Saturday, 15 February 2014

more winter

February is floating along.  It is the LONGEST month of the year in Canada.  Although last Monday was declared to be Family Day and it is a government holiday now too.  I don't know how I missed that as I do watch the news and listen to CBC radio. A long weekend in mid-February is a good thing in a cold country.
We had some gray days which I hate, when the clouds came half way down the mountain and hung there for most of a week.  I need to see blue skies and the horizon along the tops of the hills.  I can take the cold if the skies are blue.  
I did make a peach cobbler with some of the peaches I canned last summer.  They gave us a wish-taste of next summer.
But between the gastro flu that hung on for a week for both of us, and the cold, I didn't get out for much walking.  
A friend and I watched A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O'Donohue.  It was brilliant.  He was a former catholic priest and poet who led pilgimages to holy celtic sites in Ireland.  The whole thing was fascinating for me and my new friend from Dublin, Patricia.  It is worth watching if you can get the DVD.  

We have also been going up the mountain to work on the inter-church project of mosaic glass.  Actually some of the people who joined us to work claim to be agnostic.  We had good times working together and it was amazing how all the talk was spiritual.  I call this project "This is the Day That the Lord Hath Made".  The guiding artist just laughed when I started to sing.  Today the job was to install  them on either side of the hall entrance.  
It will be interesting to see how the congregation reacts as in the sanctuary the windows are all VERY traditional stained glass with metal fusings.  These are a little more abstract and the sun actually looks Aztec to me but is German influenced.  They are supposed to be consecrated tomorrow after the regular worship as the Bishop will be here to do our service.  Here is your sneak preview although I know some will hate it, most will be enthralled and I look forward to hearing from the A.A. groups that meet in the hall 4x a week at 8:00 at night to see if they like the privacy the new windows will give them.

Can you see the figure in the opaline glass?  Marina had that chunk of glass for 25 years and didn't know when she would use it.  I saw an angel in it and she soon had it broken down to rebuild it in mosaics.  The glue is still wet.  It is glorious when the sun shines through it.  It will take a few weeks for the glue to set and then we will see this figure more clearly as its glass is more precious.  I don't think it is an angel.  Others did.  It could be one of the prophets or even St. Alban that the church is named for.  I think it is just a welcoming figure singing the hymn,  "Come In, Come In and Sit Down, You are a part of the Family."       

I am so happy with this artistic glass work.  It makes my heart sing and will be a blessing back into our little village.              


  1. Wow... beautiful work, you did a great job.

  2. Lovely to see you are still around. Don't you dare complain about a few grey days when the sky hangs halfway the mountain, our whole winter is like that! We finally got a few nice blue days, cold yes but who cares as long as we see the sun. Your glass windows look beautiful. Any community where you settle is fortunate to have you.

  3. Karyn, the new windows are so beautiful!! They will make lots of hearts sing, I'm sure. I like the contemporary look. Your cobbler looks delicious. I am always so happy to get your news!

  4. Beautiful, beautiful! And, it may be cold, but beautiful skies and sunshine too!!