What We can Learn from the World of Plants

  This was the theme of the service on 29 July, led by our minister, Rev Peter Fairbrother.    Elizabeth Marshall gave the aptly themed chalice lighting words which opened the service. The photographs are by Peter, and also by Rachael King.

This was the theme of the service on 29 July, led by our minister, Rev Peter Fairbrother.

Elizabeth Marshall gave the aptly themed chalice lighting words which opened the service. The photographs are by Peter, and also by Rachael King.

I was pleased to be asked to join in this service to talk and to think about plants and the pleasure they give.

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My husband was the gardener in our house. I barely pulled a weed. However, under the guidance of my gardener, I have learnt a lot and have been encouraged to try out different plants.

Amazingly, the garden survived under the snow and the Spring was full of early flowering plants. Now we are seeing the geraniums flowering, though not always in the colours expected! There is watering to be done every night, but it’s well worth the time spent. There are still fresh plants, like the sweet peas we planted late, coming through.

My reward comes when I think about my husband and imagine him being delighted that the garden is still a happy and beautiful place.

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 Photo by Peter Fairbrother: paper lotus flowers which he used to illustrate his ‘Time for All Ages’ story.

Photo by Peter Fairbrother: paper lotus flowers which he used to illustrate his ‘Time for All Ages’ story.

 Photo by Rachael King, showing the children displaying their artwork based on the story of The Grumpy Gecko, where a gecko learns that the natural world is a series of connections.

Photo by Rachael King, showing the children displaying their artwork based on the story of The Grumpy Gecko, where a gecko learns that the natural world is a series of connections.

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