Tuesday Oct 24th
Today is my dear Jamie's birthday and we've just had a pleasant supper and he has cards from friends and family ranged along the mantle-piece.
I spent yesterday - after a cheerful lateish breakfast with nephew and niece and hugs and farewells and "See you next at Christmas!" - in Hull. I do like train journeys when one has an agreeable book and when one starts with very good coffee at the station. And this time I had also brought some useful work: spent part of the time transcribing addresses and tel. numbers from our family address book to my new small pocket notebook which is a task I had been meaning to do for ages. Changed trains at Doncaster and a slow local train chugged to Hull (Americans......er....Hull is in Yorkshire!)
Father William Massie met me at the station - he organises the Hull Faith Forum, which runs regular talks on all sorts of aspects of the Catholic Faith. It was packed! I spoke on "Celebrating feasts and seasons" and it was all great fun and a most enjoyable evening. (If you want to buy my Book of Feasts and Seasons, hurry at once to Gracewing Books and order it!). Afterwards a cheerful time of talk and laughter in a pleasant pub with some of the young people - including the young chairman of my talk and his wife, who are expecting their first baby, and we had a good deal of fun thinking of English names that might be suitable for the child....general feeling that Ethelbert or Wynfrith might be a bit much, but some felt Aelred was a possibility, or what about Caedmon?
Overnight at Hull, and Mass celebrated by Fr William in Corpus Christi church, preceded by the Office and followed by the Rosary....quite good numbers attending, with a number of young people and children as it is half-term.....the train journey home took me past the Humber estuary, with a glorious view, the sunshine turning the water into beaten silver.....England is still green and lush, the fields look summery rather than Autumnal, but here at home tonight it there is a slight chill for the first time, and Jamie has pulled on a warm jersey to enjoy a DVD. while I write this.