Cauliflowers Fluffy, Cabbages Green

harvest songs

Harvest festival is celebrated early in the school year and gives thanks for the food we have and can share with everyone. Children are encouraged to bring in produce (preferably non-perishable) to be given to the local community or to help the food bank supples.

It is a time to reflect and enjoy the abundance from nature that has been managed through the hard work dedication of the farmers. I remember singing many songs and then all being asked to bring the gifts up to the alter for them to be blessed. It is such a lovely sight to have all apples and specially baked harvest bread heaped at the front of the church. Of all the songs we sang, my favourite remains Cauliflowers fluffy, with its jolly tune and wonderful descriptions of the bountiful harvest. I’ll leave you to sing along….

Cauliflowers fluffy and cabbages green, Strawberries sweeter than any I’ve seen.

Beetroot purple and onions white, All grow steadily day and night.

The apples are ripe, and the plums are red,

The broadbeans are sleeping in the blankety bed.

Blackberries are juicy and rhubarb sour, Marrows fatt’ning, hour by hour. 

Gooseberries hairy and lettuces fat, Radishes round and runner beans flat.

The apples are ripe, and the plums are red,

The broadbeans are sleeping in the blankety bed.

Orangey carrots and turnips cream, Reddening tomatoes that used to be green. 

Brown potatoes in little heaps, Down in the darkness where the celery sleeps. 

The apples are ripe, and the plums are red,

The broadbeans are sleeping in the blankety bed, yeah!

As we think about the Harvest, we may also reflect upon the education and how the teachers through their care and nurturing grow our children to be ready for the world around them. The same can be said of music and how practise, teaching, and learning about our instruments lead to us reaping the benefits of music in our lives to love and enjoy and enhance our world.

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