Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TIME TO CATCH UP........

I have to admit and, I’m sure there are many who will agree...... I have not been a good blogger this year.... I have neither posted nor commented regularly and I really do apologise for this.... I apologise too to those who have stopped by recently only to find that I have not updated my blog for a month or more....... I could come up with the excuse that ‘I’ve been busy’..... but aren’t we all? I could tell you that I haven’t been well this month........ this is quite true but again, it seems another feeble excuse. In hindsight, I think I should have simply announced that I was taking a ‘blogging break’ and that would have eased the guilty conscious I am now wrestling with.......

This year has indeed been an eventful one for us...... In May, John and I had the most incredible adventure when we travelled to America to visit my dearest blogging friend Betty & husband Edward. In July we had another wonderful holiday visiting our son Christopher in Switzerland...... and beside all this gadding about..... throughout the year we have been very involved with a holiday home and its grounds that we look after in our village....... so its been two homes, two gardens and a veggie plot that have commanded our attention each week..... I don’t know, maybe its my age catching up with me.

So here I am attempting to catch up and hope that all my blogging friends have not completely given up on me.

I have plenty of material for future posts, but I must finish off recalling the wonderful events of our time in America with Betty & Edward.........

So far I have written of our days up until Sunday 25 May and this is where I now take up the story again........

Betty’s husband Edward is the Minister of Frank Primitive Baptist Church and it was on this day we had the great pleasure of attending Sunday service there.......

The day started with Betty busy in her kitchen preparing dishes to take along for the Church luncheon we were to enjoy after the service. Whilst Betty was cooking, I enjoyed time sitting at the kitchen table, reading and copying a selection of many wonderful Southern recipes from her vast collection of cookery books.

We arrived at Frank Church in good time for the 9.30 am Bible Study..... this was immediately followed by morning service. What a warm welcome we received.... John and I feeling happy and relaxed felt it a great privileged to meet so many lovely people and share with them this wonderful time of worship.



Betty & Edward on the steps of Frank Church.......
A lovely picture of Edward in his pulpit.... it was a great service...... wonderful hymns accompanied by the choir, scripture reading, prayers and thought provoking sermon.......

After the service we enjoyed taking a closer look at the Church

We then adjourned to another room..... in utter amazement we saw the terrific selection of dishes that lay before us....... the lady members had indeed been very busy!....... From this point John and I were so overwhelmed with the hospitality that I completely forgot to take any pictures..... so it is courtesy of ones that Betty took and I have borrowed to include here.

There was such a choice...... Southern hospitality at its best! I thought I'd included a picture that Betty took of the puddings, somehow I failed to upload it..... believe me, it was equally as spectacular........

Felling well and truly plumb tuckered out after all that lovely food we returned home and rested up awhile in the shade of the veranda.......

Betty & Edward's beautiful home..... How patriotic and welcoming of them to fly our British flag........

The afternoon was a hot one, but nevertheless, John and I felt we should set off for a walk to reduce a few of the calories we'd consumed at lunch...... Betty & Edward's daughter Amy and husband Chad together with their wonderful family live next door...... here is a glimpse of their lovely home......... Chad spotted us walking by and called out for us to go over and join him, we stood talking under the pecan tree out for a while then retreated to the greater shade and comfort of chairs on their porch........

I never ceased to marvel at the roads in America....... straight and unbending..... the next two pictures are taken from left and right directly outside of Betty's home. So unlike the winding, bending roads here in Wales....... I know Betty and Edward will really see great differences in the environment when they come over to visit us.



Well..... I'll be moving on to my next post shortly...... Monday 26 May, not only Memorial Day, but Red Hatter's Day too...... check in again soon!

10 comments:

Barbara said...

Hi! Marion
Glad to see you back. Hope you were not seriously unwell and hope you have recovered.
Good to see some more of your USA trip. I am still believing for Betty to take that flight over.

My birthday was the 4th. I am posting in the present like yu are there with me b ut in real time we were away from 3rd to 6th. Don't usually celebrate birthdays but being 70 it was a big one.
Blessings. Barbara

Chris said...

Whenever something with the words "Primitive Baptist" is mentioned on the internet, Google sends me the link.

And the interesting thing is that your blog popped in my inbox a few minutes ago because you mentioned Frank Primitive Baptist Church. It wasn't long until I realized that Betty and Edward's son-in-law was very familiar to me. My sister Laura James used to attend the church he pastors in Irwinville, and I've heard Elder Chad preach before. They (Laura, her husband Deron, and their children) were in Irwinville just this weekend visiting the people like Amy and Chad.

Anyway, I enjoyed reading about your visit, and I hope you will get to see Betty and Edward again someday.

And I'm sorry. Never introduced myself. My name is Chris Edwards, and I attend a primitive baptist church in northern Georgia. I'll be sure to read up on your blog in the future.

As for the area you live in, it's amazing. If those are the Cambrian mountains at the top of the blog, it must be a wonderful place to live.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Marion and welcome back, I have missed you a lot. All your beautiful photos and you wonderful words. Nice to here that you like your trip to US, great post from America. Now it's November and I'm glad you had the time to blog. Soon it is Advent and then we are all buszzzy. LOL Tyra

Betty said...

Dear Friend Marion,
Aren't pictures and memories some of the wonderful blessings we enjoy....to relive pleasant experiences and friendships?

Thank you for all the sweet comments...we feel exactly the same...we do want to experience your country, family, food, friends, flowers... the whole nine yards...

Love and Blessings....Betty

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Good Morning from that hospitable Georgia!! I have been so busy lately and have not been visiting like I should be. i am glad to hear from you Marion.
I have had some health issues so have been busy just trying to keep out of pain. Fun!!
Glad all is well with you...the weather here has finally got cold...

Mountain Mama said...

No need to apologize dear friend. We all need to be living our life after all, and blogging must take it's turn.

You certainly had a memorable time this summer. First at Betty's which is an experience most bloggers never have and then to Switzerland to visit your son. My goodness you are a 'globe hopping' lady!
I used to do some travel to visit my children but they all live in my town now except the youngest who is about an hour and a half drive away.
I enjoyed the travel and seeing new sights but I must say I was always mighty glad to get back home.
Take care and blog when you can. I enjoy visiting you.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

So nice to see you posting Marion! But there is no need to apologize nor wrestle with your feelings. Sometimes life just takes over and some things just have to be put aside for a while. Hoping that your health issue is not one of a serious nature.
Barbara
Southern Lady's Vintage

Willow said...

So glad you are back in blogland again. I am enjoying seeing the other side of my country through your eyes.

Kerri said...

Hello dear Marion,
I do hope you're feeling well again by now. It's lovely to read all about your delightful vacation with Betty and Edward, but please don't feel you must apologize for not blogging more often.
As Bev says, blogging must take it's turn, and we must live our lives.
You certainly do sound busy. Taking care of one place takes plenty of work, but two must really keep you on your toes!
I haven't been blogging much either lately. It does take a lot of time, and I love it, but there are other things that take our time.
Sending a hug dear friend.
xox

Tea and Margaritas in My Garden said...

Dear Marion,
May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and the best New Year!!

tea
xo