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March 30, 2020
As a result of the current situation, a large number of our volunteers are in isolation. A skeleton team are tending the vineyard carrying out essential tasks.
Our strong FHV community continues, even if apart from the vineyard. Our ecotherapists are making calls to our most vulnerable members and many are staying in contact by WhatsApp - keeping each other’s sprits up by sharing jokes, stories, exercise routines for home and uplifting photos like this posted here. A couple of our volunteers have been inspired to write poems, which with their permission we'll share. This one below was written by volunteer Christine Pennington - a fitting tribute to the spirit of Forty Hall Vineyard.
We encourage all our volunteers to share memories and photos to keep us going through this difficult time and look forward to all being back together, sharing biscuits...
Up before the gleaming dawn
Cup o' tea and biscuit
Chug Chug Chug
Meet the Crew
March down the fields secateurs in hand
Now it begins
Under an early Spring sky I touch the vines
They stir beneath my gentleness
We whisper together a hundred secrets
Talk of lost harvests and bud beginnings
Secateurs used skilfully
With pride the vines shiver off their Winter coats
Together we create the shape of things to come
Teatime talk of goings and comings
Mud on the track
Homeward on the chug chug
Bliss in my heart
Nature in my Spirit
Christine Pennington ,FHV Volunteer, March 2020
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