Some pictures from a friend of mine out in Kabul reached me yesterday. They showed him and his soldiers in deep snow as they train the next generation of the Afghan Army. From the deep snow in front of me on my computer screen I looked out of my window to the sea of daffodils and other spring flowers that cover my garden. It may still be winter in Afghanistan but for us in Saltwood Spring is here, and with it the promise of longer, lighter evenings, good weather and the joy of watching the sleeping earth coming back to life. In his diaries, Alan Clark often talks about Saltwood ‘smiling.’ It does seem to be a perfect word for the charm and delight of this place. During the winter months I have been thrilled by the sight of our church in the moonlight; now the spring flowers, and the smell of newly cut grass are whetting my appetite for the joys of summer in this lovely village. After so many years on the move it is good to be putting down roots. And as the world around us wakes from its winter sleep, this month
leads us to the greatest day of the Christian year: Easter Day, celebrated this year on the 16th of the month. Never as commercial as Christmas: without all the presents, TV specials and parties it is nonetheless, for those of us who have faith in Christ, the Day of Days, the Day of Resurrection, the Day which gives meaning to our lives. As new life bursts forth all around us during this month let’s all give thanks to God for all his blessings to us. May you all have a very happy and blessed Easter.