I enjoy summer but I also like the move towards autumn. I like the warmth of September days that feel like a cheeky extension to the summer. I enjoy the early morning chill of October that creeps up on you unannounced and I love cosy evenings that are prompted by the clocks going back.
The garden begins to show signs of change, lawns are cut less often and new bulbs are popped underground for a colourful show in the spring. Children are settled into school and TV channels prepare us for upcoming new series. Clothing stores have cleared their summer stock and supermarkets are lining their shelves with Christmas treats. Where has the summer gone?
One minute I was saying goodbye to the children and their parents in my class in a London Borough School and the next I am looking forward with anticipation to full time ministry as Priest-in-Charge for the churches of All Saints, Purleigh, St Margaret’s, Woodham Mortimer with Hazeleigh and St Michael’s, Woodham Walter.
I am very excited at the thought of working across the parishes and learning more about what goes on in your communities. I also hope that you will say hello to me and my dog as I take time to wander, to stop and to chat and if anyone at any time happens to say ‘the kettle’s on Julie’ mine is white no sugar.