Thursday, July 25, 2013

The chapel garden


A sweet chapel is nestled in the valley directly across from the safari tent that we rented in the Haut-Languedoc. 1903 is carved in stone above the door.


On our last day, Hendrik, the owner of the gîtes and keeper of the chapel left the door open for us.


Inside was peace. The unadorned kind. I was moved by the skinny benches and open-armed statues within...


...and the nickel hearts marking the gravestones outside.


I walked slowly through the cemetary that held a solid current of life and joy...


...just as the echoes of faith had rung in the chapel.


Still. I wondered who the parisioners had been in such a far off place...


...and was grateful for the continuing spirit of Life all around.

25 comments:

  1. I would like to know the name of this Gîte =) Lovely and peaceful place!!

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    1. Hi Lin, here is the link with all of the info:

      http://lostinarles.blogspot.fr/2013/07/up-trail-on-forest-walk.html

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    2. Oops sorry about that, my computer is doing wacky things today! Here it is:
      http://lostinarles.blogspot.fr/2013/07/a-fabulous-safari-tent-to-rent-in-haut.html

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  2. You find interest and beauty in everything you see, Heather. This is what makes you so interesting and amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much, beautiful Marsha, I hope all is well for you...

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  3. I like the simplicity. The chapel and the grounds invite solitude and prayer.

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    1. Yes, I think that this is a space that you would appreciate, Edgar.

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  4. That's a very soothing looking spot.

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    1. There is a nice bench outside of the churchyard too.

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  5. Beautiful. These tucked away chapels are some of my favorite discoveries.

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    1. And you have found so many all over the world!

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  6. Your words and photos are like a breath of fresh air on this hot day. The greenery reminds me of cooler weather and your words of a simpler way of life. I love country chapels, unadorned and basic. You can really feel the echoes of faith there.

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    1. I thought so too, Loree. And how wonderful that faith remains.

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  7. Beautiful. Love the lizard tail!

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    1. Heehee--leave it to you to appreciate that!

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  8. Beautiful, Heather. "...the cemetary that held a solid current of life and joy...just as the echoes of faith had rung in the chapel:" you have the most bountiful soul, and your expressions of it, in word and photograph, are sublime! Filled with awe, Leslie in Oregon

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    1. So grateful for all of your support, Leslie. Thank you.

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  9. Beautiful!WHAT A FIND REMI!!!!!!!!!!!!How far away from you is it?

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    1. I don't know! :) Because we stopped soooo many times, to buy wine, to pick up a sweater, to go look at this or that...it took two and a half hours. I think it might take two if we can figure out a way to avoid the traffic in Montpellier. It is worth the drive!

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  10. Those pictures show pure life but we become acquainted with the mortality too. Sometimes I like the silent of a cementary or a church which bring so much peace and thoughtfulness.

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    1. It is a wonderful gift. I still haven't posted about being in the famous Chartres Cathedral but this little chapel did its job well.

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  11. I look at your photo story and I remember blessings that speak of 'deep peace' Gallivanta

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    1. I feel the same when I read your posts about your family's history. :)

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  12. The nickel heart touched my heart...just as it touched yours...ahh to be buried with such simple love.....

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    1. Aren't they so beautiful? They were on nearly every grave.

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