Saturday, July 4, 2009

Back in the City!

It's been almost five years since I moved out of London, but I'm back again. When I left, I was a single girl, off to do my Masters in Nottingham. That was September 2004, but now.... how things have changed :-)

We haven't even been in London one week yet and already our bike has been stolen! LOL.
We had padlocked it with a chain to the bike rack in the compound, and yesterday, hubby discovered that both the bike and the chain had vanished. I found it quite amusing, what a nice way for the reality to sink in - Welcome to London! We're now going to have to buy a new bike and a much stronger lock and chain! But apart from that, we are settling in quite fine. I've been unpacking our stuff gradually and I'm almost done now. We don't have our phone, cable and internet connection set up yet. I'm blogging with hubby's mobile broadband that he uses for work so I can't use it for ages. I'll be glad when we've got that sorted.

In the meantime, I'm carrying on with my work and I'm really pleased to be out of the funk I was in a couple of weeks ago. You wouldn't believe what I read in my Word for Today on this past Thursday the 2nd of July -(daily readings)

"So, choose to see it God's way. Let it go. Do what you've been called to do, and watch God vindicate you royally!"

Which was exactly what I had been trying to do since I wrote this post. It's amazing how God speaks into situations that we go through, reassruing and encouraging us to keep going. Otherwise it's easy to get discouraged and lose focus of what is really important, and allow other people to misguide us. Especially when it seems God's way doesn't conform to other people's accepted way of doing things. I just need to remember to trust God, that even when things are not going so smoothly, His plan for me is still the best, and it hasn't changed.

I can't believe it's July already! Like wow, the first half of 2009 has quietly slipped away and we are already in the second half! It sure makes me feel like I blinked and missed it. Anyhow, I'm enjoying the mini-heatwave going on at the moment, and I intend to make the most of it this weekend. I'll be at the South Bank - the London Literature Festival is happening there for the next two weeks. The Caine Prize readings are on Sunday evening (more info on the shortlisted stories and the writers can be found on their website here), and Helon Habila is making an appearance on Monday evening. It should be interesting!

Hope you have a great weekend whatever you do!



  1. Sorry about the bike. For me it was my wheelie bin :)

    I might get to the festival, who knows?

  2. WOW.. Meeting Helon would have been great.. Too far away to make it though.. 'Condolences' on the bike!

  3. I'm glad you're settling in nicely, though I'm sorry about the loss of your bike.

    I hope your weekend was good.

  4. Glad to read you're settling in nicely...sorry about the stolen bike o..what a welcome!

  5. Welcome to London, a city unlike many. How have you been?

  6. welcome back here o! this our london, maybe we can now plan our night of praise?

  7. How beautiful when we choose to see it God's way and let it go. Do you also know that most times we pray and we really don't believe our prayers will be answered?

    Oh, so 'tis not only in Nigeria they take what belongs not to 'em (oops, steal)? Who said Nigeria shan't be better?


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