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Thursday in Walsingham

The sun came out, and I took a drive in the country

sunny 58 °F

Today the weather warmed up considerably, and the sun came out. I started the day with Fr Stephen, a parish priest who was on the first floor of S. Hugh’s cottage, and who was bringing his parishioners on pilgrimage. It was in the Chapel of the Guild of All Souls.

After Mass and breakfast, I went for a drive in the country. I had heard there was an American Air Force Base next to RAF Lakenheath, about 45 miles away. Every time I would mention Walsingham to military colleagues, they would say, Oh, there’s an American air base right there. So I decided to drive there.

It was a beautiful drive in the country, mostly on two lane roads. This area of East Anglia is heavily agricultural, and it is the only area in the UK without a Motorway (superhighway/interstate). So it was a lovely drive indeed.

I arrived, drove around, and was a bit surprised at how small the base actually is. I found my way to the chapel and popped in. As it turns out, an Orthodox priest, Fr Stephen Close, was in the office, and graciously agreed to chat for a few moments. After, I went to the Base Club to ravage the salad bar for lunch.

I went over to the Base Exchange, as I do whenever I’m at a base, to pick up a soft drink and some batteries. As it turns out, military personnel not stationed there are not permitted to purchase anything in the Exchange. So I hit the road for home, again enjoying the warm and sunny day (the first since arrival here), with the window down and listening to BBC3 (classical music) as I wound my way home to S. Hugh’s Cottage at the Shrine.

Posted by stbrides 22:38 Archived in United Kingdom

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