wise people...

    In essentials, unity

    In non-essentials, liberty

    In all things, charity. 

    So yes, Liverpool was blessing (or maybe a 'blessun') yesterday.

    unity chapel.jpg


  • Spring is Springing

    After a day and a half in online interviews, which was a very positive experience, I was well ready for some fresh air, and a walk along the brook nearby.  The blossom, bluebells, dandelions and wild garlic were delightful to behold, and after so much rain, sleet and hail, the sunshine was a special blessing.

    A day off outing planned for tomorrow... so be ready for updates in due course!

  • Interviewing...

    Tomorrow and Friday, I am part of interview panel linked to my volunteering role.  It is a huge privilege to be invited to be part of this, and I hope that I don't let them down.

    Next Thursday and Friday, I have something similar for one of my paid roles.  It is equally a privilege and a responsibility.

    I also hope I don't mix up the two sets of questions, even though, if truth be told, there probably are a fair few crossovers in what we are seeking to discover/discern.

    I'm looking forward to both opportunities, and offering up a few prayers for wisdom along the way.

  • Location, Location, Location...

    This weekend is a work trip - visiting a student in placement to hear them preach.  Unfortunately, trains don't start early enough on a Sunday to get me here, so it means an overnight stay in this beautiful cathedral city in the West Midlands.

    I chose a hotel based on its location (excellent) and price (cheap). It is certainly not a hotel I'll be returning to, not even if tomorrow's breakfast is extraordinarily good, but I'll definitely come back and spend some proper time in this gorgeous city.

    Thanks to that nice Mr Sainsbury, I enjoyed a lovely picnic tea after a meander along the river side.  Now looking forward to what tomorrow brings.