And a happy new year to you all! I think it’s still all right to say that, but this has been my theme recently… just a little too late!
We spent the weekend after the new year in the middle of silence. It was beautiful. I’d been wanting to stay at the Elmley Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey for some time, and it was everything I dreamed of.
We took the little but beautiful Salt Box, which contains a bed, kitchen and bathroom but more importantly this view when we woke up in the morning….
We didn’t take advantage of the outdoor shower – surprisingly! But we did spend time reading, thinking and walking. I made a list of all the gardens I’ve visited this year and haven’t shared with you here, so – again late to the party – I’ll be catching up with them soon.
But in the meantime, enjoy this video taken just outside our little cabin before I sat down to write…
Which made me think of this poem, Silence by Billy Collins. Here’s an extract:
And there is the silence of this morningwhich I have broken with my pen,a silence that had piled up all nightlike snow falling in the darkness of the house—