It was the end of december when we first moved into the flat – we managed to get in before Christmas, and despite 50% of the family managing to have flu – we had a lovely Christmas time as a family.
Initially it felt a bit like we’d never manage to get everything in, having last lived in a reasonably decent sized three bed terraced house, with three reception rooms and plenty of storage, we’ve gone to a three bed flat, with one reception room and no storage… shouldnt work really, but it does! In fact it often seems quite airy here, and I much prefer the way we dont have wasted space in a home like this. Its weird how you get used to ways of living.
It took an absolute age to get connected to the internet, we had to have a new phone line installed in the first place, and for that to happen a new line had to be put in at the pole, but eventually we go there, and a week or two later Orange deigned to turn on our broad band… yeehah!
It was quite helpful really not being connected for a while, it forced me to take a break from my usual massive digital media consumption habit, no feeds got read on a daily basis, I forgot what the newspaper websites looked at, I’d already given up twittering (thank goodness) and as you may have noted the blog lay dormant for nearly a month.
But now we’re back, and cracking on with things. We are in Conference mode for the weekend, before hosting a team here in Grimsby to spend some time praying about aspects of our work here, the wider stuff we’re involved in, and for the town itself.
As part of that I’ve spent a little while looking at the monastic heritage of the town, which includes two friaries, an abbey and a nunnery or two. Where we live, on the Nunsthorpe Estate, was once part of the grounds for a large Augustinian Nunnery, which was closed in the 16th century by Henry VII.
We are working towards the fulfilment somehow of a new monastic vision here in Grimsby, and its interesting to know what has gone before here.
I suddenly seem to have dived back into the world of alternative worship and prayer gatherings, from having done none for a couple of months at least, I suddenly find myself preparing four separate gatherings, which is a wonderful privelige, although I am a bit rusty…
And there is even movement on the Cambodian cotton front – I dont want to say too much right now, but I feel a bit like this year will be one of real forward progress in many areas, and I am looking forward to it.
Well anyway, I’ve lots of work to do, so I better get back to it, but please consider yourself invited to come and visit, eat, and stay with us – believe it or not – we’ve got room!