Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Family Visit-Flowers and Clitheroe Castle--First Two Days of Lovin' England

"He hath made every thing beautiful . . ."  Ecclesiastes 3:11

The most fabulous part of last week was seeing family from the good old U.S.A.  The U.S. doesn't seem very old compared to the visible and recorded history of other countries.  Our evidence of "old" isn't all contained in a small area where it can readily be seen.  We know all the lands in the world were inhabited in ancient times at one time or another, but it is hard to beat the long recorded history of Europe with the magnificent buildings.  Of course, everyone knows the U.K. has the greenest of greens and lots of old buildings still standing--especially castles!  That is what family came to see more than anything--well, they did come to see us except it is tough to vie for equal attention when you're up against a castle.

We all took pictures galore--of each other and other things.  Oh, yes, they made it in time to see the millions of daffodils everywhere!!
Our car is waiting on the right in this picture, with everyone in it but me
So fortunate the daffodils were still in full bloom!
We enjoyed the patterns in which they were planted in many places
Yes, the first evening here they HAD to eat in a carvery.  Everyone was sick of carveries when they finally left.  The food IS the same and all that gravy, well, it becomes so boringly fattening because it cannot be resisted!  The flags have Prince William and Kate on them.
Bridger getting ready for bed in our luxury accommodations on the floor!
No, you just think you see Cailin rolling her eyes over her plush little corner of the office/storage room.
Dakota is showing his satisfaction with the deluxe accommodations.
The first castle to see is the one near where we live--Clitheroe--1186
At Clitheroe Castle in Lancashire County, Ribble Valley Borough.  We were in search of a labyrinth, which they advertised, but it turned out to be a spiralling pathway and not a proper hedgerow type of maze.
I was there too!  Often, I'm not in the pictures when I'm taking most of the photos, but that's okay since I don't like me in photos.  We had the same problem with Dakota as he'd be lost in photography when someone wanted a picture of everyone.
The hole in the castle tower looks like a heart.  Very appropriate for the love we feel for family.
Beautiful view in the back.  They were thoroughly impressed already with England from atop this limestone hill where the castle stands.
See?  I told you Dakota had to be hunted down for a picture
Do you like this castle bench?
Daughter and mother in front of the war memorial at Clitheroe--windy and cold day even with the sun out.
Beautiful flowers are out everywhere and here is a view overlooking the village of Clitheroe
Dakota had a problem with keeping the cart going straight--all four wheels turn.  Same problem we originally had.
Necessary gear for a teenager
They came with their technology so there was not a moment that couldn't be filled with something when not site seeing
Lucky us!  Blue skies (through the top of the castle keep) with beautiful puffy clouds for perfect picture taking when we were out and about the whole time the family was here.


1 comment:

  1. Very fun pictures! glad you all had a good time. Can't wait to see the rest!