25. August 2018
A long long way up the A1(M), 300miles, we crossed the tidal roadway back onto the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. We immeadiately set about exploring the beaches - and letting off steam.
28. July 2017
At the time of writing we are just back in Cambridge, a quick update. Thursday we walked the Pilgrims Way and managed to find the muddiest slurpiest gully through which to squelch, sinking at least 18" below sand level. Having rescued ourselves from this venture skipping with super long seaweed was our next adventure - before being told we really should hurry in case the tide came in. But seriously, walking Pilgrims Way from the mainland across the tidal estuary to Holy Island reminded us our...
26. July 2017
The youth enjoyed our trip to Lindisfarne so much last year, we have once again loaded up the cars and headed north to Holy Island, this time 10 youngsters are making the most of the space, peace and freedom of the island. Robert had drummed up support for early morning 5k runs, others go out for more leisurely pre breakfast strolls. We have been swelling the ranks of morning and evening prayer at St Mary's, enjoying exploring, stone skimming. On the boat trip we were unable to land on Farne...
04. September 2016
27. August 2016
Day 3 - Wednesday arrived frighteningly quickly, the halfway mark of our five days. Today we all, 13 of us, made it to Morning Prayer at 7:30 before bouncing into the day. We walked out of the village past the castle and had fun rolling down hills and jumping off peaks, then exploring the kilns built below the castle. We could all explore the tunnels, but the tiny stoking holes for the kilns meant the adults had to stop outside whilst we the younger generation explored within.
26. August 2016
7:30 Morning Prayer started the day well, a glance down to St Cuthbert’s island, still surrounded by water. We retreated into the gardens after an excellent breakfast to sing and pray again, then 'twas time to rush back across the causeway to find a boat to take us to The Farne Islands. Sadly too late for puffins nor guillemots; we did see cormorants, shags, kittiwakes and seals before landing and climbing high above the cliffs to eat lunch in the middle of an ocean. Back on Holy Island we...
23. August 2016
All settled at Lindisfarne enjoying the sunset. Dramatic presentation on arrival, history of Lindisfarne – told by three actors in the grounds of the ancient ruins of the Priory Evening Prayer in the parish church. Regulars a bit taken aback by the arrival of our group – some of us a bit taken aback by the strange spaces in the psalms. Skimming stones, jumping on the beach in the sunset, paddling in the sea. Climbing The Heugh at dusk, then up the viewing tower. Singing the fisherman next...
02. March 2016
In this the second of our series of Lent study groups, we were shown images of art from the late 13th through to the 14th century. Many were small scale and intended form private devotion. There showed beautiful craftsmanship whether in stone, ivory or wood.The images assisted those in contemplation to imagine that they were in the midst of a holy scene - the historic became the present for the believer. Particular iconic images were developed and were replicated in many media such as the...
02. March 2016
I don't want you to get the impression that we're food obsessed, but here are a couple more recipes. The Hariseh, by request of one or two people on Sunday morning. A rather morish gluten=free cake. MA’LOUBEH (upside down) 370g white long-grain rice (I used basmati – absolutely fine) 2-3 large onions, sliced 3 + 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 chicken breasts (you can do this without chicken for vegetarians) 2-3 tablespoons ground cinnamon 2 chicken stock cubes (or vegetable) 3 good cups of water...
25. February 2016
The first session was about “images of the word” - an exploration of images in ancient bibles and sacred books. We were presented with beautiful images from various old bibles and Books of Hours from different European countries. There were striking images such as the ones from a 12th century Bible moralisée (moralised bible) showing on the same page an image of the creation of Eve (being pulled out of the ribcage of Adam) and just below a representation of the Crucifixion with Christ...

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