I didn't prepare quite well enough for today which I got home last night, perhaps because I was still bussing with the stimulus of such good company. It was only when I was packing and about to leave for Almuñecár that I realised I'd forgotten to photocopy the week's bulletin, which I'd already printed off for this purpose. In haste, the photcopier jammed when I was looking the other way. Thankfully I unjammed it and completed the print run, leaving the house ten minutes late. Driving with a little less leisure than ususal, I arrived with under ten minutes to spare.
We started and finished on time, and a little normality was restored. When I got back to San Miguel in Nerja, I had trouble finding a parking place, and ended up a long way from the church. Not that I was late arriving, but it was rather afterwards that it took me the best part of half an hour to find the car, as I couldn't recall my route from parking place to church through side streets and alleys. When I did, I was able to drop off a crate of glasses for a social evening in the church room on Wednesday this week, and finally sit down, drink a beer and chat with visitors.
There was a woman with an older companion in the congregation, and I thought her face was familiar but couldn't figure out why. When we chatted in Bar Cuneo over a drink after the service, it turned out that Michelle spent a few months in Geneva during my time there as chaplain, and became involved with the church's women's craft group, one of the great pastoral outreach ministry groups of Holy Trinity Anglican Church there.
I remembered that she'd trained as a commercial photographer, and indeed she talked about her work, as it has developed in the seventeen years since her sojourn in the city of Calvin. Much of it involves photographing costumed actors in stage musicals for publicity material. She showed me some of her portfolio on her iPad. It was of impressively high quality. You can get an idea of what she does from here. She'd lost contact with Ann-Marie Hester who still runs the craft group, because of a digital data loss at some stage. I was pleased to be able to provide her with an address from memory, and then later an email address and phone number, so she could get back into contact. What an amazing coincidence, that she should be here on holiday with her mother.
I didn't do much for the rest of the day. After so much intense socialising I needed some down time and was glad of it.