Catching Up

I haven’t posted since we went to Blenheim, a week ago today. Lots and lots has happened, and I can’t sort out what happened on what day, so I’m just going to hit the highlights, along with some photos. There were 15 of us, so we didn’t always go as one big group. When we could, we wandered to whatever grabbed our interest, and made a meeting place and time to re-gather.

We didn’t go to the most well-known Stonehedge, but a smaller one that is nearby.

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Avebury Stones
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Breakfast in an Oxford cafe that was the first room in which the professors gathered for counsel, back in 13–something πŸ™‚
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Lots of sheep in Avebury. You needed to watch where you put your feet πŸ™‚
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Salisbury Cathedral
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The Magna Carta is inside this structure, to protect it from vandalism and damaging sun rays.
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Lef to right, Ivan, Alayna, Kyle, outside Salisbury Cathedral
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Sheila got a good shot of the best-known Stonehenge made of blocks of fudge πŸ™‚
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Ken is taking a turn pushing my chair just outside of Salisbury.

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Alayna (in chair) and Victoria
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We opted for the Thai restaurant. Giggling squid really didn’t appeal to most of us πŸ™‚
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Alayna and Maria
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The whole crew. Photo was taken by Victoria’s friend Katerina
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Dan and Maria
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The Womping Tree, used in 2007 Harry Potter movie, grounds of Blenheim Palace


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Outside the back yard at Dan and Maria’s place
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Bunch of goobers pushing Granny up a very small hill πŸ™‚
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My favorite rose, the yellow Tea Rose edged with pink. Love them.
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The rose gardens at Blenheim were a total delight
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This old woman kept showing up with our group. We finally decided to take her home with us πŸ™‚



Katerina with Alayna and Victoria in the rose garden at Blenheim

There’s more, but this is getting too long already.

We fly out of Heathrow at 8:30 tomorrow morning, have a layover in Frankfurt, and then nonstop to Philly. I’m looking forward to being home, but I’m really going to miss all the people we’ve spent nearly two weeks with.

Special thanks to Mike, who has done the lion’s share of planning and has been a driver; also to Janan, who has taken on driving on the wrong side of the road and in the wrong side of the car πŸ™‚ Thanks to Dan and Maria for housing everyone, and for helping to find a lovely place for Terry and me to stay at night. Almost everyone got involved in the cooking, which was SO good! On Sunday, they prepared a feast, literally, in celebration of Terry and me and of our 50th anniversary in June.

One evening, we all gathered around the piano and sang for maybe two hours, maybe longer. Ken even found a violin, and it was so good to hear him play. Sheila manned the piano, and she always does such a lovely job.

In Oxford, we came across a Baptist church that was open to viewing. At one point, Mike and Janan started singing. Connell, Kyle and I joined them, and we were caught on video by the little elderly man who was the welcoming committee. He was so pleased to have us there and listen to us. He gathered us all around when it was time to leave, and blessed with a heartfelt prayer on our journeys.

There’s more, but I think it’s past time for me to stop.

4 thoughts on “Catching Up

  1. Cindy

    It’s funny I was just praying for you this morning and thinking I haven’t heard anything and I hoped all was well I told my, lacrosse this lovely blog post I’m so thankful that you had this time with your family but it is time for you to get back here because your spiritual baby misses you. Praying God’s traveling mercies over you and your family as you head back.

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  2. Happy 50th Anniversary! I know I’m late greeting you and your husband but (still) it’s a full year of it before it’s totally late!
    Couldn’t view the photos in WP Reader app so I had to go and open them on the website itself (just letting you know)
    Lovely photos! You got to spend time with family which is always good. We get to treasure them and make memories with them (again) and hear them talk about things, even just simple things, makes you feel belonged and loved much, doesn’t it?

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    1. Yes, it surely does. Six of our nine grands live far away, so this was a chance to catch up with them and get to know them better. It was a perfect two weeks. Even the weather cooperated with us πŸ™‚

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