The Bread of Life

Clearing the worktop to make space for our new bread maker hasn’t been easy.  On the farm we grow our own milling wheat and this year we have rye too, so it makes sense to use our own grain to make flour. On the other hand it’s even easier to leave the milling to experts like the Mathews family and buy their flour at the shop in Shipton.

Throughout August, the theme of our services in Church was bread. On the 1st August I made a loaf from the first barley we harvested, mixed with a bit of wheat flour, to use at Communion. We had the story of the feeding of the 5000, when Jesus made five small barley loaves and two fish, stretch to feed a whole crowd. Life without bread would be unimaginable – no toast, no sandwiches, no pizza! It’s so easy to take food for granted yet feeding the world has never been more challenging. We have a lot to thank our farmers for, and a lot to thank God for.

On 31st August, we finished harvest at Manor Farm and can happily join in the words of the harvest hymn-

Come Ye thankful people, come, raise the song of Harvest home!

All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.

Good, bad and indifferent, the crops have been gathered in. Our daily bread is assured for another year. With four Harvest Festivals in our area to choose from, why not come and celebrate all we have to be thankful for – and share bread with us. You will be most welcome!

Anne Hartley

October-November 2021