Last weekend l led a weekend retreat again on Holy Island. It was my first one since 2008 and to my surprise I was quite anxious beforehand. Thankfully, it all went well, no doubt in part due to prayer - mine, my wife's and various friends too. Everything went well; the birdwatching, worship, food, accommodation, the group... even the weather. We had to dodge the occasional shower, but we were compensated with dramatic skyscapes and the wonderful sight of a rainbow over the sea while Gannets flew by. By far our rarest bird was a Lesser Yellowlegs from America, but most of the group preferred having excellent views of a Grey Plover in summer plumage - truly stunning!

At the end of it all, it was time to drive home, unpack and reflect on a very enjoyable weekend. I look forward to running more with my next in November and several being planned for 2015. It's great to be back.

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