So Thursday was my birthday and I scuttled off the the airport to meet a colleague from the EMW Theological Training Course who is pastor at a church in Swindon and who partly through the Cary Family Conference has become a friend, John Edmonds.
John has witnessed my meteoric rise to become President of the Music School, preached for the Chinese and will preach for the Anglophones tonight. He's also seen a bit of Bordeaux and has helped in thinking through a knotty problem that is before us at present. More of that anon.
And the weather is lovely. Bordeaux is smiling serenely on John's visit.