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Visiting churches

Hey hey, I'm improving. Not sleeping so well but what the heck, you can always catch up on that. Busy day at school, and it rained on and off the whole day. I spent my time sprinting from my classroom to the admin block to the library all morning. Taking my big, dysfunctional RE class to town on the public buses tomorrow, to see the churches of Wellington. Should be fun although it's a bigger class than last year's and less well-behaved students, so I'm a bit nervous about it all. I hope I have it all covered. We leave after Period 1 and get back for lunch. I just hope it's fine weather, pleeeeeeeeeeeeease. I've brushed up on my neo-Gothic and Roman stuff. I know my cathedra from my nave... damn, I remember seeing Chagall's blue windows in Mainz like it were yesterday. It was like breathing blue air. I love love loved it.

I seem to have a lot of friends for whom I don't seem to be able to offer a comment much. If you're irritated about that, please let me know.

ManU champions again! Who's cheering? Just me, Rob my GP ...and the males in our house, of course. Rob phoned the other day about medical stuff and was cheering the team on. Funny to have that sort of allegiance from the other side of the world.

My Ethics class is studying injustice case studies. Makes for interesting classes this week.

But man, I'm beat. Going to bed. See you tomorrow, dudes. Another fun day ahead of us? I hope so. I think I'm ready to take life on again.

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suilven
May. 18th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
My Ethics class is studying injustice case studies. Makes for interesting classes this week.
Just show them the Chelsea v Barcelona game. That should give them enough to work on.
natesmountain
May. 18th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
-Just show them the Chelsea v Barcelona game
True. That would give any healthy fan something to scream about. Wouldn't want to disturb the rest of the college though *g*
moth2fic
May. 18th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
A lot of locals seemed to think ManU didn't deserve to win... As I didn't watch the match I couldn't really comment!

Glad you're feeling better and hope the church tour goes well! I kept thinking of you and your students every time we passed a church on the drive through Spain - lots of tiny Romanesque churches obviously trying very hard to look bigger than they were, and a shrine/belfry on top of an impossibly steep rock. I must try harder to take photographs!
natesmountain
May. 18th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
-A lot of locals seemed to think ManU didn't deserve to win..
Aw, why not! It makes us happy far, far away in Antipodean bliss.

-every time we passed a church on the drive through Spain - lots of tiny Romanesque churches obviously trying very hard to look bigger than they were, and a shrine/belfry on top of an impossibly steep rock. I must try harder to take photographs!
OMG! YES, please try harder!! I love using photos in my classroom. When we went for our holiday drive up north, the only churches we see are little tiny white painted colonial ones by de Jersey Clere or the very occasional Maori Ratana temple.
moth2fic
May. 18th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
The people I was talking to thought ManU hadn't played particularly well - not to their usual standard - and only won because of it being a draw. I don't think anybody thinks of fans outside UK though everywhere we go people have heard of ManU!!

I promise to try harder - maybe in August when we're committed to travelling more slowly with some friends, in order to take a car out as well as the van and have a mini-holiday en route. I enjoy watching for the spires of Chartres to appear on the horizon, and for the cathedral inside the walls of Ciudad Rodrigo. But the little village churches are the best because they've obviously been there for centuries and they give you such a sense of history! Some of them are fortified and I know very few of those in UK. We haven't time to go inside and photograph windows, I'm afraid!
natesmountain
May. 19th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
-But the little village churches are the best because they've obviously been there for centuries and they give you such a sense of history!
OMG that'd be so great to see. I really need to go on a long trip! Overseas.

-when we're committed to travelling more slowly with some friends, in order to take a car out as well as the van and have a mini-holiday en route.
When I travel with the children, we have an agreement, that if someone wants to stop for a photo, then if possible, we stop. No rushing past things! Sometimes I have to do a u-turn to get back to something we flew past at 100km/h but it's usually worth it. Like that house we saw in Queensland that was being eaten up by the bush. We barely saw it first time, and had to go back to get a better look, AND photos LOL!
moth2fic
May. 19th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
We stop quite often (and even go back) for Colin to take photographs, but I've never bothered, because he's the 'official'/semi-professional photographer! So I would feel odd asking, even if I remembered!! In August he'll be taking the van with Charles and I'll be in my car with Carol and her teenage daughter so it will be different! (We'' meet for meals and hotels).
greenpizzazz6
May. 18th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Hope you're catching up on sleep some. When that lack hits you, it really hits you.

Hope your church visiting went well too, it sounds interesting!
natesmountain
May. 19th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
I just don't seem to get enough done to get time to sleep for long enough as it is! Thursday I go away for the night to a conference! Maybe no one can disturb me that night!

The church visiting went really well! What a relief!
margaret_r
May. 19th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
Glad to see things are looking up for you and you're feeling better now. Hope you had a very enjoyable day and enjoyed the churches:-)
expandonthat
May. 19th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
I wish I could take a field trip with you. It'd just be like that movie, "To Sir With Love".



Oh Jenny if only you you could take me to church, a cathedral or whatever it is...

I tend to feel God's prescence in the National Gallery of art in Washington DC. Such beauty, room after room, and it smells so clean, and nothing bad could happen to you with those security gaurds in each room, with their laundered uniforms.

Thinking of you...
natesmountain
May. 20th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Hey, Kyle, we think of you often and I've been worrying about you. I do hope you're able to hang in there until things get better. And I'd love to take you into a wee, quiet chapel or a huge, calm, wonderful church where we could just sit and let the world slither by while we have a bit of silence, in God's presence. But God is anywhere you want him to be anyway. Right now. Right here. You, Kyle, are loved.

I've never been to DC. I'd love to go one day...
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