As missionaries we are called to serve and we have the opportunity to serve in different ways and for different groups of people. We have thought for a while how much better the flower beds and landscaping around the chapel could look so we decided we should roll up our sleeves and do a little service for the branch. We both enjoy gardening at home so why not do some here. We went over to the chapel a couple of days this week and started with weeding and digging rocks out of the flower beds. We found some tools in the shed and got off to a good start. We have decided to try to get over there at least once a week and keep working on improving and maintaining the grounds. There is lots to do. The fellow who mows the lawn came while we were there and we were chatting for a while. He mentioned that he has been doing the lawn for five years now and has never seen anything done to the flower beds, time for a change. We took a before and after shot of part of it.
It was a really nice morning for the Parkrun on Saturday. I again ran a PB and it felt really good. There were not many there this week as there was a big marathon in Limerick on Sunday and probably many of the people who run the Parkrun were running in it. They have a 10K, a half and a full marathon and get around 12,000 people participating, it is a big deal.
Later on on Saturday after the Parkrun, we went for a stroll around a park near the city centre and the train station called the Peoples' Park. It is a large park and well kept and it looked like it was well used. There were a lot of families at the playground and a game of cricket going on in one of the large grassy areas. There was also a public art gallery on one end of the park, but it was closed and we will have to go back another time to visit it.
After visiting the park, we wandered around the neighbourhood. It is amazing the things you are able to see that you miss when driving around.
We travelled down to Tralee on Sunday morning to attend church there and see how the two YSA that live there are doing. It is a very small branch and they meet on the second floor of a building in the city centre. There were three families from the states who were holidaying visiting the branch. It turned out that one of them was from Brooklyn, N.Y. and the husband was Jay Salmon. His parents lived across the street from us when we lived in Calgary and Maurene went over to stay with his sisters while his Mom and Dad went to the hospital when he was born. Who would have thought that we would be in the same small branch in Ireland on the same Sunday.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.