Following the services at the Cathedral today we held the Cathedral picnic at Bishop’s House, needless to say the rain that has fallen all summer so far fell heavily today, picnic therefore inside but much laughter all the same.
Back to Edinburgh on Tuesday for a meeting of the Provincial Standing Committee and a briefing with the communications officer about the article that would be run in the Press and Journal. I indicated that I was happy with the article and that I was very happy to say I supported equal marriage, stand back and wait for the responses.
On Wednesday in the Cathedral we held the funeral of a dear member of the congregation, Jackie was a long standing member of the L’Arche community in Inverness, it was good to welcome so many friends to the service and we managed to laugh as much as we cried.
We also had a concert in the Cathedral to raise money for the people of Nepal, I had a number of meetings and a session with my supervisor, then a very relaxed and happy meal with Gordon and Rita in Elgin. On Saturday we drove down to St Michael and All Angels in Inverness for the requiem for Glynis Stranraer-Mull, it was good to see so many people there to support Gerald and his family.
On Sunday we visited St Paul’s, Strathnairn and as always we got a great welcome and a wonderful lunch, it was also the 25 anniversary of my ordination as priest and 20 years since Rev Kathy was ordained, so we had a wonderful Ken- created cake after the meal. In the evening we had Choral Evensong in the Cathedral, the choir were very good and one member of the congregation commented on my lovely singing of the office. Following the service the Cathedral Chapter hosted a dinner for me at the Drumossie Hotel during which I received a very special bowl from a local pottery.
This was now the week of Quebec and I spent the first three days sorting many things out and then on Friday afternoon we set off, the adventure had begun!