In the absence of space for pictures i’ll have to tell you what has been happening instead. We had a very quiet new years eve and didn’t stay up until midnight but went to bed as usual and woke into the new year. For afternoon recreation some of us put on a short version of the panto Cinderella, – in our great British tradition – which went down well and we  had lots of laughs.

Epiphany – at Epiphany recreation some of dressed up for fun and we all did party peices. There was a range of poems, stories, readings and Sr Cordis sang a Nigerian song for us and danced – it was very beautiful. In the evening we got the results of some fun puzzles we had been doing over the weeks and collected prizes – toiletries or sweets. The winning team from the treasure hunt chose prizes, followed by the losing team so no one lost out. The next day, the big clear up began as we took down all our Christmas decorations. There was a lot of mess and now the whole place looks very bare.

Amidst all this mess and busyiness … the long awaited blackcurrants arrived! But they had to wait. We made them comfortable in the court – a sort of inner garden/garth – and left them until the next day. Then Mother Prioress, Sr Davina and i began digging and planting. We managed 20 of them – there are 40 – then did the rest over the next few days. Now they are all in and we are very pleased to see them. It gives us a great sense of achievement to see all these young bushes in and settling well. Over these few weeks we will be mulching and protecting them. As these will take a year or two to fruit we now have to weed and prune the existing bushes to make them last for a little longer. They are pensioners in the fruit world as they are at least 20 years old and are still fruiting – so we do need our young ones to settle and begin.

It is also very strange in Office at the moment as our antiphons and responsories have almost completely gone back to ‘normal’ and the special Advent and Christmas Office books have been packed away again. And so begins another year..

Go well with God, and please, please, please, help us with our space problem. Thanks, Adele.