Farquhar's Meditation

By kind permission of John King, Author

Perhaps it would not be inappropriate to end 1917 on the reflections of Farquhar, a man who admitted he was not always tolerant and understanding. While preparing the magazine, he noted that he had just witnessed a most wonderful and fascinating flight of green plover; they appeared in three large armies from the North, East and West. After manoeuvring, they became with extraordinary precision one large army and went South. “One’s thoughts flashed to the battlefield, to the stern warfare on our glorious soldiers and their splendid commanders”. He added that a few weeks ago he had distinctly heard the ‘honk honk’ of a large flock of wild geese as they passed overhead and that prior to that he had seen a cock pheasant in St Mildred’s Road. Perhaps these thoughts, harking back to more peaceful, rural times, were to help the vicar re-charge himself for the difficulties the New Year was to bring.

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