Today we rode the train to Lancaster to collect my BRP (Biometric Residence Card). That's a long name for a work permit. Friends from the church, Robin and Cara Williams, went along with us. We caught the train before the sun came up at 7:30. We watched it rise from the ocean about 8:30 as we travelled to Lancaster. The Lancaster castle was our first destination. The castle was never used to house royalty, but was instead a prison, court, and execution place for most of its history. The prison was in operation until just a few years ago. It is still being used as a court. There are two court rooms. One for civil and one for criminal cases. The oldest part of the castle is called the 'keep' and is 800 years old.
After the castle we ate at a local cafe called "Amy's Cafe." We had ham and cheese toasties. I had a milk shake. Milk shakes in England aren't like what I'm used to. There is no ice cream. Just milk. It is more like thick chocolate milk. Kind of like the time Bill Green bought the chocolate soft serve instead of chocolate milk. Really thick, but taste great.
We spent some time shopping at the mall before heading back. On the train ride home we visited with a couple for about an hour. It's great to visit with the locals. Another lady asked me if I was the American pastor. Someone had told her I looked like Father Christmas. At one of the stops a young man got on that looked liked he could be our grandson Ben's twin. It kind of startled us. Carolyn apologized to him for us staring at him.
Once again, there are new pictures on this website.