Photo credits

The Embalse de Riano in northern Spain. The picture was taken by .... me!

Tuesday, September 24

The latest on my ordination quest

Slowly it's getting there.

Mrs has put her forms in, and is waiting for our Vicar (currently on holiday in Africa for three weeks) to do a reference so that an appointment can be made with the Bishop's Chaplain.

I got my forms ready, but was then advised that my interview with the DDO in 2009 was now out of date and I would have to start the process again from scratch.  So I had a meeting with the 'Vocations Officer' today, which was as I expected a formality.  She gave me the forms to fill in - which I duly swapped on the spot for the ready-completed ones.  She was made up!

So now I will also have to wait for the Vicar's reference to go on to the next stage.

Tuesday, September 3

Scottish Holiday

Recently had a great holiday in Scotland.  Based at Tummel Bridge near Pitlochry, we travelled around the local area for the first few days and then did a big round trip via Inverness, along Loch Ness and the Great Glen, then back via Glencoe and Rannoch Moor.

I have always been cynical about Scotland - cold, windy, full of wasps, overrated scenery, and long driving distances.  But this time the wasps held off, the sun shone, and having gone deeper into Scotland than previous trips the scenery made the driving worth while.

Having said that, Loch Ness was boring. OK, I got to take photos of Urquhart castle from a boat.  But its a very small castle really.  The area is much more commercialised than the Pitlochry area.  And the lake is monotonous - once you've seen one bit you've seen it all.  There is much more to see at Windermere in the English Lake District.

Loch Tummel is good.  Loch Tay was good - hired a motor boat and let my five year old drive it for a bit!

Rannoch Moor I loved - a really alien environment.

Glencoe was spectacular - especially as it was a day of glowering clouds that made it really moody.

The canal locks at Fort Augustus were very nice, and made up for the boring Ness.

And we kept hitting on really good food.

So it was a great holiday.

Important news

I've been struggling to post anything recently: defeated by technology.  So this is being posted the hard way - using the web version on my iPhone (please can I have my Samsung back?)

The important news is that the main financial obstacle to me applying for ordination has now been dealt with and that I am now updating the forms I filled in years ago and hope to get them sent off in the next few days.

My wife is doing her forms as well, but I have a head start.  Her main problem will be that our vicar is still not really on board with her application and this will be an issue throughout her training.

BUT.... We know that God is really in control (he pokes me onwards whenever I have doubts about ordination) so we shall just have to watch his will unfold.