I made this image of a crafted reindeer and some old basins filled with dried plants on a shoot last week. More on this shoot in the new year.
The other day, I posted an image of a farm house and barn that many people found appealing. It was the home of The Sloane’s, a family that founded the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, NH. This lovely outdoor chapel has a wonderful view of Mount Monadnock (seen here). The story goes that the family bought the farm and land with plans that their children could all build homes there. One son, Sandy, chose the spot where the chapel is located because a storm in 1938 took down enough trees to open up this view of the mountain. Unfortunately, Sandy died in World War II. In August 1945, the family wanted to hold a memorial service for their son. They chose the clearing where Sandy had planned to build his home for the location of the service. Soon, others began to ask to hold services there as well. Today, it is an ecumenical chapel with a bell tower and visitor center.
Since returning to school, my daily exercise has involved more hiking outside than going to the gym. I still try to hit the gym a couple of days a week, but it’s twenty minutes away compared to local trails only a few minutes up the road. Most days now, I am hiking on these trails. I think part of it comes from having really enjoyed exercising outside while I was living away this past summer. I miss taking walks in the park in El Salvador and looking at the volcano, but this is pretty special also.