|Desert, where would you put your sleeping bag? Or find your bathroom
I went to Sinai with my friend Mary. She has given me books across the years of our friendship and this journey started with my reading her Christmas gift of The Sisters of Sinai by Janet Soskice (you can hear her talk about them by clicking the link.) These two sisters and their journey to discover what really was written in ancient manuscripts stored at St Catherine’s Monastery and their connection with the Monks was our starting point. My friend Mary has always inspired me because she has a stillness about her and as an artist has a discerning eye. I am the one of this friendship who can’t resist taking action and having read the book and found a journey going to Sinai led by Sara Maitland (click for info), I persuaded her that we could do it, we could camp in the desert for a few days not realising we would really be out in the middle of the sandy desert with no tent, just ourselves in a sleeping bag and the stars above us, no loo, no electric rollers, no radio, no i phone, just 12 people scattered over the desert gazing upwards and watching the light of the sun and moon changing our days into nights and our nights into days. As we woke, we would see others sitting up in their bags, getting dressed in the bag, clambering out and walking across to the one tented structure which contained the hole in the ground which if we had been American, we would have miscalled the bathroom.
|Inside the Monastery|
If you never get to camp in the Sinai desert and you never manage to come with me to St Catherine’s Monastery, then register now to hear Father Justin and book your ticket to London from wherever you are. This is an opportunity not to miss.
|So pleased to show off the renovation work in the library|