Swash – (of water or an object in water) move with a splashing sound; to dash, strike, wash, etc. with a splashing sound; splash; the rush of seawater up the beach after the breaking of a wave; flamboyantly swagger about or wield a sword; bluster.
The stereotypical image of farmers are of laconic, stoic men, and possibly women, who are better at doing than thinking or feeling.
The reality is of course very different and some of the thinking and feeling on farms and in wider rural communities is depressing.
On The Nation Lisette Reymer reported on the human cost of the changing agricultural landscape, showing how the once ‘golden’ farming industry is being redefined as a mental health minefield.
It’s a sobering watch.
If you or someone you know needs help, the Rural Support Trust is a very good place to start.
Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
I would suggest that faith is everyone’s business. The advance of decline of faith is so intimately connected to the welfare of a society that it should be of particular interest to a politician. – William Wilberforce