Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A December post

Greetings to you all.

I want to give you a little of our news by text today, instead of the easier method of posting a picture.

I'm in a very reflective mood these days.  Middle of the winter, cold days, long nights, not too much going on.  We're planning a spring cruise on the Med in March; going around the central sea, starting at  Maseille, then going on to Malta, Italy, Greece, and even a stop in Turkey.

What will be nice this time is that Christopher and Rebecca will be coming with us (Claire and Olivier, as last time) as well since it falls neatly within school holidays — 12 days at sea just as the days start getting longer and warmer!

We spent a lot of time today getting the home and office area decorated for the Christmas holidays.  Yesterday I bought some hampers, as we usually do, for all the employees.  Fourteen of us this year!  We need to slow down!  But Pascal says we ought to easily top last year's turnover of 1.2 M€ so we are keeping busy!

Raphael and Cédric got back last week after a three-day conference in Germany on security.  Christopher is still at Tours attending his post-graduate studies of IT (of course) which will prepare him for joining the team here next fall.

I can't help thinking of the killings in Connecticut because there's been so much of it on the radio.  I'd rather turn it off.  Globalization is not a good thing.  We are not edified and advanced by knowing every deviation that occurs in every corner of the world.  That was part of our reason for coming here so many years ago.

Predictably, the US seems to have divided up into two camps as regards gun controls.  We have our point of view, as seen from Europe.  But one thing you never hear is what I consider the most important solution to such a problem.  The reason you never hear it is because no one would want to admit that that was the door into that particular hell-hole.

What that society needs is not "gun control" but "media control" : a moral realignment starting by a complete ban on Hollywood trash, violent comic books, rap lyrics, television "comedies" and the rest of it.  When you glorify (or at least, ignore) violence and filth in the public media you can only expect it to splash on yourself sooner or later and get everyone dirty.

Patrick, who has a channel I watch frequently on Youtube has put it perfectly and in his own inimitable way.  America has the highest crime rates in the developed world and also produces the most violent entertainment on the planet.  The most popular stars are the macho heroes who use violence successfully and therefore demonstrate and validate its use.

Please watch this quick presentation which says it all.  He calls it "Shooter!"

Monday, December 03, 2012

Letter in the mail

After taking last week off work Jonathan showed up this morning with a pile of mail to go out—except for one, which was addressed to the whole family here.

This is what it looked like:

and on the back was this lovely little message from Debbie:

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Yves Duteil

Last night the evening we'd been looking forward to for some time finally came!

Yves Duteil was appearing in concert at Le Lude, just over half an hour away and we'd bought tickets for the whole family a couple of months ago.

Both Sarah and I "grew  up" with his music and have loved it ever since.  So many heart-warming and heart-felt songs—he's a real poet and has a beautiful way with words!

As we drove there, I told the children I'd guess that he'd be singing Prendre un enfant and La langue de chez nous since these have remained enormously popular over the years; especially Prendre un enfant which still brings a tear to most people of my generation.

He was assisted by a pianist and a bass player and his concert was predictably warm—he is such a nice person and this is reflected in the words he chooses for his songs.

After warming up with a couple of his newer compositions the audience responded with a round of applause when he started Prendre un enfant — as I told the children they would!

At the very end, after a wonderful repertoire I almost thought he wasn't going to do La langue de chez nous when on his third encore he came out with "C'est une langue belle ..." and we knew we could go home satisfied!

After the concert Rebecca went up to see him and tell him of our appreciation.  Here she is posing with him on stage (not a real good shot, but pretty good considering the lighting I had to work with!)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bonne journée à tous!

I just got this photo of the girls from Camille this morning and thought I'd share it with you all.  Aren't they cute?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Meet Abigael!

Jonathan & Debbie are the happy parents of their second child (a girl, of course, perpetuating the family tradition of gender alternation) and a sister for little Ruben, or "Bala" as he is affectionately known.

Abigael Rosemary Ingrid Neve was born at home (51 rue du val de Loir in Marçon) at 02:45 this morning, the 22nd of November—both mother and baby are doing well.  For the record, the registrar at the mairie said that no one has been born in Marçon for over 25 years!

God bless Roo and Debbie—their faith has been rewarded!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A letter from the President!

Last year I shared with you a book I'd just read written by the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, called "Blue Planet in Green Shackles".  I was very impressed by it and said so at the time.

