A frog for the blog!

We’ve just enjoyed a lovely week with teachers and students from Spectrum psychotherapy in London (http://www.spectrumtherapy.co.uk/).  About mid-week the weather picked up and they were able to get out for walks and excursions in their afternoon breaks.  We, of course, all rushed out into the garden to get some work done after the rain.  Mel brought manure up to the veg plot and planted the squash, pumpkin and courgette plants the other night.  Gail’s also been manuring ready for sweetcorn and planting out the pea and bean plants, some celeriac that Hilary has given us as well as her brassica seedlings.  Steve’s weedathon continues!

Everything is feeling lovely and fresh after the rain.  The apple blossom is looking exquisite and as the tulips begin to go over, they have opened out into another wonderful incarnation before finishing for the season.

We now have an open retreat here for Aro Tradition buddhists (http://arobuddhism.org) and are enjoying their company and their beautiful chanting.  We haven’t seen them for a couple of years whilst they put energy into their own non-residential centre so it is lovely to have them back with us.

Here are some pictures of what’s going on in the garden at the moment.  Steve discovered this little fellow whilst weeding under the barn windows.  He was pretty un-camera-shy for a frog!

































That’s all for now!

Mel & Steve xx

Poulstone Court Retreat Centre

Blossom and sunny days – hurray!

We’ve just had two wonderful long weekends with Richard and Marigold Farmer’s “Giant Leap” groups (for their work, see www.soulmoves.co.uk).  The Spring weather was glorious and there were lots of opportunities for the groups to work outside and enjoy the sunshine.

The cherry and pear blossom was at its peak this week, before the winds picked up in the last two days.  Look at this!  Absolutely beautiful!  We even had breakfast out under the pear trees the other morning – the breeze lifted slightly and suddenly we were in a lovely confetti shower of white petals!  All very wonderful!  Mel’s been out snapping pictures of some of the plants that went into the shady beds last year and have really started to flourish this Spring:  

Also, the new acer that we’ve put into the walled garden is looking gorgeous in its yellow and red:  

So, that’s all from the garden right now.  Jan Adamson & Desiree Emery’s shamanic group are with us tonight and it’s a blustery old evening!  We hope a little bit of sunshine graces their weekend too x

More soon!

Mel & Steve

Poulstone Court Retreat Centre