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Shadows of Time

I can never resist the sweet, cute, loveable squirrel. Especially this time of year when the little ones are out scampering about, testing the world's bounty and finding what their life is all about!! Of course, this past month going to many of the parks, Bud and I have seen quite a few of those furry ones. A few weeks past, I posted the two little ones as they played about their territory. When we returned, Bud said he had thought he'd seen a hole in the tree that they were at the time before, so this time when we stopped by there in the vicinity to search for some lingering migrant birds, he had to check it out and called me over...


...of course, there was adult supervision!



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As y'all know this past month we've been gone nearly every day, traveling the near-by towns and parks to find the migrating birds before they leave our state, pointing themselves farther north into the mid sections and perhaps way up north to our neighboring country, Canada, for the summer months. For years, and I do mean years, nearly a decade...we've traveled this state highway a lot, and never have stopped to read a particular historical marker. And thing is, Bud being a history buff that he is, has never once said "Let's pull off and see what this one is about.". I happened to be driving this time, and it was still before midday on our return to the city -- I pulled off the highway and turned into the parking lot where the Texas Historical Marker was. There were two other men, chatting by their trucks as we got out of our car...I with my camera strung over my shoulders. The men both said "Howdy". And Bud and I walked to the state marker, along with other historical, local, historical markers and read about this church. In order for any subjected property to be deemed worthy of preservation, it must be first added to the National Register of Historic Places. This church, Old Saint Anthony's Catholic Church of Violet, Texas has such distinction!! Now the ironic part of this whole post is that the two gentlemen that were chatting as we read about the church, one chimed in and said "Do you folks want to see the inside of the church?" "David is the curator.". Well, David was one of the two men there at the same time we were. Talk about being at the right place at the right time!! I jumped to the chance of seeing an historic church that so few have had the opportunity, now that it's no longer being used as a religious facility [there is a newer one close by]. David escorted us indoors through locked cast iron security bars...and the daylight was shining through the altar's stain-glass. It was awe inspiring to say the least. He walked us through the interior, talking of the church's history --the priests came by horseback, or horse and buggy from Corpus Christi long ago to preach the sermons. While there, the priests had a room in the back of the church to stay overnight before returning to the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This facility, quite unique in the area, was a GERMAN CATHOLIC church. And the kindness of this gentleman by my side; he allowed me to photograph some of the interior...I was then allowed to go up to the choir box, the priest's room, the confessional, and also allowed to take photos of the altar. Along with one special vestment that was all hand sewn and shipped here from the native country...Germany. To keep this from becoming a novel about the special [to me] outing, I will share more photos...



...and the historic cemetery adjacent to the church property:



This week, I'm also linking to:
InSPIREd Sunday



I most appreciated Mr. K for taking time from his day to allow the two of us to go through the piece of history and learn about some of the trials and tribulations of the German Settlers in the Coastal Bend area of Texas. It was a most interesting hour or two or our day in April!! Thank you!

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  1. What a treasure!!! I've driven by this church many times and had no idea the inside was so lovely and well taken care of. I've always admired it and have wanted to look through all the dates on the headstones in the cemetery, too (I know, I am weird). I'm so glad you were in the right place at the right time, and thus allowed all of us a look into it, too.

    And there's not much cuter than a baby squirrel~

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    1. I know...I wouldn't have thought so much value to this place existed. Glad we stopped, and I was more glad to be able to share the photos since the church is all locked and secured.

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  2. Oh wow! What a thrill to be able to go inside and see this place. You certainly had good timing.
    PS - the squirrels are adorable!

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  3. Squirrels are too freakin cute! Love the church, what an unassuming structure on the outside and oh how I enjoy going thru the old cemeteries (shhh don't tell).

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    1. You, Shelly, and ME...we all love going through old cemeteries.

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  4. What a wonderful blessing that was to be able to not only get a personal tour, but to take photos! It is really well-preserved! Wow, I am impressed.

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    1. the photos really don't do too much justice...a personal tour was tops that day.

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  5. First Anni I must say I like your new header.
    I love stopping at highway markers to see why they are there and learn more about things in our area.
    That is a very beautiful church and how lucky you were to be there at the right time.
    Hugs

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    1. ...thanks Sharon. Yes, it was surprisingly well-kept and quite 'old world' in a way.

      :::wishing you had a blog:::

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    2. Yes I miss having a blog also.

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    3. ...Ya, 'cause the email I use for Google+ I rarely...like maybe 3 times a year....log into it.

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  6. Very good post. Thanks for the kind comment on my blog, glad you liked the poem. Yes, I wrote it.

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  7. Beautiful old church and cemetery, Anni. Have you been to the Painted Churches between Houston and San Antonio? They are amazing --but it's been years since we have been there... At one time, I got some great photos... Need to find them.

    I've been enjoying some new birds to my yard too lately. The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks visited as they migrated through. AND--I had a new bird, an Indigo Bunting... Also had a Crossbill and some Purple Finches... SO much fun!!! Bet you enjoyed seeing all of the migrating birds.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Oh yes we both did this year!!! Our bird count is up to 167! All different species. What a year for migration.

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  8. Hi Anni and thanks for stopping by. Mom and I are so glad your and Bud have been able to get out and about enjoying your area before the 3 H's arrive in Texas.
    As always your pictures are worth 1,000 words....
    Hugs Madi and Mom

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    1. 3H's?!!! Heat, Humidity, and Hurricanes? Am I even close to being right on this assumption?