I hope you've managed to get a copy of the book to see for yourself but I encouraged others here to read it as well. Well, we've had a love affair with people of Czech for some time and have even been to visit them, and they us.

Claire has been trying to get to grips with the language and has just finished reading the book too.  She asked me what I thought of her writing the president to thank him for the book. 

Of course, I encouraged her to do so and although Mr Klaus speaks perfect English, she enlisted the help of a Czech friend of hers and got a letter together in Czech.  It finally went off last week.

I hoped he'd reply but wasn't expecting anything so quick: she got her answer in this morning's post!  Here it is as we got it; a short not thanking her for her nice letter.

Apparently his handwriting makes a translation a little more difficult as several words are doubtful.  As soon as we get a definitive English translation you'll read it here!

(I remember when I was a child I wrote to the mayor of Oslo for information and was delighted to get an answer back.  Years ago Rebecca wrote to our president at the time (Jacques Chirac) as well as to the singer Yves Duteil so I guess the idea runs in the family!)

Here's the envelope

And here's the letter

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mediterranean specialties

Here's a little something that Raphaël & Camille brought back with them at the end of their cruise around the western Mediterranean.

From Mallorca and Corsica : dried figs, copa, hazelnuts, almonds, oranges, clementines and persimone. Raph says, "You need to taste this stuff, bought directly on the site of production. The corsican copa is made from free range porc fed on acorns & chestnuts. The almonds and citrus fruits come from Mallorca."

Needless to say we've arranged a mutually-convenient time. :-)

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Costa Luminosa

Junia's first TGV voyage

Raphaël & Camille are off to Marseilles to embark on their first Mediterranean cruise!  Of course, Junia tagged along for the ride!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Rockpooling 2012

This  happy shot is from the team on their mini-holiday mdash; not Brittany this time, but almost!  They're spending a few days cycling and exploring on the Ile de Ré.

Happy days!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

La Couarge-sur-mer

Cycling through the salt marshes. 


Friday, November 02, 2012


I can't be more loquacious than the author of this picture (Raph) which I received in my inbox this afternoon.

They've taken a well-earned holiday to the Ile de Ré, where they are old-timers -- even though it seems a surprising choice this time of year!  This picture shows them all enjoying themselves over a local meal and it will have to do until they return in a few days and I can get more details of the trip!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What a beautiful town !

Our roving reporter Raph, writes :

I had no idea Luxembourg was such a beautiful place !  It's built on a plateau with parks and gardens all around, in the middle of the city.  Take a look.

We walked through these parks and up on the embankment to the right this evening after the conference.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mystery couple

OK boys and girls, everyone loves a good mystery and this blog is no exception!

Today I have a picture for you.  It is a black & white print, which may suggest a certain age to the document.

It shows signs of being very scratched up and faded.

It represents a young couple sitting outside; she is looking up into his eyes as she sits in front of him.

Everyone here was questioned as to the subjects of this photo and the origin because wait until I tell you where it was found (by Rebecca, I might add!)  She came in at noon carrying this photo that she'd found in the glove-box of our family car, a Citroën C3!

I am accepting intelligent guesses (because no one here has a clue!) as to:

-- Who is this couple?

-- Where and/or when was the picture taken?

-- How did it get in our car?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Security Conference

No further comment needed, methinks.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Boarding the ICE

Photo from Raphaël in Paris as he heads off to a security conference in Mannheim.

Never heard of the ICE?  This will help ...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Monday, October 01, 2012

Moral Transformation

The Original Christian Paradigm of Salvation

A book that I've heard about and that caught my interest is my presentation to you today.  I've only just started it but have looked at it enough to make my recommendation.  Here's the comments on the back cover:

Recent scholarship has challenged post-Reformation ideas about the early Christian doctrines of salvation.  This ground-breaking book draws together the conclusions of recent scholarship into a compelling and clear view of the early Christian paradigm of salvation.

It presents the case that the early Christians focussed not on Christ's death on the cross or 'saving faith', but on moral transformation.  They saw Jesus as God's appointed teacher, prophet, and leader, who died as a martiyr in order to teach them a new way of life. 

Their paradigm of salvation centred upon this way of life taught by Jesus, and on following faithfully his example and teachings.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Only in France...

Last Friday was the fête de la gastronomie here and was celebrated in various ways.  Here's what the sparkling mineral water Badoit came up with.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Mechanical Music Museum

Today we went to a quaint town called Northleach, in Gloucestershire with our family friends to see an award-winning museum called The World of Mechanical Music which walked us dozens of self-playing musical instruments covering three centuries.

