We travelled to Belfast this week for zone conference on Wednesday. I was worried about navigating our way to the city and then to the stake centre but it went well. We had the Omagh Elders with us but they were not much help as they are fairly new to the area and don't drive. At the conference we met Elder and Sister Angel, a new couple who are serving in Portadown which is in the same district as us. They are converts to the church and it turns out they were taught by Gary Folsom when he was on his mission. Gary grew up in Pincher Creek and Maurene taught him in Primary. A small world! Also, we met Elder Gibb who is from Lethbridge and is the nephew of Max Gibb who lived in Pincher Creek when we were there. We drove him and his companion to the city centre in Belfast when the conference was over on our way home. The Omagh Elders stayed over in Belfast to work with the zone leaders.
One day we went down to the library to get some books for Maurene. When we were leaving we noticed an old motorcycle parked outside. We talked to the owner and it was an old, 35 years, military Harley Davidson that he bought and he has not changed it all. It was a pretty cool looking bike!
Later that same day, Maurene saw a little car on the street in Omagh that she fell in love with. It was a Ford but I am not sure of the model, I have never seen one like it at home. I am sure it had nothing to do with the color!
After finishing at the library we had lunch at a little cafe in the city centre and then decided to take some photos on the church street. There is a street at the top of a hill in the city centre that has four large churches within a block. There was Catholic, Methodist, Church of Ireland and one other we can't remember. It is strange to see four large churches so close together.
We got one very nice sunny day this week so we had decided when we got one of those that we would return to the Gortin Glen Forest Park and go on a bit longer hike. So we did that and enjoyed a 3km hike through the forest and also though some boggy peat areas with lots of heather that are on the hills here. We also took a 5 mile drive along this narrow one way road that wound through the forest. It was beautiful but the forest was very quiet, not much animal or bird life.
We were invited last week to go to Tom Henry's place after church for dinner this week. Maurene was sick this Sunday so after church I went over to his place for dinner with the Elders and also a missionary who taught and baptized him 10 years ago and was back for a visit. It was a delicious meal but the portions were huge and I was stuffed afterwards.
Since we arrived here in Omagh we have not had Internet access in our house. I ordered it the day after we got here but it was going to take two weeks to get all arranged and working. Well, this week the equipment arrived and it was easy to set up and we are very happy to have it. It is important for us to stay in touch with the world and especially to be able to communicate with our family.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.