curiouswombat: (notes from a small island)
I mentioned yesterday that I had some pics for my occasional 'old churches' series - here they are.

Lonan Old Church is on an ancient Christian site - the first keeil was built here by Irish monks in the fifth century.

In 1188 the small chapel, first known as Keeill-ny-Traie (The Chapel by the Shore), was given in land to the monks of St Bees and the building was rebuilt.

When the island was sold to the English in 1399 the land was divided into parishes in the English style; Keeill-ny-Traie became known as St Adamnan, the parish church of Lonan (Kirk Lonan). It was never anywhere near the centre of the parish, or even any of the villages - but as it was already there, so it got the job!

In 1733, Bishop Wilson was petitioned by parishioners for a newer, bigger, parish church, somewhere more sensible, and the new church was finally completed a hundred years later, in 1833. At that time the old church was left to decay. Bit the vicar of Lonan at the end of the nineteenth century thought it sad that it would simply fall down, and began to see that at least some restoration and preservation work was done occasionally. The Friends of St Adamnan's was formed in 1968 'to ensure it remained as a working historical site and House of God'.

It was impossible to preserve the whole ancient chapel - I gather the roof was in such a state of disrepair that only one end was usable even before the move to the new church (which, incidentally, is not a good deal closer to the main centre of habitation of the parish anyway!!). So today what you see is this -


Lonan old church 008

Which, as you can see, is only one end of the old church in use, and the remains of the far end.

For more pictures click here... )
Mood:: 'lethargic' lethargic
curiouswombat: (Curious Christmas)
D-d has set off back to York - I took her to the airport this afternoon, and she should be back in her house by now.

Last night being her last evening at home for a while, we had a house full of young women in their early twenties, and I spent the evening closeted upstairs, leaving them to their pizza, films and gossip. S2C commented this morning that it was clear that the house had been full of women all evening - apart from the pizza and salad they also managed to eat 1kg (2.2lbs) of chocolate and a tray of chocolate brownies between the ten of them... I mainly spent the evening reading and writing - but actually uploading pictures and posting them is somehow easier back in my usual place.

So - there are a couple of landscape pictures and some Christmas themed ones this week - also some where I have been 'playing' with instant effects in Photo-plus, sparked off by something in [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7's journal.

a bit image heavy )

And, completely back to reality, I go back to work tomorrow, after 2 whole weeks off. I expect there will be at least 30 messages on my voice-mail but the 'good' news is that, almost inevitably, 4 or 5 will be from someone who hasn't listened to the message and rung back, over and over, to ask why I didn't get back to them - if it's anything like usual.

Now, as it is almost 9pm, on JRR Tolkien's birthday, I will join other fans world-wide, and raise a wee glass to the memory - it's sort of like Burns' night without the piper and the haggis!
Mood:: 'good' good
curiouswombat: (notes from a small island)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 10:38pm on 21/11/2010 under , , ,
I've had a lovely weekend - busy, but really nice. Apart from the trolley-shopping yesterday, I sorted out a lot of my craft stuff and threw some stuff out, found and printed out words for the Advent candles in church because - meep! next Sunday is the first in Advent, then I put some of the children's work from Sunday School last week together into booklets for them, did some washing, cleaned the kitchen - all very domesticated.

Then, today, after church there was a quick trip to M&S, then to the garden centre (including a roast pork and apple bap for lunch), an afternoon making cards, reading, doing some beta-ing (a pleasure when it is well written and easy to read!), cooking stir fry turkey with veg and rice noodles... more reading.

I was just uploading the pictures for this post when D-d rang and we gossiped for over a hour (hence time of posting). One or two of you might recognise that the one thing not mentioned there is... writing. I am writing the current thing, slowly, just... not so far this weekend!

Under the cut for this week is a picture of a seat surely made for the Rohirrim, a rather softly pink sunset, and a picture of one of the things I have done over the weekend - for the pictures walk this way... )
Mood:: 'busy' busy
curiouswombat: (notes from a small island)
Before anything about my pictures for today, can I just say Our Boy Done well!

