Tamasin Warnock’s charitable trip to South Africa

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My eldest daughter is now seventeen. I do not know what has happened to all those years! Next month we will be waving her off on a trip to South Africa. She will be spending three weeks of her summer renovating classrooms in a township school, and teaching children who have not had the fortunate upbringing she has. Some of the children may well be AIDs orphans. I am very proud of her.  She is working with Hillcrest, and is expected to raise her own funds. Through quiz nights, cake … [Read more...]

The best of the blog: 2012

Most years, at around this time I like to review the highlights of my blogging year. 2012 has certainly been an exciting year in the life of this blog. The year began promisingly with "How Great is our God" trending on Twitter, and in January I wrote on how the Church is meant to be a refuge, and how to move the immoveable God. In February I preached on the three phases of faith, a sermon that might surprise some of my Reformed friends. I also wrote a simple post, that once again reminded … [Read more...]

A graphical weekend with my daughter – revising Chemistry GCSE Higher level Science EdExcel

My daughter is really an artist rather than a scientist.  But I am quite proud of what we just produced. This is the joys of having a 15 year old. You get to remind yourself what it was like to be stuck in revising.  I secretly quite enjoy working with her on all this.  And most of the time I think she is glad that her old man still just about remembers at least some of his science and can usually work out the rest! Anybody else out there doing a similar thing this weekend? … [Read more...]

We grieve, but not in the same way as those who have no hope

This is going to be a very personal post, full of reflections on the death just yesterday of my Father-in-Law. But before I get into that, being me, I have to begin with a very important point of Bible understanding.  For I know that many Christians feel secretly guilty for the fact they are grieving.  They ask themselves, "why am I crying when I know that my loved one has gone to a better place?" I hope to reassure all of my readers who are currently in mourning, and every single one of … [Read more...]

Bringing warmth to a fathers heart

One of my children came downstairs, after being in their room for ages yesterday, with the following list of verses. They had obviously spent a long time going thru a bible looking at highlighted verses and choosing, as they put it, their "favorite ones". I think its a pretty good list, actually, and I am grateful for the grace of God at work in this dear child of mine despite all their father's failings and imperfections. Nothing that I could hope to ever accomplish with the blog will be of … [Read more...]

10 Things I learnt on my summer "break"

Following just over a month of this self-imposed near-total break from my online life (obviously not including my paid work!) what have I discovered? Wordpress's auto-publish feature is bullet-proof and a real gift You hardly missed me as a result of 1. and my kind guest bloggers. Indeed, traffic remained pretty high considering it was August. Phil Moore is better than I am at explaining why digital fasts are so important. A week is definitely not long enough It took me much longer … [Read more...]

Home Again!

We're home again! The reunion was sweet, although the three of us are rather tired. I worked today, while both Henry and Tamasin spent some time sleeping. Unfortunately, none of us slept a wink on the plane!This was the longest I've been away from my dear wife, and the longest I have been in America. We even found ourselves talking about "restrooms" and "strollers" and "pacifiers"—words for which most of my English friends would need an interpreter. Sadly I gained about 3 kg. during the last … [Read more...]

Disney's Hollywood Studios (Previously MGM)

On Tuesday we visited Disney's answer to Universal Studios. It's not as big as its rival, but has lots of rides and shows. Fantasmia lived up to its reputation at the end of the day. The Tower of Terror set a mildly horror-based scene which was an irritating distraction to the real basis of the ride—a crazy, randomly generated sequence of rapid rises and drops in a demented elevator. It was a real hit and the ride that we have repeated the most times (except for the Universal roller coasters). … [Read more...]

Sea World and Mardi Gras

Saturday was Sea World day and the Mardi Gras. Tamasin described it as follows in her diary:Today we went to Sea World. Sea World is joined up with Discovery Cove (the place with the dolphins). Sea World was really cool. They had a roller coaster (it was easy but fun) and a water ride. I got so wet I had to buy a new top. There was loads of shows, including a dolphin and whale show, an otter and sea lion one, one nothing to do with animals but called itself a circus, another with big massive … [Read more...]

Wet n' Wild in Orlando, Florida

We learned an invaluable lesson today about vacations in Florida. You really can't do it all, and you actually don't want to. Having spent a stimulating and enjoyable day at Universal Studios yesterday, we took someone's advice and decided to have a day at a waterpark before hitting Islands of Adventure tomorrow. The idea of a less full day in-between parks is very sensible. On the way into the park, we were feeling excited, and only mildly apprehensive at the sheer height of the slide rides. We … [Read more...]


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