Posted by: Matthew Crawford | September 5, 2010

A Trip to Seaham

I should apologize for not posting anything in quite some time. In part it was intentional – I tried to ignore as many obligations as possible while we were back in the states so that we could have plenty of time to visit with people. But in part it was just the inevitable busyness of life since we’ve gotten back. We spent a total of five weeks in America, most of the time in Tennessee, with two short trips to Mississippi and Alabama to see friends and family in those two places. The most startling difference between England and the southern US is the heat! The day we left Memphis to return to England, the heat index was expected to hit 116 degrees F (about 45 Celsius), and when we landed in Newcastle, England the next day the temperature was a pleasant 60 degrees F or so. Oddly enough, I have to say that we enjoy the English weather! The freedom simply to stand outside and not sweat profusely is a gift that is not to be taken lightly. For all of you whom we were able to see while we were stateside, thank you for taking the time to let us catch up. For those of you whom we were unable to see, we’re sorry that our schedule didn’t allow us to do as much as we had hoped. In fact, we were so busy while we were back, that we felt like we needed a vacation once we got back to England!

We are pretty well settled back into life here in Durham. August presented us with pleasant weather most of the time, with occasional rain and generally cool temperatures. Most days I wore long sleeves, and often a jacket or sweater as well. August is a time when many Britons take holidays, so it’s been kind of a quiet month with not much going on at church or in the community. The term at the university doesn’t start until October, so I’ve been working from home quite a bit, researching and writing a paper for the British Patristics Conference that was held in Durham last week. The biggest change in our life since returning to Durham is that we have obtained a car, due to the generosity of some kind friends. The car has some mechanical issues that we are still trying to get worked out, but having the car allowed us to take a trip to Seaham, a small community on the coast that is only about a 20 minute drive from our house. I’ve posted some pictures from our trip which you can see by clicking here.

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