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The Windmill

While looking for a restaurant where we could meet up with friends in north Norfolk, I came across Cley Windmill. I had passed it, and hardly noticed the fact that it was a restaurant. But it is more – it is a hotel. So we booked to stay there to belatedly celebrate my birthday last week. It gets booked up ahead, so we had to have a ground floor room, but still with access to the balcony (Is it called a balcony?). It was cottagey, quirky, and brilliant. We walked to Blakeney, and back through the salt marshes, and on …

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Westminster!

Have you ever been to London? If you live in the UK, almost certainly. Have you been to Westminster? Well, I thought I had not – though I had a surprise last week! I trained for 5 years in London, when I was a young man. I had spent my childhood mainly in Norfolk, and on leaving London, went to work in rural Dorset, and eventually returned to Norfolk in 1973. London? – no thank you! My old dental school amalgamated (excuse the pun) with another, and then a medical school from another hospital was incorporated, and also Queen Mary’s …

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Party!

Wendy and I so enjoyed our garden party on Saturday. It was celebrating 35 years as a resident of our village, Frettenham, and also the President’s Garden Party of our local Christian businessmen’s fellowship. Around 100 people came. We welcomed them with strawberries, prosecco and soft drinks. There was a bouncy castle for the children (and adults), a hog roast, live music and dancing. There was fun, laughter, and it went on until well after dark. We love parties, and will throw such an event every 6 months or so. And if parties on earth are this good, then what …

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Work!

“A 77 day cruise?” I exclaimed, following a catalogue of holidays from the man sitting on my left at dinner.

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Free p@p (UK only)

Although many people buy my books from book shops and Amazon online, over the past six years or so others have contacted me directly. Usually I have sent whatever books they have requested, often charging p@p, because it costs me. But for the foreseeable future I have decided to send books, signed or unsigned (you can have either), free of p@p. This applies to the UK only and includes PENNIES FROM HEAVEN – How to Get Them and What to Do With Them. Email any orders to barrie@barrielawrence.com and payment can be made by electronic transfer (BACS)

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Be Successful with Money!

Want to manage your money successfully? This is the book for you. Want to get shot of worry and anxiety about paying bills and making ends meet? Read this. Money – how to get it, and what to do with it. Biblical principles that give PRACTICAL help. Be successful with money. PENNIES FROM HEAVEN – How to Get Them and What to Do With Them Available at www.amazon.co.uk (UK), www.amazon.com (North America) and all good book shops.

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Castles and Wine-Tasting!

I have toyed with the idea of a Rhine cruise for many years. Photographs of the Rhine always feature blue sky, beautiful castles and smiling faces. And no long haul flights to get there. And at last, we’ve done it! So what did we find? Blue skies, beautiful castles and smiling faces. We cruised for just one week, mooring at places where castles, wineries or other attractions were on hand. The wines were typically German. The majority were dry and white, a minority dry and sweet, and a small number of dryish reds. After the first tasting, there was not …

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Money, Dosh, Dough!

Money, dosh, dough – we all need it. This book tells you how to get it. And having got it, what to do with it. When everything is going wrong. When everything is going right. And everytime else. A Christian handbook on personal finance, where kingdom principles replace the laws of this world. To be published soon. Watch this space!

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Wendy is Free!

At last Wendy is free! We were hill-walking in Derbyshire, and she fell off a hill. Well, perhaps she stumbled on a stone walking up Biggin Dale, but then it was the Royal Derby Hospital and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and her right arm, with fractured ulnar, radius and 2 carpal bones, was in plaster. For nearly five weeks. But at last Wendy is free! Free? – her arm has been so heavy, which limited what she could do, but now the plaster is off. She has been one-armed for a few weeks. Now it is more comfortable, …

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Cousins!

It’s been a year of family reunions. A couple of months ago, we had Wendy’s tribe (including brother, sister, cousins, nieces, nephews, children and grandchildren) gathering at our home, playing golf and riding trains. The week before last we had my sister, bro-in-law and cousin and wife, mainly eating Thai food. And last weekend, my cousin Tim and his wife Teresa kindly hosted a gathering of my paternal cousins. We walked from their home in rural Cambridgeshire, and enjoyed the fragrance of elderflower in the air whilst rambling alongside hedges of dog rose, fields of poppies and a myriad of …

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