Here in England a most terrible catastrophe….the laptop wouldn’t connect to the internet…but finally in Oxford we were able to get connected. We recovered from jet lag on the Isle of Wight visiting friends and old haunts. I returned to visit the two parish churches where I was an Anglican vicar and was not surprised to find that they now have a woman vicar named Drucilla. Ah well, they wanted women priests and now they have one. We had a delightful visit to Quarr Abbey–one of my favorite places. They have created a very nice visitor’s chapel in the crypt where we were received into the Catholic Church in 1995. Some pictures to follow once I get my camera hooked up.
Then a quick drive up to Oxford to stay at the HQ of the St Barnabas Society–the Catholic charity for which I used to work. Now, after a very nice stroll through Oxford we’re having a cream tea in a little cafe just off Cornmarket next to St Michael’s Church. Oxford (and all of England) seems drab and damp. There is an air of defeat about the place, or it is just my imagination or perhaps the weather. Nevertheless, it is pleasant to be here exploring favorite alleyways, snooping through well remembered chapels and colleges. There was a hotel where C.S.Lewis and T.S.Eliot once had lunch. There is the hotel where Lewis met Joy Davidman for the first time…there is the Bird and Baby where the Inklings met.
More on our English visit later.