Thursday, July 31, 2008

Exercise for people over 50

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.  With a 5 kilo potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can.

Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.  After a couple of weeks, move up to 10 kilo potato sacks.

Then try 50 kilo potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100 kilo potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute (I'm at this level).

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thinking about death

I found a few little pamphlets among Aunty's books and stuff and one of them caught my eye. It was written by Leith Samuel, former minister at the Church of Christ, Above Bar, Southampton and the first person of that activity that I can ever remember knowing -- even though I was only eight years old I can see him yet.

The booklet is just 20 pages and very sound, but I'm always surprised when I pick up a booklet like this at just how little we know -- even from the Bible -- about the very end of our existence.

I'm not getting morbid but after Aunty leaving us recently I suppose the mind starts to spend a little more time on those kind of things.

In another study recently with Don K. Preston, while talking about something quite different (resurrection) he explained that death is really separation. Maybe that's all it is, in a way. Spiritual death is separation from God. Physical death is separation from our loved ones and friends.

But you'd think that something so basic, so universal, to the human race, would be dealt with a little more thoroughly and a little more clearly that it is, in the Bible. But God knows what he's doing and he gives us what we need.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Normandy Invasion

Well, rarely has such a trip been so planned and longed for but we finally did it! After the yearly pilgrimage to Brittany and last year's trip to the snows of Alsace I decided it was time for the younger ones to discover this wonderful country a little better and explore all the history that lies everywhere.

Our plan was to keep things quite simple: we were not interested in war memorials, graveyards, statues of soldiers and tanks, nor the beaches made so famous sixty years ago.

We wanted history that stretched back further than that ... back a thousand years to William the Conqueror.  So my plan was to hit both Falaise and Caen on day one, Bayeux on day two, and the Mont St Michel on the last day, which worked out wonderfully.

Needless to say there was camping every night and hours spent playing at the beach sandwiched between every cultural event.

I guess you know by know that the whole pictorial story is browsable on flickr but let me just give the highlights here. Apples, calvados, camembert, Guillaume, sablés, ...

Monday, July 21, 2008


Raph and I have just returned from a flash trip to Darvell. After talking about it and thinking it over for so long we just felt the time was right and what a refreshing trip it was!

I'm going to have to tell you the details later but I just wanted to record the event, first of all.  The Lord is good!

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for the brethren to dwell together in unity!  We have much to learn but this poster found on one of their walls speaks volumes (I hope you can read it):

Tuesday, July 01, 2008