D-d and I sat and watched the last 35km and were jumping up and down and cheering him at the end there.

Today is my usual Sunday Pic Spam, so not beautiful pictures of fabulous Italian cathedrals with painted ceilings, but some pictures of another of our, much less ornate, parish churches.

Actually the first picture is not part of the church picture post, it is a piece of of our industrial heritage, but the other pictures are almost all of Lezayre Church - which has special significance for [livejournal.com profile] wildecate, so I am hoping that she notices!

industrial heritage, another gateway, and Lezayre church )

I've had a lovely day today - I've been totally lazy, even skiving off church as there is no Sunday School now that the schools have broken up. I've pottered around dead-heading flowers, sat in the garden with a wee glass of wine for a while, made banana and chocolate chip cake to use up the over-ripe bananas, revised another chapter of Ten Years After to post over at Twisting the Hellmouth, and spent time downsizing some more of D-d's holiday pics to share later in the week. Oh, and eaten garlic and lemon prawns with salad for lunch, and chicken with roast sweet potato and cabbage for dinner. Now for coffee, and a bit of that cake.
location: on the rock.
Mood:: 'content' content
curiouswombat: (Brooch)
Yesterday it snowed. D-d and I drove to Peel, about 11 miles, for her dental appointment, in a howling gale and snow! But today it was calmer and sunnier. So I took advantage of having the day off work, and the nicer weather, to visit another of our island parish churches/graveyards.

This time it was the Parish church at Santon, St Sanctan's. Each time I do one of these posts I think of the beautiful English parish churches that [livejournal.com profile] keswindhover posts pictures of - and realise that ours are very, very different...

This one is particularly suitable for Maundy Thursday as the stained glass window (yes - in the singular) shows the Last Supper. (With a very spiffy bit of carpet...!)

Although there has been a keeil on the site since about 500AD, the current church was built in 1774, and is just a typical Manx parish church with its plain rectangular shape, whitewashed walls and wooden beamed roof.

So - under the cut are pictures of the inside and outside of the church, a few interesting grave stones, and a couple of wild-flower pictures - and a close-up of the window with the spiffy carpet -

St. Sanctan's )

I have been to church this evening for the quiet, solemn, Tenebrae service - a series of readings and silence, which starts with nine lit candles, one of which is extinguished with each reading, followed by an equally quiet communion service and the re-lighting of the Christ candle.

I'm afraid that I was very distracted to start with by the first reader somehow managing to read totally the wrong thing! You'd have thought it might have occurred to him that he'd written it down wrongly when he realised he seemed to have the passage where Jesus walks on the water when the first reading should be of the last supper...
Mood:: 'contemplative' contemplative
curiouswombat: (Brooch)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 09:21pm on 16/12/2009 under , , ,
Well, I know it's not exactly festive, but I have a few pictures taken at St George's in Douglas. Only the outside - there was a service on when I was up there - lunch time communion I think.

This was the second church built in the town of Douglas - the first, St Matthews, was down at the quayside, beside the market - it didn't have a churchyard.

St George's was built in the mid eighteenth century, one of the trustees during the building was the future father-in-law of Captain Bligh of 'Bounty' fame, and one of the earliest organists was Charles Dickens grandfather who lived out his life on the island to escape debtors' prison in England!

The churchyard is not very big, and is surrounded by offices, banks and the like these days. What is interesting is that for some years this was the 'field of strangers' - local people had the right of burial in either Kirk Braddan or Kirk Onchan - the parishes in whose land Douglas slowly grew. So, to quote the church history, those buried here

include retired half-pay officers, doctors, shopkeepers, artisans and impoverished gentlefolk escaping their creditors. They had flocked to the Island because of its low taxes and cost of living and found their last resting place in St George’s. Descent from the nobility is not infrequently claimed on the headstones, and at least fifty graves are those of persons with military titles or linked to the same.

