Monday, June 28, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010: Iona: Our First Day

Saturday, June 19, 2010 (Dieter): A quiet breakfast on our own as we had arrived one day earlier than all other guests. We explore the northern shores of the island, beach combing and enjoying the wonderful sunshine. Alexander digs a deep hole in the beach in anticipation of finding the hidden treasure, Karannina enjoys a barefoot walk on the beach and sand drawing, Sandra sits and sorts for precious stones and shells, while I climb out to the furthest point on the rocks looking for tidal pools. We each enjoyed our own space and a time to reflect in our own ways of the past busy weeks. We return to the McCleod Centre as the other guests arrived via ferry and are invited to an orientation session about Iona Community. Alexander and I invite Jake from Maryland, USA to join us for a 2-hour exploration of the White Sands of the Monks beach, running over beaches and climbing volcanic rock. Thereafter, we enjoy a wonderful supper of quiche and potato jackets. At nine we head for the Abbey (built in the 13 C and rebuilt and renovated many times thereafter) and enjoy our first worship experience. What an amazing experience to be in a building were people had come years ago in search of finding and meeting God.
The ancient St. Martin's Celtic cross. Over a 1000 years old.

Carpenter's shop - take a closer look at the signs on the door.

A chance to get out by ourselves to the Northern Beach - beautiful white sands with no-one else around but the vast North Sea.

The expanse of the open beach and rocks.
I think I found treasures!

Castle building is exhausting.

Playing with the cows. They are having a hard time eating grass that is given to them perpendicular to their jaws. But they don't give up and find a way to the mouth.

Our new home for the next 7 days.

Jake and Alex on our beach combing adventure.

Uncovering bones of a small rodent - weasel?

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