Before the war I was mainly brought up in the country and most transport was horse powered, literally. There were the big shire horses used for ploughing and pulling, heavy carts and lighter hunters used for riding and indeed hunting.
We were conscious all the time of the natural world around us and watched for signs indicating changes in the weather. We were also conscious that this was God’s world. As Pope Francis says in ‘Evangelii Gaudium”, “Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement”. The new encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ has as its subtitle “Sulla cura della casa commune” which translates as, “On the care of our common home” which is what the world God has created for us really is.