Devon

Bible, Theology

Live Like a Limpet


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English Riviera

Back in the day, one of the best summer-time things to do was to roll down Headland Park Road on our mountain bikes and go crabbing in the rock pools of the English Riviera. We’d raid the ‘fishing box’ (an old Wall’s ice cream container) and arrive at the big pools with a bright orange H-shaped crabbing line. (more…)

Worship, Worship, Music and Song

Persevere


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Mairi and I, along with our friend Sam, spent a glorious few days last week in Torbay filming on location for the Jesus Come project which is coming along nicely.

We also had plenty of time for much-needed relaxation including finding my old childhood fishing spot off Berry Head where I have memories of catching fish as a wee boy. It was so much fun.

We’d got the rod out and set up camp at Berry Head but for three or four hours there was barely even a bite on the end of the line. Then, all of a sudden, (more…)

Culture, Exercise and Health, kite surfing

National Trust launches appeal to buy Bantham but now we need your help


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My favourite beach in the world: Have a look, have a think how you could help

A Dartmoor blog

Yesterday the National Trust announced that it was launching an appeal to try and acquire Bantham beach and part of the Avon estuary in south Devon. The National Trust has committed £4m of its own funds but needs to raise an additional £2.6m. You can read the Trust press release here and donate to the appeal here.

We have received extensive media coverage, for example in the Guardian, BBC and the Western Daily Press. We have also received some very high level support – for example Richard Branson has blogged his support, along with Sarah Wollaston MP and local banker James Rossiter who has pledged to raise a lot of money via a sponsored swim – see here.

Images By Steven Haywood - National Trust - Bantham Village,  South Hams Devon.Bantham beach is probably the best surfing beach in south Devon – photo by Steven Haywood
and the legendary surfing website Magic Seaweed are supporting our appeal

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Theology

Thank You


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This blog article is to stimulate gratitude for the simple things in life…the blessings that are by their thousands, every day, but that often go uncelebrated.

I’m sat in a restaurant in Torbay in Devon looking out to sea. There’s an Easterly wind today which is good news for surfers because the waves are churning, and I’m thankful. I very much appreciate the sea because it gives me a sense of ‘inner space’ to think and feel. It’s actually really grey and wet and cold too….but I’m still thankful for the sea. Really thankful.

I’m thankful too for a healthy appetite – being able to order a JP and eat it with no problems in my body, not to mention the £4 in my account to pay for it. Such a simple thing to be thankful for but, if it were taken away, I’d miss it big time.

I’m thankful that I’ve got two wrists that work without any pain so that I can type this and two eyes that can look up occasionally to look at the inky grey waves with their white froth. I’m thankful that I have a car parked outside (The Beast – it’s done 135’000 miles and owns the roads here) – it’ll take me to where I wanna go later without having to get wet. Amazing!

What’s in your immediate world today that you’re thankful for but which could easily be missed or that you take for granted?

And this spirit of gratitude and thankfulness can spring up in us even in the midst of difficulty.

My right ankle that I broke when I was 14 means that I can’t really play the sport that I truly love anymore, (football), because when I do it swells up and makes me limp. But my other ankle is awesome and the rest of my body is really strong and well….so I can do pretty much anything else – including kite-surfing or pushing myself to the limit in the gym or body pump (yeah a bit lame but great for building lean muscle mass). So I am super thankful for that!

And the best thing is that His mercies are new EVERY morning. It’s getting dark now but when it gets light again tomorrow His mercy extended to me again will be new…and you too.

Thank You!