Sunday, 9 September 2018

Sunday Pursuits

Gerard is certainly on the mend, whilst not quite ready to resume jobs on the cottage he is feeling much better in himself.  We have had plenty of visitors to amuse us and keep the blues away.



As well as friends and neighbours popping in for a few moments to check in on us bringing some lovely baked goods with them.  I feel blessed that we have moved to such a caring community.  The chickens are on order and need to be collected on the 9th October, exciting times.  

Church is not on the agenda for today, we are going to stay home until Gerard is stronger.  I am not on the rota for Sunday school this week, so we intend to have another day sat in front of the stove.  It would be nice to spend some time working on my new bible, which was gift for my birthday way back in April.  It is a beautiful bible that is does indeed inspire, with columns with each passage for either notes or designs of your own.  There is some wonderful illustrations for colouring in, which I do enjoy.







 I am using normal pencil crayons but it would be nice to find something brighter.  I did try duel ended pens but unfortunately they bled through the delicate paper.  Any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated.



 I have a Harris Tweed note book that I have made a start on some designs for the columns, I really have enjoyed the process.






 So sorry about the shadows in the photos, it really is quite a peculiar light around here this morning.  Although thankfully the dark clouds are moving over very quickly so I am hopeful the rain will pass over soon.

The Isle of Lewis has a traditional culture of Sabbath observance in that nothing opens on a Sunday, all shops and business's  are closed.  There has been the odd protest now and again but in general mostly respected.  We too have embraced the observance and don't hang out washing or do the lawns on a Sunday, it really does make for a peaceful day.  Have you any plans?

A warm welcome to new followers, hope you enjoy my little adventures through life.

See you soon.


34 comments:

  1. I too am giving church a miss this morning as I was ill (nothing serious, just inconvenient) and I was planning to be in a pew so I am rejoicing in God's love here alone at home. To quote Thomas More, "Pray for me as I will for thee, that we may merrily meet in heaven"

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  2. Sounds like a good way to spend a Sunday - reminds us to slow down a bit in a world that can often be on hyper-drive.

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  3. It is good to hear that your husband is on the mend and that neighbours have been so good about checking in.
    Even in a big city like Toronto it was not so long ago that only a few corners stores were allowed to open on a Sunday but that is all gone now and so it is up to us to make a more peaceful day. I will be off to church shortly and as I look after Fellowship hour afterwards I go in early to get things set up. The full choir will be back and it is Communion Sunday and the first after Labour Day so it should be a full house. We are a Presbyterian Church founded by Scottish settlers but now serve a very diverse downtown community. I love that bible - what a beautiful gift. My wallet is Harris Tweed, brought back to me by friends after a visit to the islands a couple of years ago - but mine is not as colourful as yours.
    I hope you both have a lovely, relaxing day.

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  4. Glad that Gerald continues to improve. You're doing beautiful work. I like the idea of everything closed on Sunday.

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  5. I am just getting caught up on reading, so sorry Gerald was ill. I hope you are both doing better, him recuperating and you taking care of everything. Your time with your family looked like it was precious. Rest and take care of yourself.

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  6. Island communities are very caring,they help,provide love and support without being asked,and Rally especially in times of need.

    Thinking of you both x


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  7. That sounds like just about the perfect Sunday MM.
    Good to hear that Gerard is feeling better and I hope he continues to improve.
    Have you ever tried the Derwent Inktense crayons? They can be used dry but also can be used with a damp brush.
    Hugs-x-

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  8. Good to here Gerard is slowly recovering. I remember the good old days of everything being closed on a Sunday and it being a family day at home. Alas, not so anymore. Happy you can still enjoy the tradition there.

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  9. Very happy to know that Gerald is getting stronger.. its a beautiful way to spend Sunday..

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  10. I’m so glad that Gerard is doing a bit better. I remember as a child everything being closed on Sunday. Dennis and I were just talking yesterday with some friends, about how much more peaceful life was when we had one day of true rest and relaxation. Now the world is go, go, go. All of the time.
    Lorraine, I love that Bible. I’ll have to look at our local bookstore and see if they have anything similar. I have no suggestions on the coloring pens though, as I have never done that. A Bible seems to me a good place to to start. Prayers and love for continued healing for Gerard and prayers of Thanksgiving that you have such good neighbors close to you. It seems you have moved to a wonderful community of loving souls. Blessings, Betsy

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  11. Having a Bible that you can not only jot your own notes in but even colour in some special pages makes for a new kind of Bible. I haven't seen any around here so far but I don't often look at Bibles having several translations already.
    Around here it is also a very quiet Sunday. We have finally had a good rain and it is cloudy today. That always makes for a more somber sort of day. DH is away so the house seems very empty
    ( although I know that my son and his family are on the other side of the house. They also seem very quiet today.)

