2022 Winter Tree Vigil
Having not seen the tree for 3 years, and with a year of surgery in order to make its limbs safe, everyone who was familiar with it was hugely relieved to see it, replete with a snappy haircut that in no way diminished its stature.
After some silence, a bell was rung for the humans and the tree, its powerful sound calling out to the winter afternoon. As dusk fell, bird song accompanied us as honey cake and birch sap drink was handed around, and the cold metal cast of one of the trees pine cones went from hand to hand.
As the light faded, we shared what we wanted to let go of and give to the fire – our voices vibrating into the freezing dark air and telling of tensions, fears and other things which no longer served us.
Back inside connections between us deepened over hot soup and home-made bread, as the hosts of the tree itself, Eileen and Keith Paddock, welcomed us into their home. With that we left feeling nourished and looking forward to a New Year.