Wandering Down a Crooked Road

March 6, 2017

Once again, we started the day catching a train in Coventry to Milton Keynes.

Helen and Robert Wordsworth met us at the station and drove Katora Campbell, Katie and me to Farnham. I still have not become comfortable with driving on the left side of the road, but Robert was an excellent driver so the ride was enjoyable. The countryside was beautiful! We drove past Windsor Castle and the fields where the queen enjoys horseback riding.

The University for Creative Arts was our destination. Katie and I met her professor for a tour of the school while the others enjoyed exploring the shops in Farnham. (Katora enjoyed her first British scone with cream and jam and as always the tea was delicious.)

The school's labs and facilities included glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, everything imaginable including bronze casting. It was fascinating watching the excitement of possibilities brighten their faces as Katie and her professor talked about opportunities and options. This must be how w...

March 5, 2017

Katie and I were guests of parish nurse Lesley Austin of Queens Road Baptist Church, Coventry. Lesley picked us up in her car and of course Katie and I both walked to the right side to get in... we all had a laugh when we realized that the driver sits on the right! It was a mind-bender because they drive on the left in the U.K. I felt like I was on the wrong side of the car on the wrong side of the road!

Lesley is a good driver, and pointed out sights of interest along the way. Coventry was bombed during World War II, but the church survived. It is very lovely and we felt welcomed.

Lesley and I went up during the service so that I could extend greetings on behalf of the Westberg Institute and all of our faith community nurse colleagues worldwide. It is always fun to visit other parish nurses and be reminded that we all serve God in our communities and congregations in a way that impacts the entire world. I am honored to be a faith community nurse to faith community nurses worldwide!

March 4, 2017

Katie and I took the train from Coventry to London Euston Station after breakfast. It was a grand adventure! The train station is a very interesting place full of shops and food vendors and people from all walks of life speaking a wide variety of languages. Many were standing in the middle of the station as though they were waiting... we found out when it was time to find the train home that the platforms for each train are not posted until the train is arriving (much like when the gate is changed at the airport) so as soon as it is posted there is a mad rush of people headed down the ramp to the platform gates. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Helen found us at the station and taught us how to purchase passes that were good for the tube and the buses and then we were off on our adventure. I have not ridden on a double-decker bus before; it was a great way to see London. Helen is a wonderful tour guide and walked us around explaining about the history and buildings in the city. We ende...

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Dr. Sharon T. Hinton

Dr. Sharon T. Hinton is a published writer, expert in Faith Community Nursing, and international speaker with a love for adventure. 

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