Last July we had a visitor from Down Under. Brisbane, to be precise, and it just so happened that at the time it was like summer!
Tim, pictured here with Stephen, had come for an interview in Birmingham for a job with Scripture Union. http://www.scriptureunion.org.uk/YouthEncounter/41589.id
It is as though a wheel had come full circle as Alan, our younger son, went to work with SU in Queensland in 2003 for just under a year. He stayed with Tim, who was SE Queensland co-ordinator. Tim along with his wife and 2 and a half year old daughter, arrived yesterday in London.
They drive to Brum today. Pancake Day.
Pancake Day was the day we arrived in Australia in 2004 to stay with Tim and see Alan, for a few weeks. Alan made us pancakes that evening!! I have photos of him tossing them in the air! A family tradition here, and also nationwide.
The job Tim will be involved in is one which Matt would have loved. It is promoting better relationships between Muslims and Christian youth.
he would've been so excited about this project!
So for us there is a sense of delicious continuity here.
A kind of what goes round, comes round!
But Tim and family have left beautiful sunny blue-skied warm Brisbane for the biting cold of this English winter, which has seemed to last and last this year.
A lot to get used to.
A life lived outdoors for a life of warmer clothing and central heating, and lets face it, in Tim's own words yesterday
" London is so cold and grey and gloomy today - a long way from the blue, bright heat of Brisbane. Glad to be here and gearing up for drive to Birmingham tomorrow."
And this morning, it was lighter earlier, and I watched as the sun began to creep over the horizon through the trees. Eventually pouring in through the bedroom window.
Blue sky day for Tim.
I heard a blackbird sing................and I thought, well he thinks spring is around the corner, even though we cannot see much evidence of it yet.
It was encouraging on a day when I'm streaming with the cold virus kindly given to me by my Timelord husband!
Stops me feeling too sorry for myself.
And hopefully I will be able to make myself pancakes at teatime!
Timelord is not a fan!!