Sunday, May 31, 2015

Arabia Mountain/ Monastery

 
 


View from Arabia Mountain...you would never guess we are just a few miles from a MAJOR interstate highway!
 
The coreopsis is blooming!  The nicest thing about this beautiful yellow flower, it not only grows on our local "mountains", it also grows on the roadsides...I wonder how many notice it?  We have seen it all over the county here, you just have to pay attention!
 
 
 
 

Mmmm....is this lance leaf coreopsis or is it mouse ear coreopsis?  I am not sure, could someone let me know?  (You say it like this...CORY OP SIS and it sounds good in Richard's English accent!)

The month of May has been sad for me, but here I am on Mother's day with my son at one of our favorite spots, Arabia Mountain!  The red diamorpha was still red then.

 
The Monastery is also a perfect spot for us to visit.  And if you time it just right, you may attend a service at the church.
 
 
Happy to say that we were able to do so on Mother's Day. 2015!
 
Mary, with her son, Jesus.  The hand near her shoulder- the Father, the dove- the Holy Spirit.
 
 
 
 
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou amongst women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


25 comments:

  1. Kay, I'm sorry to hear this has been a sad month for you. I hope you can draw comfort from the love of your family, the peace of worship in a beautiful place, and the flowers that surround you. Sending you a hug!

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    1. Thank you, Sue, I accept your hug! Comfort, peace and beauty, all lovely thoughts and wishes from you, bless you.

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  2. The strength and love from your family will sustain you until the sad days are a bit happier. In the meantime a trip to your favorite mountain always seems to lift your spirits.

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    1. Yes, I love these mountains and also the Monastery, all places of peace that truly lift my spirits.

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  3. My prayers have been with you Kay.... I bet that monastery is a neat place to look around.

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    1. Thank you. The Monastery is a truly fascinating place. The Monks built everything themselves and the church is made from CONCRETE. Even more impressive than the buildings themselves, it is the sense of peace that pervades that really leaves an impression. Everyone says this when they visit, not just me.

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  4. Those yellow flowers are so bright and cheerful, I feel happier after just looking at them. I hope they have uplifted your spirit, too. That church is very beautiful; I love the deep, rich blues.

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    1. Oh, Pauline, thank you and thanks for your comment. You know what uplifts my spirit too? Looking at blogs like YOURS! Your post that you did, the post about Magical ...oh dear, can't remember it began with a "W"!
      Anyway, those beaches are drop dead gorgeous!
      (And the blue colors in the church, that is all from the blue stained glass, and it is beautiful!!)

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  5. You have a fine looking young man there for a son, Kay. :)

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    1. Well, you know I think so too! :-)

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  6. No need to tell you how much I like the YELLOW flowers, dear Kay!
    A lovely photo of mother and son - I mean you and Christopher :-)
    I hope June will be less sad for you than May has been. To me, the beginning of a new month always holds something of a promise, almost like a mini-New Year.

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    1. You would love the yellow of the coreopsis, they are more of a butterscotch yellow, not the clear yellow of the evening primrose or the bright yellow of the Yellow Daisy. ( You know I have different ways to describe my yellows!!)
      I like the idea of a new month as the beginning of a mini New Year, that sounds nice.

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  7. The happiest of Mother's Days is when you can celebrate them with your children nearby. I'm very envious of you, Kay. What a sweetie he is.

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    1. I was happy that C. was able to be here on Mother's Day with me. It's the same for Richard and his Mom, with his Mom being in England.
      And you are so right, Christopher IS and always has been one sweet guy.

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  8. May you receive the comfort the Father has to give, in the name of His precious Son, and through the Holy Spirit.

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  9. These flowers are so lovely. I have only known them as flowers for sale commercially and had no idea you are so lucky in Georgia that they are a beautiful wildflower. And I never tire of seeing the monastery church, either. I love that stained glass window where the figure of the child Jesus seems surrounded by the colors of the Holy Spirit.

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    1. Yes, and do you know that hardly anyone notices them? After all, they just grow wild and are therefore not regarded as a highly desirable flower!
      Yes, surrounded by the colors of the Holy Spirit, that is just right, isn't it?

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  10. The abundance fo flowers there is wionderful.

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    1. Many here would consider them weeds but you know how I feel about them.

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  11. the stained glass window- an unusual portrayal of Our Lady and the Trinity- so apt for yesterday's being Trinity Sunday. I love the delicate coreopsis.

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    1. Thank you, Connie, I thought showing you this window would fit perfectly for Trinity Sunday.
      Delicate blossoms, that is true but it is such a tough plant, surviving on the hot rock and completely neglected on the sides of the roads here...we should learn from it! x

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  12. A very unusual and beautiful stained glass window. Hope the rest of the year is better for you.

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    1. Thank you, Bob, I appreciate it.
      And I didn't tell you this, but I memorized the "Hail Mary" prayer from when I was a teenager. I am not Catholic but there are several things that I think I can totally wrap my head around, and one of them is this prayer where you are asking Mary to intercede for you. I need all the help I can get.

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  13. What a beautiful stained glass window of the BVM!

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