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Exeter Cathedral

ExeterOn Saturday morning I flew out of Bahrain for three main activities: to preach at Exeter Cathedral on the Sunday 10am service; to lead a retreat at Launde Abbey; and to attend my mother’s 88th birthday.

As I travelled down to Exeter on the train I was struck by the feast of green everywhere. I was met by Chas Deacon the Exeter Diocesan link representative in the PreachingTri-Diocesan exchange and I had the joy of staying with him and Jo and their two daughters.

On the Sunday I preached at the Cathedral, a rather larger space than St Christopher’s and following the service spoke both about Bahrain and the Aden Clinic which the Cathedral are supporting over coffee in the Chapter House. I also met Daphne Smith, who lived and worked in Bahrain for seven years and faithfully sends the Exeter Diocesan News every month. DevonI had taken a small gift for her, a hand-painted plate with three fish made by a Bahraini potter, who sells his wares in the Craft Centre near St Christopher’s.

I was delighted over the rest of Sunday to explore a little of Devon, a county I lived in my teens both the lovely towns of Totnes and Dartmouth, where my father had attended the Royal Naval College, and some of the countryside on the fringes of the moor.