First Steps

A tree too big to embrace

Is born from a slender shoot

A nine-storey tower

Rises from a pile of earth

A thousand-mile journey

Begins with a single step

Lao Tzu



We took our first steps towards our new community hall this week.  As the bees rally around the hive – busy with the big spring clean and foraging – so too do volunteers, church goers, and garden goers rally around the hall.  They unpack everything from storage and take it into the new building that stands in the footprint of the old.

This time of year is filled with first steps and fresh starts.  It’s young, reborn, and new.  Spirits are renewed by the warming weather and lengthening days.  Most of our vegetable beds are filled – even the Jerusalem Artichoke we’d all but given-up on are showing their feathery tips.  New flowers open everyday – their foliage foaming into large tufts of rich greens – and blossom drifts from the fruit trees leaving carpets of confetti on the paths.

Now the construction fences have gone and the paths have been renewed around the hall we can welcome the community back into their garden – to wander the paths, or simply sit and enjoy the spring with a cup of tea and some sunshine.





One thought on “First Steps

  1. Everyone wants instant everything, and they want instant success, but I always think you should treat things in the arts like a garden, and let them grow.


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