Wensley Church

The highlights of Wensley Church

Walking the Old Ways

Wensley church is an historical gem, as I mentioned in my last blog. It’s worth travelling quite a distance to see. Here are some of the highlights. Holy Trinity church dates to at least the 12th century, though there may well have been a church on this site in Anglo-Saxon times.

Fortunately, the Victorian “restorers” more or less left the building alone, hence its rich treasures.DSCF1364

Firstly, here are some Anglo-Saxon grave-markers, now set in the interior wall of the church.

The wall paintings are very faint, but probably date to the early 14th century:

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Here’s a wooden alms box and reliquary which probably came from Easby Abbey after the dissolution of Henry VIII:

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The oak choir benches in the chancel date to 1527 and are the work of the Ripon Carvers, notice the ancient choristers graffiti. The carved creatures include a leopard, a greyhound, a dragon, a hare etc…

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Yipee… flooding… to stay or not to stay

Kawanee was about 3 miles from the flooding when she wrote this.

Hey Worders!!

I’m still alive, taking a break from being online after getting all the online stores working(ish). And now we are flooding. Isn’t that cool? No… it’s not.

So this is what our river is supposed to look like:
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And this is what it looked like last week…
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The walls are underwater… well you can see the top of them. We are having record flooding. The river is at 44 ft, flood stage is 32 ft (I think) but I know we just broke the record set in 1943… *yay us?*

This is Monday… and all traces of the walls are gone. It’s come up more since then… river today

The steps down to the water on Monday

and the same spot today.

Forecasted to come up another few feet before it’s all over, supposedly Sunday. I am not in any danger, it’s about 3 miles from me. I think even…

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Tears of Shame

The government pretends not to notice the taxes undocumented aliens pay to them. Donald Trump & Family have hired some of the people to work for them.

Filosofa's Word

There are at least a few episodes in the history of the United States of which we are, or at least should be, deeply ashamed.  Slavery, our treatment of Native Americans, Jim Crow, Japanese internment camps, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, My Lai, and others.  One of those moments occurred eighty years ago today, when the United States government refused to allow the S.S. St. Louis, carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees from Germany, to dock on its shores. St-Louis.jpgSome passengers attempted to cable President Franklin D. Roosevelt asking for refuge, but he never responded. A State Department telegram stated that the asylum-seekers must “await their turns on the waiting list and qualify for and obtain immigration visas before they may be admissible into the United States.”

The ship turned to Canada, but with no luck there either was ultimately forced to turn back to Europe.  Ultimately, 254 of the more than…

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My Gothy little birdhouses~

These are on sale.

I had a lot of fun painting them. We only had 2 grey ones so I found some Gargoyles and bats to give them a little gothic feel. They got a lot of comments at the Expo, but no one bought them. 😦 They are for sale in our Etsy store now, if no one buys them I have plans to couple them with a Halloween landscape and use them as a diorama type of Halloween decoration.

~Kreepy Kaw

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Super Bloom

California wildflowers brought by the rains.

Eliza Waters

IMG_1596Seeing California’s spring wildflowers has long been on my bucket list. With the long drought quenched by soaking rains the past few months, this year’s bloom promised to be a big one. I am most fortunate to have friends in SoCal willing to take me to see the show at Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore and wow, what a mind-blowing event it was. The tiny people on the far ridge above give you an idea of how vast the coverage was, 180 degrees of mountain vistas covered with California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and several other wildflowers.

Below is a slideshow to enjoy–

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Hi guys… so much for that new year’s rez huh?

Kawanee and her artistic aunt are in business together.

Hi my pressers!

Once again, I’ve let you down and not been posting updates and fun stuff and I’m sorry.
😦 Things have been a bit crazy and the New Year’s resolutions are all taking a back seat at the moment.

The old job is no more, but I’ve started a new one. I’m working with family, my aunt Shelva specifically. It’s scary and kind of a leap of faith, but so far I’m loving it and I only have mild stress attacks. I’m much happier and it does give me a creative outlet.

She has bought a huge laser etching machine. By huge, I mean it takes up the space of a car. We can personalize existing products, and we are hard at work creating our own works of art. She’s never run or started up a business… but I’ve been helping my hubby do it for years so…

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Saturday Surprise … A Sad Story And A Small Journey

A great post by Jill with interesting stories and pictures.

Filosofa's Word

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the …weekend-2It’s been a long and ugly week, hasn’t it?  I saw the sunshine for all of 7 minutes on … I think it was Wednesday, or perhaps Tuesday.  Haven’t seen it since.  Perhaps I scared it off when I started shrieking, “BRIGHT LIGHT … BRIGHT LIGHT!!!”

I have to tell you a sad story that crossed my path this week.  No couple gets along all the time, but most couples who truly love each other manage to work through their problems.  It seems that if a couple stays together for, say 30-40 years, they aren’t likely to split for any reason other than death.  But the couple I’m going to tell you about today are the exception.  They were together, as best anybody can figure, for around 90 years, and yet their relationship dissolved.

Both Bibi and Poldi were born in Switzerland…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Polar Vortex

Wonderful people opening their hearts to the homeless. And not a word was said about climate change in the SOTU address. What will it take to open the eyes of some?

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Last week, many parts of the U.S. found themselves in the midst of a Polar Vortex, seeing record-breaking low temperatures.  You know that expression, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”?  Well, the going got tough last week, and … the tough got going.


ct-chicago-homeless-cold-photos-20190131Chicago was one of the hardest hit, with temperatures dropping at one point to -38° (F).  Chicago, like most major cities, has a significant homeless population, and while the Salvation Army went around the city taking as many of the homeless as possible to shelters, there was still a contingent of homeless people living in a tent city on the South Side, using propane tanks for heat.  Until … one of the propane tanks exploded, the fire department was called, and all the propane tanks were confiscated by city officials, who called them a ‘Level 1 Hazmat risk’.

“There was a significant amount…

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The United States of Fox

The troubling connection between POTUS and Fox News.

Filosofa's Word

Since when do television personalities drive U.S. policy?  Since when does the president of the nation ask the media pundits what he should do?  Why, the answer is simple:  Since 20 January 2017, the day Donald Trump was inaugurated to an office he is incapable of managing.

No one person can know everything … I get that.  In the past, though, presidents have hired people called ‘advisors’ to help them determine the best course of action.  Trump hired people called advisors, but refuses to listen to or heed the advice of the ones who actually know what they’re doing.  The others are just window dressing or campaign donors to whom a favour was owed.  The ones who knew what they were doing got tired of being berated, abused and ignored, and they have since left the room.

Left to right:  Sean Hannity, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Doocy, Lou Dobbs, Ann Coulter

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