As of about 90 minutes ago I’m now officially on holiday! It is looking likely that this year I will, for the first time in my six years full-time ordained ministry, get my full entitlement of holidays. For the first three years I lost out on two weeks each year. That’s curacies for you!

This is my main erm … summer holiday this year. While I managed to take a week in June, booked at the last minute, I spent most of it in bed in Cellardyke with some viral flu-like infection, which is not my favourite way of relaxing.

I have two weeks off; Jane has the first week only. So we’re heading over to Cellardyke for a few days, while we have folks here to keep the cats company. I have to be back on Thursday, however, for a band rehearsal (I’m playing in the Powerpoint youth event band again this year). Then on Friday I have a job interview in the morning, which is why I’m up so late, preparing for it. I’ll offer more details later. In the meantime, if it’s your discipline, please pray for me.

We will probably attend the Christian Resources Exhibition in the afternoon, as Jane’s dad is doing a couple of seminars, and then the Powerpoint youth event is in the evening (lots of Metal Worship™ courtesy of Laney, Digitech, Fender and my fingers!).

For week 2 I’ll be back in Edinburgh. My plan is to catch up on some website redesigns and various other half-finished ‘boy projects’ that I’ve had sitting in my “Someday Oneday” category in Outlook Tasks. I’m looking forward to it.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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