Familiar places

Wales is a place we enjoy coming back to. As we go around, one of my favourite things to do is looking at all the different styles of architecture. The different shapes, styles and colours… there is also the game of guessing which buildings have been or continue to be places of worship (church bingo).

It’s one of those times that reminds me of what I can live without. I would happily live in a little cottage like we are staying in. Living a basic life. I think, I would have been happy living a monastic type lifestyle alongside the Celtic saints – simple, with a greater appreciation of my connection with the world around me.

Sitting out on an evening, surrounded by woodland, listening to the birds. It a place where you need to enjoy silence, out in the middle of nowhere, though we were not expecting to be told that the first night there would be a car rally some time after 2am. Cars would be driving up the farmers track, so best move the car as far down as possible in case they turn too soon and drive into our driveway – not a lot of stopping room!

Sometimes I think, what on earth was the architect thinking! A little single storey cottage with a two storey box stuck on the side of it. Here in Pembrokeshire, so many of the buildings are painted different colours – I’m not a fan of the pink ones though…

As we go to different areas, there are always some places that you think, ‘have I been before? I’m not sure I’ve ever been to this area. Is there some deep memory within, or is it that I’ve seen some places as celebrities have traveled the country during lockdown, but can’t quiet remember who?

Or, is it that I’ve just lost the plot completely, and really I’m living in a different age…

To help us along our way, we have been listening to ‘Acts and Omissions’ and ‘Unseen Things Above’ by Catherine Fox. Always a good portrayal of clergy life and they make us laugh along the way.

About localpreacherforkliftdriver

I am a Methodist Minister taking up a new appointment in the North Cheshire Circuit, September 2019, with pasoral charge of Tarvin, Kelsall, Rowton, Christleton, Mickle Trafford, Oakmere & Bunburry with Tiverton churches. Views are my own.
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