Celebrating Avril!

We returned Maldon to celebrate Avril the longstanding Reader who has recently retired and gone to live in Bridlington.  She had worked with seven vicars during her time at Maldon, David being the one before Stephen, who is now the incumbent.  It was a reunion for many who had been involved with her during her long time at the church.



Worship & Flowers

David led worship and Communion Service at St.John’s URC Ipswich this morning.  Then we raced down the road to South Hanningfield for their Flower Festival.  It was titled The Roaring Twenties.  Can you recognise the flapper girls, Rennie Mackintosh, the Barber’s Shop Quartet and Tutankhamun, no prizes?


Wedding at Hintlesham

David presided at a lovely wedding this afternoon for Joshua and Georgina at St.Nicholas Church Hintlesham.


The Last Supper


The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo provided a fitting climax to the cruise.  We were privileged to be seated in the Royal Gallery with an ideal view of the show.  Afterwards we were invited to a cocktail reception with the VIPs.

After the opening presentation we enjoyed the Scottish regiments massed pipes and drums.


During each element appropriate projected images appeared on the castle walls.


The Indian Navy Band with shimmering dancers was a great favourite.


Shetland Fiddlers enacted their midwinter celebration of Up Hell Ya.


The Tattoo Dancers provided a colourful and energetic spectacle.


At the reception we met a High Constable of Edinburgh.


Finally next evening on the ship with Louise, Piper to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, we had our own pipes and drums celebration.



Leith & Edinburgh

We are in Leith, our last port before we return to London and home.  From here we could see a little of Edinburgh before attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  There will be more of that in the next post.  Meanwhile here is the Royal Yacht Britannia at sunrise moored alongside us, a few shots in Edinburgh and most important of all our momentous reunion with our dear friends Marc and Sandi, who came on the ship, had a tour and lunch with us.  It was so great to see them again.


Royal Yacht Britannia


The castle


Scott Memorial & wheel


First Minister’s Residence


Church of Scotland General Assembly


With Marc & Sandi


We had a pleasant sail up the Firth of Tay into Dundee.  My first visit to the city of my McKenzie and Macintosh ancestors.  We photographed the two Tay bridges. We were welcomed as we disembarked by a young lady piper. She plans to welcome us in Leith tomorrow as well!


Our coach tour took us up on the Law where we had great views over the city.  Everywhere we went we saw the Kilt Walk, for a variety of charities.


We were transported to Broughty Ferry, a pleasant seaside suburb with a magnificent ice cream shop and a castle.


Next we visited the museum and ship Discovery.  She was Scot’s research ship in Antarctica.  I had visited her in London, moored on the Embankment in London, as a child with my Dad.


David enjoyed sitting in Captain Scot’s cabin.