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12/15/12    Settling into Life in England 

We arrived in England on November 14 and continue to settle into life here while enjoying some of the sights.  It is now the winter season – cool temperatures, lots of rain showers and cloud cover.   Thankfully we have a warm and comfortable flat in a quiet neighborhood.  Below are a few pictures of our time in England.

(London) Big Ben in Queen Elizabeth Tower
001_201212_01 Suz and Richard, Big Ben_SM

London Eye by the Thames River.   Winter is here and the breeze blowing over the river is cool.
002_201212_01 London Eye, Richard and Suzanna_SM

(London) Tower Bridge after dark
003_201212_01 Richard and Suz at Tower Bridge_SM

(London) St Martin’s Cathedral has a wonderful restaurant in their underground crypt.  In the floor are engraved stones that cover graves from hundreds of years ago.
003B_201212_01 Richard and Suz, St Martin's Crypt Tree (7)_SM

(London) Enjoying cinnamon pretzels at the Christmas Market in Hyde Park
004_201212_01 Chr Mkt, Hyde Pk (9)_SM

(Croydon) It’s not every day you see live, decorated holly bushes walking around and greeting shoppers!
005_201211_24 Suzanna with Live Trees_Croydon_SM

(Reigate) We are blessed to live in this lovely apartment complex – a brisk 10-minute walk from work.
006_201211_16 Apt Exterior_SM

(Redhill) Shopping areas are within a healthy walking distance, so sometimes we use this cart to transport our groceries home.
007_201211_16 Richard pulling cart_SM

(Croydon) We did not eat any eel, but the minced beef pies and mash (potatoes) were delicious.
008_201211_24 Croydon Cockney's Restaurant (2)_SM

(Redhill) Wherever we go, we find sisters and brothers in Christ!
009_201211_18 Redhill Bapt_SM

(Reigate) We enjoyed traditional British food at this traditional English pub, built in the 1600’s.
010_201212_09 Roasting Chestnuts, eating at Plough (2)_SM

(Reigate) It was our first time roasting chestnuts.  Yes, we were humming, “chestnuts roasting on an open fire . . .”
011_201212_09 Roasting Chestnuts, eating at Plough (5)_SM

(Redhill) Our local shopping center allowed local churches to have a carol program last Sunday night.  It was an inspirational evening reminding us about the real meaning of Christmas.
012_201212_09 Carols in Belfry (7)_SM

(London) Yesterday (Dec 14), we went to Trafalgar Square to see the Christmas tree.  Each year since 1947, a Christmas tree has been given to the people of London from the people of Norway in gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during World War II. 
013_201212_15 Trafalgar Sq Tree (9)_SM

(London) We hoped to hear choirs singing Christmas songs, but instead we were surrounded by literally thousands of “Santas!”   It seems that the young people of the city were having a “Santacon”.   Maybe on another evening we can hear some traditional Christmas music at Trafalgar Square.
014_201212_15 Trafalgar Sq Tree_Suz_SM

We enjoy walking in London.  We hope that someday we will see the royal family!
015_201212_09 Richard on Buck Pal Rd_SM

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Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

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Family - Dec 12