Saturday, 6 June 2015

From Outback truckers to Trinity Sunday


Ravine top #Filey
I went up to St Oswalds this morning with a huge bunch of Solomons Seal that Rev Liz had picked for me from her garden . I'm so glad that my treetop walk along Ravine Top is open again after the landslip, taking 5mins from my cottage door to church without having to go on a road. The ravine used to be the place where the fishermen of Filey hauled up their cobles to protect them in foul weather. There are springs running along to the sea, where Dutch sailors would fill their barrels of drinking water before setting off again over the North Sea. I'll be doing just that next week , but by North Sea Ferries, where there will be plenty of drinking water and water for ablutions, but it will still have to be loaded aboard!
The Sycamores along the ravine path are now in full leaf, and yet only a week ago the church could be seen easily across the road  from the path . Today I was able to marvel at that sheer size of TREES . I take them for granted , these largest of living plants. These trees were planted by Victorians out to make money out of summer visitors, who had to pay to walk down to the sea along the leafy gorge.
My reverie along my 5 minute walk took me from 40' trees to the total lack of them on the road from Perth to Adelaide in South Australia.

No ! I have not  actually been there , but I know all about it from last nights Outback Truckers , my current favourite TV Viewing. The road is called the Nullarbour Plain , of all really clever or totally stupid names. I am totally hooked on the landscapes of Australia as portrayed by my favourite of all novelists Arthur Upfield .

Nullarbor Plain Australia 
His Detective novels are all set in his adopted country , and each of his stories features a different part of the country. Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte  , his hero sleuth had an aboriginal mother , and many of the novels feature a portrayal of the Aborigines and their culture which goes back 40,000 years since their migration from South India.
 Since reading Bruce Chatwin's semi-novel Songlines , which explores the Dreaming of the Oldest living culture of the world I have been fascinated by the Creation stories and tales of the totems and animal stories which are now recognised as defining the tribal culture and unique  Spirituality of Australia's indiginous people.

Ray Simpson then ,back from a tour of Australia and all clued up on  Dreaming had an interesting point to make in his sermon for Trinity Sunday (always a difficult one).It seems that ancient Aboriginal people were not at all surprised to discuss the Holy Spirit as with the  Emu Dreaming they have  known about Him for millennia.
Its good to have mystery and to know a small part of a picture , and even if all the peoples of the world DID pool their knowledge and insight we still would not know all there is to know about our triune God this side of Heaven . IMV

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Drunk in the morning

Drunk! -Thats exactly what the people thought of the first Christians at Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2Rev Andrews leader in June Envoy  talks of the beginnings  of AA  , and neatly links to Pentecost (pages 4 and 5). 
I couldn't wait for you all to get your copies of the Envoy so have posted a link above before the May
Spring comes to the end. 
Tomorrow at Cafe Church we will be celebrating the birth of the Church . The team have been asked to each bring a cake . I have made a  Diabetic one which my husband  calls The Wolf Hall cake as he says it is seriously Tudor in appearance and taste . It has no sugar , eggs or fat and is held together by dates, fruit and wholemeal flour with lots of spice. The recipe says to soak the fruit in Cognac or Whisky, but I only ever have Rum (as from a seafaring family ) so I used that , and drizzled lots on top before adding the the Marchpaine made with Stevia . I am hoping that tomorrow people will invite the Holy Spirit into their lives in a new way, and that the rum in my cake gives no one the chance to be drunk in the morning .

Thursday, 21 May 2015

#Filey Spring

Top of Filey Brigg

Ponds on Country Park teeming


RSPB Cruises to Bempton
See Puffins, Gannets etc nesting

RSPB Cruises for all Family , from Bridlington Harbour


Red frog Hopper#Top Scrub Filey

Sun Flies#Top Scrub Filey

Damsel Fly  #Top Scrub Filey

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Two difficult words

Ascension and Melchidedek, (Melchizedek,Thanks Gary) to
The are the most difficult words to spell, and every time I use them I have to look them up. Like me , I wonder who else never uses a dictionary but simply googles the perceived spelling and sees what comes up!
Today is my favourite day in the Liturgical Year, like the start of the rest of my life, which in Gods life was sort of true. Its my most Anglican Day in mindset. Its the day of DAY OFF, its the day of Rejoice, its the day of my favourite Bach Cantata, more of a short Oratorio really BWV11Praise Our God (Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen)*. I have only one Vinyl Recording left , the Kathleen Ferrier version of this Cantata.



Here  is  the human response to the Ascension ,  falling so short, and not getting the whole point . Its much easier to get a grasp of the day by reading through the Daily Office for Ascension Day. If you use the internet daily  this useful App is a great tool for your Homepage.
I'm not a regular reader of the Daily prayers on this App, but like Google Sky and QR reader or Nutmeg in the Spice Cupboard one would be bereft without it .


Addendum: Listening to BWV Cantata 43 .Gott fahret mit jauchzen,God is gone up with a shout! Trumpets and fanfares in this one and the words are of triumph and Kingship . Fantastic !








*Here looking at the German translation on the notes with the CD I feel just like Lady Catherine de Bourgh , If I had learned it I would have been most proficient ,She of the Pianoforte, and me of German lessons, for I never got French , Latin or Greek but German looks logical*

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