Yes, as expected, I didn’t win the award for Seafaring Personality of the Year award… Best wishes to whomever does get the award, I’m sure that they will deserve it!

So much has happened… so little time to tell you about it all… however if you click on the link below you’ll see how some seafarers cope with the stresses of life at sea!

Seafarers need a sense of humour….

yacht

Above is was what I had in my mind…

I was fascinated to see that another yacht had entered the harbour… However, when I went to visit it I was somewhat disappointed!

 

 

 

And below is what I saw:

Not quite what I had imagined...

Not quite what I had imagined…

 

 

 

Derek is the centre of attention...

 

The Centre has been busy at times and Derek (in the white shirt) was swamped by Filipino seafarers looking for Lebara Sims and top-ups.

This is a vital service to the many foreign seafarers who are keen to contact family back home when they reach port. These guys on the Cargo vessels do not have the same facilities as those on the vessels working in the north sea!

The other thing that they love is that they enjoy talking to us about their families back home and when listening to their stories as they share with pride about their children studying, the financial support to the wider family and a hope for a better life for them all that is what drives them to endure the long trips and many hardships…

And the grass had its first cut of the year!

The grass had its first cut of the year!

Back home… the work continues. I gave the grass its first cut of the season as Byron played with his brother’s – drawing chalk drawings on our patio area!

And the wall came tumbling down...

And the wall came tumbling down…

 

 

I was blessed when Derek visited and demolished a brick wall in our front garden – and it got rid of some frustration!

 

 

 

I had the joy of speaking to the Udney Station WRI and it was an enjoyable occasion that went on longer than planned! (Nothing to do with teh amazing spread of food I hasten to add!) A small group, yet enthusiastic to hear about the work of Aberdeen Seafarers Centre and to donate some woolly hats, lovingly knitted for the seafarers!

Yummy!

Yummy!

Some of the lady's!

Some of the lady’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, I went on a retreat that I organise for the Scottish Port Chaplains… well all four of us – three part-time chaplains from the Sailors Society and me! We invited a guest and spent two days relaxing at the Bield at Blackruthven (http://www.bieldatblackruthven.org.uk/) which has lovely accommodation, great food, a swimming pool, a small chapel,  and extensive grounds! We have been going there for many years now and it is now an annual fixture in the diary. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a spiritual break!

The pictures can tell their own story:

It started with a 1st class train to Perth!

It started with a 1st class train to Perth!

The view from my bedroom!

The view from my bedroom!

A new feature under construction!

A new feature under construction!

The Gardens...

The Gardens…

The Cardens

The Gardens

The Gardens

The Gardens

The Gardens

The Gardens

Soaking up the sun!

Soaking up the sun!

Relaxing after a sumptuous meal!

Relaxing after a sumptuous meal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course these times of reflection and prayer come to an end all too quickly, but it was most helpful to be with others facing similar challenges and engaging in the ministry to bless seafarers from all over the world.

All has been quiet on the sale of the building… I am not convinced that there will be many buyers queuing to buy it, but it certainly is a great opportunity to look at the possibility of Aberdeen Seafarers Centre buying it! I am sure that the trustees will be looking into this… If you have some money or your company/Church would like to contribute to the building fund, then do get in touch.

You can click this link for the promotional video with words of support for the work of Aberdeen Seafarers Centre and our hopes of securing a permanent home:

 http://youtu.be/j5W6N35tHqI

 

A new week awaits… looking forward to more interesting times with my friends, the seafarers that visit Aberdeen.

Hope you have a good week

Blessings,

Howard ><>

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