Hello again, happy blog-addicts!! I’m back in the quiet backwater that is Wivenhoe, having got back last night from a week and a half of fun and festivities with family and friends. It’s been quite a marathon actually, adding a wopping 921 miles onto the clock of my faithful Mini! First it was the 271 mile journey to Torquay to see my parents, which proved to be something of a pain in the foot (6 hours of driving with no cruise control left me with aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards!). It also covered my nice car in black muck, which I’m sure must have been small particles still in the air from the Hemel Hempsted explosion. Still, it meant I had an excuse to wash my car, so it was nice and clean for a few days. Then on Boxing Day I drove up to Gloucester to see Ellie, which covered my car in white muck (salt from the roads I think). Then we did a day trip to Bristol to see my Grandparents and various other family members, then the following day we drove to Woking in Surrey for another family gathering! After another day in Glos with Ellie I decamped to Bristol for a couple of days to spend New Year with my folks. And then of course there was the trip back to Wiv. Thankfully Neddy has stood up to the challenge admirably, not complaining once about the miles he was doing! I’m not sure the mileage is quite up to scratch though, I was only getting about 30 mpg, which I think is a little low, so I might have to try and sort out the engine soon.

It’s been a fantastic Christmas though, with a lot of happiness and busyness throughout. It was so nice to see family again – Wivenhoe is just too far away to make visiting people practical most of the time. I was quite pleased with the presents I got for people this year; Mum got a CD of new Irish hymns (by the likes of Kristyn Getty), Dad got a DVD of the best of Morcambe and Wise, Christopher got a radio controlled hovering UFO, and Peter got a clock where the numbers and hands go backwards! I got some nice things too, including a nice tool set, four more Mini models, a sleeveless jacket, a domino set, and some funky blue headlight bulbs for the Mini. I also picked up a whole load of bits and pieces left over from our old Mini, Lulu, which can now be put onto Neddy; chrome windscreen wipers, chrome wheelarches (not sure if I want those yet), a chrome rear number plate light, a red steering wheel, and a CD player too!

And what of the new year? Have I made any resolutions? Well, sort of. I’m not really the sort of person to make resolutions, because I’m of the opinion that you can decide to change your lifestyle at any point in the year, and New Year is no better time than any other for that. That said, I would like to do more exercise this year, having spent six months without really doing any (I don’t cycle anywhere any more, and going to work just means coming downstairs). I was also very inspired by my little cousin Jacob, who has managed to read the whole Bible in a year – and he’s only about 10! I’d really like to be able to do that if I can, mammoth task though it may be. My main concern there is that I will end up just reading it for the sake of reading it, and not being able to spend enough time actually reading it properly and thinking about it. Still, it would be good to get into a Bible-reading rhythm, as I’ve been very lax this past year. If anyone knows of a good Bible-in-a-year guide, I think I’d be interested! Oh, and the sooner the better – it’s already the 2nd of January…

Categories: Miscellaneous


Phill · 2 January 2006 at 11:19 pm

I’m going to try doing the Bible-in-a-year thing this year. My Bible study notes have got the passages you need to read on each day at the bottom of the page if you want to read the bible in a year. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to pick them up until next Sunday… ah well, I can read “almost” the Bible in a year!

Joe B · 2 January 2006 at 11:32 pm

Good resolution! I can recommend “Cover to Cover” – probably available at the Christian bookshop in Colchester …

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