We have been fortunate enough to miss the worst of the winter weather so far compared with near neighbours, having to cope mainly with very strong icy winds, making the wind chill factor very low, making wrapping up warmly the order of the day.
Strong winds are not new at this time of year and I am minded of the verse from Burn's poem Rantin, Rovin Robin:
"Our monarch's hindmost year but ane,
Was five-and-twenty years begun,
'Twas then a blast of Janwar win'
Blew hansel in on Robin."
This relates to the time of Robert Burns birth in the cottage at Alloway, when strong winds blew the gable-end out of the building, and mother and baby had to take temporary shelter with a nearby neighbour.
Thankfully all survived to tell the tale and hopefully our roof stays on!
The weather has not stopped the intrepid Eileen Williams from getting out and about and she was able to capture these lovely images of our Church at Auchincruive which are shown here.
ALL PIICTURES BY EILEEN WILLIAMS Click on pictures to enlarge.
"it's no in titles nor in rank;
It's no in wealth like Lon'on bank,
To purchase peace and rest :
It's no in making muckle mair ;
It's no in books, It's no in lear,
To make us truly blest ;
if happiness hae not her seat
And centre in the breast,
We may be wise, or rich, or great,
But never can be blest;
Nae treasures, nor pleasures,
Could make us happy lang, ;
The heart aye's the the part aye,
That makes us right or wrang."
To Davie a brother Poet - Robert Burns
Hugs are the perfect gift
They work for people of all ages, sizes and shapes
They can be given to family and friends alike
You can never have too many of them
They are good for your hearts, they are non-fattening
They are extremely affordable. One size-fits-all
A hug a day keeps the blues away
Hugs are suitable for any occasions, but are often considered most
valuable when given for no occasion at all
Hugs are a gift that brings as much joy to the giver as the recipient
Audrey Jeanne Roberts
Our Bowling Group, Bible Explorers Group and Walking Group recently joined together in the Prestwick Pioneer to celebrate and enjoy each others company with a lovely meal and refreshments.
Although outside it was a wet and stormy evening, inside it was warm and cheery, with great food and happy conversation and all attending agreed this first joint venture had been a success, which hopefully can be repeated in future.
Click here to see more pictures in oor Gallery
Psalm 36:7 "How precious, O God, is your constant love!
We find protection under the shadow of your wings."
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A new Pulpit Fall, gifted to Ayr St. Parish Church was dedicated at the recent morning service in Auchincruive Church. The late May Coulter, a regular attender at the church, be-queathed a generous legacy and her family agreed that a new Pulpit Fall (pictured above), would be a fitting memorial to a much loved Sister and Aunt. There was a large turnout of family, led by sister Mattie Halliday at the service of dedication.
Click here for more pictures of the event in our Gallery.
Another New Year and we have recruited, ( at great expense!), a wealth of new talent to keep our website fresh,informative and interesting.
Douglas Moore, Gwyn Williams and Ian Fulton have joined myself on the editing team,and we look forward to their contributions - and there is still room for more editors!
Since launching our website we are attracting a growing number of visitors, with over 1500 visitors looking at over 6000 pages and hopefully this is helping to raise the profile of Auchincruive and Dalmilling Churches.
Click here for to view Douglas's first attempt at web creation - with more than a touch of humour - Just brilliant!!
As you lie in bed and the night won’t set you free
- When painful thoughts chain your mind – I CARE
As your heart breaks in two whilst memories come flooding back
- When your past imprisons every moment – I CARE
As you search your heart for a way to leave the pain
- When every door is locked and there’s no way out – I CARE
As you fear the future should it repeat the past
- When no-one can understand your continual suffering – I CARE
As your friends desert your sinking ship
- When loved ones no longer have a listening ear – I CARE
As all seems lost and life becomes an empty vessel
- When there’s no reason to go on – I CARE
Because my friend, I’ve been there too and that’s why I CARE
Copyright © Derek Dobson 2009