Demonstrations included restored barrel organs, barrel pianos, musical boxes, polyphons, automata, reproducing pianos, phonographs, and gramophones shown in a period setting and maintained in perfect condition.  It was fascinating!

Here's a picture taken in the street outside of the three people accompanying me.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In the garden

Family news: Sarah and I were up in England for a couple of days to see relatives we've grown especially fond of over the past years; some of whom are experiencing health "issues" and whom we wanted to encourage.

We're now back home and had a wonderful visit with them all.  I'll post another picture tomorrow but here's the first picture for you taken in Rosemary's back garden; a picture tells a thousand words and she is looking very well!  We had glorious sunny weather the whole time—as you'd expect this time of year in England!

Saturday, September 08, 2012


Claire has been asking for a goat for some time now because she wants to go back to making cheese.  Today we answered an ad we found for someone that was selling one—a female (of course) and just a few months old.

She is not of the Alpine breed that we had before but an older race, original to this area, Chèvres des fossés.  She fell in love with her as she saw her photo and calls her Mignonne.

Here she is :

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Seen in the paper

Rebecca and her glorious crew of singers hit the old folks homes in the region today — and much to their surprise got their photo in the newspaper Ouest France.

What a delight they must be to all the residents!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Plage de Paulilles

In what will probably be their last day of holiday on the south coast, Raph writes some interesting lines, sending a picture, as always.

Near Banyuls, you can see the olive trees and vineyards on the slopes above the cliffs. 
There are 3 AOC wines on this land (Banyuls, Collioure and Rivesaltes). The sea is crystal clear and the kids and I spent hours snorkeling among the rocks. 
There are lots of fish since this is a protected area. The kids also caught some sea urchins and a baby octopus in the rockpools. 
This is a beautiful region with a wonderful climate (a stunning 320 days of sunshine per year).  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

How Much Does Jesus Want?

Here's a lovely little article I read today on a web site I often visit.  I repeat it here confident that you will like it, as I did.

How Much Does Jesus Want?

Bill Button

Bill Button, father of six and grandfather of more than twenty, is currently 83 years old. He's been a school teacher, product designer and lifelong thinker and philosopher. Now Bill enjoys writing down his thoughts and advice for younger folk.

When I was a child my parents sent me to Sunday school even though they did not attend any church.  They wanted me to know about Jesus, although outside of bedtime prayers there was no religious talk in our house.  When I became 14 years old I finished Sunday school and was asked if I wanted to join the church. I decided against it.  I did not associate with any church until after I married at age 23.

In the late 1930's my father became a small businessman and contractor in our town.  His business acquaintances asked him what church he belonged to.  He answered, "The church that meets seven days a week."   I also now belong to that church, but it took me years to find it.

The church that meets seven days a week is founded on the spirit of God's suffering love for mankind as revealed in the life and passion of Jesus Christ.  The New Testament tells us about this.  Unfortunately, many people want to live by the Letter of the Word instead of by the Spirit of the Word.  This good spirit tells me that I am a sinner by nature, but God's love, revealed to us through Christ, can redeem me from that sinful nature.

This redemption is not a single event of "being saved."  It is a daily struggle, making daily decisions, thinking and acting in the spirit of God's love for all men.  I must serve and love my fellow human beings.  I must also love God's gift of the natural Creation, and share it unselfishly with others.  To be "saved" or "not saved" is shown only by my daily attitude and actions.  As it is said, "A good example is worth a thousand words."

Who is the "neighbour" that Jesus commands me to love as I love myself? In this modern world of instant global communication and high speed transportation we are all neighbours on this earth.  For a Christian this requires an end to all tribalism, nationalism, racism, and economic exploitation of all other people.  The opportunities in life that I want for myself I must also work to provide for others.  These opportunities are the basics of life, not the luxuries.

When Jesus tells us to "love your enemy, do good to those who persecute you," that is His most difficult command for me.  It really goes against my human nature.  It can only be done with God's help.  I find that help through prayer to God, and through Christ's body, the church, my brothers and sisters who know me and support me in what is godly.   They also warn me against my selfish opinions and actions.

Jesus' church is not a building. His church is a gathering of people who are believers and "doers" in the spirit of God's love.  That is and has always been the "body" of Christ.

