Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Today ...

Edgehill (Methodist College) is a house built in 1875 by Young & Mackenzie (architects). The steeply sloped grounds are separated from the house by a terraced lawn. Shrubs cascade down the slope to an ornamental pond. The site is surrounded by mature trees, including some very large specimens, which add to the importance of the planned landscape of the area.
Lennoxvale gardens were created for the house of 1876 by Young and Mackenzie, which stands in wooded lawns at a high point from which the gardens drop down, via a rockery, to a series of lakes in the valley below. Spring water was retained and the lakes created to provide Belfast’s water supply from the late 18th century until 1840. The boat house has gone but there are walks round the lakes. There is a summer house in the maintained garden. 
That information came from a search of the internet.  The house wasn't long in private ownership.  
The 3.5 acre site and house were bought in 1919 for the theological college.
And what a place!
I'd not been there until today when a group of a dozen or so met to have a conversation about Spiritual Direction, Mentoring and Supervision.  What a beautiful setting for a meeting.  The morning flew and it was with difficulty that we were called to a conclusion at lunch time.  
Coffee, real coffee, began the day and the scones at the morning break were delicious.  
Among the group was a Presbyterian minister, Tom,  whom I'd met through mutual friends over ten years ago!  What a small world!  
The remainder of the day has been rather busy and, since last night was very late, I suspect that I'll be in bed fairly soon.  Eliot is bewildered.  I leave early in the morning.  All afternoon and evening I was working and now ... there's clearly no walk on the agenda.  Poor mutt!
He can come to the Parish Halls with me tomorrow and enjoy a bit of freedom for a couple of hours. 

Keep me as the apple of an eye.
Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Book of Common Prayer

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