For the last few weeks we have enjoyed meeting in the open air in the garden. The weather has been kind. About half of the area has been left unmown, and is covered in bright little yellow flowers. This photograph was taken after our meeting today.
We held our first Meeting for Worship together today since March. There were six of us in the pleasant surroundings of the garden, bathed in sunlight and blessed with birdsong. The flowers in the courtyard are wonderful, thanks to Mary.
Having carried out a risk assessment and put in place posters about safety during COVID-19 and provided for hand-washing or sanitiser, and markings for social distancing etc., we are able to resume weekly Meetings for Worship, outdoor for preference, but indoors if the weather is not kind. We will be limited to eight people if we move indoors, so registration with the Clerk is necessary. The kitchen will not be used nor will there be anything that is normally shared, such as books. The cleaning regime for the Meeting House and particularly the toilets will be considered with our cleaner this week. They’re will be a one way system operating when we meet indoors, so please follow the guidance of the welcomers. We are not planning to re-open for any other groups before September at the earliest.
We continue to care for each other and keep in touch by phone and email. Please contact Adela or Jackie our Overseers with any concerns.
On a visit to the Meeting house to check all is well, which it is, I took some photographs of the garden.
The trees we planted seem to be doing well, and
the wild flower beds are busting with life.
The bluebells are out.
The weeds look pretty too!
The grass has been cut and one of the wild flower beds has been weeded and more flower seeds sown. One of the shrubs is in full bloom and the sunshine makes it all look lovely.
This summer the small wildflower bed we created last year has been a wonderful picture of red and white flowers. Poppies and daisies self-seeded and have flowered profusely.
A sunny end to Quaker Week revealed the garden with fruit and flowers.