Author Archives: Tweed and Briar

About Tweed and Briar

I am the pastor of a rather conservative rural congregation. My interests alongside of work are hunting, fly fishing, cooking, and life in an agricultural community. By way of family, I have a wife and two children: a daughter and a son. I am of indeterminate age because my wife is a bit younger than I am and my son is ages with some of my friends’ grandchildren. However, to say that I slip smoothly among the generations would imply an agility which I no longer possess. I aspire to the genteel poverty of the country manse.

Meadow Birds

We have moved house within the same town. Our new house is on the northern edge over-looking farmland. This has given us new birds to see from our north and east facing windows. The first new bird for us to … Continue reading

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Midwestern Agri Fair 2016

For the second year running, the Ministerial Association has taken a booth at Agri Fair. Last year, we had a complimentary table in an out of the way corner. This year, we paid up and received a table in among … Continue reading

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I Was A Le Creuset Guinea Pig

Back in the 1980s, I made my first Le Creuset purchase: a 22 cm, 3-in-1 Multipan or Marmitout in Flame Orange. It was the very thing for a young bachelor living away from home. The set had an enamelled cast iron pot the lid … Continue reading

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Lamb and Vegetable Soup

For a joint Mother and Son birthday dinner last January, we splurged on an a leg of lamb. We had sliced roast lamb on the day.  We had ground leftovers in a shepherd’s pie later. And today, we had soup … Continue reading

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And be a Farmer’s Boy

My son, The Boy, has  spring and summer employment. A local sheep farmer asked him if he wanted a job. The Boy said that he’d need to ask us first, but that he was certainly interested.  When we asked him … Continue reading

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An End of an Old Song

When the Scots Parliament was suspended in 1707, the Earl of Seaforth said, ‘Now there’s an end of an old song.’  The same can be said today as the last Land Rover Defender rolled of the assembly line. Photographs here: … Continue reading

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Barbour Reproofing and Repairs

The point had come when character had changed to dilapidation.  I am talking about the family Barbour collection. Son has out grown his youth Beaufort, and is moving into the old Border. Daughter, finding the Border a bit restricting, is … Continue reading

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