Phew! Have managed, after a fight, to get onto the Net again!!
Kev and I drove up to Great Paxton on Saturday, where our friends Juliette and Wayne have recently moved. They have a large house on a modern estate, and plenty of plans for redecoration (it's a bit 1980s at the moment, fair to say!). Juliette is a member of the local choir and we planned to watch her, then go out for an Indian.
We also met up with Pam, Chris was to join us later as the poor bloke had to work that day.
After toast and coffee Wayne gave us all a lift to the church, St Mary's in Eaton Socon.
Now what is an Atheist doing at a carol service? Well I was there to support my friend and enjoy the music. The only tricky bit for me was whether I should join in with the singing. I decided to sing the more joyful carols and leave out the terribly holy or control-oriented ones. Thus 'Once in Royal David's City' was out, but I sang along like a good ex-Methodist to 'O Come All Ye Faithful', 'While Shepherds Washed Their Socks', 'It Came Upon The Midnight Clear' and 'The First Nowell'.
After the service there was a mobile-phoning frenzy as Chris, Pam's other half, had got lost on the way to the church. We spotted him eventually near the town centre car park, not in the best of moods as his day at work had been 'a total waste of time'. There was a little wait for a table but the service was quick and the food good. Then back to Wayne and Juliette's for coffee and chatting, swapping cards and Prezzies, intoduction of Jules's teddy to our father xmas, Phil (because he bears a strong resemblence to Phil Beer the renowned folk musician). That's all for now, I'm off, Bill wants to phone his Dad and wish him happy birthday...