Sunday, March 29, 2015

Peaceful Country Setting for InSPIREd Sunday

 
The first building of St John the Baptist Catholic Church and school, opened in 1890. In 1906, it was destroyed from the far-reaching effects of a hurricane, in the Gulf of Mexico. Shortly after the church was re-built, it was destroyed by fire.
 
There must have been a vast amount of determination and faith in this community. The church building, in the photo, was built after the fire. 
 
 
Not a cloud in the sky, with the warm sun shining down on this historical church.
 
In 2012, I photographed the beautiful hand-painted interiors. Please click HERE to re-visit that post. You won't be disappointed in the stenciled "pink" ceiling.
 
 
 
Spring has definitely arrived on the prairie, with the native redbuds in full bloom.
Happy Palm Sunday.
 
Meggie Mac
 
 
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Feeling the Sunshine for Friday Fences

 
 
 
 
Spring has arrived on The Prairie.....
 
A favorite word of mine is "new green". About the middle of March it begins to show-up along the countryside.
 
 
 
 
It's so easy to get distracted with the scenery, when traveling the narrow country roads of the Prairie. There is always a chance, when you reach the top of the hill, you will be met by a large tractor. Even with an oncoming car, you must pull over onto the grass, to make it possible to pass.
 
 
Ohhhh.... how good the sun feels today !
 
Meggie Mac
 
 
I'm joining today with The Run A Round Report
Click HERE to see other great fence photos.
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Joy of a Seed Catalog....in January

 
With January quickly coming to an end, it's time to start planning this years' vegetable and flower garden.
 
I know it must sound silly, but I actually get giddy thinking about the new seed catalog. Do you get excited thumbing through the pages?
 
 
Yesterday, the much anticipated catalog arrived !
 
 
I started ordering my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds when I still owned the farm. Click HERE, if you would like to order their free catalog, or just browse the online catalog.
 
 
So tonight, after dinner, I will begin my 2015 Garden Plans. I know my eyes will be bigger than my budget.
 
 
What fun it is to grow something new from a faraway land, like the Kajari Melon. It is believed to originate in the Punjab region of India.
 
 
In the meantime, I still have a few herbs growing.
 
 
 
Even with the temperatures dipping in the 20's, I have managed to keep parsley, cilantro, chives, and sage growing. I simply cover them with a large clay pot, protecting them during the night.
 
 
The Iceland Poppy (Papaver) offers some cool weather blooms.
 
 
Also, the ornamental cabbage thrives through the cool nights.
 
 
And best of all, I will soon have a pot of blooming narcissus
to cheer me on....
 
Meggie Mac

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Awe Inspiring Ancient Temples for InSPIREd Sunday

 
Today's photos are on loan from my youngest daughter and her hubby. There are over 2,000 Temples and Pagodas on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady in central Myanmar.
 
 
All of these photos were taken while they enjoyed the famous Balloons Over Bagan, Myanmar (Burma).
 
 
 

 
 
 
I find myself mesmerized with these photos...trying to imagine how my daughter felt floating above such an ancient site.
 
Meggie Mac
 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday's Country Back Roads in the Forest

 
On my way home today.....
 
 
"How beautifully leaves grow old.
How full of light and color are their last days".
(1837-1921
American naturalist and nature essayist
 
Meggie Mac
 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brown Betty for Thursday Show and Tell

 
So what is all the excitement about today. My new teapot arrived!
 
No...it is not an antique, but the Brown Betty does have a long history. Click Here to read some history on tea in the United Kingdom.
 
 
The Brown Betty is an iconic type teapot made from British red clay. According to my Internet research, there was a time almost every English household owned a Brown Betty.
 
Click HERE to link with Cauldon Ceramics, the British manufacturer of my tea pot.
 
 
I don't pretend  to know much about "Proper English Tea".  I do enjoy my morning and afternoon cup of green tea.
 
 
Even though I have some lovely tea cups....
 
 
I prefer my tea in a mug.
Meggie Mac

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holding Back the Icy Temperatures

 
Less than a week ago, this was the scene in the back garden. A transplanted iris, from my home on the Prairie, was about to bloom for the first time... at the Cottage.
 
 
The cold blast the upper part of the US has recently experienced, has now managed to lower our temperatures to freezing.
 
 
I decided to try to extend the green, long enough for the iris to bloom.
 
 
 I quickly covered everything, using wood stakes and clay pots to elevate a heavy  see-through tarp.
 
 
So why go to all the trouble to protect the iris from our first icy weather?
 
 
Early this morning, I rolled back the protective wrap to view a single iris bud.
 
 
It was so worth it....
Meggie Mac