Here’s what’s left of the steeple and the frame of an abandoned church that is probably over a hundred years old. I remember seeing it proudly standing tall even though it had become weathered and old due to its age about five years ago. But, alas this past week when taking a drive back into the mountains of Western North Carolina looking for a farm where you could buy a live Christmas tree, its collapse surprised and saddened me.
Since this building will probably disappear from view before I return to this area again, I decided to stop and capture some last photographs of it before it completely falls to the ground.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 29,2013
The American holiday called Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate and be thankful for all the blessings we have received during the year.
Recently I found a magazine from 1995 that my Mother used to love to read and it is certainly filled with some wonderful memorable stories. The little girl featured in the painting published on the front cover of this issue of “Reminisce” magazine reminds me of myself when I was that age. I remember being mesmerized by what beautiful quilts Grandmothers made just from sewing fabric together. And, this wonderful painting called “A Stitch in Time” done by a talented artist by the name of Tom Sierak also reminds me of this time of the year when the weather gets cold outside during the Month of November and a time when Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the Unites States. I am looking forward to spending some time indoors with family and friends enjoying eating turkey and having pumpkin pie for dessert in a couple of days.
Happy Thanksgiving. May your lives be filled with happiness and surrounded by family and friends.
The history behind Thanksgiving: “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.”Source: History.com
Written by Mary Gilmartin, November 25, 2013
From “Trees” by Mary Gilmartin
What a great place to take a walk,
Underneath all the trees where I live.
Through the woods I gallop looking up at their branches,
Watching their leaves reach for the sky,
While the sun warms the ground.
From “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
From “Birches” by Robert Frost
Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
From “When Autumn Came” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
translated by Naomi Lazard
Give some tree the gift of green again.
Let one bird sing.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 10, 2013
My walk along the trail around the lake this weekend made me realize that we have reached the peak color for the 2013 leaf season. However the evergreens will keep their colors while the other trees with leaves of yellow, red and gold will eventually fall to the ground. Fall is a great time of the year to be outdoors!
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 3, 2013