To Everything, There Is a Season
By Cindy Elder
Executive Director, Coggeshall Farm Museum
We have reveled in a gentle autumn, yet memories of winter quicken the pace. Tasks that must be done before the snow falls climb quickly to the top of our to-do list. Light clothing soon will give way to heavy cloaks, hats and mittens.
At Coggeshall Farm Museum, we are blessed to be touched intimately by the seasons as we do our daily work. Drawing from Ecclesiastes, I give you the seasons, seen through the lens of our 18th-century living history farm.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born,
and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down,
and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
And also every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
From all of us at Coggeshall Farm Museum, we wish you the joy of fully experiencing the seasons with your loved ones.
Our thanks to photographers Caitlin Brown, Mark Dieterich, Jeff Fox, Cathy Kaiser, Sheila Lynds, Saro Schwarzkopf and Jeff Weinstein for contributing their work to this blog.