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  12. Wishing you a nice restful Sunday. What a treasure your Bible will be when finished. When we were growing up, and even after we married, there were blue laws which restricted certain activities on Sundays. All the shops and stores were closed. My mom used to say that it was okay to do certain things "if the ox was in the ditch."

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  13. I'm so glad that Gerard is getting stronger. I love your photo of the sheep being herded down the lane. They are always so lovely to see. I like that your island closes its shops on Sundays. Growing up that was the case here. Nowadays Sunday is hardly any different for most folks. Your Bible is beautiful and quite a treasure. ♥

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  14. glad Gerard is getting better! Lovely bible coloring and I hope you find the best pencils/markers that you love.

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  15. We had a blessed day at church as we greet this monnth...good sermon and ate out for lunch. I remember when many places weren't open on Sunday...did that in England some places when we were there in the late 70s...or you couldn't eat certain things together...mmmm! I try not to do a lot on Sundays, but sometimes I do cuz work weeks are so busy! Your !ible is so pretty~often thought about getting one of those but rarely have time to color. But I write notes in tiny margin I have though! Love the birds sitting on top of the bldg in first photo. Thankful Gerard is on the mend and I pray he continues to do so. Lovely friends you have to help you out! Have a blessed week!

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  16. Your Sunday sounds very nice. I loved the photo of the flock of sheep in the road. I'm glad to hear that Gerard is doing so much better. Have you tried using watercolor paint in your Bible? They even make watercolor pencils where you color in and then use a brush with a bit of water to spread the color. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. So glad Gerard is getting better! My childhood Sunday’s were as you describe yours are now. I have the Inspire Bible, too! On the inside cover I used some water color and have water color pencils as Teresa described. Prisma colored pencils and woodless colored pencils are my favorite so far. You can go online and see videos of various pencils/paints demonstrated which helped me make up my mind what to get. Thanks so much for posting, Lorraine... I always enjoy seeing the sheep, too!
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  18. I was raised in California where Sunday was like any other day. Here in NE Texas, the liquor stores are closed on Sunday and life is somewhat slower too. I appreciate the difference. Quieter is better.

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  19. That is beautiful work. And looks so relaxing. Glad to hear that Gerard is doing better.
    Amalia
    xo

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  21. Good to know that your husband is on the road to recovery and gaining strength. Your colouring job is lovely. I like the 2nd picture of the sheep showing their fat behinds. Lol!

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  22. Sounds like a lovely day. All cosy and crafty.

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  24. I'm glad to hear that Gerard is feeling better. I remember Sundays as a child when nothing was open, how things have changed over the years.

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  25. Your husband has been having a rough time. Please wish him well.

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  26. I love hearing that your community observes the Sabbath that way. That is how it was in the United States back when I was a child, but not any more. When stores were closes people shopped for things before hand and Sunday was a family day without any members having to be at work. Of course that didn't apply to hospitals and police, but no shops were open and we were fine . . . better than fine. Bravo! For your community.
    I love your photos :)
    Have a sweet week and here's to a speed recovery for your Gerard.
    Connie :)

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  27. Glad to hear Gerard is doing better!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  28. Glad your husband is resting up. I would stick with the pencil crayons, the first page is beautiful. Jo x

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  29. Glad to read the good news about Gerard and also how wonderful about the wonderful neighbors bringing treats. Once upon a time, most US businesses were closed on Sundays. Sadly that isn't the case anymore as people seem to be always rushing about when they should be relaxing.

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  30. I'm pleased to hear Gerard is feeling better. I remember and prefer the old days when shops were closed on Sundays. I very rarely shop on a Sunday. I think coloured pencils are the way to go. Your first page 'In The Beginning' is beautiful :-)

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  31. Hello, my friend.
    So glad to hear your Gerard is on the mend.
    Will continue to pray. : )

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  32. So glad to know that Gerard is feeling better and that he is resting and recuperating. I like keeping Sundays special even if we can't always get to church because we are not feeling so mobile. We went to our local church in the evening this last Sunday just up the road from where we live. There's a time of worship then each week. It's quiet and peaceful. By the time we came out it was dark which makes you realise that the nights are drawing in. I hope you are both enjoying a relaxing week.

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  33. I'm glad Gerard is feeling better and hope he will continue to improve. I always enjoy seeing photos of your woolly visitors. Although it seems that everything is open on Sundays here, I try not to go shopping on Sunday. Mornings are for church and in the afternoons we like to go for a long walk, read, or visit with friends. I think a change of pace during the week is a good thing. Your Bible is very inspiring to me; I'd like to look for one here. It would be a meditative thing to colour it, I think.

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