Sunday, 16 October 2016
I slipped into the near by sweet little Church of St Grada , on the Lizard in Cornwall , not for any service , but to quietly give my own thanks to God for the sun and the moon , the rain and the good earth , that all helped to produce my veggies , fruits and flowers in my own garden this season .
It was nice to see the Church so beautifully decorated for Harvest Festival .
I especially loved this basket of beautiful vegetables .
We plough the fields and scatter , the good seed on the land , But it is fed and watered by God's almighty hand; He sends the snow in Winter , The warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the sunshine , and soft refreshing rain .
All good gifts around us , are sent from Heaven above ,
Then thank the Lord !
O thank the Lord !
For all his love .
I loved the Harvest Festivals of my old school days . We would gather in fresh fruits and vegetables and make up pretty boxes which would be delivered to local homes for the elderly and other good causes . We also would bake our own bread for Holy Communion and there would be one really beautiful loaf made in the shape of a sheaf of wheat ,which would have pride of place at the foot of the Altar .
I,m the generation that played guitars , clapped and bashed tambourines ....." Bake us the bread , Mary, Mary ! " and "Give us Joy in our Hearts " " Go tell everyone !" and for the little ones " He's got the Whole World in His hands " , but there would also be some of the good old traditional hymns sung too ..usually accompanied by the school Orchestra ....dearie me .....memories come flooding back !
Quietly I slip back out into the glorious Autumn sunshine .
At home I have the last of a bumper crop of tomatoes ripening on the kitchen window . These are the Marmande tomatoes that my blogging friend sent me seeds of back in the Spring . They were very successful in the Vegtrug and I will be saving the seeds from one of these to grow again next season .
Gardeners Delight also gave us a bumper crop . I just have one Cherokee Purple left growing in the greenhouse with one tomato on it ..I sowed these too late really after my husband brought seeds back from America .....but I am determined to get at least one tomato from it !
Hope you,ve had a bountiful harvest !