Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Three wise monkeys

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

Enjoyed catching up with some of the Guiders I was in Switzerland with. Lots of good memories to share of an action packed, fun time.

Monday, 26 July 2010

New ambition

Today, along with a wonderful, wacky friend, I took another step towards fulfilling an ambition to work my way around all the eating places in Princes Square. Should get there by Christmas although at the prices some of those places are charging for afternoon tea, we may have to save for a while.
Glasgow is such an entertaining place to be. Where else can you find a Croatian accordion player and an Asian flame thrower side by side - just two of the sights for amusement today. On the way in on the train, I got into a very deep and serious conversation with a former total stranger about the comparative merits of the Amazon Kindle and the iPad. Before arrival in Glasgow, my new best friend was confiding her addictions - to books and music - and we discovered that it is highly likely that I bought some of the books that she recently offloaded on ebay. And, I also ran into one of my favourite regular contributors to the comments on this blog in Starbucks. All in all, an exceedingly good day that could only happen in the West!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Wishful thinking

Life imitating art on a visit to the wood carvers in Adelboden.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Don't say it - sculpt it

This is one way of promoting solar plumbing. There were lots of sculptures in and around Adelboden, some of them used for advertising, some merely for decoration but all of them very clever. Adding to all the natural beauty and enhancing the environment.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Pool with a view

With a view like this from the swimming pool, it would be hard not to swim every day. But I suppose it's also tempting to lounge and enjoy the outlook... and the fries... and the poolside drinks... :)

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The bells

Missing the soothing sound of cow bells this week


Duck tales

The Centenary Duck made lots of friends in Switzerland.

Monday, 19 July 2010

By still waters

Everywhere we went in Switzerland, the water appeared very turbulent. I would have loved to have tried some white water rafting.
However, these animals managed to find some more peaceful pastures - a beautiful lake at the foot of the hills. It made a great picnic spot too after a morning tobogganing.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

mountain top moments

Just returned from our trip to Switzerland with Girl Guides, celebrating our centenary year. There were many mountain top moments that I look forward to sharing. Meantime, here are the brave leaders on top of the Jungfrau. It feels good to be back at sea level but I have returned with many awesome experiences to reflect on and memories to treasure. Thanks be to God.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Disembodied voice

Tomorrow I'm off to Switzerland with a group of Girl Guides - part of our centenary celebrations.
It will be great to get away - it feels like I've packed 3 weeks into this week just to ensure that everything carries on as it should.
The bad news for the locals though is that one of the things I did this week was to record a series of reflections that will be played on local radio next week (WestSound 1035am). The reflections are based on Guiding. For some time now, I've been serving as a Guiding ambassador, as well as playing an active role in a Guide unit, so it seemed a good opportunity to promote the work of Guiding, celebrating its centenary but still relevant for girls today. For once, I'm not taking my laptop with me, so the blog may be silent - even if the airwaves aren't! :)

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Preacher's kid!

This was the view from the beach at Girvan tonight. Our 11 year old said: "It looks like God's talking to us" Mmmm...
It certainly was a beautiful sight.

Monday, 5 July 2010

The journey

Embarking on a new Bible Study series tomorrow, looking at ways to be more aware of God in our everyday. It's loosely based on Barbara Brown Taylor's book- An Altar in the World, exploring different spiritual practices that can be incorporated into daily life, that are, in fact, already a part of our lives. There is an emphasis on the journeying rather than on arrival. It's fun to travel with friends. And sacred too.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Time to stop and stare

What is this life if full of care
we have no time to stand and stare.
W.H. Davies

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