Sunday11th October 2015 Trinity 19
Hymns: A&M 201, 220, 156, CG 74.
Readings: Amos 5: 6—7, 10—15 (P. 920); Hebrews 4: 12—16
(p.1203); Mark 10: 17—31 (P.1014).
Many thanks to all who came to the harvest supper last Friday evening and Evelyn and Fiona for their organisation. Donations at the Festivals to Surestart Stirling were delivered yesterday.
And tailpieces ……….
The apple trees in St. Andrew’s back garden are now fruiting. To save them being wasted, please call and pick them before they fall.
Recent ’Country Life Magazines’ are available free of charge.
Please contact Richard if this is of interest.
Wednesday 7th October
11.30 Killearn Midweek Service
Earl Haig Poppy Appeal
Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St. Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.
Contact: Julie Edmonstone firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 17th October
Anti-Human Trafficking Group— Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30 am to 4 pm in St. George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street. You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking. It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue. The conference is free and open to all. Further detail available through Richard.
Wednesday 28th October
16.00 – 17.30 Autumn Bazaar
Blair Drummond House, Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR
Friday 30th October 2015 Concert at St Mary’s
Les Trois Blondes at St. Mary’s Church bringing the only band in Scotland specialising in this kind of French café music. Tickets £10 from email@example.com or O1786 870710.
Saturday 28th November
Join hundreds of thousand of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.
Last Saturday I was taken to a “Working Horses Day” held at the East Crieffvechter Farm near Crieff.
It was a beautiful day both weatherwise, people-wise, horses-wise and programme-wise. So much to see and hear about.
Hopefully the picture above gives some idea of the surroundings. What the horses are pulling is a haystack-making machine, which they demonstrated.
The weather was warm enough for people to work in shirt sleeves and we were lucky enough to get ringside seats.
The sloping thing behind the horses is a kind of large rake which pulls up the hay from the ground and tips it into the basket-like thing which is also being pulled by the horses.
Two men in the basket thing are busy jumping up and down on the hay to tamp it down and once the basket is filled the horses are held still, the men jump out of the basket and the basket is tipped up, the hay tumbles out, creating a haystack.
This was a apparently a primitive forerunner of the combine harvester.
Once emptied the whole thing was reassembled and away we went to make another haystack.
The horses were so co-operative and willing and the whole scene is one that takes us back to the time when it was nothing but horses that worked in the fields.
The farmers are very proud of their horses and take great pride in dressing them up for showing especially at e.g. the Highland Show. The way of decorating them involves a good hour or two with washing of the hair on their lower legs, combing them and putting the legs in to basins of bran to dry them. This is followed by decorating the manes with plaiting and ribbons and by adding beautiful metal decorations over the horses necks or backs. The horses stand patiently while all of this is going on and seem to feel very proud as they show off to the crowd.
We were lucky to have a beautiful day and to be able to sit out in the sun to enjoy all the goings-on.
During the time of WWII horses were used in place of tractors . Without them hay-making and harvest would have been very difficult.After the War ended that there was serious discussion as to whether horses should continue to be used on farms or whether it would be better just to do without them and use mechanised vehicles instead. Fortunately there were one or two dedicated people who were horrified at the idea and who campaigned for keeping the heavy horses, especially the Clydesdales; and farmers who still had Clydesdales started a breeding programme to make sure they would not die out.
Relationships of humans with animals is one of God’s great gifts to us and a great responsibility. He trusts us to respect and treasure them and not to discard them when it suits us. To see these beautiful horses responding to our needs is to see that glorious relationship.
Give thanks to God for all his wonderful gifts.