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.