The Blue Bells of Texas
After over 8 years in Scotland life has brought me back to a new foreign country...aka Texas! This is to keep my friends and family back in Scotland (and around the world)up-to-date on my reintegration back into American culture!
I am back and jetlagged in Texas! It was a busy, exhausting but great trip both professionally and personally. Some of the highlights for me were walking the coast of Orkney on a blustery day, enjoying a day of art with my friend Ina in Glasgow, enjoying multiple cups of tea and coffee with dear friends, adding to my tea cup collection, playing with wee Hannah Senior (daughter of my former flatmate Helen) on a sunny day in her garden and attending a great conference in Oxford on Media & Religion. I came back well stocked up on my fav tea, biscuits and haggis so will be set until I can return to the UK in January (brrrrrr).
the weather was ideal, the water clear and smooth. Oxford was painted as the underdogs, though it has been at least years since Cambridge has one.
it's a great day for a boat ride...or in this case a boat race. Helen and I have planted ourselves in front of ITV and if wee Hannah will sit still long enough and stop trying to change the channel we might be able to watch the annual Cambridge--Oxford rowing event of the year...
The sun is setting low over the north downs of England. In the distance over a lovely garden scape (complete withh WWII bomb shelter) I see the Ealing Derby grounds and the flickering lights of London. I am staying with my former flatmate Helen for the long Easter weekend. It was a special day,Helen turned the big 4-0, and I had the opportunity to spend it with her, lovelt 15 month old Hannah, her husband David and extended family. We spent most of the day in the garden and had a lovely lunch of venison casserole, salad and chocolate roulade. The wee girls ages 6-15 mo entertained us with a easter egg hunt and a game of sardines. All in all a pleasant day! Sitting here make me more and more feel as if I am living in exile being in Texas, though I know that is where God has planted me for this time.