First Snowstorm of the Winter

We had our first real winter storm yesterday. Here’s Nick off to work on the bus (many of them got stuck and were hours late yesterday).

Our parking lot this morning.

Our back yard.

View of our parking lot from our upstairs window.

People were getting stuck trying to get out of the parking lot, and helping each other push and shovel. Winter storms always bring out the best in Edmontonians, I find.

We didn’t use the white Taurus yesterday, obviously!


October 1979 and October 2009

Our wedding at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, Thornton, Ontario – October 13th 1979.

Official welcome by the Rev. Ken Burningham at a pot luck lunch held for us at Church of the Acension, Arborfield, Saskatchewan – first Sunday in November, 1979.

Our ‘little house on the prairie’. We lived in Arborfield from November 1979 to August 1984.

Our 30th wedding anniversary supper at the Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon, October 13th 2009.

Pot luck supper with some of the folks at the Church of the Ascension, Arborfield, October 15th 2009, to celebrate the 30th anniverary of our arrival in the community that would become so special for us and for our family.

Prayer Partners

Since about the second week in May, whenever I have been in Oakham I have atended daily Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer at the parish church, All Saints’, at 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. The crowd has varied, but the vast majority of times in the mornings these two guys – Vyv Wainwright and Jay Ridley – have been my prayer partners

I haven’t been one to make much of public daily prayer in the Anglican tradition, but these past two months have converted me. When I get back to work, I’m going to commit myself to being there at the church, morning and evening. One day, I might be able to do for someone else’s prayer life what these two brothers in Christ and their Daily Office have done for me. And that will be a privilege.

Thanks, Vyv and Jay. I’ll be praying for you – daily…

May 19th 2007: Dad and Mum’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

Saturday was my Mum and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary. We had a thanksgiving service at St. Mary’s Church, Ketton, where my Dad and Mum attend, followed by a tea at the parish hall. My brother Mike preached at the service, and Jacqui and I led a bit of singing beforehand. Some of our relatives were there, and some of Mum and Dad’s friends as well. It was a really happy time and they really enjoyed themselves.




Here are Mum and Dad cutting the cake.






This is my Dad and his two siblings who live on this side of the Atlantic, Uncle John and Auntie Mary.






And here are Mum and Dad with our bunch.






Update: Jacqui’s got a good post about the anniversary on her blog here.

A wonderful time with the best friends anyone could ask for

My two longest standing friendships are with Jan Barnes and Steve Palmer. Jan and I were in the same class all through high school, and Steve and I were in the same tutor group. For a brief time in my last year in England we were also a musical act together.

We have kept in touch over the years, but our families have never all met at once. This past weekend we came very close to that – all the Palmers, all the Barnes’, and all the Chestertons except for my son Matthew who wasn’t able to be with us.

Here we all are outside Hedingham Castle, just down the road from the Barnes residence.


And here are a few more pics from Castle Hedingham and from our reunion.




Steve and Jan: you’re the best friends anyone could ask for. And your families are warm, welcoming, and loads of fun.