Day out to Glencar…

So we’ve had a day (well a few hours) out today to Glencar waterfall. It’s about an hour away from us and it’s a beautiful place, there’s mountains and a lake to the side you park on:

and then you cross the road and the waterfall is a very short walk away,

Then there’s the tea shed (A really nice cafe) which is just on the roadside. We went in and got a sandwich, but I had to make a quick exit because littlest was trying to make off with toys they had for sale and then rolling around on the floor when I took them off him. But! They also have a little playground outside so he was then really happy!

They’re really welcoming and it has a really friendly feel. You can also sit outside, and as mentioned before, the view is so good!

I’ve been wanting to go for a while, so that’s one off my list! I think we’ll probably be going back too.

There’s also another waterfall that we could see from the road a little further up called ‘the devils chimney’. You can walk to it, but we didn’t today. We noticed it because the water at the top was actually blowing up into the air.

you can only just vaguely see it in the background. Phones aren’t the best at taking these sort of photos, but that walk is definitely another for the to do list.

This was on the way home through Manorhamilton:

There was a pub further up with really bright murals on the wall too, but I didn’t manage to get that one. We were driving too fast 😊 (I wasn’t driving, just in case you were wondering).

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Well I’ve been up a while…

And I was really grumpy until I’d listened to some worship. I’ve just downloaded a Sarah Kroger album (your time) and it is beautiful.

I’m now sat on the living room floor with J (4 year old) because there’s no furniture in here. The plasterer got held up yesterday and us now coming on Monday. It’s actually nicer than I expected just sat on the floor. At least Chris got the insulation up in time for the plasterer. It currently looks like this:

and this is the floor view:

Ha. Some things never change.

The rest of the house is a right mess to be honest, belongings all over the place… but I’m reassuring myself that it’s temporary!

Chris also decided to wire up the outside light himself last night. The electrician definitely isn’t coming…it’s been months… and the lamp is working! One thing I can say of Chris, he’s very thorough and exact, so I don’t have a problem trusting him to do things like that.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”.. (psalm 119:105).

Isn’t that beautiful, we can trust God at all times and he lights the way..

Especially, (in my case anyway), when it all feels a bit blurry. I get clarity and vision and focus again by coming to Him, sitting with Him and reading my bible.

All is well …

Blogging..

I’ve been feeling weird about blogging recently. A little voice saying ‘why are YOU blogging?’ ‘What have YOU got to say?’. And another more valid question of ‘why are you doing this blog?’. Is it for attention? What is it for? What do YOU know???

I’ve said it before but again! It’s because I want to, it’s because I want to keep certain people updated, to have a record of progress, it’s because it’s almost like talking, it’s an outlet, but most of all, it’s about Jesus, whether I mention Him or not. However I’ve been, whatever I’ve done, no matter where I’m at, He is with me. I am His child. He is present. He is all powerful.

I was despicable before I knew Him, I was just wrong and He loved me into knowing Him and saved my sanity and my life. I owe Him everything.

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! (Psalm 105:4)

His presence is the best thing ever and I will continually seek it. I can’t really do life without that to be honest. Neither would I now want to.

Higgledy piggledy

So we’re a bit ‘higgledy piggledy living’ again as Chris put it tonight. The bathroom and living room ceilings are being plastered this weekend so we’ve had to almost empty the living room and put things in other places. The settees are in the barn and I’m really, really hoping the cat doesn’t decide to wee on them…!

Armchair and piles of stuff for sorting in the kitchen. Books/records/stereo etc are upstairs.

Almost empty living room.

Apart from the dust that’s become displaced and is seriously messing with my nose. I’ve found it quite good in a way. Because it was so hectic the day the removals people arrived, things got put in a certain place and just stopped there. It’s a chance now, to put things how we actually want them and possibly paint the living room too before everything goes back in…possibly, anyway.

In other news! The bath has also arrived:

yes, it’s a bath! There’s a bit of work to do yet before installing it, but it shouldn’t be too long really. We’ve been 7 months without one so I’m sure we can cope a little longer…

Chickens soon!

It’s strange, writing a blog sometimes. There’s stuff I’d love to write about and can’t or feel I can’t. Mainly for confidentiality reasons… things about what God has done or is doing, personal stuff too. But I can’t, not yet anyway, so that’s that!

Anyway, a few snippets from this week. We’ve mainly been at home because the jeep stopped starting, it’d turn over but not start. Chris and a mechanic he knows were scratching their heads over it but now it’s starting ok, providing the key is turned rapidly in the ignition! Strange…

Also, I sent some parcels from Northern Ireland instead of here this week and the people in question got them the very next day, It takes about three days from here and is more expensive. Strange isn’t it? Strange, but not strange, because Northern Ireland is part of the UK, but, it’s the same island as here, with (I’m only presuming) the same method of getting the post across?? Anyway, I feel slightly guilty about not using the postage system here, but only slightly.

We’ve started getting the chicken run and coop that we brought over sorted and fixed together.

we’ve got to get some cable ties to fix the wire on and we’re waiting for the preservative to dry on the coop before putting that together. I painted it today.

It looks great, like new. We’re looking forward to having chickens again, it’s lovely having your own eggs. I’d quite like ducks too, but we’ll see.

I’d like all sorts if I’m honest… but I can jump into things a bit too quickly if I’m not careful, so chickens first!

It’s a little bit sad sometimes..

Funny what makes you really miss someone. I’m a serial card collector and for my dad’s birthday I got this but then decided to send another:

I’ve just been rifling through my card collection and it caught my eye. His birthday was only about two weeks before he died and we didn’t realise that was going to happen at that point. I’m still smiling because he’s my dad and I thank God for him, but I really miss him being here. It’s not all consuming, but I miss him.

7 months…

Yes it’s the monthly one.

It’s been an interesting one anyway. Littlest was sick during the night and so I was up a few times and then he chose 5:45 as his get up time, so I’m quite tired. Felt ok ish but now I’m getting emotional..it’s time for bed really.

I’m feeling homesick tonight for my Matlock church, I listened to a podcast earlier from them which was pretty powerful. It was a testimony of what God had done in a couple’s lives over the past year (they’ve been at BSSM – Bethel school of supernatural ministry). It was very open and very honest. It was really good to hear. I knew what I was doing when I was at Matlock, or felt that I did, I don’t here. That’s probably good though, it means I’m submitting to God because I don’t feel I have any other option.

We are part of an Elim church plant called Lakelands and they’re great. They’ve had a team of young people down all week from something called ‘relentless’, doing activities in the community such as a kids club and giving out teas and coffees to late night revellers (and a lot more besides), telling people about and showing people God’s love. We’re happy being part of the group, but it’s all still new. I knew what to expect from Church in the Peak. They’d known me from new to now, they’ve seen what God’s done with me and now this feels very strange sometimes, to be the new people. God is working through it, my security needs to come through Him not anything or anybody else…and it’s exciting too, getting to know new people and anticipating what God might do. Especially in the area in which we live.

Anyway! Happy Sunday! Quite a few of our plants have flowers emerging at the moment. It’s beautiful, there’s roses and cornflowers and calendula. The beds aren’t packed out like I wanted but they will be in the future.

We spent the afternoon on the field, it’s been gorgeous weather today.

Chris has been flying one of his aeroplanes, and looking at the footage on his new camera, a runcam 5, so he’s happy.

Good night.

Cathy.