Saturday, March 24, 2007
Hello from a frosty and crisp Scottish morning. I am sitting with the sun filtered though the light, icy air of Perthshire enjoying Scotland. This is a beautiful country - my 'ain hame' and good to be back for a short while. Come and visit sometime when the heather is blooming, the sun lighting the mountains in amber, the lochs shimmering and the glens calling. That is when it is not raining !!!!We have just enjoyed the first ball for Cairdeas and what a great evening. We had a brilliant ceilidh from the band Shindig as well as good food, a fun auction with Doug Duthie officiating and a chance to share what we have been doing with Cairdeas over these past months. Thanks to all who made this evening a success. So many people put in a great effort and there were some amazing auction and raffle prizes. We even auctioned a sari and a sari tying lesson for a great price - thanks to Shoba who will do the honours. Most importantly folk were enthusiastic in their support for Cairdeas. While back home I have been wandering the UK seeing friends and family and taking the opportunity to be meet and plan for Cairdeas. Here is my wee god-daughter Phoebe and her sister Isobel down in Guildford. It was good to be part of Help the Hospice's training day for those interested in international palliative care, and to be at the APM meeting lecturing to the Doyle Club. All my UK colleagues are looking well if a few more gray hairs to share around. Our Trustees have had a day to look at the vision and planning for Cairdeas. There is much to be thankful for - not least that we have ended the financial year with a small surplus. Thanks so much to all who have supported and helped with this last year. Meanwhile, back in Vellore, the first Fellowship students are preparing to start on Monday the 26th! It is exciting to think that these students will be leading services of their own in years to come. I am looking forward to the sunshine though it is VERY HOT I hear. I have also missed my dosas for breakfast!!!!! Speak to you soon.
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