Day 328 - A Guildford sandwich
So in between these trips (which just about coincided with my mum's birthday and then Father's day) we've been off round the East and South East of England - in Essex and then Brighton.
|Can you spot Lucia?|
Our trip to Essex was to cover a gap in our UK map! and to catch up with Andy and Alison Griffiths, who lived in Paris many years ago. Andy was a curate at St Michaels, and is now involved in training curates himself! Andy found us a church car park to squat (thanks Stephanie) and we had a great time exploring.. (here is Hylands Park, with a fabulous, inclusive play area)
We thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing with Andy, thinking through churches in general (Andy is one for encouraging the whole church to get involved in church life - he's even written a book about it! So it's helped us think about how to get back involved in St Michaels when we get back home.
We visited London and Stratford (more about that elsewhere) and then had an explore of a local wildlife park with Andy on Saturday (this mostly involved hanging out in the café as our kids were pretty exhausted). On Sunday, the kids got a front row view at church, as Andy invited them to learn more about communion from up at the altar.
After we left Andy, we headed to Kent, and to Hop Farm, as a stopover on our way to Brighton. We were lucky to have 500 acres practically to ourselves for the night, which led to an impromptu campfire, some fantastic games of hide/seek and adults attacking the kids' 'den.'
We enjoyed a day exploring Brighton - and loved the pier and the library..