It's more than a year now since we moved ashore, after living afloat for over 13 years. It's been difficult adjusting to the sounds of earthworms burrowing where we'd been used to the sounds of leeches shuffling, but we've managed it and now consider some of the local earthworms to be good friends. There's one in particular - (Enough! They want news, not waffle! - Ed.)
Another thing we've noticed is that if you simply open the door and throw out your used teabags, the neighbours give you funny looks; but this hasn't been too much of a problem because most of the time we drink coffee, and we've learnt to throw the teabags out the back door...
survived the experience of going into Uxbridge dry dock and now has a beautiful, shiny black bottom. Special mention must be made of Andrew "Beefy" Bullwer, who came down from Hinckley to help - thanks, Beef: a valiant and much appreciated effort! Uxbridge Boat Centre also did us proud by building a new (and much improved) back deck for us when we discovered that the existing deck was rusting away from below.
Whilst in dry dock we commissioned a surveyor's report, which proved
highly satisfactory: most of the hull is still at its original thickness
(6mm) after nearly 11 years, with the worst rust pits penetrating to less than 2mm.
Now that we do have plenty of space, there's always room for visitors. Friends passing this way are always welcome to call in, though please call ahead if you can! We're only a ten minute walk from the nearest tube station.
The Book Trade
St. Lawrence's - and Beyond!
Beyond, because Sue is being given more and more opportunities for work outside the parish, as well as within it. Amongst other things, she's now tutoring for London Bible College's distance learning department, looking after the course on Genesis. She's also been invited to write a brief article for the Concise Encyclopaedia of Linguistics and Religion, and is on the Bishop's Area Liturgy Group - and by the time you read this, das Meisterwerk should be undergoing its final revisions!
With our love and prayers, Phil & Sue
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