So…….it’s been a long time since we last wrote. We hadn’t realised how much of a toll the house build had taken on us all so it’s felt very necessary to just be here in the house, together as a family which has meant that we have been a little out of touch with the outside world. However, the coming of Spring has led us to a place of renewed vitality and exciting visions for the future of Pentiddy.
Whilst trying to remain realistic of our capabilities and energy levels, we feel ready to start a new phase, to include much more interaction with our community offering opportunities for learning, volunteering and enjoying what has been created here.
Jane has taken up temporary residence in her caravan as a part-time WWOOFer whilst continuing with her work for Nature Workshops. She has proved to be a great stimulus to getting us back on track with ideas for courses and events and is hoping to run botany courses from the roundhouse during the summer.
We are making plans to run a series of workshops ourselves from here next year to include everything from outdoor cookery to build-your-own mini septic tank system, using working examples to inspire. 2018 will see the return of Anthony’s popular green wood-working courses following a revamp of his workshop space.
Following my participation in a course last autumn entitled ‘an introduction to nature connection and the the Art of Mentoring’ I have become involved in an amazing network of people working to reconnect people to themselves, to their community and to nature in readiness for returning to a way of life that creates whole people in functional communities living lightly on the earth – inspiring stuff! We feel honoured that the summer gathering for the South West will be here at Pentiddy (date to be confirmed) and look forward to increased involvement as a family. Adeon has signed up for a Right of Passage series that will prepare him and a group of similarly aged boys, for entering manhood. Men from the SW Art of Mentoring network will be running this with assistance from the boys’ fathers. It feels so right to be reintroducing such an vital part of community life.
It seems more important than ever that communities learn to work together and to that end, we have decided to make a start at developing more community links by running whittling evenings, probably once a month, giving local people the opportunity to sit round an open fire together shaping wood and drinking tea whilst allowing conversation to flow. We will announce that start of these in a later newsletter.
On a woody note, we have felled another section of hazel coppice so have large piles of straight-ish poles of mixed diameters available if anyone can make use of them. Due to it being a first cut and a fairly small area there are not really enough quality poles to try and market but we’d love to see them used. Please get in touch if you’re interested.
For now we need to get back to preparing the garden for the growing season and completing the winter work job list.
Very much looking forward to Spring and being back in the loop!