Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Museum at Herschbroich

I just realized that I didn't share some of the really neat things in the School house museum. 
This is the room just as you come in where you can see the model of the village way at the back. 
There are some very old books on the shelf on the left and some of the old desks. 

In the room off to the left there was an old wood cook stove. 
One of the sections was a waffle iron. It is so much like the ones that they have at Breakfast Buffets that it is unbelievable! 

This is the bottom side. 

The top has the recipe for the waffles right in the mold. 
No misplacing that!

A few other neat pieces.
The iron. The pressure cooker. The berry picker. 

The next room, behind the kitchen items, had some other interesting pieces.
The sewing machine. 
The planter.

 Since I am posting this way after the visit.....
I went to find some of my personal treasures and am sharing them also. 
 This one is a prayer book that may well have been in that church and school in Herschbroich. 
The first entry in the inside cover is from before they came to America. 
Several of the first pages are missing so I don't have the copyright date. 

 These are a few of the beautiful prayer cards in the book.

One of the pictures included in the book. The stains show that the book was well used. 

Inside back cover and some more of the cards. 

Another of the books that I have from the family.
This one is a song book. 

 This is one that he must have used to help to learn English. 
The copyright is 1865 so they were already in America at the time he was using this one.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Jonalee's Treasure!

Jonalee had an appointment at 11:00 with a textile expert, Freida, in Mechelen where they are cleaning and renovating the shrines that we saw on our last trip. Now, she was able to see them without the glass and in the beginning stages of renovation. There was also a young gal, Hannah, there to meet with Freida. She is doing her thesis on the flowers and how they were made. She and Jonalee really hit it off with comparing books and information. One of the important people at the museum, Wim, was also there. He was the one that sent Jonalee some of the very first pictures she was able to obtain on the shrines. All of them were exchanging information and theories on the shrines and how and why they were made. It was so interesting. 

Freida, Wim, Jonalee, and Hannah

Since the shrines are being renovated they aren't able to be pictured. 

We ate our sandwiches and headed on to Melsbroch.

Many of the houses in Belgium are like these. They share the walls with the one next door. 


When we got there the church was open but no one was around. The shrines there are different than the ones that Jonalee is studying but they are also interesting and she photographed them anyway. They are made with skulls.  I like the Paradise Garden ones better! 

The cemetery at this church was very interesting and much more elaborate than any of the others that I had seen. It was on all three sides of the church and there were all kinds of flowers and pictures on the graves. There were also sections for cremations. 

Back to the condo. We went out to a Turkish Restaurant. I had a very good meal of salad, chicken, and french fries. 
When we went back, I stamped while I did the laundry. Got the coloring on my Christmas cards finished. 
Hot bath, games, email, and bed!

A day to collect my thoughts!

My head is spinning with excitement!
Over the Moon!
Out of my House!
All sayings for happiness and excitement. 
Today I stayed home for a quiet day while Jonalee and Nathan went to France to see another shrine. I do like to see them but felt I could miss one. I have already had my feet in France and didn't feel that I needed to do that again right now. 
I have had so much excitement in the last few days with all of Jonalee's excitement with each shrine she sees, the new friend's we make, visiting with Christine, and getting to the village of my ancestors!
I needed a day to process. I started this blogging process. If I would have waited until I got home it would not have happened. If I had done it each day, I wouldn't have gotten any sleep! 
I worked on my stamping project that I brought along, played my games, did my email, got my order in for the new mini catalogs to be sent out, and just relaxed. 
When they got back, Jonalee was very excited as she had another great find! 
We went out for pizza for supper. 
We asked for one pepperoni and one Hawaiian one. They pointed to the pepperoni, which looked like jalapeƱo peppers, wondering if that is what we wanted. Not! We wanted salami! 
The bathtubs here are deep and difficult to get into and out off but nice for soaking and reading! 
I have been enjoying a nice relaxing bath each night. Makes for a very good night's sleep! 

The 25th anniversary of Ken's death. 
The plant from his funeral blessed us with a beautiful flower today. 
That plant hasn't bloomed in two years! 
Jon sent a picture...I don't have the plant with me! 

We packed sandwiches and we're off to BALEN.
Jonalee had an appointment with the custodian who is also on the historic committee and interested in the shrines. He met us and took us to the priests room and pointed up. There it was high above a cabinet! We never would have found this one without an appointment! 
He told Nathan to climb up and get it. I wondered if he was kidding. But he pulled a chair over to start the process. Nathan handed it to Jonalee and I believe I saw her glow!

She set it on the counter and took some pictures and measured it.
It is a small one 11 1/2" by 13 1/2"

He suggested that she take it in the other room where the light was better. 
There is that glow again!

While they were taking pictures the custodian told me about the altar I was looking at and how she, is a local saint. Most of the village churches have a saint from their area. 
 This is the shrine to St. Odrada.
It is off to the left side in this huge church.

The custodian's wife takes care of the flowers for the church and would be coming later in the day to finish the advent wreath.
This is the beginning of it.

Would like to see the finished product! 
Next we went to St. Leonard's Church. It was locked up and, although there were cars around, there were no people to be found. We walked through the cemetery, tried the bell on there closest house, and left. The sign said that they had service at 5:00 on Saturday. 
Front and side view

Back to the condo. Leftovers for supper.