Monday, October 16, 2017

A Different Kind of Autumn Coloring...for Monday's Country Backroads

 
Autumn, in my part of Texas, moves in quietly.
Colors do change,
but in more muted colors like you see in my photo.
 
Even the flowers in the garden breathe a sigh of relief,
 as the evening coolness lingers until late morning.
 
 
The tall grasses come back to life
 and green appears again.
 
 
And the rust of metal barns seem to deepen in color.
 
It's Monday and....
 we all have a chance to start over with a new week.
Enjoy it.
Meggie Mac
 
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Wide Open Spaces, Land That I Love....for Friday's Fences

 
This is my reward for getting an early start...
 
 The camera says it all...
So, why would I ever consider tweaking this photo.
 
 
You must be ready for the changes....
it takes only moments to go from this photo to the first photo.
 
 
Did you notice, in all three photos, the two kissing fence posts?
 
The week end is almost here.
Share it with someone special...
Meggie Mac
 
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Who Says I Can't Fish Here.... for Monday's Country Backroads

 
 It's so tempting on this early Monday morning,
especially since I don't see a "Posted" sign.
 
So have some fun this week.
Go find a fence.... and climb over.
Meggie Mac

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Church Once Rolled on Logs...for InSPIREd Sunday

 
Can you imagine a building this size moved by rolling logs under it?
 
That is exactly what happened in 1873.
 
 
Of course, in 1873, the car and truck traffic was not an issue.
But, I live on this prairie....
 and I know these rolling hills must have been a challenge,
 for a move such as this.
 
 
Using the name Union Church, from 1885-1913,
several faiths shared this sanctuary.
It was reorganized in 1927 as First Baptist Church.
(Information obtained from: fayettecountyhistory.org/  )
 
 
 
So you are curious why there is a sign "Not An Entrance"...
I was, too.
Fortunately while I was taking the photographs, someone stepped outside the church.
It was the music director.
She was kind enough to give me a quick tour inside and explain the sign on the door.
The old church building is now being used as their Fellowship Hall,
 with entrance through the new construction.
 
 
What a wonderful way to tie the two buildings together.
While touring...she said the bell,
still in the old bell tower,
 is rung on Sunday morning.
 
 
The windows also remain in the 1800's structure.
 
 
The newest construction is where the Sunday Morning Services are held.
 
 
 
 
Enjoy your Sunday...
Meggie Mac
 
 
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Chicken on the Run....for Friday's Fences

 
It seems one chicken has escaped....
 from the fencing of this back garden area.
 
Have you tried to photograph an excited chicken on the loose?
Trust me when I say, it is not easy
keeping up with one, through your camera lense.
 
 
I imagine the rain shower, from earlier in the day,
had the bugs out in full form.
 
 
 
I'm surprised the others didn't find a way out too.
 
 
In the meantime,
Miss Henrietta Chick
has given me her backside.
I guess that is my cue to drive away.
Meggie Mac
 
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Hello October...for Monday's Country Backroads

 
"A Bend in the Road is not the end of the Road...
Unless you fail to make the turn."
Author Unknown
 
October is here,
 and it's the beginning of a new week....
so,
 let's take it easy and enjoy the ride.
Meggie Mac
 
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Flatonia Texas United Methodist Church for InSPIREd Sunday

 
The United Methodist Church, a well-kept white framed church, is located in
Flatonia Texas, a small community of about 1,300 people.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This was the only stained glass I could see.
 
 
 
The Texas Historical plaque provided the only history I could find on the church.
 Even the historical plaque seems vague using these words, "Founded about 1855".
 
 
 
 
I'm thinking first came the tree...then, the sidewalk.
Nice to see how they saved the tree
 
Before closing with this post,
I would like you to check (Czech) out the heritage
 of many of the residents.
 
 
With the Czech heritage in abundance here, 
 the Czech language has been passed down through the generations, as is
 in most of the towns that surround where I live.
 
Nearly 100 early settlements in Texas had Czech names,
with half still in existence today.
 
The Czhilispiel Festival
 has a very interesting story of how it was started,
 to fund a local student's medical education.
 
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Texas Ranchette Pride....for Friday's Fences

 
It's obvious to me...
this family is proud of their Ranchette and it's entrance.
 
 
I know, from experience, it is not easy to maintain a fresh look
 in our hot Texas sun.
 
The look exemplifies our...
"Texas Welcome"
Meggie
 
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Summer Orange Fading....for a Wednesday Garden Update

 
Because our temperatures are changing to Autumn,
I wanted to post some of the last of what I call
"summer orange".
 
The Caesalpinia pulcherrima loves our very hot summers.
I can already see the seed pods forming,
 so these blooms are coming to an end until next year.
 
You may refer to the plant as
"Pride of Barbados" or "Mexican Bird of Paradise"
 
 
Portulaca is another flowering plant
 I can count on for the hottest days of summer.
It, too, is beginning to fade with the cooler night temperatures
 
 
As you might remember, this year I bought my first Satsuma Orange Tree.
 
 
And, much to my surprise,
the small tree gifted me with about a dozen oranges.
 
So move over Summer Orange....
and make room for chrysanthemums and
 pumpkins !
Meggie

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Salute to our Flags.....

 
I really enjoy getting out and about so early in the morning.
 
It's the simple things one can experience at this hour... like
watching the daily ritual of raising our Texas flag
 along side our American flag,
a symbol of who we are and our shared values.
 
It wasn't until I started editing the photos, that I realized
 it must be a brand new flag.
 
 You can still see the fold creases on it.
 
 
It warms my heart,
to watch this small Texas town
 wake up in the morning...
Meggie

Monday, September 25, 2017

Small Town Main Street ....for Monday's Country Roads

 
Organic Coffee ?
In a Small Town?
Well, true to the sign, that is exactly what I will be getting
 this early morning.
 
 
And, how early would that be?
The sun is showing it's face just above the horizon...
As you can see,
the main street is still empty of parked cars.
 
It's my favorite time of the day.
 
A table is waiting outside for me,
or....
 
 
how about joining me inside, for a cup of special blend.
We can catch up with some town news
 and, maybe a little gossip.
Meggie.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Swiss Alp, Texas Lutheran Church...for InSPIREd Sunday

 
What a perfect way to start my Sunday...
photographing just after sunrise.
I know you are thinking there is a light on in the church alcove.
 
But in truth, it is the rising sun shining on an east facing window,
 producing this lovely glow in the front of the church.
 
 
Today is not my first time to post about the church I refer to as,
 " Church in the Wildwood"
 
 
And, although it is not a little brown church, as the lyrics of the song read,
I can hear the tune being sung in this 
 perfect country setting..
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As with most country churches, a cemetery is part of the complete picture.
 
 
"How sweet on a clear Sabbath morning
To listen to the clear ringing bells
It's tones so sweetly are calling
Oh, come to the church in the vale"
 
You still have time to make the morning service...
All are welcome !
Meggie
 
 
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