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From the Rectory – Time to Watch

by | Sep 23, 2021 | Coddenham Church, News


Sunday afternoon, and a chance to have a picnic between events. I sat in glorious sunshine in the churchyard, wind rustling the leaves and grasses.  The sound of traffic was a distant hum rather than the usual roar.  Occasionally I thought I heard a rumble – distant thunder perhaps?

The area around the church had recently been cut following the summer of wildlife-haven growth.  Something moved … on looking closer I could see it was a grasshopper or maybe a cricket (possibly Field Grasshopper [chorthippus brunneus]). Not just one, but dozens of them, the grassland was moving!  Like spotting a fish in the stream, once you saw one, you saw all the others – little creatures going about their normal business not really concerned with what is going on around them.  However, once they realised I was nearby – was it the sound of my feet vibrating through the ground, or the shadow as I bent down to examine the grass? – they moved away and only returned when they felt safe to do so.

There is a maxim that one ought to live in the moment; the picnic and time spent in the churchyard was just that: a moment of peace and quietness, a time for gathering thoughts, and a time for watching grasshoppers.  It was also a time for reflecting that we, and the grasshopper, are all part of the same big, wide world.

For everything there is a season …. A time to be quiet and a time to speak ….

(Ecclesiastes 3; 1, 7)

 Rev Philip Payne


The Notice Sheet for 26 September can be found here


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