Sunday, 19 August 2012

Camping with Lynn

After waiting patiently to get away together for some sort of holiday, our planned 4 day perambulation of Dartmoor was cut short to two days when Lydia achieved the distinction of being the only offspring of ours to break a bone to date.  She returned from Corfu last Friday with her lower left arm in plaster!  Never mind, two days are better than none.  We did a short circular walk on the North Moors, camping next to the East Dart River.  Day two saw us doing some tricky navigation in very poor visibility, and you can see from Lynn posing next to Beardown Standing Man.  The sun came out and with very wet feet we finally reached the car at Princetown after walking past the TV mast at North Hessary Tor.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Creation Fest 2012

Lynn and I took a few days to travel to Wadebridge in Cornwall for the 2012 Creation Fest, a Christian festival featuring speakers and some pretty good bands.  We enjoyed this time, able to recharge our spiritual batteries while being challenged to pray for our country.  Wet weather at the beginning of the week soon turned to a couple of hot sunny days towards the end - a photo opportunity!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Camping with Lydia

Lydia and I escaped to Dartmoor for a couple of days walking this week.  Our first day although slightly damp, presented us with clear walking weather with lovely views.  After about 14km we found a good spot to wild camp near Kit Rocks , not far from the head of the East Dart River.  Wind and rain during the night persisted into the next day and we awoke in a cloud with very poor visibility.  We used the range markers as a hand rail to guide us back to Princetown, but just and hour away from the car, the heavens opened and half an hour of rain left us wet through.  All good fun though, and cheesy chips at the Fox Tor Cafe soon had us back on equilibrium!  

RN Volunteer Band Festival

Last weekend the BRNC Volunteer Band took part in the annual RN Volunteer Band Festival, this year held at HMS COLLINGWOOD in Fareham.  We had a successful day and managed to win the best concert band, best marching band and best overall band in the RN Volunteer Band Association - a result we were all delighted with.  The party afterwards was also great fun!

Holiday Bible Club

Last week saw our Holiday Bible Club at Dartmouth Baptist Church.  We were joined by Andy and Caroline plus a few of our own folk who came together to present the Good News that Jesus loves the to the children, and a few parents who stayed.  The theme was 'On Your Marks ....!' and was built around the theme of Global Games (not being allowed to mention the Olympics because of copyright!).  We looked at 'Calling the Team' when Jesus called his disciples; 'Shaping the Team' looking how through faith, Jesus was able to heal blind Bartimaeus; 'Inspiring the Team' where Jesus was revealed as the 'Son of God' on the mountain top;  'Challenging the Team' where Peter steps out in faith to walk on water, but when he takes his eyes off Jesus he starts to sink; but Jesus reaches out and saves him; and finally, 'Sticking to the Team' where through the parable of the sower, we looked at how our lives can bear fruit for God by passing on the Good News.  A good time was had by all!