|Visitors to our villages are most welcome at our Church services. Do come along and join us.
Well I hope Ian and \melanie are settling in at Giggleswick and enjoying retirement. We are now into the interregnum and hope we will keep moving forward to appointing a new parish proest. Thanks, again to Ian for arranging the cover during this period. It was agreed that the church wardens would contribute to the newsletter, I volunteered for the first slot, so I could talk about harvest which I feel is very relevant to me as a farmer.
I always enjoy the harvest services with the traditional harvest hymns and the churches so well decorated and that wonderfularoma that it brings. My harvest is not wheat, barley or fruit but livestock. During september we will hope to sell our crop of 300 Mule gimmer lambs, these are young females intended for breeding stock. A Mule is a cross between a Swaledale ewe and a Blue-faced Leicester tup (Ram), these we have looked after since they were born in late March and April. We will spruce them up, hopefully making them look good to attract prospective buyers when presented at Bentham auction on 9 September. Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket, but hopefully trade will be okay and we will survive for another year. As September passes into October we will needs to purchase new Tups and a few breeding sheep, we also have our own replace ments coming into the flock and the seeds are sown again for next year.
I feel when working the land, in particular the area that we are privileged to be responsible for, I feel that I am close to nature, the growing of livestock, produce and using the tools that God has given us. My Mum had a saying ‘that you reap exactly what you sow’. As I have become older, raised three sons and now have a granson, I have become more reflective and I feel it is very true both on the farm and within all aspects of life that you do reap exactly what you sow. We must now look within our parished to planing new seeds, nurturing them, watching them grow and reaping fresh harvests.
Graham Taylor, Churchwarden, Keasden