Slowly but surely I’m finding my feet in the office. This week I brought two plants and today installed them in their pots, with our new peat free compost. Today I saw that my new nameplate adorns the door of our office. I also saw a jar with bright pink powder on the desk of my Indian colleague. The destination for this powder quickly became clear, and so I spent the rest of the day with a pair of cheerful pink streaks on my face.
All of this was because of the Holi festival. It is the festival of colours, the beginning of spring, and today even the weather in Gillingham joins the party. It is also the day when you end quarrels, make new friends and enter spring time with a clean slate. That relates nicely to my theme for Lent: Instead of throwing bombs on your enemy, try throwing coloured powder, laugh at each other’s weird colours and enter the new year as friends.
This afternoon I have taken some time off. Our kitchen also looked like Holi was celebrated there, but that was just spilled food from the big meal we cooked yesterday. Some friends came over for dinner and we had a nice time. The current sunshine even brings out my gardening instincts. Today I bought a white, a red and a pink plant. And I sowed broccoli and coriander. Happy Holi!