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

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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!

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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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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hodgepodging at the Edge of Summer

The Youngest Granddaughter
I accuse her mother of putting false eyelashes on her!

Our weather was actually that warm...for a while.

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1. Have you ever had to wear a uniform? If yes, tell us more. Did you love it or hate it?

Yes. I wear a uniform every day of winter, from sometime in November through sometime in March. It's a three-layer affair: Cuddl Duds, long-sleeved shirt, and polar fleece vest. I love it. It keeps me from suffering hypothermia.

2. April 22nd is Earth Day. What is one thing you do personally to be a good steward of planet Earth?

Confused Daffodil, April 21, 2015

My greatest effort at good stewardship is to teach my children and grandchildren to notice, respect,  appreciate, and care for the world God gave us - to search out its wonders, and to stand in awe of God's creative power, love, beauty, and generosity reflected in his glorious creation.

3. Brown rice, quinoa, or couscous...your healthy grain of choice? How often are one of the three on your menu at home?  Given a choice between white rice, brown rice, wild rice, and fried rice which would you go for? 

I'm not convinced that grains are all that healthful (my dog was on a grain-free diet after he was diagnosed with Lupus and lived another seven years) but I've eaten quinoa (pronounced keen-uh-wuh in Bolivia) and couscous (in my recipe for Couscous Moroccan with Hot Harissa Sauce - delicious, but way too much trouble to make more than once every few years). My favorite is a mix of brown and wild rice, as in the cookbook pictured above.

4. In your opinion, who has the best job ever?

Mallards on Chippewa River

 Her favorite place to stand,
just before she comes into the house and leaves
wet, muddy footprints all over the kitchen floor.

Actually, I think I already have the best job ever, being a SAHG.  If I were to change jobs, however, then perhaps I'd like to be  a shepherdess of Yorkshire/Scottish Blackface sheep, but only if I can live somewhere near Askrigg in the Yorkshire Dales and have at least half the day off to wander the countryside. Let's make that 3/4 of the day. Okay, how about if I just had to work a couple hours, and my job description was simply admiring the beauty of the sheep. I could definitely excel at that job!

Ooooo, aaaah
Love those sheep!

5. What's a situation in your life currently requiring patience?

Notifications of Etsy orders are not being directed to my email Inbox, for some strange reason, and are instead simply showing up in my account. Very odd and annoying.  And you're right, that's not requiring a lot of patience. I'm in a season of pretty easy going at the moment, but just like a warm or cold front in the weather, trying times can move back into one's life at any time. I'll keep you posted.

6.  Do you live your life around days of the week? Explain.

My life is definitely ordered around Sunday. If one misses church, how does one know what day of the week it is? But sometimes, even that doesn't help. All day yesterday it felt like Wednesday. Do you ever experience that strange phenomenon?  That never happens to me on Sunday.

 St. Paul's, London

St. Paul's, Dallas, WI

7. In a nod to the A to Z challenge happening around town this month, what 'R word' best describes your April?

R is for RANDOM.  As I write this, it's snowing sideways. We had summer weather last week, snow and cold this morning, rainy day in between. Who knows what's next. I certainly hope it's not snow. I'm ready for more of that summer weather! It actually motivates me to clean and organize.


R is for REALLY, REALLY FUN. It was so much fun to have two of the grandsons with us last week.

 Walking along the Chippewa River

Trying hard not to smile!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

No random thoughts, just a couple of final photos of our week with the grandsons here:

 Mr. C. and the grands



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