Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Freecyling rules!

I never cease to be amazed at the power of the Freecycle network to have needs met and offers taken up. Last week I advertised a pair of wing-back Parker Knoll style chairs which I inherited from my parents, and they were allocated to someone moving into their first home within 6 hours. Today I put up an Edwardian dressing table and the first of many requests arrived within 30 minutes. It's being collected tomorrow. Now, what else can I get rid of?

Sunday, 4 August 2013

I will tear down my barns .....

An interesting morning service of Holy Communion today, interrupted by a farmer who asked us to move some of our cars in order to drive his huge combine harvester down the road. It raises the question over scale, and whether or not the desire for larger machines is out of proportion to the infrastructure of the area. The incident (a repeat of one last year) slotted well into today's Gospel reading about the farmer tearing down his barns to build bigger ones. Change the word barns for tractors and the parallel is complete. I will sell my old farm equipment for new and larger ones and say to my soul, you have wealth amassed; eat, drink and be merry. As the farmer disappeared out of the door with one of the drivers I commented to the congregation that maybe he could have joined us for worship instead, and had the vehicles moved when the service was finished. But that was a silly idea.