Ahhh . . . Chester. I think I live in one of the most beautiful cities in all of the UK. I know that residents of other towns and cities would beg to differ, but we are all entitled to our own opinions are we not? This is the place I came to live 17 years ago when I moved to the UK and this is the place I missed every day of the 7 years that I lived down in Kent. Its just a beautiful city filled with beautiful people and architecture and spirit. It has so much to offer.
The city recently opened one of it's newest structures. It's been in the making for several years now at the cost of over £37 million. It houses a new Cinema, Theatre and modern/up to date Library. Its just beautiful. Inside and out. I went into town with Todd the other day for my eye test and he took me on a tour of it. He's been in to it several times now. Its phenomenal, but then it better be for the money it cost! Red carpeting throughout, a lovely children's library, plenty of armchairs throughout for people to sit and read on, lots of technology for the tecchies, coffee shops and bars, and of course the cinema and the theatre where people will be ale to see both film and live theatre productions. This will be a great asset to an already great city.
This is a sight I thought I would never see in my city . . . policemen armed with guns, heavy duty guns. Patrolling out streets. Outside the town hall. After the atrocity in Manchester earlier this week our country is at a Critical level re terrorism, meaning that another attack is expected imminently. Scary stuff. Troops are also being deployed to help police the streets of all major cities, centres, events, etc. in an attempt to keep our citizens safe. I am not sure it is entirely possible to keep our citizens safe, but we can try.
We are living in a bad, bad world. I was reading this morning that dozens of Coptic Christians have been killed and injured in an attack on a bus in Eygpt. Attacked whilst on their way to church, by armed gunmen, wearing masks . . . because they are brave like that, these terrorists. They like to wear masks. Despicable.
I don't know what to think.
Its all quite frightening.
All of it.
I have this big beautiful family and all of these lovely children and grandchildren and I worry about their future. About the world they are going to have to deal with, live with, survive . . . .
I guess that is where faith comes in. We need it now more than ever. I don't think things will ever get any better, not this side of the millennium . . . they are only going to get worse. Peace comes from our faith in and of the Saviour. Read the scriptures. Pray. Hope. Love.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~John 14:27
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. ~John 16:33
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.~Isaiah 12:2
I believe that ultimately Go
“Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail. … Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not” (D&C 6:34, 36).
The sun has deserted us this morning. It is showering. We have had a glorious few days however, and I think even these showers will clear. Its been almost too hot to sleep and we had to dig the fan out of the cupboard. Todd was saying last night that he feels literally exhausted. He's been trying to get some work done in the garden, but it takes all of his energy to do it. I want to ask the young men/elders quorum in our Ward to help, but he doesn't want me to do that. Too proud I guess! Our shed doors need scraping and painting. One of our patio chairs has disappeared? It must have blown away in a wind storm and we didn't notice it being gone until now.
The Clematis and Honeysuckle are going mad and are filled with bees . . . buzz, buzzing. It's lovely. The Honeysuckle smells beautiful. Our roses are filling with buds and our strawberries are covered with flowers. We should get quite a few I am thinking, if the slugs don't get there first!
I have not heard from my Editor this week. I will have to e-mail him and ask him what's up. I haven't received any advance yet, which I thought I was supposed to receive when the finished manuscript was submitted, but maybe that meant with all the edits done. That's probably what it meant. I am so not in the know with how these things work!
I am babbling so I will end this now with a cheerful thought for the day, enough doom and gloom!
Are you dancing?
I sure hope so!
In The English Kitchen today . . . Pull Apart Cinnamon Roll Bread. This was gorgeous!
Have a great Saturday. Don't forget . . .
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And I do too!