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MURDER, MYSTERY AND MAYHEM (Loose in the Loire 4)

I love a good murder mystery story. ‘It is the stuff of life!’ a fellow addict told me recently. Well, I wouldn’t go that far but everything from Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle to Dorothy L Sayers or J K Rowling make for good holiday or bedtime reading as far as I’m concerned. We […]

A DAY OF REDEMPTION (Loose in the Loire 3)

We have come to the Loire primarily to visit some of the famous chateaux in this region of France … as well as enjoy some down time (after a somewhat hectic first few months in our new Pastorate at Abbey Baptist Church, Reading), and do some reading towards our doctoral studies at the University of […]

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE LIMERAY (Loose in the Loire 2)

After an excellent breakfast at our rather posh hotel in Montreuil we are back in our car and on our way to the Loire Region of France. Our destination is the small village of Limeray on the banks of the River Loire about 10 km from the much bigger town of Amboise. Back in the […]

THE CERTAINTY OF CHANCE (Loose in the Loire 1)

We are in the car whizzing down the motorway from Calais towards Montreuil our first stop on the way down to the Loire Region of France. We know we are in France because we are driving on the wrong side of the road and A Secret History by The Divine Comedy is blaring out from […]

PLASTIC WORLD (Views from the Abbey 8)

In March we enter the season of Lent. Lent is a period of six weeks, 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter (the most important festival in the Christian calendar). Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, March 6th– the day after Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) on 5th. It is known as ‘Ash Wednesday’ because […]

THE GIFT OF HOSPITALITY (Views from the Abbey 7)

Here is a picture of the famous icon by Andrei Rubelev, a Russian monk in 15th century. The icon is based on a story from the book of Genesis called Abraham and Sarah’s Hospitality or The Hospitality of Abraham from Genesis 18:1-8. Here we read that Abraham ‘was sitting at the door of his tent […]

FOR THE LEAST OF THESE (Views from the Abbey 6)

As many will know, Jim and I like travelling in France and we are attempting (slowly!) to learn the language. During our holiday last year, we met a chap called Bruno who was very fluent in several languages. According to him, with one hundred words you can make yourself understood in English but in French, […]