New Year Greeting

Just days before the New Year retreat here began, this was the scene which greeted us after a cold night.

magical frosted field in front of the house

Days later during the retreat we walked and cycled in various directions from the house to enjoy the most glorious sunny day . . .

The River Derwent in winter sunshine with Bamford Edge rising up behind

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our friends, families, visitors and especially to our Associate members who lend us their support for which we are very grateful.  We look forward to meeting many of you in the course of the year.

Book Launch

But the paparazzi forgot to turn up . . . So sorry but no picture of a crowded sitting room at the Community full of the pioneers who set up the first community here all those years ago (1988) those who support the community in various ways, and friends from the village.

One of those pioneers, Rachel Rowlands has written a book detailing the trials and the joys and the service and the meetings and the hard work of turning a splendid but old office building into fine accommodation for their families.

The book is called “An Adventure Shared:The story of the first Quaker Community at Bamford” and details of it are here.

You can order the book from your local bookshop – buy local and support local enterprise – or order online from the link.

Getting ready for a retreat: Spring Planting

home-baked bread and black sheep

We are in the middle of Spring Planting Week – clearing, digging, muck-spreading and sowing, as well as evening activities.

Getting ready for a retreat means getting the house spick and span, preparing the work programme so that it all goes smoothly – and baking for the hungry workers . . .

These black sheep are sugar-free, vegan and delicious. And they are appropriate for the season, the fields round about are full of little lambs, mostly white it has to be said, but with the occasional black or piebald one.

Preparing for Walking Week

We are in the final stages of checking out the routes for our first ever walking week entitled “Walking with Friends” which will run from 11th May to 17th May. The countryside round about becomes ever more glorious, from the intensity of the colour of the grass to the shiny new leaves on every branch.

One walk was being explored by a small group and they were into photographing each other – and the other was being checked over solo resulting in attention to the landscapes . . .

 

Linda at Padley Gorge

Anne and Zee Zee resting in the old millstone quarry

Anne and Zee Zee resting in the old millstone quarry

 

 

Spare millstone, anyone? An old quarry at Padley Gorge

 

 

ash tree on the way up to Shatton moor

ash tree on the way up to Shatton moor

 

On top of the moor - peace and quiet for a loving couple

On top of the moor – peace and quiet for a loving couple

 

green checkerboard stretching away to Great Hucklow

green checkerboard stretching away to Great Hucklow

 

light and shade in the clough

light and shade in the clough

 

 

river Noe flowing under Shatton bridge

 

 

The River Noe flows under Shatton bridge