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#mercredimakes a sprinkler out of a plastic bottle, a jubilee clip and a hosepipe

stumbled across this reflection I wrote 5 years ago during our first few weeks at Bethanie. it’s called stars…

ate dinner
went outside
looked up;
haven’t seen stars like this in a very long time
tried to take a picture
didn’t work
i’m glad
something so beautiful and natural cannot be captured
cannot be contained
it’s just there
for everyone
a gift
that cannot be touched or altered
only hidden
why would we do that?

beautiful, good, true

we moved to France 5 years ago today. we shared our first lunch at Bethanie over a cardboard box. in just over two weeks we’ll be packing our life into cardboard boxes & starting our sabbatical. as for 2015… God knows..?  #anniversary 


class of 2014: 16.8 KG
class of 2013: 12.8 KG
class of 2012: 12.0 KG
class of 2011: 11.6 KG
class of 2010: 8.4 KG

making the most of the september sun with an after-school dip and riverside barbecue   

last winter I left a parsnip in the ground. it flowered and went to seed. I pulled it up and hung it out to dry. free seeds for next year 

3 ingredients:
300g sloes, 230g sugar, 475ml vodka

3 months:
store in dark place & shake occasionally


summer hols in seven snALPS

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PSALM 77 inspired prayer…

A door is shut
stuck in a corridor
waiting, questioning;
who are you God, and who am I?
where are you God, and where do I fit?
you are with me, right?

let’s take stock
go over how I got to this moment; this place
my life is drenched in God-provision, possibility and promise

God is on the move
nothing can stop what He has set in motion
invisible God putting visible things right
hidden in the harry if the world and human hands

[photo: Ekerbergparken, Oslo]

'We are monks. We brew beer to be able to afford being monks'

thanks to Ed I got to sample an unlabeled bottle of Westvletern 12. a Trappist beer founded in 1838 in Vleteren, Belgium, often voted the best beer in the world. 

the beer is only sold in order to financially support the monastery. they do no advertising. the monks only brew enough beer to run the monastery, and will make no more than they need to sell, regardless of demand.

sales of Westvleteren 12 are limited to one case every 60 days per person per license plate. the beer must be reserved on their ‘beerphone’ beforehand. 

Decathlon have installed a 6 hole ‘disc golf’ course in Caen. including a hilltop tee-off point & water hazard. had a couple of rounds recently with a 125g disc. made a birdie two at the first.