CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – CHURCHES OR ANY RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS

If you’re ever in the area, Valley Forge, PA is a beautiful place for walking, biking, horseback riding, and taking in some US history.  Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week gives me the opportunity to post a few shots of the Washington Chapel that sits on the grounds. And if the weather ever cooperates, a picnic basket might be in order, Boo Boo. 😉

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WASHINGTON CHAPEL, VALLEY FORGE, PA

ONE OF MANY STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

ONE OF MANY STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

BLUE DOOR INSIDE THE CHAPEL

BLUE DOOR INSIDE THE CHAPEL

GRIEVING MOTHERS STATUE (also known as SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION)

GRIEVING MOTHERS STATUE (also known as SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION)

INSIDE THE CHAPEL - ALTER

INSIDE THE CHAPEL – ALTAR

And, not to ignore my own town’s contribution to the challenge

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FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND YOU.

I use to teach.  You may know that.  You may not.  Immaterial.  Whether you’re an educator or not, this is for you, and you, and yes, you too.  Talk about America’s Got Talent.  This child is oozing with it.  Please take a minute to view this.  If this doesn’t have you in stitches before long, you need to check your laugh-o-meter!

HAVE A FUN WEEKEND.  MAKE HISTORY!

THURSDAY LINGERING LOOK AT WINDOWS – WEEK 10

Dawn @ lingeringvisions is the gracious host of the title post.  She doesn’t ask for a story, but, like a song, I felt one coming on.  This window is part of the Barclay Farmstead in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  During my visit I came across several old buildings, a few trails, a park with swings and slides, a wooden bridge, and more. I decided to skulk around and take a few photos.  Then my imagination took over…

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“They say she was carrying that basket when she disappeared.”

With a shiver, I turned.  An elderly man, in a long weathered coat, stood beside me.  Apparently he noticed that his silent approach had startled me.    He appeared apologetic,  his eyes almost tear-filled.

“I’m sorry, ” he whispered.

Without waiting for my acknowledgement, he looked toward the basket in the window and continued, softly.

“There were daffodils in the basket when they found it,” he said turning and pointing in the direction of the woods. “She’d been picking them at the time.  On the trail.  On the other side of the bridge.”

I nodded, not sure if I should say anything.

“It was this time of year, 30 years ago,” he continued in his low voice. “Spring. She had beautiful red curls and a green ribbon in her hair.”  He looked at me, still appearing to be near tears.

“Her mother told the authorities that she had asked to gather flowers before going to a friend’s birthday celebration.”  He lowered his eyes. “The basket sits there.  Has all these years.”

I fixed my gaze on the window and tried to picture a red-headed child in her party attire, green bow clipped to her curls.  When I turned, the man had vanished.  I was drawn to the bridge, and as I started to cautiously cross, something in the distance seemed to move between the trees.  Straining to focus, I just couldn’t be sure.

Being a bit put off, I turned to cross back over the bridge when I spotted something slowly waving in the early spring breeze.  There, tied to a rail, was what appeared to be a tattered green ribbon.

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Cross the bridge over to Dawn’s lingeringvisions by clicking here for a look at more windows.

Thanks, Dawn.  You are a fabulous host.  And thanks to you for visiting, liking, and commenting.

TRAVEL THEME – BRIDGES

Stopping on a bridge, in the distance down river from where I rest, I see a similar bridge.  I wonder, “Could that be the bridge I was meant to cross?”

Then something inside my heart tells me “No.”

New Hope - Lambertville Bridge - Delaware River

New Hope – Lambertville Bridge – Delaware River

Right now, in this moment, I am meant to be here.  I’m sure of that.  I’ll cross that bridge, that one in the distance, I’ll cross it when I come to it.

Bridge the gap between yourself and Ailsa @ Where’s My Backpack to view more entries for this week’s challenge.  Thanks to Ailsa for hosting, and thanks to you for visiting, commenting, liking, or browsing.

(I’m standing on the bridge that connects Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA – two really neat cities that invite you to shop, dine, or  just stroll and grab a cup o’ Joe.)

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – BLACK AND WHITE OR SEPIA TONES

This weekend, Jeff and I took a road trip and ended up in Valley Forge, PA. It had snowed a little the night before (as you may already know) and the countryside was just magnificent. It was a very, VERY cold day. Cold, with a blustery wind that chilled me to the bone each time I hopped out of the car to point and click. I imagine it was a lot like that when Washington’s army hunkered down within the four walls of this cabin, and others like it during the winter of 1777-1778. I don’t think you have to be a history buff to appreciate the courage this must have taken.

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Think what it must have been like for Washington’s men, trying to sleep in these cold, hard bunks. How grateful are you tonight?

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CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – WOOD

You take a tree – maybe one with what looks like a thermometer in it’s belly 🙂

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A tree in Knight Park in Collingswood, NJ. It looks like it can tell the temperature. Well, I’ll tell you the temperature. IT’S 15 DEGREES!!!!

Cut it down – sort of like this

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A tree, a cut down tree, a wooden bench, a park full of trees (no surprise there).

And maybe end up with something like this.

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Wooden American Eagle and wooden American flag.

Cee, @ ceephotography.com, is hosting a challenge pertaining to the Chinese 5 Elements.  This week’s entry is to be all about wood.  I know I posted an eagle for Cee’s Metal Challenge, but there seems to be a theme around our house.  Jeff is an avid history buff and our house is filled with Civil War photos, American Flags – of the wood, metal and fabric variety – and, of course, American Eagles.  All these gorgeous birds seem to have a menacing look in their eyes, but they are magnificent – wooden or otherwise.

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