Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Fences

The White Picket Fence
This style of fencing has been used since America's earliest Colonial Days.
Meggie Mac
I'm linking with Jan 'n Jer's Friday Fences.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I Would Like You to Meet Shep

Not exactly an original name for a White German Shepherd. I learned, early in his life, he had a injury to one ear.

Do you see the gentle nature in his face?

              I met him a few months ago while purchasing the new landscape stones for my garden.

He was right there, watching the owner and me load up the stones on the truck.

 Click HERE to read another story about a dog named Shep.

The real story here is the love they share with each other.
The lucky two have been companions for over 12 years.

Meggie Mac

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Under a Shade Tree

 Country Church
Country Town
Population 114
This small community's 15 minutes of fame came when it was filmed as a stand-in as Stubbs, Iowa, in the movie Michael.
Meggie Mac
I'm linking with Beth at E. Lizard Breath Speaks....Click HERE to check out her blog.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday's Fences

The domes, on a flat-bed trailer, caught my eye first....then I realized I had a fence photo for Friday.
The fence opening looks like something you would see in an old western movie.
Meggie Mac
I'm linking with Jan 'n Jer's Friday Fences

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday's Country Back Roads

Sunday afternoon the temperatures reached 102 degrees.
I was looking for a swimming hole to cool off.
The cows got there first....
Meggie Mac

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Sunrise

You can see the sun, barely showing it's light, on the side windows of the Presbyterian Country Church.
I'm linking today with Beth, at E. Lizard Breath Speaks. Click HERE to check out her post for "Inspired Sunday".
Meggie Mac

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Daisies for Thursday Show and Tell

                                              I wish I could say this is my work...

                  Once again, it is one of my lucky finds in a re-sale shop. Would you believe $6.00?

Daisies are often depicted in Medieval meadow paintings, known as "flowery mead". Can you see, in this design, the natural flow of the flowers growing in a meadow?

Not only is the crewel embroidery beautiful, but the 16" x 16" frame is very unusual. It is real wood with carved designs on all four sides.

                                     I love daisies....embroidered or growing in my garden.

                                                                      Meggie Mac

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

An Early Morning Walk Through the Garden

Many mornings I start my day by having tea on the side porch. It is a place to watch the sunrise and plan out my day.

When I moved to Das Kleine Haus last August, there was virtually nothing but grass and weeds, with a dividing wire fence.

Working with the two spaces since early January, a new garden began to take shape.

The existing wire fence is now being used as a trellis for my cucumbers....

                       It won't be long before I can add them to a salad or make Icebox Pickles.

Have you ever grown fennel? This is my first year to give it a try. The bulb is a crisp vegetable that can be sautéed, stewed, braised, grilled, or eaten raw.

The fennel top reminds me of a delicate fern. Eventually it will flower and make seeds.

The dried fennel seed is an aromatic, anise-flavored spice used in cooking and sweet desserts.

I've also planted a fig tree that is producing a few figs. 

With the help of my handyman, Benjamin, and my pick-up truck, I have toted all the landscape rocks, pavers, new soil, and decomposed granite to the house.


                         Some of the daylilies I brought from the farm, have begun to bloom.

Most of the plants were purchased this spring.

The lean-to greenhouse is almost complete. The decorative trim, in the photo, is re-purposed from a previous project at the farm.

Projects are slow going because the carpenter is available only on Saturday. Here is where I will plant the seeds for next year's garden.

As you can see, he is a bit of a perfectionist. I asked for a place to set my seedlings on....this is what he came up with for the tiny space.

He said he angled the corner so I wouldn't bump into it. I'm so impressed!

Would you not agree....gardening is a great way to work out the daily stress of life?

Meggie Mac

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday's Country Back Roads

Texas.....The Lone Star State
The symbolism of the Texas State Flag colors: blue stands for loyalty, white for purity, and red for bravery.
Meggie Mac

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Eye of Providence in a Country Church

It was rather startling when I first saw this image painted on the ceiling of the historic church, located near where I live.

The image is called the "Eye of Providence", the all-seeing eye of God. If you would like to read more about it, click HERE.

Like so many places I explore, it starts with a drive down a country back road. I can see the church steeple on my right, as I approach the top of the hill.

The first Czech immigrant, Matthew Novak, settled in this area in 1855. Many followed from Czechoslovakia and some from Germany.

Just before I reach the church, there is a welcome sign. Over the years, the size of this community has dwindled to about 25 people. But, when they celebrate homecoming, more than 5,000 come for the picnic and celebration.

                       Approaching from the back side, you can see the beautiful stone work.

Each window and door has the arched shape with stone framing it.

In 1895, Gottfried Flury, a Swiss-born artist, was commissioned to paint the inside of the church.

If you look closely, on the right side of the photo, you can see the Eye of Providence in the highest part of the ceiling.

It is truly a magnificent sight to see. The tongue-in-groove wood ceiling, painted a sky-blue, is still vibrant. Every detail was hand-painted by the artist.

          His work depicts lush tropical palms, vines and flowers, creating an earthly paradise.

click on photo to enlarge

                         The view of the choir loft reveals the same hand-painted work of the artist.

Each stained glass window has a different symbol in the center.

                                   Dedication names are written in the Czech language.

The first time I saw this church is when I wrote the post about the Veteran's Day Celebration. Click HERE, to read the post. It was a very emotional day, photographing the veterans, hearing the patriotic music, and the 3 vintage airplane fly-over.

The churches I write about are not just about our history. They remain a place of worship, with services held each week.

Their doors are unlocked during the day...that one may drop by just to take refuge from a busy life.

Meggie Mac

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