I travel down to Old Town Alexandria To Tiffanys Tavern – that’s the closest to a pub that they get here – to sample the beer and listen to some Blue Grass music. Its a cross between Country and Folk – with a fiddle, tall double bass, steel guitar and vocals. There is a different feel to the atmosphere – a real feeling of conversation and engagement. It’s great to talk and listen to drinking partners from Texas, California, Ohio and Seattle. Thousands of miles between them and a common bond of Episcopalian friendship and loyality. They are amused at the scope of my work and the age of our buildings. I envy their confidence in the future of religion and their love of the landscape and history of the States. While I am so priviledged to have this extended space for thought and reflection the adventurer in me would like to hire a car and drive from coast to coast. I will ask Cliff Morrey to add it to his list of parish outings!
After a couple of days of rain it is clear today – flowers are bursting out with colour and its almost warm enough to abandon my jumper. I must attend to some domestic chores – ironing is my least favourite task and not one that I am used to. I wonder who has won the Grand National? Time for some coffee.