We used to have an alarm clock but this is another of life's little routines that we appear to have left behind us. Not that we have any difficulty getting ourselves up and about in the morning. In Kigali the day starts early, and our cat Mwaru knows it. The sun is up by five thirty and she is at the door calling to be let in after her night-time vigil. Here in summertime Edinburgh sunlight never entirely goes away and we appear to have swapped a cat for a colony of seagulls. This shouldn't be a surprise as the building behind the flat is home to the national lighthouse control centre. By four in the morning the creatures are screeching away; like the cat, wondering where their next bit of fish is coming from.
So early mornings have helped us put some structure back into our lives. Time is being split between family and Mission Rwanda work. If you are reading this you will have seen the new web site we have moved to. We have had the opportunities to talk at Rosyth church, our own Dunfermline East church and most recently, the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh. There seems an endless list of jobs we need to get done before our return, and time is running out fast.
Getting up early in the morning is one thing, but going to bed early at night is another. It has to be said that in the centre of Edinburgh, it isn't just the seagulls that make a noise, particularly when the local hostelries close their doors. Still, take the rough with the smooth.