The three ‘J’s in reverse order

My brother Eddie, Rebecca and Owen.
My brother Eddie, his wife Rebecca and their son Owen, taken in Anstruther last Saturday.

The excuses

Reasons I’ve not blogged much this week:

  • Powerpoint Edinburgh is on again tomorrow so I’ve worked late each evening so that I can sneak off early tomorrow.
  • I’ve been working on a new, interim website for the Borders Scrap Store.
  • As well as doing a few updates on the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain‘s website.
  • And writing a sermon for Sunday.
  • And entertaining friends.
  • Sending out complimentary copies of my mahjong book.
  • And watching the end of Series 2 of “24”.

What you’ve missed


On Friday my brother Eddie, his wife Rebecca and the ever-cheerful Owen stayed overnight. That’s them in the photo at the top of this post. It was a lovely, last-minute decision. Their stay, I mean, not the photo.

We watched a DVD that Eddie gave Rebecca for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day 2006.

It was the first time that they had watched it too.

The film was about a man who was dying, the name of the film (21 Grams) is how much weight you lose when you die, and — predictably — it wasn’t the slightest bit romantic. Or funny.

And appears to have been compiled almost entirely from trailers about the film. By a monkey. It is somewhat disjointed. And we were somewhat over-tired.

(I secretly really enjoyed it, but don’t tell the others.)

Mind you, I gave Jane Lord of War for Christmas, so I’m no better.

I thought you might like to see this photo taken on Saturday too:

Jane holding Owen who is sneezing.

Is Owen sneezing or upset?


We entertained friends from Edinburgh for lunch — splendid soup, wonderful company. Then watched 24 for the rest of the day.


See sermon for details!

In the evening we watched 24 and Top Gear.

Monday – Thursday

Wake up at 06:00. Get up. Around 07:45. Work until 18:00. Home. Tea. More geeky stuff on the PC. Bed. Repeat.

But it’s all good: I’m still loving my job, and Jane and Jesus. Probably in reverse order.

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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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