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COUNTRY ROADS LEAD US HOME

On the way

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We arrived in London, large_d4f77690-7c56-11e9-baa5-570029abd48b.jpgwere berthed in the river at Greenwich, and then “docked” ourselves at the Oxford and Cambridge Clubwhere large_d3337f70-7c56-11e9-bd2e-11cafa7b9e18.jpg

we have had a splendid time. So far we have had lunch with Hugh Bryant, dinner with George and Louise Browning, lunch with Mary Quinlan, Mary’s daughter Carrie and Carrie’s fiancée Allie, dinner with Alice Griffin and her friend Gail, and lunch with Teresa Morgan. In addition we have loved seeing Shaul and Monique Ezer, friends from the Silver Whisper who are staying at the O&C too. We’ve been to the Churchill War Rooms (line too long), the Royal Academy (nice show on the history of painting nudes), to Apsley Tailor to pick up a coat that Hope was fitted for in Hong Kong many months ago. At New & Lingwood next door, the haberdasher displayed an outfit that looks quite, well, episcopal. large_d529f840-7c56-11e9-86fb-dddae813c1f3.jpg

We are often asked “where was your favorite place on the world cruise," and we have no answer. There was the school in Ghana, where students were fascinated by Bill’s white hair. There was Nuka Hiva, our first port after a loooong Pacific crossing, where we called Lee Adams and heard news from home. There was Shanghai cooking school where we learned the intricacies of making dumplings, and the elephant sanctuary in Bali where Dumbo put a flower wreath on Hope’s head. We were honored and moved every Sunday with the privilege of providing worship for our faithful congregation aboard ship and the joy of writing sermons while sitting on deck chairs! And we couldn’t stop smiling as that congregation made music with their rhythm instruments at our African service. We brought an amaryllis bulb from home and watched it come to life and fill our sitting room with stunning flowers; we saw sunsets that dazzled us. In Japan, we took three classes – how to arrange flowers, how to tie kimonos (Bill looked stunning) and how to do calligraphy. At Silversea events we sailed to the Sydney Opera House and saw a great Bohème, got teary on Robben Island as we stood by Nelson Mandela’s cell, were fêted on the train from Capetown with a violinist, an oysterman, and an acrobat, and were wowed by another acrobat who entertained us at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. We laughed a lot when we ended up at a MacDonalds in Morocco (we were looking for a restaurant on first day of Ramadan). We went on safari for three days and flew over the Cook Islands; we were part of a rescue effort after a ferry capsized in São Tome.

Best of all were the people, as always, those we met in far away places, those we grew to love aboard ship, and especially those we knew from years past and were privileged to meet again.

Today we went to the Chelsea Flower Show (flowers and pensioners below), tomorrow we fly home, eager to meet Bryan and Julie’s new dog Clay,

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eager to see children and grandchildren, eager to be back at St. John’s, West Hartford, and filled with thanks for the opportunities we have had to go around the world in 140 days.

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