A decent morning for an early drive out into the Vale, to celebrate and preach, first at Penllyn and then at St Hilary. Looking at the church registers, I found it was three months since my last visit, yet it seems much more recent than that - how time flies when life is full of good things to appreciate. Numbers were down at Penllyn as there was another service that evening at the ancient Parish Church of Llanfrynach, which is only open for worship in July. I'd like to have been able to return to visit and worship there, as I've never been there before and it has an interesting history, but I'm booked to do Evensong and Benediction at St German's weekly until the end of September.
There were also fewer people than usual at St German's as well, as several regulars were away and others were invited to a garden party that afternoon. One of the worshippers is minding Father Roy's two terriers Thomas and Megan while he is away from home, and brought them to church. They sat quietly in the choir stalls as they have done for many years during services, impeccably behaved, though I noticed them looking around for their master, aware that in this familiar place it wasn't quite business as usual.