What a lovely weekend! Lots of sun and a bit of a breeze, so for the farmers it was ideal, and many are finally getting their first cut of hay in; if they were able to time it right, it seems to have been a good crop. Strange to say some folks have already cut their grain and baled the straw, at the same time as others are finishing the hay. There is already a steady demand for hay to purchase.
Saturday at the Scottish Festival the crowd was enormous, covering the ground with colour, especially in the area of the 200+ dancers, and the many, many, beautiful dogs, of all Scottish breeds! Such beautiful animals! My granddaughter Charlene and her friend Miranda spent the weekend with us and enjoyed the show.
The band-shell entertainment was great, but would have been better if there had been a programme to know when groups were performing, approximately, or as the M.C. said “ishish”. The Legion Pipes and Drums performed their usual best, alone and with two other visiting bands.
Incidentally, to celebrate their 50 years of existence, the The Legion Pipes band has cut a CD, which is now on sale for $20.00. Any band member can, likely, happily get one for! Bill Richardson and Deborah Clement were both heavily involved in this.
Congratulations to Isabelle Smith on her birthday last Thursday, and to Sheila Malony, whose birthday is upcoming. There is much excitement in the home of Phil and Jennifer Wilson, as their daughter Kate and son-in-law Phil Bottomly, are the proud parents of Pippa Jane, born on July 28th. This is the first grandchild for Phil and Jenn, and who knows how many greats for Clarence Wilson.
Congratulations as well, to Karen and Wayne Rynard for being chosen as one of 80 for the 150 Agricultural list, with a combination of the Rynard and Bain farms. Hopefully a full list will be published soon, as there are at least 79 other farm families who qualify. I'm hoping our family farm qualifies, because it was purchased in 1896, not quite 150 years ago.
Dwight and Deborah spent a couple of great days in Ottawa, where they saw some very amazing sights, as a special set of entertainment came to the city, in the form of a giant spider and monstrous “horse dragon” roaming the street.
On Sunday a joint service was held at Sandford, with Rick McKinley once more conducting, and Nancy Wolfe at the organ. Following the service there was a feast prepared, three kinds of burgers prepared by Al Sopel and Cor VanMaurik, salads, and desserts galore with all the fixings. This was a wonderful way to get together for a time, and to usher in a short holiday period. Our prayers went out to the Wells family of Lemonville church, with the untimely and tragic death of Ken Wells.
Both Sandford and Zephyr churches will be closed for the month of July. Sandford will hold their first service again on September 3rd, at 10 a.m. As yet, we do not have a minister, but are hoping there will be one by that time. If not, we will conduct our own celebration. Meanwhile the search committee have taken the necessary requisite steps to continue with the exploration for a suitable minister. We are not alone in our quest as several other area churches are also busy with the same task.
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