Mike came to both services at St.Gregory's on Sunday and I said a very sad goodbye to all the people who have befriended me and cared for me during my four weeks with them. Mike was delighted at how sweet the choir sounds with their A-capella singing (unaccompanied). Many of the anthems they sing have been composed by members of their congregation. They were all very keen to meet "the husband" and made him very welcome too. I learned a great deal from them about why we do certain things in the liturgy and how they live out their Sunday lives during the rest of the week. It has been an enormously transforming experience. I am so glad I came, so glad they were prepared to let me join them. On Friday evening we went to a concert by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with some of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and Handels Water Music. The Symphony Hall is relatively new and really good. Today we climbed the famous winding road called Lombard Street and had a picture taken at the top, just to prove we still have the puff to climb such a steep hill. It has been 28 degrees today so we opted to visit Muir Woods this afternoon where the giant Redwood trees have been allowed to grow in all their splendour. It is lovely to have a few days off now and we will be heading home soon.
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