|A well-attended afternoon service at Corsenside as well as ...|
|...Holy Eucharist and Evensong at Bellingham completed St Cuthbert's Festival for this year.|
|From this crag we imagined Cuthbert having his vision in the hills. The thrilling light in the sky inspired him to leave his old life of shepherding sheep for a new life at Melrose Abbey which became a base for his calling to be a "shepherd of souls".|
|We set out after a good breakfast in St Cuthbert's Elsdon which sustained us till St Cuthbert's Corsenside where we were served with burgers, salads and puddings.|
|At appropriate points we stopped to enjoy stories of Cuthbert and the animals, illustrating his affinity with nature. On this bridge it was the story of Cuthbert and the otters. |
The walk ended after fifteen miles, with prayers at St Cuthbert' Well in Bellingham before we went into the church for tea and biscuits.
|Children gathering for mounted fancy dress|
|Incredible bike stunts in main arena|
|A team (of one quad bike and three horses) in the more traditional Inter-hunt relay race|
|All day the Church stand offers somewhere for quiet rest and refreshment.|
My disappointment of the day was that when at the end of my work I went to collect my delicious (though not technically good) strawberry jam from the produce entries, it had disappeared.
|This is what Falstone Border Shepherds Show is really about|
|...cakes are also important.|
(As expected, my jam came nowhere, my vase of garden flowers was second out of two and my photographs picked up one or two prizes.)
|After a confirmation discussion, pastoral visiting, and an afternoon appointment at the rectory, there was jam to be made. Even though I hadn't got the right kind of strawberries, it's important to put in entries in various classes or there wouldn't be a Show!|