Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sabbatical Update - Week 5

We are back in Wrexham! Thanks so much for your prayers. We had a good flight, not without its challenges (!), but at least now we are home.

Tomorrow I will be heading down to The John Owen Centre. I feel really refreshed after the SA holiday and I am now eager to get studying.

You might have guessed that the picture in this post is not of Wrexham! I had to finish with one more picture of Cape Town! This is a view of Hout Bay, taken from Chapman's Peak Drive.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Sabbatical Update - Week 4

This week my nephew and nieces went back to school and we began to think about returning home. With all the cold weather in the UK it's going to be a big shock to the system to leave 34 degrees Cape Town and step off the plane in Manchester.

Last week we had a family weekend away in Hermanus with all my family here. Hermanus is famous for its whales although there are not many around at this time of year.

We look forward to seeing you next week, God willing. Prayers for the journey back would be appreciated. The girls will be going back to school, Sian will be getting us all back into family routine and I will be heading down to London towards the end of next week to begin the study 'leg' of my Sabbatical (see Sabbatical Update - Week 1 to see what I will be studying).

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

This is why I love Cape Town

The 'tablecloth' unfolding over Table Mountain
This picture is taken from the top of Lion's head,
which I climbed with my brother, sister, nephew,
niece, and Lillian.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Sabbatical Update - Week 3

Today we celebrated my mother's 70th birthday with a lunch. All her children were there along with her six grandchildren. It was wonderful to be able to do this with the family in Cape Town.

Anwen has not been herself since we arrived so we decided earlier this week to take her to the doctor. It turns out she has an ear infection and sinusitis. After paying for the consultation and then the medication I was much more appreciative of the NHS! It can get expensive.

This week will be more of the same, enjoying time with family and hopefully catching up with some old friends. The cousins are all getting on brilliantly for which we are so thankful. The kids are keen to go swimming with the penguins so we'll make sure we fit that in. (I'm serious this time! Google boulders beach Cape Town.)

Regarding the study, I have now confirmed with The John Owen Centre in London that I will have an initial meeting on 29th January to talk through a study plan. I am really looking forward to this.

Thanks for all your encouragement and prayers.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Sabbatical Update - Week 2

It is good to be back in South Africa. All the familiar sounds and smells and doing those things I did when I was a boy: Fetching water from the well, chasing lions out of the back garden, cooking on the open fire and trying to track down the nearest WiFi spot!

Gotcha WiFi! I should have posted this sooner but I haven't had easy access to Internet. This is simply to say that we are here, having a great time and really enjoying renewing contact with family.