Thursday, 2 December 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." Gilbert K. Chesterton
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Friday, 6 August 2010
Thursday, 1 July 2010
I had been to Yellowknife several times when I worked for Matco before so I knew what I was coming to. It is a very friendly and casual place and still has a feel of being on the frontier. It is relatively compact so doesn’t take long to get around and you don’t have to go very far to be out in the wilderness.
The townhouse that Matco rented for me to stay in with another member of staff is in good shape but not in a very good location - on a rocky slope right next to the main road into town so pretty noisy at night especially with sirens from emergency vehicles passing by ! Also I am having trouble sleeping because of the light. This time of the year – mid-summer - the sun rises at 3:30 am and only sets at 11:30 pm but even between those hours it is not completely dark as there is a heavy twilight.
I was lucky enough in the very first week here to get on a helicopter ride over the city and surrounding area so it was good to get that perspective from the air.
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Thursday we were up early for the continental breakfast and were on our way again by 7:00 a.m. Made good progress with stops along the way for breaks, fuel and some sight seeing. Amazing to again see such vast expanses of countryside totally uninhabited and so few vehicles on the roads. It was an experience that very many Canadians do not get and gave us a better appreciation of what the truck drivers have to contend with in getting up to Yellowknife and back. The winter driving must be brutal.
Friday I had to go to work so Johanna just chilled out on her own and did some walking around the town. In the evening we met up with a friend of Bronwen's who is doing her practicum up here and went for sushi and then a few drinks with her. Saturday morning we did some other touristy things - including breakfast at the most Northerly McDonald's in Canada !
For more photos of the trip visit the Facebook album Road Trip
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
It was a busy time catching up with some family members and African friends. One of them – Willem Pietersen (below) - I hadn’t seen in over 22 years ! It was great to reminisce about all the crazy things we did during our teenage years especially the unforgettable cross country trip to the Chimanimani Mountains !
I also did two presentations about the Foundation to two separate groups. There were not many people at both as it was quite short notice but those that did attend were very interested and we will no doubt get some support and donations from them. I get a sense that UK is going to grow into a strong support base for us now that SPF is registered there as a charity and I look forward to future visits there to do more presentations and connecting.
During the time in UK I managed to visit three Rotary Clubs for their weekly meetings - Bath (in photo below), Beckenham and Reading Abbey. Great to be able to experience one of the key aspects of Rotary – visiting other clubs throughout the world and connecting with fellow Rotarians.
Friday, 30 April 2010
Gordon was in Zambia for March and April visiting and working on the SPF Isaiah Project there. It was an incredible time and as always more transpired than had been anticipated with many new connections and opportunities.
For more details about the trip please download his report (PDF) and visit the photo albums listed on the right hand side of the blog.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
In mid-April I had the opportunity to do a road trip from Zambia to South Africa and back over 7 days in order to attend the Angus Buchan Mighty Men’s conference. The magnitude of camping with some 400,000 other men and boys and joining them in worship, hearing the preaching and prayer is too great to adequately describe. It was the experience of a lifetime and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
For more details and the photos please visit the Facebook photo album : MMC2010