Thursday, April 24, 2014

Going French Today on Thursday Show and Tell

 
You know how it is when you are packing for a move...and you come across a box that was not unpacked from a previous move? This is how I re-discovered a real treasure from my farmhouse.
 
 
The photo doesn't do it justice. The art nouveau majolica pitcher has a very shiny glaze. Each petal, flower, and stem are raised.
 
 
Are you surprised at the name? Or, had you already guessed it was a piece of Frie Onnaing?
If my source information is correct, it is dated between 1850-1899.
 
 
 
The inside is a lovely shade of light burgundy.
The pitcher is now traveling to Meggie's Country Cottage.
 
Meggie Mac 
 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On the Hunt....with Wild Bird Wednesday

 
Looking for a post title was not easy. The Black Vulture is a scary looking creature.
 
 
I was on the Bluff, where I have taken so many photos of nature. Click HERE to read a post about the historical brewery on The Bluff.
 
 
The Bluff is an area about 200' high, overlooking the Colorado River and the nearby small town.
 

 
I was afraid if I tried to get closer, my movements would make him fly away. The Colorado River is in the background.
 
 
We must not forget, the Black Vulture plays a very important, but many times under-appreciated role, in the ecosystem.
 
 
Either, he doesn't know I am watching....or, he does know, and isn't threaten by me.
Meggie Mac
 
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday, April 21, 2014

Red Poppies...from Flanders Fields to Monday's Country Backroads

 
It was early morning, and the dew was still clinging to the flowers and grass.
 
What comes to mind is the famous poem by John McCrea, "In Flanders Fields".
Back in 2013, I wrote about the "Buddy Poppy", quoting the poem. Click HERE to read this post.
 
 
Simply in awe of their beauty, covered in water droplets.
 
 
Also during World War I, was a local Texan, Henry Purl Compton, serving in the American Expeditionary Forces. He sent red poppy seeds, from Europe, to his mother in Georgetown, Texas.
 
The Flanders seeds continued to re-seed year after year. Georgetown is now known as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas, celebrating every Spring with a festival.
 
 
They have a very unusual seed pod....
 
 
that starts with a "nod".
 
Right before blooming, it lifts its head to open the bloom.
 
 
Gardening Notes: Add Red Poppies to my seed list.
 
How about adding them to your list?
Meggie Mac
 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

St Stanislaus Kostka Church in Texas with Polish History

 
The history surrounding St Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church begins in 1866 with the arrival of the first Polish immigrants.
 
 
The early settlers referred to the community as "Little Rome of Texas".
 
 
Quoting from the church history: "It has always seemed providential to its parishioners that the site of St Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church is built upon seven hills, the same number of hills upon which ancient Rome, the site of the Holy See, is built".
 
 
120 loads of crushed granite rocks, for the foundation, was donated by Grimes County Judge Thomas Buffington, whose father had brought the first Polish family to Grimes County.
 
 
The Romanesque-style church was completed in 1917, replacing a wooden structure. It was the first brick catholic edifice in Grimes County, Texas, built at a cost of $40,000.
 
 
The dedication sermon was given in Polish. Over 1,500 people were in attendance.
 
 
Today, the stained glass windows alone, are valued over $208,000.
 
 
In 2008, 325 families remain members, residing in several surrounding communities.
 
Wishing you, my dear readers, a Joyous Easter...
Meggie Mac
 
 
Linking today with InSPIREd Sunday.
Click HERE to view other churches 
 
 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Then Came the Rain and the Azaleas...

 
Click HERE ....to read the latest post on Meggie's Country Cottage. I'm still trying to work the kinks out of the new blog. For some reason my today's post had a white background. I have managed to repair it.
 
Also the "join me" button, soon to be corrected, was not working.
Meggie Mac

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday Show and Tell.....Changes are Coming

 
I've been waiting for the right time to announce another blog...
 Today is that day!
 
For some time now, I have contemplated a move closer to family. So, that is what I am doing.
 
The plan is to continue with this blog, while using the other one for the cottage renovations.
 
The above photo is of my new outside space...towering pine trees in a National Forest.
 
If you would like to read my first post, click HERE. 
 
Meggie Mac
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Flower Pot Full of Love

 
When thinking about this flower, love comes to mind. Every Spring, the Amaryllis showers me with these jumbo blooms..... asking nothing in return.
 
 
The amaryllis bulbs have been growing in the same pot, for many years. It withstands our hottest days of 108 degrees. Even our coldest winter nights of below freezing weather, doesn't seem to bother "my old friend".
You may find it difficult to believe, but it is never fertilized. I must admit, I occasionally pour the last bit from my coffee mug into the flower pot.
 
 
 
No fancy pot......just a faded plastic gardening tub for these glorious blooms.
 
 
I'm sure you can see why I call it "A Flower Pot Full of Love".
 
Meggie Mac