Conferences and Castles, part 2

For the conference in England, we stayed at a conference center called High Leigh. The weather was really nice for most of the weekend and we enjoyed walking the grounds the first day. The middle day was full of singing God’s praises, presentations, breakout sessions, a fun game in the evening and of course, many cups of tea.

I earned my keep (at both conferences) by presenting two plenary sessions and a workshop which I gave twice (all three were plenary in Germany). My topics were The Trinity – what difference does it make?; Our Relationship with God and Prayer Outside the Box (workshop). And of course, they got me up to play Bible charades. I’m not very good at it, but at least everyone figured out what our team was trying to depict.

We had planned to tour castles there too, but were disappointed to learn most of them are only open from Wednesdays to Sundays. Unfortunately our only two days for sightseeing were Monday and Tuesday. We still went to two castles, but had to be content to walk the grounds and see the outsides. Following are some photos from the England trip:

Conferences and castles

During the last weekend of May and the first weekend of June, I had the privilege of attending two women’s conferences, one in Germany and the other in England. Both conferences were a lot of fun, partly because of my wonderful traveling companion – my daughter.

In Germany, we stayed at a cute little place called the Biebertal Hotel, which means beaver tail. On the middle day we toured the incredibly beautiful countryside. Rolling hills, lush green forests and quaint villages met us at every turn. The day ended with a barefoot walk. The trail is filled with different surfaces and textures to stimulate and challenge the feet. I made it through the whole walk, but must admit to not finishing some of the more painful surfaces. It ended with a cold water bath. I was so happy to put on my warm, dry socks and shoes!

We also toured a couple of castles. They are everywhere. Some are abandoned, some still used as private residences and some are open for tours. We saw weapons, armor, very old furniture and kitchen implements. One castle had quite a few indoor toilets, which was surprising to me. I knew about chamber pots, but had no idea the nobility, at least in Germany, had indoor facilities.

Here are a few photos from the Germany trip:

Springs photos

The theme for the Springs chapels was Psalm 131:2. The beautiful poster evokes feelings of being content with the Lord:

“But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content” (NIV 2011).

You can see what a peaceful setting it was – perfect for a silent retreat, and perfect for enjoying God’s gift of nature.

Singapore City Tour

Before the Malaysia retreat, Ruth and I took a city tour around Singapore. We were really happy for an air-conditioned bus! The tour made me wish for more time to explore, but that will have to wait for another trip. It’s amazing how almost 5 million people of several faiths and ethnic backgrounds can squeeze onto this tiny island and still get along pretty well.