The internet is not a fast thing on the island of Iona. Our retreat group is staying at a place called the Bishops House and it is a lovely place to be but the internet is only strong in one room and of course everyone hops on the internet at the same time. So the wheel spins and pages load very slowly.
Blessing – I’m not up to date about what is going on in the world.
Desolation – I’m not up to date about what is going on in the world.
What I do know is that it was a gorgeously sunny day here, cold and breezy with water azur blue and sheep looking especially white and fluffy in the pastures. I’m getting to know the women here on the retreat and the magic is beginning to happen. I come to retreats and the first day I wonder how I’ll ever be comfortable with a group of strangers for a whole week. And by the 2nd or 3rd day, we are getting to know each other, vulnerability and true delight happen.
Yesterday I arrived by ferry and promptly went on a 6 mile hike over mixed terrain to Columba bay. Today I went on a more leisurely stroll to north beach. I am getting so many steps on my fitbit that my watch is giving me awards for being this active 4 days in a row. My legs are feeling it and my cheeks are a little wind and sun burned.
I went out to see the stars last night. Oh my goodness! It is supposed to get really windy over the next two days and the rain is coming. But now that I’m getting to know my housemates, I’m looking forward to being cozied up in discussion and reflection.
One bummer though – I didn’t bring yarn to knit and I’ve heard the yarn store on the island might not be open. I was so hoping to buy some Iona yarn and begin knitting.
Pictures tomorrow – they take forever to load.