Some Christians tithe to support their church.  They give 10% of their income.  Some give more.  But, Jesus asks for 100% from his disciples.  Consider the parable of "the widow's mite" as compared to the rich man's large offering (Mark 12:42-44).  But Jesus wants his followers to commit much more than money to support His body, the church.  He wants our will, our attitudes and actions in obedience to His commands.  He wants us to carry each other's burdens, and to share each other's joys.

What does Jesus tell us we must do?  "Take up your cross and follow me." (Luke 9:23)  "If you try to save your life, you will lose it." (Luke 17:33)  "If you give your life away, you will save it." (Matt. 10:39)  "Sell all your possessions, and give the money to the poor.  Then follow me." (Matt. 19:21)  To follow Jesus you must be willing to give up all you have, and all you are.

If you commit yourself to join with others in the effort to follow Jesus' commands, you will find yourself in "the church that meets seven days a week."  There you will always receive much more than you give.  God will give you many brothers and sisters in His family.  God is a generous giver.  You will receive meaning, purpose, and a peace of heart that "surpasses all understanding."

Original article is here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Zannix with Olivier

Silly Raph sent us this picture captioned as above.  Sounds like they're still having fun!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Holiday news

Dave and Tine took their first scuba dive this morning in 6 meters of water off the coast of Coulioure.  They saw some really beautiful fish and Davie saw a big red octopus close up!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Southward bound

The beautiful aquaduct de Millau

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Double birthday

We decided to celebrate the "double July birthday" of Amos and Ruben.  They are real rascals!



Friday, July 06, 2012

Wonderful Istria!

So many people told me they liked that little video I posted last month (Pure bliss) that I thought I'd treat you with another one!

Same subject, same place.  Just wonderful!

We're seriously seeing if we can't get down there sometime this year for a holiday!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

God Laughed!

I recently read this inspirational article by our friend Don and decided to share it with you.  Enjoy it, reflect on it, and comment, if you wish!  God bless you all!


Don K. Preston

In one of the most intriguing prophetic texts of the Old Testament, the Psalmist said, "Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bonds in pieces, and cast away their cords from us.’" (Psalm 2:1-3).  This passage speaks of man’s attempt to thwart God’s intent to establishment of the kingdom.

In Acts 4:25f, Peter quoted this passage to speak of the crucifixion of Jesus.  The thing is, though, that Peter and the church did not think the crucifixion had accomplished what the rebellious leaders had hoped!  The church saw the crucifixion, and of course the resurrection, of Jesus as victory, not defeat!  Why?  Because that is what the prophet had taught.

Back in Psalm 2, the writer recorded Jehovah’s response to man’s attempt to thwart His purpose, "He who sits in the heavens shall laugh, The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then shall He speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure. Yet have I set my King on My Holy hill of Zion." (Psalm 2:4-5)  God laughed when man attempted to defeat Him!

Yet, many people believe that man did defeat, or at least postpone God’s purposes and that the Cross is proof positive that Satan won, and not God!  John Darby said that many people supposed that the Cross signalled the victory of God.  However, he said, "It was exactly the contrary.  The cross was one grand demonstration...that Satan is prince and god of this world." (J. N. Darby, Lectures on the Second Coming, 1868).  Well, if the Cross is the victory of Satan, why did David say that God would laugh when man rejected His Son?

In a similar vein, in a book written to refute Covenant Eschatology (true preterism), one of the authors actually argued that God does not have to fulfil His promises at the time or in the manner predicted by the prophets!  (Richard Pratt in When Shall These Things Be?  Edited by Keith Mathison, Philippsburg, NJ, P and R Publishing, 2004) pp 121-154.  See my response to much of this material in my Seventy Weeks Are Determined...For the Resurrection, available from this website).  It is simply stunning that anyone claiming to believe in the inspiration of scripture would affirm such a thing!

You see, the Bible says that God gave His promise to set His Son on the throne and He said He would not alter His word.  He was not going to be defeated nor postpone His purpose.  Not only that, the prophetic scriptures said of Jesus’ mission to establish the kingdom: "He shall not fail" (Isaiah 42:6f).  Well, if Jesus came to establish the kingdom, but could not do it because of the Cross, then he failed and God altered His promises!

But you see, the Bible says God would laugh at man’s rebellious acts.  He would laugh at the futile conniving of those who imagined "a vain thing," in thinking they could prevent God’s purposes.  God keeps His word and He keeps His word on time!  This means that when Jesus and his disciples said that he was coming in judgement in his kingdom in the first century, that he did not fail (Matthew 16:27-28; 25:31f).

