Raining in paradise

It’s raining again here in the Thames Valley as it seems to have done every day this month. Where are those paradise days of balmy sunshine until late evening that belong to an English June? The next five days look set to be wet according to the BBC weather forecast. And last month was no better. May was in the top five wettest Mays since 1979.  Tomorrow I’m heading off  with a coachload from my church to the Oxfordshire countryside for the St Birinus pilgrimage – Christians from the Oxford Diocese  tracing the journey of an early bishop who converted the Saxons of the Thames Valley in c. 640AD. The main walk is 10 miles long from Churn Knob where Birinus was allowed to preach his first sermon to Dorchester Abbey where he became the Bishop of Wessex. I might decide to do the shorter 5 mile version if it keeps on raining like this! We are all about to be baptised in Birinus’ memory it seems. Glad I got a new waterproof earlier this year!

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