Sunday, July 23, 2017


The following photos were taken below ground level, where there are five small chapels known as The Crypt.

This is The Resurrection Chapel, and contains mosaic scenes which depict the appearances of Jesus following his resurrection.

The mosaics in the back were designed by one of the most prolific and long-lived cathedral artists, Rowan LeCompte and his wife Irene.  

So the story goes, Mr. LeCompte became enamored by the stained glass on a visit to the cathedral when he was 13 years of age, and he took up the craft.

He has designed more than 40 stained-glass windows for the cathedral, including the great West Rose Window and all of the clerestory (top-level windows in the nave).

If interested I found a YouTube video on the making of the mosaics.  If you can't see it below, the link is here.  The video wasn't very clear at times but the narration was informative.

The cathedral would appeal to those who are not Christian, and people of all faiths can be seen here. It truly is a magnificent structure, and its architecture, history and artwork is amazing.

This is the final resting place of Alfred Harding, the second bishop of Washington National Cathedral, his wife Justine and their infant son.

I am not sure where I found the painting below, except that it was in the crypt.  A hallway between chapels perhaps.

The only other we entered was The Bethlehem Chapel.  We intend to go back to see the others.

There was a lady here.  She was sitting in a pew to the side, quietly reading a book.  After the hot, muggy weather outside, the coolness underground was very much a comfort.  One could sit in quiet contemplation for a long time without being disturbed.  

Bethlehem Chapel was the first part of the cathedral built on top of the foundation stone, at what is now the crypt level.   Beneath its altar is that foundation stone, which contains a piece of rock from a field near Bethlehem.  It was set on September 29th, 1907, in a ceremony attended by President Theodore Roosevelt.

A worship service has been held here every day since it was finished in 1912.  Bethlehem Chapel was dedicated to the first bishop, Bishop Satterlee, whose remains are laid to rest behind the altar in an alabaster sarcophagus, along with those of his wife Jane.  Bishop Satterlee was a major player in getting the cathedral constructed.  

The chapel also contains the tomb of Admiral George Dewey, hero of the Spanish-American War and later a member of the Cathedral Chapter.

More photos of our time at the cathedral in later posts.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


I sound half alseep while narrating this video but we had just walked all over, and up a very steep hill in the gardens, plus the fact that it was extremely hot and muggy.  Excuses over!

I had to smile when I played this back and was talking about the Canada Geese, and knowing what a mess they make but I still love them.  Shortly after I said that, one of them dropped a package, to prove a point.  I only saw this when I played the video back on the larger screen of my laptop.  One eye-roll later I decided to share the video anyhow and yes, I still love them.

Our walks here are very enjoyable, and with plenty of benches in nice, quiet, shady spots, it is lovely to sit for a spell and enjoy the surroundings.

Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Every time we go for our walk at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, I never fail to stop by the fairy garden.  

Even fairies and gnomes like to spend time at the beach.

"Spread your wings...

and let the fairy in you fly."

"If I am honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and I like them best of all."
~Audrey Hepburn~

"The fairy poet takes a sheet
Of moonbeam, silver white;
His ink is dew from daisies sweet,
His pen a point of light."
~Joyce Kilmer~

"The wall is silence, the grass is sleep,
Tall trees of peace their vigil keep,
And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled
Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world."
~Ida Rentoul Outhwaite~

"And as the seasons come and go, here's something you might like to know.  There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day.  So listen, touch and look around - in the air and on the ground.  And if you watch all nature's things, you might just see a fairy's wing.
~Author Unknown~

Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing and bless this place."
~William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream~

"Why should we strive, with cynic frown, to knock their fairy castles down?"
~Eliza Cook~

"Soft moss a downy pillow makes, 
And green leaves spread a tent,
Where Faerie fold may rest 
And sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, 
The firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, 
Sleep, Faeries all, Good Night."
~Elizabeth T. Dillingham - A Faery Song~


"I only went for a walk and finally concluded to stay til sundown, for going out...was really going in."
~John Muir~

Monday, July 17, 2017


In the above photo, near the second car from the right parked next to the wall, is the archway leading into the Bishop's Garden.  We are on the seventh floor where we can see the most incredible views.  The photo only shows half of the garden.  There is a large lawn to the right out of sight.

The roses were a little past their prime but I loved the sunflowers.  They were the star of the show today, not forgetting the Cathedral behind them.

I have a few other photos from here, which I will share later.  However, I wanted to finish this post with a pretty mockingbird atop an old carved stone in the garden.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


This video is quite a long one - 9 minutes and 45 seconds - but when I realized we were going to be seeing the Changing of the Guard, I kept the video going.  If you have difficulty seeing it below, the YouTube address is at this link.  

I also must add that there will be those of you who don't have a solid connection.  I know Diane at My Life in Charente 2 hasn't been able to watch any of the videos for that reason.  So sorry Diane but I will be sharing photos in the near future.

Our New Zealand guest is now on the next leg of his journey.  Bill, when you read this, Gregg and I can honestly say we miss you.  You were a wonderful house guest/friend/family member, and we look forward to the time when we can meet up again.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Our last day of sight-seeing with Bill, my fifth cousin, twice removed from New Zealand.  The time spent together has gone by all too quickly.  We asked him if he would like to see the Cathedral, as we had mentioned it several times before on our list of suggestions.  Today was the day.

It is hard to get all in one frame.  You can see a a photographic slide show here.  There was still restorative work going on from the earthquake we had in our area back in August 2011.  More on that in another post.  

After talking to a very nice police officer at the entrance, I ventured on to look around the Cathedral, while Gregg and Bill chatted with him for a while.  You may just be able to make them out on the other side of the photo below.  The Washington National Cathedral has its own police force.

We were able to take photos until the service started at noon.  

The photo below shows the Bethlehem Chapel of the Holy Nativity and has been open since 1912.  Beneath the altar is the Cathedral's foundation stone, which contains a piece of rock from a field near Bethlehem.  It was set on September 29th, 1907, in a ceremony attended by President Theodore Roosevelt.  You can read more at the above link if interested.  

You can also see Bill taking a photo of the altar.

We exited the cathedral at another entrance.  

We took a walk around the Bishop's Garden and entered through this doorway.

I remembered it being a very pretty garden.  It has been years since the last time we came here, at least since before that earthquake I mentioned.

I will have more photos to show you soon.