Monday, 6 September 2010

Help! I'm a friend of the earth.

My wife Liz and I had a very enjoyable walk around the grounds of Woburn Abbey last weekend. It really was lovely, starting off from the Georgian village of Woburn and walking though and around the deer park. It's not that far, maybe about 6 miles, but it took us about three and a half hours.

What slowed us down was the blackberry picking!  We'd done the walk before and wish we had been prepared. So this time  with our plastic bags in the rucksack we managed 14ozs between us. I only had my iphone but  took this picture of a speckled wood basking in the sun.

It turned out into a real friend of the earth day. Later we picked a large marrow from our garden, followed by some potatoes, runner beans and tomatoes.

Since I've been a towny all my life I cant help but be a tad pleased with myself (sadly according to my daughters, not an unfamiliar situation)! Perhaps it's an an age thing, but there's  something rather satisfying and yet simple about just being out and about enjoying the countryside and eating food grown in our garden or foraged from the hedgerows.

Although it can easily be misused, the statement from the Bible that, 'God has given us all things richly to enjoy' (1 Timothy 6.17) has much depth to it. Perhaps some of us Christians have been slow to appreciate the sheer magnanimity of God in giving us this amazing, albeit fragile and wounded earth-a thought that has been greatly stimulated in me by reading Julian Hardiman's book, Maximum Life. It's a great read encouraging us to live all of life for the glory of God. The earth is indeed charged with the grandeur of God (with thanks to Gerard Manley Hopkins).
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