G is For…

We have reached the letter G for Alphabet Wednesday. Thank you to the Alphabet Wednesday Team for keeping us going.

How about some Royal Gates? These were taken at Buckingham Palace in September of 2013 which happen to be in Great Britain.

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Whenever I see mighty Gates like these I think of  Psalm 100 in the Bible. This is the portion I think of, verses 4 and 5.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.”

London Sunday 017Do you think that there’s real gold in these royal gates? Maybe someone from Great Britain can tell us.

How about a Guinness? Notice the golden harp.


Hope your day is full of good things, good news, good food, and good thoughts!

O Christ, Who Hast Prepared A Place ~ Hymn


John 14: 1-6 ~ “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. Thomas said to him, Lord we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way? Jesus answererd, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

O Christ, Who Hast Prepared A Place

O Christ, who hast prepared a place
For us around Thy throne of grace,
We pray Thee, lift our hearts above,
And draw them with the cords of love.

Source of all good, Thou, gracious Lord,
Art our exceeding great reward;
How transient is our present pain,
How boundless our eternal gain!

With open face and joyful heart,
We then shall see Thee as Thou art:
Our love shall never cease to glow,
Our praise shall never cease to flow.

Thy never-failing grace to prove,
A surety of Thine endless love,
Send down Thy Holy Ghost, to be
The raiser of our souls to Thee.

Words: Jean B. de San­teüil, in the Par­is Bre­vi­a­ry, 1686, p. 503 (No­bis, Olym­po red­di­tus); trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John Chandler, Hymns of the Prim­i­tive Church, 1837, p. 86.

ht: cyberhymnal

Blue Monday

Welcome to Blue Monday hosted by Smiling Sally! I’m digging into my archives for my Blue this week.


These photos were all taken in Great Britain in May of 2006. We travelled with two other couples who are very good friends and we hiked, and walked, and ate our way from Wales, to the Lake District, to Scotland and the Hebrides, and finally to York. What wonderful scenery we experienced on our treks. I’m so glad we wore a lot of blue!

Top left: Bob, Jan and me climbing a stile on our hike up Mt. Snowden. Bottom Left: Bob, Jan, Jody, me, and Dear at the halfway point up Mt. Snowden. Top Right: the beautiful sea between the Isle of Mull and Iona. Middle Right: Shale cottage along the River Derwent. Bottom Right: A stone bridge across the River Derwent.

For more Blue visit Smiling Sally.

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007 to 2015 hostage and has replaced them all with ugly black and grey boxes asking for a ransom to have them re-published. Such a frustrating bother as I go through each post to delete the ugly boxes.

G.K. Chesterton ~ Quote

May 29th was G.K. Chesterton’s birthday. He would be 134 today. John Piper with Desiring God Ministries recommends in celebration of G.K.’s birthday that you read his book Orthodoxy.

I decided it would be good to share a G.K. Chesterton quote today and here’s the one that I enjoyed the most from the list Piper shared…

  • “Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul. Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday; joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live.” (159)

Enjoy and choose Joy and Praise God and praise someone in the flesh around you today!!


Love this photo of G.K.

Oh and here’s a confession ~I can only understand G.K. one sentence at a time or maybe one paragraph. I do appreciate minds like his and C.S. Lewis’ even if I need Cliff notes to understand them….

Fun Monday ~ Vacations

Alison is hosting Fun Monday today. Here is her assignment…

Vacations…this is the time of year when most of us go on vacations. Show us and/or tell us about your favorite vacation – where you went, what you did, etc. Pictures would be great. Let’s all take a trip around the world via our FM friends!!

My favorite vacations have been to Great Britain.


In 2004 we took our daughter on a literary tour of Great Britain for her graduation gift. We visited places of inspiration for C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Austen, and Monty Python???! Too see more of this tour click here.


In 2006 we took a walking tour with our dear friends with stops in Wales, The Lake District, Oban, Edinburgh, and York. To see the highlights of this tour click here.

For more Fun Monday favorite vacations visit Alison.

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and they have blacked them all out. I’m slowly working at restoring my posts without their help. Such a tiresome bother!

The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter


I’ve really been enjoying this series by mystery writer Susan Wittig Albert. Beatrix Potter has been a favorite of mine for years and escaping into the Lake District with Beatrix and talking animals and mystery is a joy for me. I’ve finished the first two books in the series. Right now there are two more books already published.


I found the first book in the series at the Friend’s of the Library for 50 cents. I checked out the second book from the library. I’m going to have to request or get on a waiting list for the next ones, The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood and The Tale of Hawthorn House. If you like English village life, a blend of fact and fiction, and mystery, not to mention great animal characters you’ll love this series…

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and they have blacked them all out. I’m slowly working at restoring my posts without their help. Such a tiresome bother!

ABC Wednesday ~ O is for…

O is for Oban, Scotland ~

Oban is the gateway to the Isles.


Oban is on the west coast of Scotland.

Oban is the frontier between the West Highlands and the Islands; the meeting place between land and sea. A perfect, sheltered harbour makes it the principal seaport for the Isles and the capital of the West Highlands. It has a mild, temperate climate, warmed by the Gulf Stream and washed (too often, some might say) by the soft rain that often falls hereabouts. This misty, briny character, with a background of heather and peat, is perfectly echoed in the malt whisky produced at Oban.


We travelled to Oban in May of 2006 and enjoyed a couple nights here. Our favorite part of this stay was our day trip to the Isle of Iona via the Isle of Mull. Our tour of the Oban Distillery was an extra treat for Dear…

For more O posts visit Mrs. Nesbitt

ht: Dave for Oban photos…

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and they have blacked them all out. I’m slowly working at restoring my posts without their help. Such a tiresome bother!