Monday, March 23, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St.Patrick's Day

As you enjoy your green beer and other St. Patrick's Day merriment, take a minute to reflect back to 5th century Ireland. Patrick and his companions were banished by the druids at Cong to an island here in the middle of wild Lough Corrib...Inchagoill, Island of the Foreigner. The druids didn't take kindly to Patrick's missionary work.
On Inchagoill, Patrick and his companions built this small stone church by hand. Building, fasting, praying in the driving winter rain and cold...miserable conditions, a test of anyone's faith.
Then burying Lugna, the son of Patrick's sister, here beside the church, further challenging Patrick's will to spread Christianity. Nothing wrong with green beer and fun parades...just a reminder why we celebrate this day.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday the 13th


Templar Cross
Lacapelle Balaguier
It's Friday the 13th and I'm thinking about the Knights Templar. It was on Friday, October 13, 1307 that King Phillip IV's diabolical plan to take control of the Templars' wealth was launched. Across France, his military commanders opened orders that instructed them to immediately arrest, imprison and torture any Knights Templar in their territories. You can read an  account of the day's events here. This was truly a bad luck day for the Knights and for their Order which was destroyed, their riches going into the King's coffers.

The area where I live is dotted with Templar holdings. I've blogged about some of them here, here, and here. There is even thought that my next-door neighbor, the Chateau was originally part of a Templar land grant. Its Templar style cross...
and the carved stone medallion over its gates...
may be evidence that the Chateau's first inhabitant was a Knight Templar.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Bad News is....

The bad news is these are the only spring flowers in my garden. The good news is that they're blooming!

Being born and raised in southern California, I never quite understood the hoop-la about spring. I grew up with year-around nice weather and flowers. But after living in the Colorado mountains, Iowa and now France where there is true season change, I've become a huge fan of spring. Bring it on!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sunset Over the Chateau

Because of where my house sits, I don't often see big sunsets. A cliff topped by the immense vertical wall of the Chateau rises directly behind me effectively blocking a western view. This evening, though, the sunset over the Chateau was spectacular!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Found It!

It was such a lovely afternoon; Lucie and I were just itching to get outside, so we went on a dolmen hunt. I'd passed the little sign to this one lots of times, but just never stopped to make the short walk to the site. It's a nice one, I think. I'm always in awe when I visit these ancient tombs. Who were the people who buried their dead here thousands of years ago? Did they have any idea people would find their customs so intriguing these many years later?