"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."
Friday, January 11, 2013
Oh, The First Snowfall of the Winter
Have you ever noticed that some of the best times are the spontaneous ones?
Two days after Christmas, Bucks County was sent a gorgeous snowfall. Ted thought we should get out of the house and take a drive.
We wound up at an old cathedral that I'd never seen before. Ted had the foresight to bring a camera.
It was all so breath-taking.
Mary and Nicolai had snowball fights and made snowangels. What a shame we didn't come better prepared - little did I know Nic snuck out of the house without wearing any socks!
To our suprise, the old cathedral was open so we got to get a glimpse of its medieval design from within. We met the Director/Priest who gave us a small tour (a wedding was planned later so we didn't get to see the entire inside). But, if we wanted to see more, they were offering a free tour of its sister-site, the Pitcairn Museum, just down the path.
And to add to the serendipity of the day, they were hosting a "Nativities from Around the World" event. We got to see new and antique nativity scenes from places like Africa, Chile, Mexico and France.
The kids were given scavenger hunt with hints about the Nativities and then had to find which country it was referring to. When we finished the kids each got a little prize, while Ted enjoyed a good hot cup of coffee! One of my favorite Nativities was from Africa. The animals were made from beads and they used a zebra and giraffe as part of the stable.
What I thought was going to be a day we were stuck inside turned out to be the most pleasant of days. After a few hours in the snow, the kids were thrilled to get some hot chocolate and lunch.
No planning, no expectations, no schedules to keep. Just a normal day that turned into an extraordinary memory.
My passion is combining old with the new by restoring and salvaging items that would otherwise have been thrown away. Some may consider this "Altered Art" or "Mixed Media Art." I consider myself a good old-fashioned Folk Artist, with a strong emphasis on Holidays, Customs, and Traditions.