I have posted pictures of my time in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales, on my flickr page. It was an exhilarating time walking with my friend Liz and picking up tidbits to enrich my work in progress set in the area.
It feels like a family reunion minus the kids. We congregate in the kitchen, working together on meals and washing up. We talk morning, noon and night. We go on outings together and ask about kids and plans for the coming year. We sing together and pray together and discuss our ministries and how God brought us to this place in our lives. In a way we are a family—the Langham family.
My English friend Liz used to live in a little trailer in the hills of Swaziland and teach at the local African school. She knew all the local birds (or so it seemed to me.) She had an impish grin and was always game to see what was around the next corner or over the next hill. That was twenty-five years ago when we lived in Maputo, Mozambique, and had to go to Swaziland every two or three months just to buy groceries. Walks in the hills with Liz and others saved my sanity in those difficult days.
I have actually typed the last scene of The Empty Cup, working title for the sequel to Glastonbury Tor. I was elated. I could hardly feel the ground beneath my feet as I floated from my cozy office over the garage into the house to share the news with my husband.
“Let’s go for a walk!” I said, and fairly skipped down the street. He was hard pressed to keep up with me.
LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents. Her books come out of her cross-cultural experiences and her passion to use story to convey spiritual truths in a form that will permeate lives.
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