What a comfort to know that God cannot be thwarted by man’s rebellious efforts!  What a comfort to know that Satan is not in control, that God actually used man’s rebellion to accomplish His purpose!  Instead of the Cross being "a grand demonstration" that Satan is the prince of this world, the Bible says that it was in the Cross that Jesus triumphed (Colossians 2:15f)!  The Cross was God’s plan all the time!  It was His means of establishing His kingdom, not the cause for postponing the kingdom!

What a great God is He!  He turns man’s rebellion to His purposes!  He laughs at man’s efforts to foil Him.  Don’t you want to serve a God that cannot and will not be defeated?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Imagine the world today...

"Imagine the world today if only he could have communicated like this"

This is the award-winning Mahatma Gandhi commercial by Telecom Italia.

Mahatma Gandhi, who taught the concept of non-violence to the entire world, if only he could spread his message like this, maybe we would have been a different world today headed in a different direction.

It's an interesting thought and a well-done commercial.

I don't have to tell you that Jesus said it better and went further down that road.  He lived it and it cost him his life two thousand years before Ghandi.  But, in his own way, Gandhi was very influencial.

Not least because he once met a receptive seeker in South Africa called Leo Tolstoy.  Tolstoy, already a famous author, experienced a deep conversion to true Christianity and the truth and invincibility of non-violence and non-resistance and he went on to live and share these truths through his writings with countless thousands.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pure bliss!

It's not often that I post a video here.

Maybe it's not often that you stop by here, either.

So this would be a great time to feel good and get deep inspiration in life from watching this four-minute video clip.  I think it is sheer beauty!  Why does it make me cry?

Your comments are welcome!  (Watch it full screen!)

The comment underneath the film says : 'Ode to Joy', the promotional video of the Croatian Tourist Board, won a prestigious travel industry's 'Oscars' award 'Das goldene Stadttor' at the International Tourism Film Festival held on 8 March 2012.

The festival is held annually as a part of International Tourism Fair ITB in Berlin.  With its impressive visualisation and through the inspiring music narrative led by cellist Ana Rucner, the film highlights the rich cultural, historical and natural heritage of Croatia as well as many Croatian beauties.

Wonderful!  God bless Christian Croatia!

Monday, June 25, 2012


With all the partying and activities, Thanksgiving was an unusually low-key event this year.  But still the whole family got together for pizzas and rosé wine, as per tradition, for our thirteenth anniversary.

After eating, the Roobies led the younger ones in a card game while everyone else entered a drawing contest at the inspiration of Olly, who set Bala up on a stool to provide a model for the occasion.  Meanwhile Claire continued spinning ...

I've uploaded a 28 second video clip that I took at that moment which you can enjoy.  (When I figure out where I'll put it I'll put the link here.) 

Some of our prayers and more spiritual reflections and activities got put off till next weekend—delayed, not deleted. :-)

Musing on our mornings, we are all enjoying Don's ongoing series of video presentations available on YouTube—a good example of being able to use anything for God's glory, I guess.

So tomorrow we are expecting Kimberley's visit as Claire and Mum go up to Paris to pick her up!  We'll have some more news and pictures for you then!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer must be here

We've been looking forward to this summer, wondering how we'd manage with all the activities, trips, and visits that are planned!

This weekend we realized that summer must be here!

Saturday Sarah went shopping for cloth in Le Mans.  Rachel was coming in from the Czech Republic for three weeks so since I had to go pick her up at the train station we went together.  (Any excuse for a little "honeymoon"!)

Her train was due at one thirty so that gave us time to visit our new favourite restaurant in the old town for lunch.  It's speciality is cuisine bretonne so Mum had a galette aux trois fromages that she's had before and they do especially well in this place.  I had a goat's cheese salad and we shared a bottle of cidre brut which was simply delicious!

At half-past one we were there to greet Rachel who has grown since we last saw her two years ago—she's quite a pretty girl, and very talented, as we found out when we got home!

Well, tomorrow is the kermesse at Olly's school, Monday is Thanksgiving, and then Tuesday Kimberly arrives for a three-week-stay.

You see, I wasn't joking about a busy summer! It's going to be busy, but a lot of fun!

I'll try to get you a picture of our thirteenth Thanksgiving Day on Monday—maybe even a shot of the whole family.

