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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 10:03pm on 28/02/2014 under
I visited Malew church this week, too. This is a little different to most of the other parish churches, a walk around inside with explain why.

This is the outside of the church -

Malew Church

You can see that it was, originally, the same simple shape as most of the others, for example St Mark's in the pictures yesterday. But then someone has added a bit at the end - and another bit on the far side...

Which gives odd effects inside the church.

Lots of pictures under this cut... )

So, that was Malew church - a little more ornate than some - but no matter what, we never really change the basic style!
Mood:: 'busy' busy
curiouswombat: (notes from a small island)
posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 07:41pm on 27/02/2014 under ,
Another post in my very occasional series looking at the churches of the island. It was a nice afternoon on Tuesday, and my travels took me through St Marks.

St Mark's is a tiny village in the mid-south of the island. Although in the parish of Malew, the farms in this area are a long way from the parish church (of which, more, in a day or two), and so a 'chapel of ease' was built for them and consecrated in 1772.

Like most of the other country churches, it is stone built, white-washed, and very plain - if you remember some of the other posts it will look familiar;

St Marks Churches

More pictures, including a couple of the village schoolUnder this cut )

I actually have pictures of Malew church as well - they are interesting because whilst, in some ways Melew is quite similar to St Marks, and most of the other small churches, in some ways it is quite different.

Totally unrelated - I have spent so much time this week reviewing and developing 'pathways' that I told my manager I am doubtless well qualified to join The Ramblers Association...
Mood:: 'tired' tired
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
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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 [ 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
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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 06:47pm on 16/05/2010 under , ,
This week's pictures are a bit restricted. I managed to twist my knee early in the week and so have not really walked any distance form the car all week, except to 'do' my Christian Aid envelopes. (Actually I put them out before I hurt the knee, and when my sister and I went to collect them in, she did the houses with steps and I did the easy ones.)

Today I consulted a friend who is a physio, and we don't think I've done any severe damage - certainly not the cartilage, possibly strained a ligament, but rest, elevation, warmth and ice, then tubigrip for work, seems to be working so just keep going. It's a good excuse to sit around and do little, anyway!

So most of the pictures were taken in the garden, apart from a couple of close-ups of the Celtic crosses in Maughold taken last week, and a very old one of D-d.

here be flowers, and a couple of other bits )

I did the children's chat in church today - I took in a whole lot of gadgets from the kitchen and asked the children, and adults, to identify them - some were easy - the potato peeler or the pizza wheel, but others were more difficult - some were very, very, specialised - like the gadget for stoning mangoes. Then we considered that we all have different uses and talents, finishing with the idea that the church is full of people with different talents and roles, some read the Bible out in the service, some mend the toilets, some do the flowers; all equally important to the life of the church. Then I introduced the idea of a 'scavenger people hunt' - the children all had lists of jobs, and had to find three people who did each thing - this caused great fun after the service finished - and means they know the names of more of the congregation than they did, and vice versa!

But the high spot of the morning at Sunday School was Eilidh's tooth - which was wobbly. And she wobbled it, and wobbled it, and then it suddenly flew out of her mouth, hit Daniel in the chest, and disappeared under the chairs! My teenaged helper took Eilidh to get a glass of water, Daniel and someone else crawled around to find the tooth - and those are two jobs we certainly hadn't thought about on our list, I can tell you!
location: With my leg up...
Mood:: 'lazy' lazy
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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 07:37pm on 09/05/2010 under , ,
First - Happy Mothers' Day to all those on my FList who celebrate it today. Here are some flowers for you all -


Yes - the primroses are out.

Mostly this week it seemed to be flowers in hedgerows that caught my eye - apart from a side-trip to Maughold Church to take some pictures. However, the batteries started to go on the camera, before I had taken many, apart from some of the 'Cross house'.

So there is a mixture of flowers and bits of Celtic history, oh, and a millennium cross, too under the cut )

Finally, I have just been watching Time Team, where they said, themselves, that they were basically excavating Meduseld, and drank a toast to Tolkien.

Then there was the weather forecast and I thought perhaps they'd accidentally shown an old one, from February or so. I mean 'Cold winds, frosts, and snow showers in Scotland really doesn't sound like the second week of May, does it? Good Grief. It's probably my fault; I reset the timing on the central heating last night so that is on for less than half the time it has been...
Mood:: 'relaxed' relaxed
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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 09:48pm on 17/04/2010 under ,
I spent part of my lunch break yesterday in Patrick church. This is the Church at Patrick, the place - it is actually dedicated to the Holy Trinity not St. Patrick - I guess that would be too easy!

I'm not posting all the pictures in one post - I'm going to just do the church itself here today, I have some interesting church yard ones (well I think they are...) with some interesting bits of WW1 history, but I'll do them separately, or as part of a post tomorrow.

As I have commented before, all our little country churches look very much alike - no fine Norman architecture or the like - but this one has a couple of interesting bits.

So - for Patrick Church, click here )

I have some pretty flowers to share as well, but they can wait until tomorrow, I think.
Music:: Runrig - Harvest Moon.
location: about 15 miles from Patrick.
Mood:: 'busy' busy
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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 [ 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
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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


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