Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hint of Change

Look carefully to se the hint of things to come

I saw this old barn along the detour road to the Abbey. I loved the play of shadow and light on the roof when I drove past it on the way to the Abbey. I stopped on my back to the main road to take the photo I saw. It was not until I was looking through the view finder and framing my shot that I noticed the leaves that were sending a hint of the coming change of season.

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Please….

This calf was bathing in the creek along the drive into the Holy Cross Abbey. the look I was given when I stopped to take the photo was that you would expect of some one being photographed by the paparazzi. And it si really hard to get a decent photo of a black cow in a shady spot.

The Holy Cross Abbey has a number of cattle on it. One of the tenants of the order is that each abbey should be self sufficient. And that means that they work just like the rest of us while serving God. So this particular abbey tends the fields and animals, create wonderful fruit cakes and honey, and serve the community.

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Reflection

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A Visit from Irene

A quick sneak post. I am far enough inland that I am only seeing the outer bands from Irene. The town is eerily quiet. I went out onto the front porch to see how the winds felt and watch the rain. The winds were just starting to be strong enough to rattle the storm windows and push me about. But we are getting off lucky.

the Rain on the front sidewalk

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Faded

Saw this old church on a back road not too far from Berryville Virginia

I have decided to give canning crushed tomatoes a try and took the day off yesterday to drive over to my new favorite pick-your-own near Berryville, Virginia.

Since I was close to the Holy Cross Abbey, I decided to go over to the abbey store and possibly pick up a treat for my dad. He loves their fruitcake and it is honestly really good. And I do not like fruit cake as a general rule.

I followed the directions I had but it turns out the main road into the abbey was closed for repairs. So I had to back track and follow the detour. the detour road is definitely not for the faint of heart. Basically it is a one lane dirt road. It is not a road to drive if you have a sports car or a car that sits low. My truck loved it. The road condition forced you to drive slow and with the windows down, you could hear the beauty and solitude of the farm fields. Plus see interesting things like this old church along the road. the abbey shop was closed when I got there put just the drive alone with worth the trip.

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Preserving Plums

I managed to end up with almost 5 pounds of lovely plums recently. I knew I had to make an Asian style plum sauce. But I still had a lot of plums left over. So I had to think of another way to preserve these lovely plums. Well a certain some one thought she had a taste of summer in the middle of a dark and dreary Chicago winter last year. She will definitely feel summer when she gets a jar or three of the jams I have been busy crafting all summer.

And can I say that plum jam is a lovely shade of redish purple?

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