Wednesday, 5 October 2011

We Plough The Fields

Autumn, when it arrives, is my favourite season.  I have great memories from school days and at my mum's church of Harvest Festival and singing soul-stirring hymns, of which We Plough the Fields & Scatter was my all time favourite.
Friday is Harvest Festival at DS's school; our first one as pupil and parent.  (Last year, the primary school attached to DS's Nursery didn't include the little ones for Harvest Festival, but took my donation happily enough.)
And on the subject of a Harvest donation, I'll come to the point.  The school has requested donations in a shoebox ...
What do you think? 
DH said that I've gone into competitive mum mode ~ gulp. 
Too much?


Sian said...

I don't think I would have been able to resist either. What's a box without a bit of pretty paper round it?

humel said...

It looks lovely! It definitely beats all the scrappy carrier bags that accumulated in church on Sunday and will likely accumulate at school on Friday when we have our Harvest Festival, too :)

♥♥ Liz ♥♥ said...

No competitive....just thoughtful. I hope it is well received. xx

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Absolutely not! It's adorable. Take it from an oldster... don't ever ask a man about something, Ruth. A friend of mine was telling me yesterday that her husband just could not get a grip on why she had put a starfish under a cheese dome. LOL! They don't get it, so never ask. ;-)

It looks wonderful.

This is going to sound rather stupid, but for some reason, I hadn't thought of fall festivals in England. Rather, I think of May Day and such. But it was fascinating to hear about the hymns you sang. We sang one called, "Bringing in The Sheaves," and I used to sing with gusto, "Bringing in the SHEETS." I think I was an adult when I realized what the words really were. Sad, but true. ;-)

I've been reading about the Mayflower Pilgrims and the founding of New England, and it would make sense that they would celebrate the way they did at home. I was thinking the Pilgrims celebrated due to the fact that they were grateful they hadn't starved that first winter and for the Indians' help. I tend to associate the major fall celebrations with our Northeast. We decorate and things down here, but not to the extent that they do it there. Of course, they have the foilage to accompany it. In the history I was reading, it said that because of the climatic differences, the Pilgrims had never seen anything like the colors when they landed at Plymouth. Apparetnly, in the documented records, it was amazing to them. One day, I'd like to go there in the fall and see it myself.

Hope you have a wonderful time with DS, and I'm glad you get to actually participate THIS year.



Alison said...

I think it's perfect...who wouldn't be thrilled to receive it! We always wrapped the boxes which the school collected at Christmas to go abroad, so why not these ones?
Alison xx

ireneann said...

Ruth, the box is perfect! Who wouldn't be pleased to receive such a thoughtful gift? I doubt there is a scrapbooker out there who could have given a harvest gift in a plain old white box. Enjoy the Harvest Festival with DS.

Denise said...

I think it's lovely - I'm sure they will appreciate the effort you have gone to x

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

It's more effort than I would have gone to but I don't deal with scissors unless necessary. I wouldn't call it competitive though

Kirsty.a said...

Oh it's lovely. harvest is one of my favourite church events.