Well, we’re intermittently basking in Spring sunshine between the odd thunder storm. Last Friday afternoon as the group was coming in we had thunder rattling the sash windows in their casements and a hailstorm, which then gave way to the most blissful weekend of Spring sunshine! We’re all getting drawn into the garden. Mel has finished tidying the kitchen yard and planted up some baskets and tubs with edible flowers which we use to decorate our salads at lunchtimes. It’s nice to have a splash of colour out there after the winter gloom. The little faces of the violas are particularly lovely.
Steve and Dave have finally admitted defeat in their battle against the invasive plants in the flower bed under the barn and abandoned the ideas for a new planting scheme there. Despite the best efforts of Ian and others on the work retreat last year, the plants have come up as strongly as ever so we’re going with that and instead have grassed it over to provide a pleasant sitting area under the apple blossom in springtime. In the autumn we will plant some spring bulbs to come up around the bench that will go there.
Mel & Steve have been weeding in the veg garden ready for planting and Gail’s been busy moving muck and compost up onto the raised beds. Mel’s just off to sow her courgette and squash seeds in the potting shed once her stint in the office is over for the day.
Mel’s also been busy with the year end stocktake so anything not actually moving has been counted! She finished in the shop today and has placed an order for some of the popular Japanese bowls that some of you were asking about earlier in the year. They’ll be in soon! We’re also featuring some new cards by the talented artist Anne Thomas. Hilary first came across her work and told us about it. We particularly like her nature mandala cards which are now in stock here. Here are some examples and her website for buying direct is: http://www.shiningedge.co.uk/.
We’re on our third group since last writing. We had a very lovely yoga group in two weekends ago with teacher Rowena Harris (http://www.herefordshireyoga.co.uk/rowena-harris) who lives nearby in Longtown in the Black Mountains. Rowena hadn’t been with us for a few years and so it was nice to be reminded by her and the students of all the changes that have taken place in the house and gardens since that time. A week later we were joined by Chris Luttichau and an advanced shamanic group. We had met Chris when he taught here with Manda Scott a year or so back and it was really great to have him return here with his own students. We very much hope we can host them again at some time in the future. Chris’s website is http://www.northerndrum.com. We now have Burgs in with an introductory meditation retreat till Friday (http://theartofmeditation.org/). In between the meditation sessions and discourses, there’s been some lovely weather for sitting quietly outside and letting the work settle.
That’s probably it for now. More soon!
Mel & Steve
Poulstone Court Retreat Centre