Tuesday, December 8, 2009

That hushed feeling you get

My visit to Connecticut this past weekend included a stop at this church, where my friend Lauren had an errand to run. This is the church that Annie & Lauren belong to and l was glad to have been invited inside. Daryl and I made sure we had our cameras with us.

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I love old buildings such as this, and a hallowed and hushed feeling came over me when I entered.

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The leaded stained glass windows with their architectural detail are just so wonderful.

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Inside, the choir is practicing which is just our luck, for it only added to the beauty.

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Inside one of the little rooms hangs a beautiful and very very old tapestry. I had the 50mm lens on the camera, hence the close-ups.

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I just love how this shot of a candlestick looks with its stained glass bokeh.

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And speaking of stained glass. Be still my heart.

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I can see why they love this old church so much. It just feels so darn good to be inside.

And safe.

And loved.

If that makes any sense.

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I am slowly but surely getting into the spirit of Christmas, and today my husband and I received a big beautiful potted poinsettia, the likes of which I’ve never had before. It was sent to us by a kind couple who I’m sure would wish to remain anonymous. So I’ll just say that it touched my heart and it looks beautiful in this old house.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

36 comments:

Donalyn said...

You can always get me with photos of old churches - what a lovely one! And I came to see if my darned feed was finally fixed and it is - now it doesn't say that the last time I posted was 4 weeks ago. And if you give the recipe I posted today to your husband, I bet he will make them. You will be glad. :)

cottage farm villa said...

Kate, What a lovely church. I completely know that feeling you spoke of when you were in there! Beautiful stained glass bokeh! :)

Mary said...

wow, what a gorgeous church! LOVE your candlestick/bokeh shot!

beth said...

that tapestry is amazing...
actually I love everything about an old church...
thanks for sharing your photos !

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Great shots - especially like the tapestry and the candlestick.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Just breathtaking. Can't even imagine the acoustics. I love all teh blues in these pictures - each one has blue, however faint. The ribbon on the wreath in the first picture is an unexpected blue. Gorgeous.

Deb said...

Such a gorgeous church. Love the stained glass and the old tapestries as well and definately that all consuming feeling that you feel when you enter.

So glad you had such a fun weekend :)

JackDaddy said...

Wonderful pictures. You've got an amazing eye!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Oh my, what a beautiful old church. Love the shot of the front door with wreaths, well, all your photos are gorgeous! Enjoy your blog!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

I love how you've captured the colors of the glass. Thanks for thaking us with you.

Snappy Di said...

I almost bought a poinsettia this past week-end. Love the fact that they last so long even considering the fact that I have no green thumbs at all.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Beautiful!

Merisi said...

One feels removed from the worries of the world outside!

Karen said...

What a lovely old church...I live in Connecticut, where we have many many old churches. Our tiny little town boasts a beautiful 250 year old congregational church. While I was raised a Catholic, I am not particularly religious, but there is definitely peace and comfort in these old buildings...and the stained glass is ethereal.

Merisi said...

Thank you for your kind comments on my blog!

I love the way blogs keep me connected to my home s of 23 years, Washington DC and Maryland. I moved to V 4 years ago, I try to really feel at home here, but I do miss my old home very very much. I simply loved living there, the people, the country, most everything. I am grateful for people like you who share their world with me, keeping me does connected with what I love.

I do not manage to always respond to the comments on my side, but it is a joy for me to come visit in return and catch up with the latest posts.

Merisi said...

I apologize for the speling mistakes, like "keeping me thus".

Donna Boucher said...

What gorgeous pictures of the church.

Gosh! Your white balance is perfection inside and out.

What's your secret?

Mental P Mama said...

WOW! You make it look so beautiful. It is a special place--St. Paul's--and the blue ribbons are the color of Advent. They go to red right before Christmas Eve. I wish you would come back soon! xoxo, Lauren

big hair envy said...

There is definitely something about an old church that calms and soothes. Your pics are just beautiful:)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely church - pity we can't hear the choir. Every home needs a poinsettia at Christmas I feel.

These Nine Acres said...

I am sure we will get to see pictures of the poinsettia soon?!? Please?

S. Etole said...

"Be still my heart," for sure. Truly magnificent.

JC said...

I like old churches too ...

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

Indeed. Gorgeous.

Carolynn said...

That is a beautiful church! I love the stonework and the tapestry and, and, and...

Betty said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I really love the blue stained glass window.
~~Love Hugs and Good Thoughts~~

Char said...

gorgeous shots - the stained glass is breathtaking

Daryl said...

I am so in awe of the choir shot .. mine was so dark .. I 'fixed' it and now it looks weird but interesting and I was going to post it but now I am not ... ha ... but I do have a weekend post up at 3 pm today .. none of the church pix in it .. not sure how I forgot to do that

Kris said...

Very beautiful!

scrappysue said...

here from daryl's - gorgeous pics

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Awesome pictures Kate! Thanks for sharing.
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Hilary said...

These are just beautiful shots, Kate. You have such a flair for capturing the heart of everything you photograph.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

I don't think I can hit the follow button quick enough...I LOVE THIS SO MUCH...everything I ADORE....

This was my lucky day..what a beautiful blog....

I have a friend who is a photographer and lives in Maine...I've had some really weird connections in this blogworld..so I'll just see if by chance you know Lynn Karlin.....

anyway..you made my day..and I love your dog !

I'll be back very soon....

Kary

FireLight said...

Now this is my kind of church! A real beauty!

TSannie said...

What a lovely weekend we all had. One that should be repeated often, my friend.

JFKlaver said...

Thank you for this moment of beauty and silence.