Sunday, August 17, 2014

Small Texas Jewish Synagogue for InSPIREd Sunday

In 1990s, B'nai Abraham Synagogue, was believed to the oldest Orthodox Jewish synagogue to have been in continuous use in Texas.
The present building was built in 1893, after a fire destroyed the first structure in 1882.
The white clapboard and pointed arched windows resembles so many of the country churches in this area of Texas.
Inside, the Aron Kodesh can be seen on the eastern wall. In the center is the Bimah, where the Torah was read.
The cornerstone is written in Hebrew.
Meggie Mac
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Proud Heritage For a Texas Ranch

About once a week I pass this ranch, smiling each time I see their sign. It is located near a community, that was originally settled by skilled farmers of Polish and German descent.
Do you remember the Ponderosa Ranch from the popular 1960's television series, Bonanza ?
Meggie Mac
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Free Church of Scotland....Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This was one of those unexpected stops our driver made, while my daughter and I were exploring the Trotternish Peninsula, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
The small white country church is nestled in the steep slopes beyond the bay.
You might think the bluish and light pink space is part of the sky, but, actually it is part of a distance mountain.
It was a chance for us stretch our legs and grab a quick cup of tea.
When I took this photo, I was standing on the opposite side of Uig Bay, at the Orasay Tea Room.
At the time, I had no idea what a treasure trove the tiny community of 300 had to offer. Our next trip will include a couple of nights stay here.
There is a must-see Fairy Glen...waterfalls, cliff tops and even a resident sea otter. The surrounding woodland is one of the few ancient woodlands, remaining on Skye.
Click HERE if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful treasure. After opening the page, click on History.
Do you recognize these bins? They are for re-cycling. One of the many things I noticed about Scotland...they don't talk about Going Green, they actually LIVE it!
Here is the spot where I took my photographs. Uig is where, on our next trip, we will take the ferry to the Outer Hebrides.
Meggie Mac
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Friday, August 1, 2014

On the Road to Perth, Scotland, for a Friday Fence

Isn't this a beauty of a fence? In fact, the entire setting is so idyllic.
The photo is from my 2013 trip to Scotland.
After resting the first day, on our arrival in Glasgow, my daughter and I took a bus to Perth.
Keep watching, and I will soon write a post about that first day of travel.
Meggie Mac
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Flowers at the Cottage

I still haven't decided how to combine the two blogs. Soon, I will be living full-time at the cottage.
To read my latest post at Meggie's Country Cottage, please click HERE.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

InSPIREd Sunday....Spotting a Country Church from a Distance

The discovery of this church started with an early Saturday morning drive. I often do this when I need to clear my head.
After driving for about a half hour, I saw a sign to a road and town I have only heard about. It was a short 12 mile drive off the main road.
As I neared the small community, population 75, I saw the church steeple towering above the trees.
The blue summer skies paint a perfect backdrop for the white country church.
A shady spot to take a rest.....
Most country churches I photograph, have a cemetery nearby.
The doors of the church were locked. I was already back in my truck, when a car drove up.
As his car door opened, I was half expecting it to be the priest. But, instead, it was one of the parishioners.
Lucky for me.... and you, my dear readers, he had a key. He was kind enough to open the church for a few quick photos.
It is very common, in the area where I live, to see faux marble painted in the interiors.
The bright sunlight, coming through the glass windows, gave a rosy glow inside.
Over the altar was a hand-painted mural. I wish I had taken more time to photograph it. My understanding is that it is painted on canvas.
Most of the Texas churches, I have photographed,  have designs painted directly on the wood.
I couldn't resist showing you this photo...right there, on the church property, are several shallow oil wells, pumping oil.
After all....this is Texas.
Meggie Mac
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Centuries Old....St. John's Kirk for inSPIREd Sunday

How do you condense the history of a church that has stood since 1440 ? You simply cannot tell all in a short post.
The following quote is from a page on Undiscovered Scotland.
"St John's Kirk of Perth is the oldest building still standing in Perth, Scotland. The main structural elements of the church you see today, were built in stages between 1440 and 1500. This was only a rebuilding of a much earlier church which had stood on this site for so long that the medieval street patterns of Perth developed around it."
This photo (daughter, with magenta backpack in left corner of photo), gives you some idea how the streets of Perth were developed around the church site.
Over time, the building suffered centuries of neglect. For a long period it was divided into 3 separate churches.
Work began, in earnest, in 1923, to restore the church  to a single church. It was to serve as a memorial to the many, from Perth, killed during World War One.
St John's Kirk is one, of many places, my daughter and I will visit again on our next trip. We will make our plans to be there, when the doors are open.
If you would like to see the magnificent interior, click HERE.
I promise you will not be disappointed.
Working on this post for today, and looking at my photos of Scotland, brought back a flood of memories.
Look at that daughter and I had the most wonderful weather, on our October holiday
in Scotland !
Meggie Mac
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