Saturday, April 7, 2012


Saturday 7th April 2012
The churchyard at St Aidan's Thorneyburn comes alive for Easter
I arrived here to deliver the new Paschal Candle after members of the regular congregation had finished decorating the church with flowers.  I had already taken the 2012 candle to Elsdon before the flower arrangers had started (and whilst the organist was practising).  After taking one  --  they are 24 inches high  and fit into four-foot tall stands  --   to Woodburn, I returned to Bellingham where the creation of an Easter Garden is quite ambitious.
An area is marked out, bark chippings go down and the hill of crucifxion is made

Then the stone-waller builds the tomb
Finally the rest of the garden is designed and the clothes representing the graveclothes are put into the tomb with the stone rolled away from the entrance.  But wait till tomorrow to see it!

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