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Philippa Forrester

Chris chats to Philippa Forrester about the harvest season, and knowledgeable Norwegian Lars Mytting gives us his top tips for log stacking. Plus an autumnal Pause for Thought.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Last on

Tue 13 Oct 2015 06:30

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    How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning?

    • Cool Couples (Various Artists).
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    Some Peace Of Mind

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    Harvest For The World

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Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

From Reverend Sharon Grenham-Thompson, Anglican Priest and Prison Chaplain:

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been quite a domestic goddess. I’ve been making jam and chutney, and I’ve baked, stewed and pickled, even made wine - all with fruit and veg that I’ve either grown in the garden, or that we’ve found in the wild locally. The last of the bumper harvest is a huge bag of apples that we picked this weekend - eaters, cookers - all from some trees that are growing in the woods nearby.

As we get into the second half of October a lot of communities are celebrating ‘Apple Day’. That sounds like a really ancient tradition, but in fact it was something started in 1990 as a way to celebrate variety and diversity, as well as the joy of being in touch with the land and growing things.  

There’s a song by the group Harbour Lights called ‘Apple Day’. One of the lines goes ‘meet me down at Apple Day, come and bring the fruit that's fallen, we'll turn it into something new, a gentle truth is calling.’ I was reminded of that song on Friday, as I attended an awards ceremony for people who’d been in prison, but who had come out, changed their lives for the better, and really made a positive difference to their community and the people around them. It’s an echo of words from the book of Isaiah, where God says ‘Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new.’

We often think of Autumn as the time when everything’s winding down, even dying - leaves and fruit falling off trees, nights getting darker. But as my jam and wine making proves, Autumn’s just as much a season for making something new.

When life feels as if it’s hit a bit of an Autumn phase, maybe things not going so well, or coming to an end, I believe it’s possible to gather up whatever it is that’s fallen down around us, gather it up, find the hidden sweetness, and celebrate a new season.


  • Tue 13 Oct 2015 06:30

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