The month began with days
we formerly called April Showers.
Our garden birds have waited until
the gulls have been fed
and then diligently searched for any remnants.
In another part of the garden
the smaller birds have their hanging baskets
The weather has been cold,
and we are all still wearing winter clothing.
Almond Blossom and Swallow
Glimpses of Eden
Im sitting outside with a cold drink
on the hottest February day on record,
and although the sky is forget-me-not blue
and the sun is wonderful, its not right.
Im not the only one to feel this.
A winter heatwave ?
Nature has always been a joy for me,
fascination, poetry and recreation,
but we cannot lie to ourselves:
our planet is weary, she is ill .....
And in the bees buzz,
I hear again the call for us never to give in,
never despair, but do whatever we can
for our ailing mother Earth.
A Magnolia Tree
in our garden
The local gulls are now all wearing black caps
in preparation for the summer.
They come less frequently now
and before long they will not come at all.
It has been a joy to see them and feed them.
Our garden birds seem to be flourishing
and before long their young will be with us.
We are very fortunate in having these
Painting of a Blue tit
The last few days have been punctuated
by howling wind and periods of heavy rain.
The seagulls have now flown away.
Branches are breaking off
from old garden trees
and many more may follow.
The rain pours down both night and day......
High wind and rain continue.
The Welsh hills are invisible.
The sky is a now a pale white
and only a few birds come to be fed.
The trees have a dance of their own
and sway to the rhythm of the wind ....
Our garden on the edge of winter
A Quotation from Caryll Houselander
In the wilderness Christ experienced the temptation
that faces everyone today.
The temptation to the ideals of materialism,
presumption and power:
Bid these stones turn into loaves of bread.
It is all too easy for us, shocked by the worlds
hunger, to think that bread only -
material good - is happiness.
Easier because we know that if we do not feed
the hungry we shall will surely hear Christs voice saying:
I was hungry and you did not give Me to eat.
It is good to work for material bread,
to be grateful for it, but bad to be satisfied by it,
terrible to be sated by it -
not to hunger for the love that gives life,
to be content to live without wonder,
impotent in the eternal arms .....
Only love can give life.
Only Christs love can redeem and forgive and illumine.
Only Christs love can quicken the world with new life.
Love is given only in mans gift of himself ....
Christ had only Himself to give.
He has given Himself to us, that we may love the world
with His love and that the world may live.
An embroidered design
by Sister Monica
WISHING YOU EVERY BLESSING