Monday, January 30, 2012

Sunday Walk

Yesterday we drove to San Miguel which is about 15 miles north of us.   The Mission San Miguel is one of our treasures and has been undergoing restoration for a long time since some significant damage in an earthquake.   At last, the blue tarps are gone and much of the construction fencing has been removed.   I was snap happy even though some areas are difficult to photograph with the light and shadows.   I will share a few photos with you so you can see the simple charm and beauty.   The new header photo is outside the mission.


Standing in the courtyard which is the cemetery, the light is particularly challenging, but I LOVE these bells.



We were there just as people were going inside for the next Mass.   


The courtyard.   There is a fountain but there were too many people around to get a clear shot.


Part of the wall at the far end.  


More bells in a beautiful tower.


It has taken a lot of money to do the restoration work.   The Hearst family lives in our area and fortunately have been generous with donations to keep the work going.   If you visit California, try to spend time at one or more of our missions.   They really are an historical treasure.

14 comments:

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

You know, I lived in Arizona for sooo many years and never ever did get down to Tucson to the mission there. Shame on me.

Love your Calif. missions! You did a great job with what appeared to be some harsh light.

Gone Country said...

It makes me happy to see such beautiful historical places being restored and taken care of. I'm not sure if I'll ever get to California so thanks for sharing these photos of the Mission.

www.FarmLifeLessons.blogspot.com said...

My uncle is a Texas transplant (family came from Germany) and he lives in San Miguel. He is now renting out his place to friends from Canada and is enjoying his home in Texas, but he's lived in San Miguel for many years and treasure his place there.

Lana

Daryl Edelstein said...

I've never been to this part of Northern California but next time I am out there I am driving down the coast .. love the new header

Tracy said...

Very beautiful...

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I'm so glad someone has stepped up to keep this structure alive. Just beautiful! :)

Ms. Marcia said...

I've been to this Mission and it is a wonderful historical site. Did you notice in the cemetary sign that they spelled Indian without the "d" ... LOL

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I love visiting old historic places and am always thankful for the time taken to preserve and share these beautiful places. It always makes me wonder about the people, the way of life, etc, etc. Oh, if the walls could talk!

CountryDew said...

How lovely! What a treasure to have so close. Thank you so much for sharing!

Claudia said...

What a beautiful place. I'm glad restoration has been happening for this treasure. I used to visit some of the missions when I lived in California - they are truly wonderful.

xo
Claudia

Comfypjs said...

Your header is gorgeous!

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Love that history about the Christian Native American... and your shots, especially the last one of the bells...

Reena Walkling said...

Not been to San Miguel ... but the architecture looks wonderful and love that last shot of the bells.

Karen said...

LOVE your photos... and that cactus header is gorgeous!.....

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