Friday, 12 May 2017

Ashes

My beloved farmer's ashes came home this afternoon.   On Sunday his sister, his niece and I will scatter them into the hedgerows of his fields.
The hawthorn blossom is out on the hedges, the new green leaves are just bursting.   On the beck the marsh marigolds are flowering - deep yellow - one of his favourite flowers. In the wood the bluebells are out - some blue and some white; he would always come home at lunch time and tell me when they burst into bloom.

On the wires all the swallows are here.   He would count them until he saw how many pairs would be nesting in the barns.   Two pairs of pied wagtails are back and are pecking in the yard.

He would have noticed all these things - he was a countryman through and through.   He would have noticed and then come in and reported it to me.
I just hope that wherever his spirit is - it is seeing all these things just as he has seen them for the last seventy three years.   Seeing them and taking simple pleasure in the arrival of another Spring.   God bless him.

48 comments:

Acornmoon said...

God bless you both, his love of the countryside will live on through you and those who loved him. X

it's me said...

a lovely tribute---- I'll miss those observations and your reporting of those sweet moments that you shared.

angryparsnip said...

Thank You for writing this. I feel like I was there with you as you talked about all the flowers, birds and new growth around you.
I came to know The Farmer through your writings and have loved every moment you were so kind to share.

cheers, parsnip

Sue in Suffolk said...

Sending you a ((hug)) for Sunday

Barbara said...

My thoughts will be with you on Sunday x

Rachel said...

He will take it all in with you
Then a cup of tea.x

Derek Faulkner said...

A fitting and enviable tribute to and about the Farmer, Sunday will be a day of great nostalgia.

Jane said...

A beautiful post that reflects so much love….I hope the sun shines for you all on Sunday!

donna baker said...

A big hug to you Pat. I'll be thinking of you.

gz said...

Blessings be to you too. He'll be in his beloved place always.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

A very perfect time and place for his ashes to be scattered. Blessings to you in all your future days.I have been reading your blog for several years now and have a good feeling for the countryman your farmer was, someone who loved nature so very dearly.

Colette said...

Beautiful thoughts.

Heather said...

The best time of year and the best place for his ashes to be scattered, and I am sure where ever he is, he is noticing all the beauties of the countryside that he loved so much. Much love to you.xx

Gail, northern California said...

He shared each spring detail with you, and now you for him.

Ellen D. said...

Such a touching expression of your love for the Farmer. Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt tribute! Blessings to you.

Toni said...

Thinking of you and the Farmer, now and Sunday. Knowing that he will be a part of the land must be a soothing touch on a grieving heart.

Frances said...

Dear Weaver, thank you so much for this post. I thank you also for allowing city folks like myself to know so much more about real country life through all that you have written about the Farmer. It has meant a lot to me. xo

littlemancat said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings - I believe the Farmer is not too far away. Will be thinking of you on Sunday.
Mary

John Gray said...

The hedgerow idea is so blody fitting. How lovely

Mac n' Janet said...

God bless you both, as long as you keep his memory alive he lives on, and because you have shared him with us we too carry his memory.

Sue said...

He must have taken so much pleasure in sharing his love of nature and the countryside with you.

Robin Mac said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Farmer. How wonderful that his ashes will be scattered at such a lovely time of the year.Enjoy many happy memories on Sunday as you spread the ashes in the places he loved best.I hope the sun is shining. XX

Librarian said...

Dear Pat, today's post made me well up. It sounds as if spring is making an extra effort for The Farmer. Here is wishing you all the strength you need for this very emotional time in your life.

the veg artist said...

This sounds exactly right - we are of the earth, after all. He will return to His earth, tended by Him, loved by Him. Part of it, always.

Joanne Noragon said...

It is so good you are not taking him away somewhere he could not count the birds and see the crops.

Aileen said...

What a beautiful tribute, and so much love. Hope the Sun shines for you on Sunday. X

Fairtrader said...

I know, I am only a simple man, under the high roof of the skye. So teach me to serve as quietly as I can, Loves holy cause. For I myself am nothing, soon I will wither away, but Your power is embracingly wide. Take me as a seed in Your field, nothing more, God, give me peace."
This is one of my favourite poems in a very rough translation. Thank you for sharing such a tender and loving thought for the Farmer. God bless you!

Yorkshire Pudding said...

It is as if the birds he loved are already gathering to wish him a fond farewell.

Karen Reittinger said...

Beautiful Weaver. God bless.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

You wrote that so beautifully. Bless you, dear lady.

Jayview said...

Ashes in his fields. Ideas about noticing and caring for the countryside blowing abroad on the winds of the internet.

1st Man said...

Ashes in the fields he so loved. That's just beautiful. Big hugs to you.

Cro Magnon said...

I'll be there with you when you return him to the soil. I can think of no better tribute to someone who loved the countryside so much.

Maria said...

The swallows, the blue bells; nature itself will always bring memories of him.
A hug, I will be thinking of you tomorrow.
Greetings Maria x

mrsnesbitt said...

Returning his spirit back to the earth Pat - he'll be there all the time - looking over you.
Dxxx

thelma said...

Think we will all be there with you as The Farmer's ashes are retureds to this beautiful Earth. May his spirit continue to roam the fields. X

Susan Hatherell said...

That is so beautifully written. He will back to the place he loved the best. God bless you both. Sue H

Tom Stephenson said...

Lovely, Weave. That will be a very special day.

Sooze said...

A bittersweet day for you all tomorrow. How lovely that you will be returning him to the place he loved most.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

A perfect post and tribute. I'll be thinking of you on Sunday. -Jenn

wenda j said...

How very difficult for you and how very beautiful of you. When my father passed my brothers and sisters took his ashes to his grandparents farm.We each spoke as we released him to a place that he loved dearly. Only later did I find out that he joined several cousins that also had their ashes sprinkled there, it is a beautiful farm with many wonderful memories for a very large extended family. Dad would have approved.

Linda Metcalf said...

A loving tribute. Bless you both.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have adapted Fairtrader's words - thank you Fairtrader.
His niece will read her poem again and I shall read this:

You were the simple, gentle man
Here under the high roof of the sky.
You were the love of my life
And now you have withered away.
I myself am nothing without you, but
your power is embracingly wide.
We put you here as seed in the fields you loved.
God give you peace.

Barbara Womack said...

Your adaptation is a beautiful tribute.
You will be in my thoughts on Sunday.

Hildred said...

Beautiful fitting words, Pat. My thoughts will surely be with you as you give this farewell tribute to your loved one.

rallentanda said...

How beautiful your life was together in the country enjoying nature's treasures.He will always stay with you in spirit.

Grandmother said...

I read this post and could imagine the flowers and the wild-life -- hawthorn and bluebells were particular favourite. I am so glad to hear that you will be spreading the farmer's ashes on the land that was so close to his heart. However, I am so sorry for your loss.

Gabrielle Howard Gengler said...

What a lovely tribute to your Farmer. May God bless and comfort you! Thank you for allowing us to know you! Gabrielle 🌻