Having prayed this morning, it is now time to continue our journey.
Our next host, Molly, took us to her Gransha’s for a roast beef dinner. She said it was ‘lush’ and we enjoyed it very much.
Now it is time to watch a Christmas film called Nativity 3.
It is so funny.
What an exciting evening: the Strictly Come Dancing final!
Our surroundings are warm and welcoming, although the black labrador who insisted on checking on us frequently had a cold, wet nose. His intentions were, however, always caring.
The man of the house ensured we had an excellent position to watch Ore Oduba win the competition. He fell asleep half way through the programme, but his wife seemed to enjoy it.
Joseph and I are on our travels again. We are meeting our next Innkeeper at the hairdresser’s.
What a warm friendly place it turned out to be; everyone was so pleased to see us. My hair was washed and dried by something which blew hot air.
We then walked with the Innkeeper and her friend along Caerleon Road. There were lots of clothes in the Tenovus shop but nothing to fit me! Next, we visited Nellie, busy in the florist, and, Martin the chemist. When we arrived at Gayner’s it was so lovely to find that a special place had been prepared for us.
A lovely quiet afternoon – I did enjoy watching the Innkeeper ironing – I didn’t offer to help but I did help prepare vegetables for soup.
The evening has been busy – Paulette, Layla and Chris arrived and I helped them pack presents for the children who will go to the Crib Service – what a lovely way to remind them that the greatest gift is God’s gift of His Son to the world.
Jesus is really kicking tonight – a reminder that the Gift will arrive soon; Joseph and I are part of this wonderful story.
We said our night prayers with Gayner – I am sure we shall all sleep well.
Comfortable night last night. Up early this morning for prayers, breakfast and our onward journey. We were thanked for coming to stay here.
We returned to The Moorings and this time we were greeted by Layla, a very friendly dog with a long white tail. After a rest, we accompanied the Innkeeper as she delivered cards and invited people to a Carol Service. The neighbours made us very welcome and once again were fascinated by the journey Joseph and I are making.
The Innkeeper seemed to sense that I prefer the countryside to the busy town so we went out again. Even though it rained heavily, it was wonderful to arrive in a place that was so like my beloved Galilee – lots of hills and sheep – an ideal environment to bring up a child. I would like Jesus to grow up in a place like this – Jesus – God saves – so much to take in.
Once again, we were made very welcome and there were even more dogs. I asked Joseph if we could have a dog but he said “no” – a new Baby is more than enough to cope with. He is such a sensible man, he’s going to be a wonderful foster Father.
Back at The Moorings, the Innkeeper said Joseph and I needed a quiet evening after so much visiting . I am tired but feel strongly that our presence has made a difference to those we have met. After evening prayers, we decided on an early night – Joseph and I have an appointment with the hairdresser in the morning.
6.00pm arrived at new destination and were warmly greeted. Friendly place with pictures of happy children and grandchildren. There are lovely flowers sent by our host’s son and his family. Many Christmas cards, one with “3 ships sailing in”.
The Inn keeper is not well and sleeps a lot but he is lovingly cared for. My time must be getting close as I feel easily tired now but know this will be a restful stay for Joseph and I and the donkey.
We will have supper a little later before praying with our hosts and retiring.