Thursday, 22 June 2017

St Moluags Church

We have had another tour around our local area, enjoying the views and getting to know where everything is.  Our neighbour helped us with the rubbish from the outbuildings, it is amazing how much bigger the buildings are now.

 
Several trips were made to the recycle centre, with a lot of the things finding new homes which was good.  We are still a long way off making a start on the renovations out there, concentrating on the main house first.  It is a joy to see the building like this...
 
 
...and dream...
 
Our recent tour took us around Europie, which is about one mile away from the Butt of Lewis.  There in the middle of a croft is St Moluag's Church.
 


 
Church services are only held in the warmer months as there is no water or electricity in the building.  There is a fence both side of the walkway to keep it clear from sheep wandering over it.
 

 
It is believed to be a 13th Century temple.  There is certainly a lot of speculation about the origins, one tradition believes that St Ronan founded the church before going on to the Isle of Rona.  It is certainly a beautiful place to visit and one of great peace and calm.
 
 
 
The lighting is by oil and candle.
 


 
Can you imagine a Carol Service, what a beautiful place to come together and celebrate. 
 
Not much crafting is been done here at the moment we have both been busy outside, painting.  If it doesn't move it gets painted.  We are hoping our little cottage will be looking its best by the end of the Summer with its newly painted exterior.  The plan then is to finish off the interior once the weather changes, one little step at a time.
 
My only craft achievement in the past couple of days is some tags in readiness for Birthday gifts, made using some oddments/scraps of Harris Tweed.  Rather fitting I thought.
 


 
I will close with last nights supper, broccoli soup with cheese and scones.  A wonderful warm up and reward for the painting outside.  The thermometer was reading 21 yesterday but with the wind it didn't feel particularly warm.


Finally, just because...



See you soon.

34 comments:

  1. I just love that 7th photo down. That brooding sky makes for a very dramatic picture.
    I can just imagine a midnight carol service in that little church. That would be wonderful.

    The tags with the Harris tweed and teddies are gorgeous.

    Can't offer to send you any better weather today.
    I am just thankful that it is cooler-x-

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  2. I love to see the sheep grazing on the pasture. Have a happy day!

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  3. What a wonderful little church, I bet it looks lovely lit with oil lamps and candles. No wonder it doesn't open in the winter months though, it must be unbearably cold:)

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  4. What a lovely little church. A carol service there would be wonderful. I wonder if it ever holds weddings. X

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  5. what a cute little church, I love that it is in the middle of fields. Your little tags are adorable :)

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  6. What a lovely church . I hope you are well , just caught up with all your news. You have been incredibly busy .

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  7. What a quaint little church! And I really enjoyed this entire tour, and I love how you ended this post with a lovely meal and some beautiful sheep grazing!

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  8. Just because you live in a gorgeous area! Complete with lovely sheep. The church is just beautiful. Out in the middle of the croft it makes a stunning statement. The sweet little gift tags will surely make the recipient happy. Your evening meal looks so delicious. Have a great evening. ♥

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  9. Beautiful old, church. Cute little gift tags, much more personal than bought ones xx

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  10. I love that church! I can imagine how the history of the stone building soaks into you when you visit.. I imagine you can close your eyes in there and old images of times past might come to mind. Can't wait to see your newly painted house! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. I love the old church. It's nice to think of all the people who have worshipped there through the ages. You have so many wonderful places ahead of you to discover.

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  12. What an absolutely stunning church. I would love to stand inside and sing hymns. I imagine the acoustics are amazing. You sound so busy and your simple supper looks perfect. A picture of sheep can never go wrong! We knitters and crocheters love sheep!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  13. You must be thrilled to have so much history surrounding you. I'm sure you never tire of it.
    xx Beca

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  14. The church is stunning. I could not attend because the pews would kill me. LOL! Perhaps if I could stand...

    You are getting it done for sure...you must have ticked off so many things from your list. Supper looks delicious and those tags are very apropos and darling.

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  15. Oh so wonderful you are finding your footing in your new home town. Your tags are sweet and cute too. Must put that on my list for Christmas gifts. The ones with teddies all ready for the little ones no doubt. I read a blog recently where they used that type of tag and added pictures of when the "receiver" of the gift was younger, or a past Christmas for the seasonal gifts.

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  16. I like the tags you made and the lovely old church! I can just see it in my mind, all candle-kit for Christmas.
    Your Broccoli soup looks yummy! I made some just last week.

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  17. Scones, fantastic! How beautiful the countryside looks studded with these historical wonders. There's too much to do outside at the moment for crafting.

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  18. looks a little damp in that church...love the tags you created!! I believe you live a gorgeous beautiful corner of the world :)

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  19. The Isle of Lewis was featured on the television programme Coast this week, mostly about the fishing and the sheep. I've seen a similar documentary about the sheep and shepherding life, but I'm taking even more notice now that you're there! I've enjoyed the information about the church. I wonder if you'll go to the carol service? It must be very atmospheric to worship there when it's open. You've been busy as usual outside and also indoors crafting and cooking! Wishing you a good and restful weekend whatever you're doing.

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  20. The church looked a bit forlorn with no services or people around it. Do you plan on attending any future services? Broccoli soup and scones...a wonderful treat for a days's work.

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  21. Wow! Such beautiful countryside! And, that church is amazing! How special to be able to visit something that old.

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  22. Love that beautiful church. Had to look up St. Moluag, as I had never heard of him. What a wonderful place you've landed. I think I said that before. But sheep and scones and all . . . wonderful! xo Deborah

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  23. Isn't it amazing to enjoy our modern adventures and then pause to recognize history around us in places like this church, built with much effort and care long ago? Thanks so much for sharing with us, Lorraine. Your gift tags are a clever use of the tweed! I am cheering you on for the truck load of recycling you gathered and the painting you are getting done and managing to prepare and tuck into a lovely meal as well. Happy Weekend! xx

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  24. I can sense you're itching to get started on work on the outbuildings, I can't wait to see what you do with them. What a wonderful church, I can imagine it being very atmospheric around Christmas time, it must hold some beautiful services. I love those teddy tags, so cute.

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  25. Wonderful church/chapel! Love the simplicity of the place.

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  26. How wonderful!

    It having begun, as a 13th century temple, makes sense. So many Christian holy places, were built on very old Pagan ones. I love that fact.

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

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  27. Beautiful chapel. Reminds me of this one in Va.-- http://beth-wildwoodhome.blogspot.com/2014/02/shrine-mont.html
    The picture right before you take us inside the church with the dark sky and lovely green field is so peaceful feeling. Beautiful stone walls.

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  28. Soup and scones sound wonderful!! And it looks good, too. :)
    What a beautiful chapel!

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  29. The church is so amazing, just think of all the people it has seen. Love the sheep photo.

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  30. As always, your photos are amazing! What a beautiful place to live! I love all the touches you are giving your home... the dresser (from your previous post) with the newly covered drawers is just lovely.

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  31. What a cute romantic little church ! The time really stood still there ! It's amazing that you still find time to do your craftwork, with all the renovations you make ! The view on the sheep are so peaceful ! 35 years ago behind our house was a field with cows ! Now houses are there since 8 years !

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  32. The church must be a very spiritual place; the solitude with nothing to distract would be a wonderful place to connect with our Maker.

    Love your little bears. You're a good bow-tier. We'd call them Teddy bears named after President Theodore Roosevelt. Do you call them Poohs or Paddington bears or just plain bears?

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  33. That church must hold a very special place in the community. If only those walls could talk!

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