Hello, thank you for dropping in. Are you enjoying sunshine? We are, and after last week's cool temperatures, rain and thunderstorm we are revelling in it. The Best Beloved and I spent several hours working in the garden on Sunday while the butterflies fluttered about and a buzzard was mobbed by crows overhead. It was all quite blissful.
On Saturday I went to an event at a local church with some friends and I have been reflecting on it ever since. I hadn't intended to share it with you here, but it seems to have become quite important in my head. It was an event for Christian women, a day of relaxation, pampering and creativity and I went with a group of friends, none of us in the best of health at the moment. We arrived to a breakfast of pastries and fruit, there was a salad bar for lunch and before we left, Pimm's and ice cream ("because it's summer", they said). Hot drinks and homemade cake were available all day. It was definitely a day full of treats. The day was topped and tailed with short acts of worship, there was a terrific speaker and there were workshops: one friend did some Gentle Pilates, another had her nails painted, one watched a demonstration of Indian cookery and I did some patchwork. If you just wanted to sit and chat with friends, or do your knitting on a sofa, that was fine. The tables were dressed with tablecloths and jam jars containing bluebells and cow parsley and bunting was strung across the room.
There are lessons for me in this. (And I think there are lessons for other churches in this.)
See you soon.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x