Emails was OK.
Some were replies saying sorry, this year I cannot come because our dates for church visits are booked up now. :-(
One was a reply to someone who'd like to come and help for a couple months.
Some were to do with Dialogue Véritas. I'll need to do another post about that.
Booking conferences was another thing.
Essentially every year I have to choose between attending the Colloque Biblique Francophone or attending the Banner of Truth Conference. To go to Banner I schedule church visits near the dates of the conference and that works out OK, except that really church visits are better done later in the year, in June. Anyway.
So this year I thought I could try and attend both. They are on consecutive weeks, but one is only three days and the other four. We even planned that Patricia would come with me to the UK and while I was at Banner she would spend the time with church folk in North Wales. HOWEVER.
Banner is held in the UK near Stoke on Trent in April.
There are no Easyjet flights to Liverpool in April.
There are no Easyjet flights to Bristol on suitable dates.
Easyjet flights to Gatwick are extremely expensive.
Ryanair could get me to Edinburgh, but not on good dates, or to Stansted!
Air France could get me there, but at great cost and via Amsterdam.
I'm not sure of the wisdom of spending £600 - £800 on going to the Banner Conference, so we decided to forget that one.
Now the Colloque. It's held in Lyon and you can fly there or take the train. It starts on the Wednesday at 5pm.
Easyjet has several flights to Lyon, but to get me there for 5pm I'd have to take the 7am flight, which means catching the N°4 bus from Pessac at about 5am.
Alternatively there are several trains but much more expensive, and the journey time is 7 hours.
Oh well, just as well I'm good at getting up early!