Heading North

At last the summer holiday is here! It’s the start of the August bank holiday and that time of year when everybody decides to go somewhere else at the same time. We have decided to head north to Birmingham and from there to Edinburgh to see South Africa take on Scotland at Murrayfield. After that we’ll be heading further north to Inverness and then turning west and driving 75 miles into the heart of the Highlands to Poolewe. The climbing gear is packed. The bikes are prepped and ready to roll. Walking boots are oiled and raingear is definitely packed. The cottage is booked and it is time to get out of the office!

Oh no, it’s actually only 13h20 and before I can leave I have to endure an audit…

No builders required

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.

So opens Psalm 127. In the last few months since Easter this verse has been reinforced time and again. It was a huge relief the first time we read it together and we realised that the stress of renovating the flat was becoming worse as we tried to do more and more to bear up under the load. And it didn’t just apply to re-tiling the bathroom and getting the kitchen walls straight but also decisions about taking over the leadership of the fellowship group and trying to decide on the direction the Christian Union at work should be going in. Unless we acknowledge God in everything we do we will not receive his blessing on our endeavours. Even our best laid plans fail unless he crowns them with success. What a gift! And it’s there for the asking…

Touch of class

The Annual All Souls Touch Rugby Tournament happened this last weekend.  Teams from all over the capital met at Dulwich College to go head to head.  16 teams in two pools – Elite and Social – fought it out through the round robin and then into the plate and final rounds.  Big up to Nick, Andy, Verity and all the others for putting it together and running a very slick tournament.  Pictures of some of the games can be seen here.


Try this for taste

Bean salad

  • 1 x tin Heinz baked beans
  • several spoons mayonnaise (Cross and Blackwell preferably)
  • 2 x sliced bananas

Empty the beans into a suitable bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise. Add the sliced banana. Chill in the fridge until ready to eat. Serve with a lekker braai.

Now, some of you might think a suitable bowl would be the toilet bowl. Others might disagree about the mayonnaise. Still other might get so far as to chilling the salad in the fridge until ready to eat. And then never quite getting around to it. I can’t understand the objection to such an essential item on the table at any braai. Bruce swears by it. I would be interested to hear your point of view.

40 days of rain…

It was Gran’s birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday, Gran. 85 not out. It was also St. Swithin’s day and it rained. According to local tradition it is now going to rain for the next 40 days and nights as a reminder not needlessly spend money and time on displays of wealth and ostentation when it could be better spent on serving the needs of the poor. Check here for more history. The BBC forecast for the week seems to support it as well as we will be having sunny intervals between heavy showers and heavy rain through to Friday. Summer really did happen this weekend. Saturday, in fact.

Esmerelda the Valiant

Well, she is valiant but she is not a Valiant.  She’s a Vauxhall Astra 1.4i (hi-torque model) and her alternator has stopped working.  But she is a real little trooper and thankfully her battery is new and fully charged as I have done about 10 miles in her since the light came on.  The manual said to stop driving immediately but I only read that after the 10 miles.  So, she is going in for some minor surgery on Tuesday to get her running again.  We’ll let you know how well she recovers.

I’m on a training course

Editing in ArcGIS 9.2  Right now we are about to create a personal geodatabase as I right a personal note to myself on my blog.  Personally I think we should be moving towards file geodatabases but there are issues with interoperability as feature classes would have to be converted to shapefile before sharing the information.  Unless other users are also using ESRI’s file geodatabase.  Better get back to doing some work…