Today, 21st January, is ‘Blue Monday’, believed to be the most depressing day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. We’re at that point in winter when the long nights and dull days seem to be never-ending and today, in rural Warwickshire, it is particularly grey. In spite of the few snowdrops forcing their way… Continue reading Embracing the Darkness
My desk looks out over the majestic sycamore tree which has offered much-needed shade in the vicarage garden during the exceptionally hot summer, even keeping a patch of grass green while the rest of the lawn was burnt by the scorching sun. This old tree has also blessed me with a suitable bough from which… Continue reading Letting Go
“The life that surges in the veins of a child is akin to the sap that makes trees grow.” Jean-Yves Leloup At this time of year, Charlecote Quiet Garden is flourishing! It could do with a bit of tending, but even if I spent every day in the garden, the new life and growth is… Continue reading Abundant Life Now
Spring has arrived in Charlecote – at last! The garden is well and truly alive. Just as well given next week’s quiet day is all about being fully alive. (There are still places available so if you’re free on Monday 23rd April why not join us?!) It seems like we’ve been waiting for a very… Continue reading Spring – worth the wait!
The launch of Charlecote Quiet Garden in January seems a very long time ago, even though the weather last week suggested winter was very definitely still with us; it's years since I've seen such incredible snow drifts! We've had the joy of hosting two quiet days and a parish Lent course since the start of… Continue reading New Beginnings