I only took a few pictures apart from the one in the 365 post of Sir William Hillary's grave.

under here )

So - just a few pics of St Georges.

Guess what? Once again I missed my LJ anniversary - it was 5 years on the 12th of this month...

Doesn't time fly when you're having fun?
Mood:: 'tired' tired
curiouswombat: (notes from a small island)
I said, in the 365 project post on Sunday, that I had visited another of our church yards and taken some pictures. The church in question is Andreas, in the north of the island. Like some of our other churches it houses some early Christian, and pagan, crosses and slabs. I mainly took pictures of two of the norse crosses, and a few out in the church yard which may be of interest to Canadian and Australian friends.

All under here )

In other news - D-d phoned home last night and we talked for over an hour. She is really looking forward to the course, has met some nice new people, a couple of others she already knew, even if not well, and the new house is really good. She is enjoying driving around York - it holds no qualms for her at all. Which will amuse anyone on my FL who have tried to drive in and around York!

All in all, I don't think we need worry about her.
Mood:: 'content' content
location: Fifteen or so miles south of Andreas.
curiouswombat: (notes from a small island)
When I posted the pictures of Bride Old Church Yard earlier this week I commented that I had also taken some in the newer part of the graveyard. The original churchyard runs east from the sanctuary end of the church, the newer one is basically the width of a small field running along the north side of both church and old churchyard.

So, under the cut are a few more assorted relatives, a rather romantic looking angel, a submarine, and even a spot of gaelic. )

Speaking of my daughter, as I was under the cut, she is home from her trip to Amsterdam. Oh how much I love our daughter! Well, you know that, but I just love her take on life so much. As well as the usual description of the hostel they stayed in, the breakfasts, the chocolate waffles, and so on, were these two gems of Kat-ness.

"I held out until the last day, but when we were all out shopping I finally gave in. I said to the others to go on but I just had to go to the Amsterdam Museum - and I ran into it and stood and went 'Aaaah! Museum....' I only stayed about three hours though, then I could face shopping again."

"I did one of the things I've always, always, wanted to do! There was a Hari-Krishna procession - and they asked us to join in. And they gave Hannah some of those little tin castanets to play. And we got cards with the words on, in case we didn't know them! And we, like, processed around Amsterdam at the end of the Hare-Krishna procession! And I've always, always, wanted to just join one of them and dance through the streets chanting! It was so cool!"


Also today, apart from going to Tescos and doing some washing I have tidied the yard and written a chunk of Brotherhood. Oh, and worked out my lesson for Sunday School tomorrow - school is back, and so we are back to lessons on Sundays, too. Tomorrow might be a bit like herding cats...
Mood:: 'accomplished' accomplished
curiouswombat: (notes from a small island)
This is another post of one of the island's old churchyards - this time Bride Parish in the north of the island - where my mother's family have lived, and been buried, for at least the last 300 years - probably longer. I went particularly to look for the gravestone of my great-great-great-grandfather - which I know is there - I've seen it. But could I find it this time? No. However there are stones here for a few of my other Howland relatives, and some other fascinating ones - including a couple of children (following a comment last time by [livejournal.com profile] winsomeone), and the grave of someone who fought at Trafalgar on board HMS Temeraire...

click for stones and a couple more Viking crosses )

The pictures of the 'new' churchyard are a little different - but some of them are worth sharing with those of you who like a good graveyard (looks at Bogwitch and Kortirion especially...). So I will upload some of them to photobucket over the next couple of days. Might be more of a threat than a promise!
location: 20 miles from Bride.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
curiouswombat: (Brooch)
In yesterday's post I had a picture of Odd's Cross, a piece of ninth century Viking carving from Old Kirk Braddan Church. When I stopped by there on Saturday I took a few more photos than just that one. They include some pictures of the church yard and a couple more thousand year old crosses.

click for the pictures )

So - I have to admit, despite all the ancient, ancient stuff, my favourites are the seventeenth century 'made in advance' stone, and the bogie!
Mood:: 'amused' amused
location: A couple of miles from Braddan

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