We were driving past Dunwich Heath in Suffolk in May when I thought how interesting to photo this kind of terrain which is very different to woodland areas and meadows.
This is not a place to wear shorts, the ground is covered in Gorse which is very spikey.
The ground is also very uneven so care needs to be taken but it is so worth while as the area is teeming with birds and small animals, particularly rabbits.
Such a safe haven for them as the Gorse keeps people away from their burrows and nests.
Guess what I have been doing while Alan has been recovering? Re-arranging some of my garden, something I said I would never do again. It started with a severe pruning session which got me realising that I did not really like some of the shrubs which had just been 'space fillers' in the past.
Added to that we had removed all the roses from the front (aged and somewhat diseased) and knowing that one should never re-plant roses in the same place for a while I had bought a very reasonably priced 'shrub package' from my newspaper. Needless to say not the best thing to do as some of these shrubs did not take to the open and often windy position.
So I was looking for space to transplant the surviving ones in the back. This ended up in my not only discarding some of the shrubs but re-citing a number of them to accommodate the new ones. Doing this in drought conditions has meant lots and lots of watering but everything seems to be surviving.
Having so much Lavender in my garden also meant digging out and replacing some of them as Lavender becomes far too straggly after about 5 years. Hopefully things will look better next Summer than they do at this moment!
Alan is 'back to normal' but having to take 2 lots of medication which he has never done in his life before. His follow up tests are not until late September and his Consultant follow up not until December.
He was able to accompany me last week when we attended another brilliant 2 day session on studying the Torah at Pilgrims Hall.
Rabbi Alan who leads these sessions is a brilliant teacher. He does not 'teach' in the accepted sense but sits amongst us and gives one keys from the original Hebrew and encourages everyone to delve into the Scriptures themselves. If someone comes up with something that is irelevant to the topic in hand, he honours them by being able to show them where their seeing does fit it.
So in effect we are studying the Hebrew way and not the Greek way with a Bible scholar who is brilliant at bringing out the original text in the geographical, political and original time scale to be not only historical but totally relating to the time scale in which we live now. All very personally challenging as well as informative.
Interesting to see how in the end the main theme throughout the Bible is to return us to the state and place we were always meant to be in the beginning - living in the Garden of Delight (Eden) which is of course not a geographical place but a place of 'being'.
This has been our third study session and we are looking forward to February when we will continue. In the meantime I am participating in the studies that are undertaken in the College in Jerusalem and thinking about the on-line studies that the ministry (Torah International) are planning in the near future.
These studies are so amazing, even something as well known as the 23rd Psalm took on such a whole new meaning that it felt like something we had never read before.