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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, September 27, 2004
    Life cycle

    - That's how they describe Norris Green Fingers on the St Christopher's website. And since their humble beginnings plenty has happened. "Norris Green Fingers is taking root," they say. A Poly Tunnel is in place and producing, as are some raised beds. Some keen local allotment folks have put their hearts, minds and heavy labour into the task and in a fortnight's time they're having a Harvest Celebration where the first produce will be celebrated and sampled by a multi-faith, multi-age gathering.

    How sad to hear that Eric, one of those hardworking Green Fingers heroes, died suddenly today. As the produce of the soil he turned ripens and shines, we reluctantly anticipate the dreadful returning words of his untimely funeral service: "Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field; when the wind goes over it, it is gone ..."

    The only comfort is that at the Harvest Celebration, when the breeze blows through that lovely little urban garden, we might feel Eric present, deeply present.