Sunday, March 27, 2011

as promised ~ Sacred Heart Cathedral

what can I say? this Cathedral took my breath away. the workmanship was divine. I have never seen anything like this in Australia [there must be many, I just have not come across them].. it was like something out of a French tourist book..

going up these steps felt like i was going to Heaven. & in a way, I did.

on the last day in Bendigo I decided to go to Mass. row after row of red cedar pews. [Mass was held in a little side chapel. there were only a handful of people]

there were little chapels everywhere.. each one even more spectacular than the one before. i just cannot begin to tell you how I was feeling while I walked around [with my mouth open I am sure]

statues made of marble. even Joe was excited when he stumbled upon St. Therese - he knows how close to my heart she is.

I loved this

and I could not resist kneeling down.. and the photo.. I wanted this to remember how humbled i felt in such a place.

and that was my time spent in the Cathedral.. among my guides & Saints...
[next, we are off to Halls Gap, then to visit my son!]

yesterday at Villa Maria was a brilliant day. I spent most of the day in my back garden. pulling out spent summer vegetables, digging in compost and mulching. Preparing the beds for autumn planting and will allow some to stay fallow until springtime.. regenerating with a lovely feed and mulch. the soil is still not 100% here and it will take quite alot of work to get the worms back. I stirred the comfrey tea - creating a vortex..[part of bio-dynamic theory]. Accompanied by a multitude of dragonfly & citrus butterfliesI am still waiting for the magpies to come visit my garden. I hear them every morning but still they don't venture into the garden of Villa Maria.


Fire Byrd said...

I'll send you some of my magpies we have far too many and they terrorise the little birds!
Do you know you're writing reminds me of books I read as a child when the descriptions of what was going on made me feel safe and warm. I always love reading about you're gardening it makes me sigh with contentment.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a stunning cathedral! We have lots of magpies here and definitely do NOT want them setting up house in our yard. They have huge screechy fights with each other at the break of dawn every day.

Janet said...

What a spectacular cathedral. And I enjoyed your mining adventure in the previous post. (I'm catching up)

You would have your work cut out for you trying to bring our soil back to any kind of growing. We have such rock-hard soil that you can barely get below an inch or two when you dig. I just gave up trying to grow I don't have your knowledge of gardening.

Beatnheart said...

I love beautiful old churches....looks glorious

amelia said...

You really need to go to England to see some of their cathedrals.

I'm with you with the birds and I love magpies and would love to have them in my garden. We have two pair of crows who have started to visit and it's so neat to see how they feed each other and they all take care of each other. Very intelligent birds.

Anonymous said...

How beautiful Robyn. I love reading about your adventures. You visit the most interesting places. I just returned from a little sojurn of my own ~ not half as exciting.
That St. Therese statue looks so beautiful. I think you were meant to find her there.
Sending hugs))
It is just starting to really warm up here ~ pretty soon we will be sweltering in the heat.
The magpies will surely come...they are just waiting for the right moment!

"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)