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  9. First off, I LOVE your new header and background here...and I love your pictures of the squirrels. What a wonderful opportunity to go inside and see the church first hand....and what a wonderful person to actually give you a tour and tell you all about it and allow you to take pictures. You were at the right place at the right time for sure! This will be an outing you will never forget! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful church, along with your wonderful story with us!!!

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    1. ...oh it was a tremendous gesture of kindness!!! Truly. And thanks for the compliment.

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  10. What an awesome unexpected happening. And you got a very good range of pictures, too!! The church is different and really interesting, and your stories about it even more so! Love the Priest's robe in plastic, the little Last Supper, and the front of the church.

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    1. ...I too was amazed by the Last Supper sculpture. I've not seen anything like it on an altar before.

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  11. I'm with you - I think squirrels are so cute, but............. sandie

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    1. ...but?!!!! Inquiring minds wanna know.

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  12. Great blog, nice atmosphere, interesting here with you. :) Regards! In my note of
    extraordinary event involving historic steam locomotives. You are cordially invited! :)
    I hope you enjoy it. Kisses.

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    1. ...thanks for the invite...I'm on my way now.

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  13. Cute shots of your squirrels. Nice tour of the church, so glad you were able to go inside. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thanks, and have a happy weekend yourself, Eileen.

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  14. I do love that squirrel! We dont have them here - I'll post some of our critters soon!

    Cheers

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. ...looking forward to your photos Stewart.

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  15. the squirrels are adorable. you need to link the church in to inspired sunday this afternoon at www.sallysaw.blogspot.com

    :)

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    1. ...thanks, I'll add my link later then.

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  16. I have a hubby who takes me on day trips. So wonderful!
    I am happy the birds are coming back up north. I've missed them!
    Thanks for sharing them, and taking good care of them!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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    1. ...I know what you mean. I'm gonna be missing them this summer while you have all their glory.

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  17. What amazed us when we did our 'tour' of Texas was how German influenced, it was. So love the church & pictures ... being a Catholic makes it even more enjoyable to learn of other historical markers than in our area.

    Love the busy little fella ... the squirrels & bunnies are every where here ...

    Have a beautiful weekend.
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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    1. ...here too. They're everywhere we go.

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  18. What a beautiful historic site!
    The baby squirrels are so much fun to watch.

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    1. I love those cute boogers!!!

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  19. That is so cool!!! We love history as well. Such a neat thing to get inside!!! Very beautiful. I love walking through the old graveyards as well. We make up tragic stories from the head stones.

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    1. ...now that sounds like a challenge. I bet some of the made-up stories are great.

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  20. Oh, what a sweet little baby!

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    1. ...aren't they just adorable?!!

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  21. So good to catch up on your recent posts! This is a very fascinating one - seeing as I'm of German background. Loved seeing all your fabulous photos. So glad someone gave you a personal tour!!

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    1. Karin!! It's nice to see you visit with me again.

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  22. The squirrels are so adorable!

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  23. I love old churches and always take the opportunity to look inside when I can. Thank you for sharing this wonderful old sanctuary with us.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed this Marsha.

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  24. What a powerful, intriguing post! Adore the little squirrels of course, but the opportunity to see the interior of such an unusual old church must have given you quite a buzz! The altar especially is a magical mix of artwork and design! Fascinating photos!

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    1. ...happy to know you enjoyed this mixture of history and shadows today Gemma

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  25. thank you for linking up to InSPIRED Sunday ... what a beauty. so fun!! have a great weekend. ( :

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  26. What a lovely post on this old church, and the squirrels are cute too!

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  27. Such sweet photos of the squirrels!

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    1. glad you enjoyed the photos Dawn.

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  28. Wonderful post. Very interesting.

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  29. Love the details throughout this church.

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  30. Looks like you were in the right place at the right time. That church and your photos are amazing.

    Now that I am done with the A-Z and back from vacation, I'll be by more frequently.

    BTW...I bought my wife the same camera you have and she loves it!! Also, I posted a B&W picture on my site I think you might appreciate. My wife took it while diving in Roatan when we were on vacation. Her Sealife underwater camera got quite a workout!

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    1. Loved her b&w photo. And happy to know she likes her camera.

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  31. What a wonderful opportunity you were offered! Lovely, lovely photos.

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  32. I am in awe of the beauty and character of this church. How fortunate that you were able to go inside and share this terrific place.

    Thanks for posting it in InSPIREd Sunday.

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  33. The 'priest' in plastic is a bit disconcerting, don't you think? But the vestments are incredible-just look at that lace which had to have been hand made. I would've been as delighted as you were to have that rare opportunity. Bingo! You hit the jackpot!

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    1. ...no, it didn't bother me one bit 'cause I know it's just there to protect from this area's weather, humidity, dust, etc.

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  34. I think squirrels are very cute too and had to come by to see your pictures of them. Our dog loves squirrels too. A squirrel always gets her attention!

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  35. Lucky you, Anni--to be at the right place, right time and with your camera slung around your neck! Appreciate the way you've focused on details as they really tell the story of the church. Glad these buildings are being preserved so all of us can appreciate our history.

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