Summer is coming to a close but we are entering my favourite period at Poulstone – the harvest and the beginning of the sobering charms of autumn.
The plum, fig, apple and pear trees, not forgetting the berry bushes, have all produced a bumper crop. It seems the overdue pruning of the fruit trees undertaken last year, has had its effect. And the vegetable organic garden keeps on providing.
The gardens have been very, very generous. We are trying to use as much of the crop as we can but the fruit trees are going to provide more than Poulstone can use or store!
Summer at Poulstone has seen a steady number of retreats but the autumn months will be busy with retreats and additional tasks. We are also planning an update to the website, installation of a new fire alarm system for the house, a review of the flower beds, a review of our recycling policy and to publish it and to make further additions to our popular cook book. This should keep us all busy!
Emma, Jess and Kaushik are leaving Poulstone for University. They will be missed but we all wish them success in what will be an exciting period for them. So, if anybody wishes to volunteer their time at Poulstone or to work at Poulstone, please let us know.
Things never stay still, its the magic and beauty of flow.
Rajesh Rai 5 September 2017
Many people have asked for more self-contained accommodation to be made available at Poulstone.
Well at last we can offer self-contained accommodation for two people, which is away from the house but still on the grounds of Poulstone. The flat is called “Cherry Blossom”, following the tradition at Poulstone to name rooms after trees and the fact that the flat overlooks the delightful walled garden and the cherry blossom tree.
If you wish to volunteer your time at Poulstone and need a place to stay or wish to spend some time at Poulstone for quite meditations. Or even, wish to have u se of self-contained accommodation during a retreat, then we can now offer Cherry Blossom. It has its very own kitchen dining room, bathroom and bedroom.
At one level, Poulstone Retreat Centre is a business at another level, Poulstone provides a conducive space for retreats. I am very mindful of the potential of commercial activity affecting this space. This said, it allows Poulstone to exist, to provide an excellent service and it helps to maintain the house and grounds. It has a purpose!
But Poulstone does not survive because it is a business organisation, it survives because of the love and affection its guests have for the space. This is priceless and continues to nurture Poulstone. Paying someone to do a job at Poulstone is very different to someone offering their time and love to work at Poulstone voluntarily. I am very grateful to wonderful individuals like Anne who looks after the shop and does so, solely, out of love. This is what Poulstone is about and this is what it needs.
We now have had three people stay over in the flat, who have provided their time and lovely energy, on a voluntary basis to add to Poulstone’s energy. Isabelle, “Shamanic” Dave and Michael. All found their stay at Poulstone to be healing. Thank you.
It is this service that nurtures the energy at Poulstone. The wonderful pictures in this blog are part of the contribution made by Michael during his stay at Poulstone.
Much love to you all
8 May 17
Many of you will know Gail, who has been part of Poulstone’s furniture for the last eight years. Gail recently retired and has bid Poulstone farewell. Poulstone wishes her a fun packed retirement although from what she tells me, her retirement is going to be very busy. Gail tended the organic vegetable garden, dealt with food ordering and generally kept an eye on how Poulstone ran. This included, ensuring the high standards visitors to Poulstone have come to expect, were met. Gail certainly set a high bar! She will be missed.
Divya and I, on a more personal note thank her for deciding to remain at Poulstone for another year after Steve and Mel left to ensure we settled into Poulstone in our first year.
It has been difficult looking for a new gardener but just when we needed one, Merla arrived looking for work as a gardener. So, welcome Merla, is now looking after the gardens with Jane. Merla is an experienced organic gardener and from what I have seen, loves nature, organic gardening and the open outdoors. Just what Poulstone needs. Merla has been busy pruning all the fruit trees and shrubs, cutting back all the overgrowth of the last few years and preparing our new strawberry bed. She has given the garden a well needed “short, back and sides”. We have been making plans for the beds and the garden for the coming years and the theme will be healing and rejuvenation. I am looking forward to how the garden develops with this theme over the next few years.
The calendar on Poulstone’s website (www.poulstone.com) is “fully operational”, so if you wish to know what is going on, please just have a look.
We are creating a database so we can update you on what’s happening at Poulstone, including forthcoming events that are open to the public. If you wish to know what’s going on, please “contact us” (which again, can be found on our website) and ask to be on our “whats on data base”.
At the end of year staff meeting we discussed whether there should be a Christmas tree in Poulstone. Poulstone is not usually decorated for Christmas, so this means no Christmas Trees.
Some felt uneasy about having to cut down a tree for decoration for Christmas. Some suggested a real Christmas tree will cause too much of a mess and others, a fake Christmas tree will just not be authentic enough.
After much debate, it was decided, we should grow our own Christmas tree in the gardens and decorate it for future Christmases.
Later, I took a walk in the gardens of Poulstone. I was reminded that Poulstone has one of the largest Christmas trees in the country (we think!) on its grounds. It was planted almost 150 years. It is soooo big that we forget it is also a Christmas tree, amazing what you can take for granted! Soon it will have a baby sibling.
Well, it has taken a year, but we have at last updated and published our new website www.poulstone.com. We hope you enjoy it.
We also welcome Merle to the team who will help look after the gardens. She has been working hard raking the leaves and pruning the fruit trees.
Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all.
15 December 16