Life is a bit strange at the moment. On the one hand, I need to be getting ready to move. (The removers are turning up on the 6th August) On the other, there’s stuff here that I’ve got to finish off. And, of course, there’s all that business of saying goodbye. I’m not good at that.
The last two Sundays have been emotional days — my last Sunday morning in Sketty, a ‘Circuit Service’ bringing together all the churches of the Swansea & Gower Circuit, my last service in Penlan (with a lovely lunch!) I’m bound to say that both the Circuit and the churches were very generous in their leaving gifts. I bought a spiffy new digital SLR camera and was given a clarinet by a couple of church members, so I’m able to resume two hobbies that have been rather neglected recently. I’m particularly excited about the clarinet: I used to play, but I sold my old clarinet when I was a student (after a difficult letter from the bank manager) and so it’s twenty five years since I last blew one. My skills and knowledge have declined a bit over that time! Lets see if I can get them back… Jayne thought I should try to play it in Sunday evening’s service, but I didn’t have the brass neck to inflict that on folk. Another time. Not only were the church folk generous to me, but they were also very open-handed in the offering at the Circuit Service, which I asked to go to the Mike Blakey Memorial Fund.
My daughters’ have had their last day in their primary school and my duties as a school governor are more or less complete. Fortunately, both of the girls are comfortable with the idea of moving so while they are sad to leaving friends, they are full of anticipation of the opportunities that the move will bring. For myself, I can’t see past the piles of stuff that still has to be put in boxes. I’m sorry that blogging has been more or less non-existant for the last little while. It is likely to continue that way for another week or so. The good news is that I’m pretty sure I’ve organised my broadband connection at the new house, so I should be able to get access to the interweb without too much delay when we’re there.
Bear with me. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible…