My Travel Blogs:
Remembering an “Apollo” student and our wedding rings.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8 : 28 Some stories stretch over years… This memory came to me when standing in Delphi and a lady said ” We Greeks still call a handsome man Apollo”. We were teaching an “Apollo” of a student in looks and charm. One of us called him ” eye candy”. A senior teacher to me taught him for his main classes and I had him for…Keep reading
Remembering the neighbours who didn’t share a wall.
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice. Philippians 4: 4 An elderly couple probably well into their eighties lived in a red- brick semi detached home next to our cottage. They were rarely in the garden but both worked well into their late 70’s . He was an account and a portly person. One afternoon I can’t remember how I heard but I got the message he had died. I remember quickly baking a Victoria sponge, letting it cool, sieving some white icing sugar on top, placing it…Keep reading
Learning to drive and wanting a car
Friends, don’t be children in understanding be adults! When it comes to planned evil be as weak as a young child! 1Corinthians 14:20 (Sandy’s wording.) Usually at the weekends I try to write a little from what I remember of my life… with travelling now in Greece I am a little late this week. The first time I sat behind a steering wheel was when I was 18. It was a large one and belonged to my Dad’s 1960’s Volvo. A cherished car. Dad hand washed it every Friday. I remember…Keep reading
Remembering Mum’s Teddies and my return home…
Something from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: See then that you walk with thoughtfulness and care, not like a fool but wisely, making up for lost time, because the days are evil! Ephesians 5:15 (Sandy’s understanding) My parents set up home in Port Elizabeth. Dad got a job similar to the one he had in Zimbabwe and Mum opted not to work. She soon became board and heard a program from England about ‘Teddies for Tragedies”. She started by giving people in Port Elizabeth the opportunity to do the same. People…Keep reading
Continuation of “Travelling alone with our children.”
Choose for yourself who you will serve………..But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24: 15 ( I have left out the names of the gods.) We had only been with Mum and Dad in Port Elizabeth a little while when my sister and family arrived on their way home to Willowmore. (A town in the Karoo South Africa known for Marino sheep). It was when they said they were leaving that my eldest said he wanted to go with them. (I was mistaken for my…Keep reading
Travelling alone with our young children.
Joseph took Jesus body down and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and then Joseph left. ( Jesus’s body was there all Sabbath.) Matthew 27: 59 – 60 Our lives were very much routine with friends over for lunch and most of the day on Sabbath. Roy’s company respected this time from Friday evening to sunset Saturday night but the word ‘abort’ ruled…Keep reading
Remembering friends we had while the children were young…
The phone was ringing downstairs. I scooped up my baby and tried to get there before it stopped. “Hello, Sandy speaking.” Really is that you Tessa!… Where are you? ….When did you arrive? …Yes we would love to meet Kevin… It had been about twelve years since I had heard that distinctive voice. She was a mermaid in looks with a Rhodesian accent. We had spent three years in high school together. Working long hot Wednesday afternoons in the chemistry lab doing titrations, comparing answers or trying to get the right…Keep reading
Remembering how it was for three Mums…
God compares Himself to a hen gathering her chicks to keep them under her wings. Then He says: “You are really not interested, are you. You show this by stoning and killing the prophets and because of this your house is going to be desolate”… Then Jesus says ” You will not see me until you say , Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.” Matthew 23: 37 -39 (Sandy’s understanding. This chapter 23 and 24 is quite a read. It is often all in red to…Keep reading
New trees and snow drops nearly gone.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?… Wait on the LORD : be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27: 1…14 (the verses between are lovely too) Here are some of my thoughts I had after taking this picture. Trees New and OldThe future in bright green, plastic swathed The past in brownblack bark moss bathedToday I saw a new tree, eight…Keep reading
Remembering the birth of our second child.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2: 7 We were experienced! Roy packed snacks to pass the long hours ahead. We predicted it would take some hours ! Except when we left the house our child was no longer in the warm waters of a womb room. I was soon on a white bed where a midwife announced : ” Your baby has its back against your back. We…Keep reading
Crocus in a glass
And God said: ‘Let their be a sky, in the middle of the waters, and let the sky divide the waters from the waters. And God made the sky. And God called the sky Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. Genesis 1 : 6, 7 The garden’s journey.Plants weave in , out through the beds, roots are still-Holding tight the soils brownberry, blacksack, greylead.Hues of green, fat round, thread slim, sun fill.Springpink,summer reds,fallbrown, winter white.New shoots stretch in gold, old crouch out the day.Seasons slugs travel…Keep reading
Remembering how we felt about the renovation.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple…. Respect for the Lord is good; it will continue forever. Psalm 19 : 8, 9 There were four of us on this journey of cottage renovation. I can only guess how my son and Pachlan Purdy took it. I made a list of what Roy did. Here are the important ones: taking down a wall, ceiling, cladding from inner walls of the front room and lifting floor boards. Then…Keep reading
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