Nine months can seem longer or shorter!
A few days ago Helen and I passed our nine-month mark in Swanage. That is a bit of a staging point, as it is nearly the whole of an academic year and has taken in all the major Church festivals. So, in one sense it does feel as though we have been here longer than that time - more like a year or so - but time is a funny thing and, at the next moment, we feel we have still just arrived.
There are so many places that we haven’t visited and people that we haven’t met - or have met them and can’t remember their names! But there is a sense in which we have come to feel ‘at home’and have become acclimatised to the town and the environs of the Isle of Purbeck: we walk around Peveril Point and have ceased to say, “Wow, this is amazing and we actually live here”, or we glance up at the Downs and watch the sun go down yet again, and remind ourselves, “We must never take this for granted”. No, we no longer say these things all of the time - but we still do often. This whole area is incredibly beautiful, varied and with good weather on the whole. Never, ever, must we stop giving thanks - for new every morning it is there for us to enjoy, and to remember that this is an exceptional place. We must be generous in sharing and be responsible in maintaining for the good of all who live here, those who visit, and for future generations to inherit.