Masham Sheep Fair

We have quite a few designs which feature sheep so we thought we'd just visit Masham Sheep Fair in North Yorkshire.  We'd been at the Cathedral and Church Shops Association exhibition in Sheffield and it was on the way back home so we took our gazebo and socks and went along.  We set up on Friday evening and were all ready for Saturday morning.  The Girl Guides had a different sort of sheep race and there was geese herding in the ring. 

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Remembering when .............

in spring 2010, we took a stand to Iona. 

The Iona Communities shop had sold Holy Socks for some years before they asked for a display stand in 2010.  We were happy to oblige and take both Holy Socks and a stand all the way from South West Scotland to the Island of Iona. 

First - work out the best way to get it in the car.    

First - work out the best way to get it in the car.

 

 

And this one has to go in too.

And this one has to go in too.

Takes a bit to manouever.

Takes a bit to manouever.

Eventually we were on our way north, passed Loch Lomond.

Eventually we were on our way north, passed Loch Lomond.

and a while north to Glencoe

and a while north to Glencoe

Beautiful views

Beautiful views

Onto Rannoch Moor

Onto Rannoch Moor

Stop to take a picture

Stop to take a picture


On board the ferry "Loch Fyne"

On board the ferry "Loch Fyne"

Getting the stands out - and the trolley

Getting the stands out - and the trolley

Not just the stands that needed wrapped up. It was a cold morning.

Not just the stands that needed wrapped up. It was a cold morning.

Stayed a night's B and B and then left the car at Fionnphort - can't take the car to Iona so had to be left in the car park on Mull.

Stayed a night's B and B and then left the car at Fionnphort - can't take the car to Iona so had to be left in the car park on Mull.

Walking the trolley down to the ferry

Walking the trolley down to the ferry

"Who pays the ferryman?" Anyone remember that? In this case it's me. 

"Who pays the ferryman?" Anyone remember that? In this case it's me. 

Approaching iona

Approaching iona

Push one

Push one

Carry one

Carry one

Rest one but destination in sight

Rest one but destination in sight

Strange sheep in an Iona garden

Strange sheep in an Iona garden

Destination reached

Destination reached

And so the stand is ready to get it's Holy Socks on and the shop will soon be open.  Meantime, I'd gone to the morning service at the Abbey.

And so the stand is ready to get it's Holy Socks on and the shop will soon be open.  Meantime, I'd gone to the morning service at the Abbey.

So woolly "Journeying Socks" and stout boots on the feet, we took a walk about the island.

So woolly "Journeying Socks" and stout boots on the feet, we took a walk about the island.

The Abbey.

The Abbey.

Crocuses in the ruins

Crocuses in the ruins

Lot of work was going on in the Abbey at the time.

Lot of work was going on in the Abbey at the time.

Lamb no. 5 was extremely noisy

Lamb no. 5 was extremely noisy

but this sheep didn't bleet at all 

but this sheep didn't bleet at all 

Time for a rake along the shore

Time for a rake along the shore

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URC Big Day Out, Southport

Saturday was the United Reformed Church's Big Day at Southport. 

We left early and it was sunshine all the way down the M6

We left early and it was sunshine all the way down the M6

Spotted a hot air balloon on the way.

Spotted a hot air balloon on the way.

What a lovely view to unpack the van at. 

What a lovely view to unpack the van at. 

Nice this way too. 

Nice this way too. 

We'd nice neighbours from The Christian Guild hotel and although I didn't take a photo, we had Thornleigh Christian Hotel in Grange over Sands to our left. Hope you all enjoyed the day. 

We'd nice neighbours from The Christian Guild hotel and although I didn't take a photo, we had Thornleigh Christian Hotel in Grange over Sands to our left. Hope you all enjoyed the day. 

Nearby were the Student Christian Movement and Church Action on Poverty.

Nearby were the Student Christian Movement and Church Action on Poverty.

We'd lot of visitors at our stand.

We'd lot of visitors at our stand.

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The Christian Guild had visitors too. 

The Christian Guild had visitors too. 

On our way home again, through the Lake District.

On our way home again, through the Lake District.

Thanks to all at #URC who made the day so enjoyable. 

Thanks to all at #URC who made the day so enjoyable. 

Holy Socks at CRE

With CRE 2017 just a few months away, I've been looking at some of the photos from CRE's gone by.

The first venture of Holy Socks to The Christian Resources Exhibition was in October 2002 in Edinburgh.  

There are several things that make any exhibition for me. The people who visit the Holy Socks stand, their reaction to and comments on Holy Socks.  It's always great to chat with people, who are now old friends. My abiding memory of that first event was of the many and diverse areas God calls his followers to serve in.  I had never heard of Send a Cow. but loved it at first sight and hearing.  It made me, then and still, want to bring everyone (particularly those who had no knowledge of God) and show them what God was up to. 

It was two years and four months since Holy Socks had started their walk. We didn't have many designs but our best seller was Daniel and the Lions. 

I was helped by Jane Mackichan who had been my tutor on The Life of Prayer course which I had completed through the Scottish Churches Open College. Sadly I didn't take so many pictures in those days and don't have any of the stand - or Jane. 

Someone took a photo of the then Bishop of Edinburgh who opened the exhibition and then visited our stand.  

We were also mentioned in The Scotsman article: http://www.scotsman.com/news/clothes-cross-line-between-faith-and-fashions-1-860697

It's sometimes difficult to make the time to go round the exhibition and see all that's on offer, but it's so worthwhile and so useful to find out what God has got His followers involved in.  In 2002, I hadn't a clue what God had planned for Holy Socks!

Carpenter at work

The Holy Socks Carpenter has been busy again and produced a lovely stand. 

What will we put on it?

Some of our Glory Golf Balls .....

and some Biblical Brollies.

All set and ready to go to @CREonline in October.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Holy Socks @ SPRF

Holy Socks is a member of the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum and we went along to Govan Old Church for the spring meeting on April 27th. 

We were introduced to ‘Saints and Stones – the Christian legacy of Govan Old’ by Alan Macquarrie – author and Council member, Friends of Govan Old.  

We were also updated on the development of pilgrim routes the length and breadth of Scotland, from Orkney to Whithorn and Iona to St. Andrews and most points in between. 

Find out more about pilgrimage in Scotland from the SPRF site.

Thanks to Julia Muir Watt (Whithorn Way) and Sarah Kettles (Fife Pilgrim Way) for the photos.

And speaking of Rallying with Holy Socks .....

here are some photos of the car, driver Jock Armstrong and co-driver Paula Swinscoe.

The Contest at Mearns Castle

A couple of years later CRE returned to Edinburgh and Holy Socks brought along our new Glory Golf Balls. These caught the imagination of Fred Macauley who at that time did the morning live programme on BBC Radio Scotland.  He and CRE press officer, Steve Goddard are featured in this live broadcast.

Rallying with Holy Socks at CRE, Edinburgh

Last time we were in Edinburgh, the rally car came too! 

Since 2009, the now double Scottish Rally Champion Jock Armstrong has gone "Rallying with Holy Socks" and he brought the car to Ingliston to the Holy Socks stand. 

The rally car starred on the Holy Socks stand. 

The rally car starred on the Holy Socks stand.