Sunday, April 26, 2015

InSPIREd Sunday April 26, 2015

Scandinavian Prairie Church,
North of Tilden, WI
February 2015


As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.

But the steadfast love of the LORD
is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children's children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.

The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.

- Psalm 103:13-19


P.S.  The photos above were taken in February. We are so happy to report that the snow is gone, the migratory birds are back, the garden is ready to be tilled, and it will soon be time to cut the grass.
I tend to complain about winter (as though you hadn't noticed), but it certainly does make me appreciate springtime!

Dallas Pond
Dallas, WI
April 2015

Have a blessed Lord's Day!

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Saturday, April 25, 2015


April 2015


to everyone who entered the Giveaway!

As promised, at 10 PM last night, 

Mr. C. drew 3 names from a hat...


Carla from The River

Names were chosen at random.
Carla did not get extra points for saying
that I could deliver hers and bring along
my 2000 England photos!  LOL

Please email me with your postal address, ladies, so I can get your packages mailed out.


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Friday, April 24, 2015

Durham Cathedral - Part C - The Venerable Bede...and giveaway reminder.

Tomb of the Venerable Bede 672 AD - 735 AD.
in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral
From Durham World Heritage site, re. the Galilee Chapel, which contains Bede's tomb:

"Built in the 1170s, [the Galilee Chapel] was originally planned as an extension to the eastern end of the Cathedral, which was always full of pilgrims and therefore cramped. However, due to a change in the level of the bedrock from the rest of the Cathedral, the walls kept on cracking during the construction and all attempts to build it at the eastern end of the Church seemed to fail. This was taken as a sign of divine intervention, and it was built in its current location at the western end of the Cathedral instead."

Bede: Living At The Monastery at Jarrow

St. Paul's Church, Jarrow
Home of the Venerable Bede
 18 miles NNE of Durham

If you zoom in on the map, you will be able to see where this is in relation to Durham.
Durham is just a half hour by train from York (York Minster),
York is just 2 hours by train from London.
SO worth the trip! 

If you click on the 'Satellite Imagery' square on the lower left
and then zoom in, you will be able to see the ruins of the monastery.


"Bede was a monk at the English monastery of Wearmouth and Jarrow, in Northumbria. From the age of seven, he spent all his life at that monastery except for a few brief visits to nearby sites. He says of himself: 'I have devoted my energies to a study of the Scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight.'"

Just to place this on the timeline of your mind, Bede was 15 years old when St. Cuthbert died, and lived 48 years beyond the time of St. Cuthbert (last week's post).  He became a deacon at 19, a priest at 29, and after his ordination wrote commentaries on the Scriptures, as well as writings on geography, arithmetic, and astronomy. He wrote two accounts of the life of St. Cuthbert, one in prose and one in verse, along with his Ecclesiastical History of the English People


 "In 731/732 Bede completed his Historia ecclesiastica. Divided into five books, it recorded events in Britain from the raids by Julius Caesar (55–54 bc) to the arrival in Kent (ad 597) of St. Augustine. For his sources he claimed the authority of ancient letters, the “traditions of our forefathers,” and his own knowledge of contemporary events...It remains an indispensable source for some of the facts and much of the feel of early Anglo-Saxon history."

Benedict, founder and abbot of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Priory was responsible for its extensive library, resources used by Bede. During Benedict's travels to Rome, he acquired volumes that he brought back to the monastery. I can't help having visions of him dragging that carry-on through Heathrow.

When Bede died, he was buried at Jarrow, but in 1022 his bones were buried alongside St. Cuthbert's relics at Durham Cathedral until they were moved into the Galilee Chapel in the 14th century. 

Galilee Chapel: Slender Columns, Zigzag Arches

Hammerbeam ceiling

Just-barely-visible remains of 13th or14th century fresco paintings
(see next photo also)

Whitewashed during the Reformation,
the whitewash was scraped off during the Victorian Era,
taking much of the paint with it.
The pictures depict Christian martyrs

Beautiful zigzag on arches,
very different from arches in the main cathedral 
(See last Friday's post)

Okay, this is all I can tell you about Bede, and I hope most of it is true.


Happily moving on from the Venerable Bede, we have a birthday at our house today, and it's not mine:

He's still a pretty cute kid!


Last Day to Enter my Natural Soap Giveaway!
Ends tonight at 10 PM.
Winners will be announced on Saturday morning.
Enter Giveaway on YESTERDAY'S POST

Have a great weekend, everyone!  

Check back tomorrow for giveaway winners.

Next Friday I promise to get out of the cathedral...for a while.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

GIVEAWAY - Natural Handcrafted Vegan Soap - Two Days Only

Just a few of my natural vegan soaps

Mother's Day is right around the corner!  Wouldn't Mom or Grandma or someone special to you love to be pampered with natural, handcrafted vegan soaps for their bath or shower.  Our soaps are made with all-natural base oils, natural colorants, essential oils, and/or quality fragrance oils, and botanicals. No preservatives, parabens, or other weird stuff. SO unlike commercial soaps that often leave your skin feeling dry and itchy. Your skin will always feel better for having used natural soaps!

Check out the reviews at my Etsy Shop.

For the Giveaway:  There will be THREE WINNERS.

  • MUST be a follower of this, CranberryMorning, blog.
  • Visit my Etsy shop and my website (links below), check out the soaps. Each soap has a list of ingredients.
  • Come back to this post and leave a comment, telling me which TWO different soaps you would choose if you're one of the winners AND how you follow this blog.
  • On Friday night at 10 PM,  Mr. C. will draw three names out of a hat.
  • I'll announce the three winners on CranberryMorning on Saturday, April 25 - that's just two days away!


That's all, folks!  Thanks for entering the Giveaway!

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