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04/16/13 Easter and Spring in UK
Spring has been very slow coming to UK! Even in April, we were still getting fluffy white sunshine.
Before Easter, Richard led a Bible study with some friends.
Good Friday, 2013 – We attended a special service at Brimpton Baptist Church – established in 1843! What a wonderful day of worship and fellowship!
It was a blessing to visit and go to church with the Daniels family. They visited us in February. Kristi is from Peterstown, WV.
During Easter break we visited some historic sites:
Ightham Mote - 14th century manor house surrounded by a beautiful moat
Walmer Castle and Gardens - coastal castle built by King Henry VIII and recently used as a summer vacation home by Queen Elizabeth
Dover Castle - coastal castle built by King Henry VIII with secret underground tunnels that were used in WW II to manage the rescue from Dunkirk and direct British air defenses.
Despite the cold weather and showers of snow and sleet alternating with sunshine, it was wonderful to visit the White Cliffs of Dover.
It was wonderful to warm up with hot tea and scones at the Lighthouse of Dover after a 2 mile trek along the cliffs.
On Easter Sunday we attended First Baptist Church of Dover.
In the wartime tunnels under Dover Castle, Richard pondered the British WW II war effort as he donned this old Royal Air Force jacket.
We walk over these train tracks as we walk from our apartment to the office.
Whenever we journey to London, the train is the best way to go.
What a blessing to attend Metropolitan Tabernacle in London! It is awesome to walk where great Christian leaders, such as Charles Spurgeon, have walked and worked!
The church was started in 1650 and moved to this present location in 1859.
Richard with Dr. Peter Masters standing in front of C. H. Spurgeon’s pulpit and the last portrait painted of that great theologian.
After church, we enjoyed the nicest weather since we arrived in UK more than 5 months ago. How pleasant to enjoy blue skies and sunshine as we visited sites like the London Eye!
One morning in March we joined friends for some English Indoor Bowling. This was considerably different from American bowling – green carpet instead of lanes, smaller lopsided bowling balls that naturally roll in an arc, and a single cue ball instead of 10 pins.
We always enjoy spotting the colorful wild pheasants that live throughout the country.