So the day ended very memorably as I decided more or less at the last minute to go buy some pizzas and we'd celebrate the start of the summer madness with all of us together.

We called on the Gautiers to come on over with their three children (of course) and then told Patrick he could stop by too.  We even called on the widow Gorteau down the road but she was busy and gave us a rain-check on it.

Well you have to try to imagine the fun and ruckus and shouting and running and games all over the back yard!  I had a dozen pizzas and a couple of tarte flambée too, just for good measure.  That and a few bottles of rosé and we were all set!

Rachel and Rebecca are at a comparable level in piano so you can imagine the concert the rest of us were treated to with Becky on her flute being accompanied by Rachel on the grand piano!

Thank the Lord for such a wonderful time!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Kip's bac!

A big day around here (along with all the usual jokes) is the day the final exams for the baccalaureate are finished.

Today it was Christopher's turn!  Congratulations!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

What? No television?

No.  No internet, either.

In fact, I just heard today of a family that lives here, in modern France, without even getting on-grid; no electricity (God bless them!)

Did you ever hear of Gaël Prévost?  He's a home-schooled boy, now still only eighteen, and he and his family in a small town near Clermont-Ferrand in the Massive Central area of the country.

He says, "I don’t have a mobile phone, I’ve never had one and I don’t have a computer so of course no Internet access either.  But they are not things I miss.  Rather it lets me live and socialise better with the people around me.” (You are right, Gaël!)

His claim to fame is that he's so good at archery that he is part of the national team representing France at the 2012 Olympics in London this summer.

You can read more about this interesting boy and his exploits here.

You can watch him in action on YouTube by clicking here.

Friday, May 18, 2012

A land without cars

One of the things that has always piqued our curiosity and interest is the quaint effect of living without cars of any kind.  Must be nice!

Here are some first shots of this quiet life.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Off to Sark

Ever a family for something different, Raphaël and Camille have decided to take their whole family camping for the long weekend.  And where are they going?  To the English Channel and the tiny, island of Sark.

Today's adventurers were up at the crack of dawn and off!  First it was up to Le Havre, then on to Guernsey and across to Sark, an hour and a half trip altogether.  Here's what was awaiting them: a beautiful sunny day, while back home clouds covered the area!

Arriving at Sark

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Exams again

Rebecca and Claire in Toulouse
Well, Becky has completed her third year at the University of Toulouse and, just like her first semester exams, Claire was eagerly expected to participate in her stay there for final exams.

This time they had so much stuff to carry that I decided to take them there and after a six-hour drive this is where I left them.  Good thing I like driving: I'll be back in two weeks!

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Town Where I Was Born

Here's another old card for you from my (seemingly) endless collection.

This is my birth town many years ago.  Inside is the printed message "Many Good Wishes" and underneath that -- albeit neither dated nor addressed -- is my grandfather's print-scripted note:

Them were the days with not a petrol pump in sight and no worries about where you are going to get the next gallon.  Never thought I would live to see the day when the pen petrol is mightier than the sword.
Hope you are both well and thanks for a super holiday.  Delighted to see Brayn and that things are turning out well with him.
Love, Len

Underneath this Aunty Ruth has written

I remember it like this before the war.  Above Bar Church on right hand side.  -- Ruth

Do you think posterity will ever be glad I took the trouble to post this?  Does anyone want to add to the fun by guessing a) the date of the picture? b) the date of the message? c) the addressee of the card?  I sure don't know!

Over to you!

Monday, April 09, 2012


A book I have skimmed often but never truly read was inherited from my father, Josephus, The Complete Works which is a 1971 reprint of the 1960 Kregel edition.

A month or so ago I determined to read the oldest work: The Wars of the Jews with the help of the good reading on an audio book.  For twenty hours I've progressed and enjoyed the book.

This morning I concluded the last page of  the only volume I'm planning to read at the moment.  Becky came in to take my "birthday picture" and caught me in the act.

A very good read; and better late than never.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bed time

I just got this photo from Camille this morning showing us what a cute site we missed last night!  Upon reflection I could think of several of you that would enjoy seeing it too!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

76 iPads!

Cédric sent this picture of our biggest deployment of our program Jasmin on dedicated tablets as the latest order is prepared.

Raph was interviewed on a local radio station last week about what we're up to here as we have two job offers open at the moment to help fill all our commitments.

We thank God for the opportunity to be in the right place, offering the right service, at the right time!