les Davey de France

Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Toussaint !

This weekend is quiet here because it is the All Hallows Holiday. I know that sounds like something out of Harry Potter, but it is true. 1 November is All Saints' Day, or All Hallows, and that's why 31 October is sometimes called Hallowe'en. In France 1 November is a National Holiday, and because it falls on Tuesday this year that means lots of folks have gone away for the long weekend.

I did meet up with a student on Saturday, and then was on taxi duty taking the kids here and there.

At church yesterday we were a decent number, nevertheless, with some new students, too. The English Service was quieter because some of our regulars were away. Then today we did a big shopping expedition to BricoDepot to buy plasterboard and glass fibre to finish dry-lining the remaining walls in the church. We were a numerous gang and brought some chaos to the bank holiday weekend crowds at Brico-Depot.

Meanwhile the kids went off with Harriette, our Dutch youth worker, to buy materials to decorate and set-up a youth area in the warehouse behind the church. Tomorrow they plan to get it all set up there.

Meanwhile at some stage we'd like to do a family holiday outing to the cinema to see the Johnny English film in English, but time is running out...

11 November is also a National Holiday. Usually a band from the music school play the Marseillaise for the ceremony of remembrance. I assume it's going on this year.

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