I love the summer

Photo on 2013-07-09 at 18.12

 

I can’t believe we’re getting a summer. This is the first ‘summer’ I remember since 2006. No, really – I’m not kidding. And I’m doing everything I can to make the most of it – because who knows when the next time we get a summer will be?

Sunshine just brings out the best in me. I love being less like the colour of milk. I love all the fruit and veg that is coming into season. I love walking to and from work. I love driving a car with the windows down blasting out Noah and The Whale. I love sitting in the sunshine reading a book. All the books I’ve not finished I’m now working onThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, Stephen Fry in America and catching up on Corduroy Mansions and 44 Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall Smith. I’ve got a pile of books on my to-read list. Some in a pile on my shelf. Some tormenting my wallet as I fight the temptation to purchase them. My current ‘handbag’ book is a series of essays by F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Cruise of the Rolling Junk.

I’d heard a new Mimi’s had opened not far from where I work, and so with the sun still in the sky and the centre bizarrely quiet (we’re usually quiet in June-August, but June was insanely busy for some reason) I left work at 4 p.m. and went to investigate. A chocolate raspberry brownie purchased, I went to get the airlink bus home but decided to make a detour. A detour into the South end of Princes Street Gardens, sit on the grassy slope and eat my brownie and read Rolling Junk. I ended up having a wee power nap in the evening sunshine.

It did my soul good.

Yes, life is still busy and crazy. I’m making new friends, and catching up with old connections. I collected my Fringe tickets today as well. People keep asking where I’m going on holiday. The truth is I have no plans as I try to save pennies – but then I guess my ‘holiday’ will be enjoying everything Edinburgh has to offer this summer.

I realise the summer is flying by. Almost 2 weeks down already. There’s so much to do until then – not least of which getting this open college course completed.

And I still need to pick a Quote for this week!

Because I love a good book…

…and I’m so proud of my friend, Nicola!

You might remember Nicola from such tales as our adventures in Aberdeen, her amazing wedding or when I stayed with her in Oxford during my summer road trip. For as long as I’ve known Nicola she’s had a passion for justice, a love of travelling and had a clear gift for creative writing. And for her first published book, Stars in Unexpected Places, she has managed to combine all three.

Many of the stories have been inspired by Nicola’s travels, and all the profits from the book sales will be going to Tearfund. You can find out more about where each story came from on Nicola’s blog.

Plus the book cover was designed by our very talented friend, Hannah of Hannah Beatrice (who I also stayed with on my road trip).

So if you like a good book, or you know someone else who does AND you want to help Tearfund in their pursuit of social justice across the world….head over to the Completely Novel store and order a copy (or two or more) of Stars in Unexpected Places now.

And if you like it….DO spread the word.

Bible in a Year

One of the things I was semi-dreading about Inter:act was the idea of attempting (once again) to read the bible in the space of a year. I had taken a glimpse of the reading plan, which is similar to one that was given to me the first time I attempted it (reading the bible in chronological order). My heart sank with a deep ‘ugggggghhhh’.

So imagine how excited I was to go to Momentum last week and discover this:

I saw them in the marketplace, and then Mike and Andy explained at one of the main meetings that they’d decided to put a reading plan starting from September 1st where every day we’d all be reading a bit of Old Testament, New Testament and a Psalm/Proverb each day.

A few good things about this.

1. Every day there’ll be an opportunity to share on the Soul Survivor Bible in a year blog – so we’re not just reading but actually thinking and meditating on it

2. Some guys who go to my church have also bought this bible. And I may have bought a second one for somebody. That means we’re all in this together (and I’ve given permission to one of the guys to keep me accountable!)

3. I’m not going to be spending a month reading just Leviticus, Numbers or something (ie one of the more tedious and dull books of the bible…sorry, but you gotta admit it’s not the most exciting read when you’re reading about family trees or obscure examples of the laws they had back before Jesus times!). You’ve got a little bit of something easier to read with your dull bit. It’s kind of like when you have to eat a gross vegetable, and it helps to put something tastier on your fork with it. :)

So as of September 1st we’re going to be reading the bible all together…..100s, maybe 1000s of us!

Feel free to join us!