Even on a Planned Trip – you can end up God tripping

I’ve been on alot of trips that were planned by others this past few months.
In May and early June it was a week in Somerset, England with the Friendship Force  (www.FriendshipForce.org)  where our accomodating hosts treated us to breakfast, lunch and dinner with trips from Bath to Stonehenge and many in between. We didn’t have to do anything but unpack our suitcases, eat, dress, bathe and sleep. Everything was planned.

Except for my unreasonable request to my dear hostess, Pat Hollocombe, if we might visit a town called Todmorden.

Of course, I had no idea where Todmorden was, except I knew England was a smallish country. Todmorden is home to the Incredible Edible Project started by Mary Clear and four friends at the Bear Cafe overlooking the Victorian library with the clear mission to feed everyone in town eventually.

It was 7 1/2 hours by three trains to Todmorden, but my indominable hostess took me anyway, all the way to Yorkshire! It was a true God Trip. She had not even heard of it, nor the project, but she was a true trooper in the “Life is a God Trip” mold.

We arrived on the train platform and there were three barrels filled with forget me nots, an apple tree and broccoli. Not your normal train platform. Down in the carpark there was a huge raised bed with a sign that said, “Donkey manure working.” There was a sign with all the vegetables that would be planted there in a few weeks and how to cook them. For you see, in Todmorden, these vegetables and fruits are for the taking. It’s all a radical plan to save the world, one person at a time, planting on public land, cared for by volunteers, creating fellowship and becoming sustainable.  Sometimes, all you need in life is someone who says “Yes,” to your unreasonable request.

Sometimes you just need a friend!

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4 responses to “Even on a Planned Trip – you can end up God tripping

  1. Such a lovely memory!

  2. For those who walk with God every trip is a God trip…. you my precious friend are evidence of that truth!

  3. Sounds like a cool trip! I like the stuff on the train platform! Neat. How long did you stay in Todmorden? Did you stay overnight, or do the 15 hours of travel in one day?!

  4. We stayed in Todmorden at a wonderful Bed and Breakfast called Lindores, run by a young South African couple for two nights! I didn’t miss much with the tour as we had two free days, and the third…well, I had already been to Bath and wanted to keep that memory of then. Todmorden is magical!

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