Monday, April 11, 2005

Ashburnham...

I'm not too good at it - but I am here for a couple of days on a retreat. I don't know why I am not good at it. I wish I knew why but there you go!

10 comments:

Rob said...

Peace be with you over these few days.

Jenni said...

You picked a great place for a retreat. The photo brings back great memories. Hope you are able to be "good at it".

Kathryn said...

Oh...I grew up in Sussex, and one of my favourite childhood memories was making a den in the woods at Ashburnham with my Dad, and sitting inside under cover hearing the rain and feeling safe.
Hope that if nowt else, you enjoy a time of feeling safe and loved by your Father.

Chris said...

Amazing how you managed to lead class today while you were on retreat!

Glad you went to the retreat late Gordon, class was good - lots to think about. Hope you enjoy the rest of the retreat and return to Poplar feeling refreshed and recharged.

Sister said...

Am cracking up laughing here. Retreats are hard work - and it certainly often takes a few days to get into them. I remember being surprised at first that spending a day sitting around listening to God left me exhausted. Then I tried being the spiritual director and guiding someone on one, and I found a whole new level of exhaustion. It's 'listening' time, not 'doing' time. May it be a rich and wonderful blessing.

Lucy said...

Gordon, what are you expecting/do you expect from a retreat?

Gordon said...

Thanks everyone for you comments, Chris that was my twin brother!!

Gordon said...

Sussex is lovely Kathryn - in fact I'm going with our two girls camping in West Sussex in a couple of weeks - do you recommend any spots good for a 5 and 9 year old?

Mary said...

Very belatedly - and probably too late: I grew up in Sussex too, in Chichester at the other end from Ashburnham (which therefore feels more like Kent to me!). We used to spend lots of time at East Head, beyond West Wittering, where the Solent meets Chichester Harbour and the light is like nowhere else. They have fenced off the sand dunes to protect them - almost too late - but it's still a great place to run around and feel the wind and make patterns and castles in vast expanses of sand.... and if it's warm you can even swim as long as you watch for the red flag.

Gordon said...

Mary - East Head sounds fantastic, I hope the weather holds as we go next week!

Thanks