Standing art appreciation on it’s head

Five years ago I was at a conference in Wakefield. The hotel had a rather nice meeting/banqueting room with this picture forming part of the decor:

I was muchly amused that it had been hung upside down. An Impressionistic image, inversely identified as it were. Or perhaps enacting a hybrid of  impressionism and surrealism.

I was delighted this week when a friend had attended a conference at the hotel, and sent me the above phone snap to verify that it was still struggling with it’s orientation.
(To save you turning your computer upside down, this is what it might be intended to present as:)


Much to my surprise I seem to have ‘got into’ running.  At home and at work there is a natural round-the-block run that is exactly 1.5 miles. Not far I’ll admit but means that I can nip out for 15 minutes and enjoy a jog/run. (I never thought I would use the words, ‘run’ and ‘enjoy’ in the same sentence).
I was amazed to find how much easier it is becoming and how much faster I am getting … again surprising.
So, on Saturday I thought I’d try the Park Run thing (several years late to the table I admit) and turned up to the Newbury one on Greenham Common (with 500+ others). I loved it! Didn’t embarrass myself,  ran all the way, and finished OK.



I have my Tickets for South Africa!  In September I shall be in our Link Diocese (Kimberley and Kuruman)  taking part in a Conference. I am excited and I admit, a little nervous.  This will be the furthest from home I have ever been. (On the very rare occasions I catch a plane it has been flights of two hours or less). It feels like a huge privilege though … I hope I can contribute as much as I am sure I will learn from the adventure.