Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Winner of Mondays with Mary Giveaway

For Mondays with Mary yesterday
I promised this shrine to a blogging friend
that participates in the hop!

Le Sanctuare - The Sanctuary

I put in four numbers (for the four participants)
into the random number generator
on random.org
and it gave me

Kate Steeper

Congratulations Kate!! 
Please send me your postal address and
I will mail the shrine to you!

Please come back next Monday
and see what I am giving away then!
Maybe I will give a sneak preview later
this week!

Have a wonderful week

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday with Mary - Mary of the Blue Apples

Our Lady of the Blue Apples

In the region of Languedoc and Rennes in France,
 legends and myths prevail.
Religion, culture and stories are intertwined almost
In this Cathar region there are many hints and clues
to the true story behind the story.
These include the region and castle known as
the 'Blue Apples', references to the Holy Grail,
buried gold and devotion to the Blessed Virgin and
to Mary Magdalene.

This is the grail watermark of the Merovingian kings of the Rennes
said to be fruit of the vine or the royal bloodline of Mary Magdalene.
Merovingian grail watermark

The Priory of Sion was tied with the Knights Templar and claims of the Merovingian kings to be descendents of the Davidic bloodline through the lineage of Mary Magdalene and Jesus. Many of the Parisian elite belonged to this secret society, including the French music composer Claude Debussy, listed as Grand Master of the Priory of Sion. 

I visited this region two years ago and was
fascinated by all the lore and created a tiny altar
for Our Lady of the Blue Apples.

The tiny statue is the Vierge Noire de Paris or Notre Dame as the French refer
to her.  I bought this statue in the Latin Quarter in Paris.
Archangel Michael is regarded as the Great Protector by the Knights
Templar.  You can see the black and white chequered floor - traditional
of the Knights Templar's masonic temples.
Of course you cannot miss the tiny blue 'apples' or grapes in the holy grail.

A wonderful Mary week to you!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Grow Your Blog Giveaway Today!

This beautiful reliquary shrine from the
Shards of Beauty series
is going to ...........................


Thank you Shane for participating and congratulations!
May this shrine bring you much joy!!

Please send me your postal address to
and I will send her to you.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Mornings with Mary

I am making the most of the summer sunshine!
I am sitting under my 'Sacred Heart tree'.  That is not
its real name - in fact, I do not know what these trees
are called, but they are all over my garden - the just
pop up and become these incredible umbrellas of light
and shade.
The leaves are heart shaped and one in every
ten or twenty turns red right from the start,
till it drops.

The fragrance of summer roses on the breeze

Water drops glistening on the Christ Thorn

Peace as light as a baby's breath

A warm morning with Mary to you

and if you are looking for my GYB blog post
and giveaway
you will find it here


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Five more days for Grow Your Blog give-away

There are five more days left for my
give-away in the Grow Your Blog party.

If you would like your name to go into the draw,
please leave a comment.
My GYB post can be found here 

and this is my give-away

A Shard of Beauty

An ancient relic from The Temple of Mary

You can read the full story here

And you can see other such finds at

The winner will be announced here on
Saturday 15 February 2014

good luck!! and blessings


Compassion for animals that share this world with us

Animals share this beautiful planet with us and unfortunately
they often pay a terrible price for our lifestyle.

I share here with you a call from 
Compassion in World Farming

Get your gift doubled  Click here if you can't read this email
Can you help?

Dear Hettienne,

These pigs in China were living in a totally barren, dark shed – stuffed into tiny stalls, lined up as if they were sausages already in a packet. One sow was so large she could not fit into her crate. Her hind legs were resting on the back of the pig in the neighbouring stall and her own back was pressed hard against the bars. The suffering was palpable.
One of the farmers told us that the pigs’ manure went straight into the river. The bright green, polluted waterway at the back of the farmhouse suggested that he was telling the truth.
BREAKING NEWS: All donations up to £47,750 will be doubled
This is just one example of the horrors I uncovered during my global investigation into the factory farming crisis. I found overflowing farm waste making water-supplies undrinkable and polluting the air so much that it was causing families to become ill; the environment being completely trashed to grow feed for factory farmed animals; and animals all over the world enduring a terrible conveyor belt of cruelty.
As you may know, my investigation has just been released as Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Bloomsbury – one of the world’s most influential publishers. Thanks to the support of people like you, the evidence we’ve gathered is also opening new doors among politicians, journalists and members of the public. This is our chance to say ‘enough is enough’ to the tidal wave of destruction caused by factory farming. But we must keep up the momentum. Will you help?
I am pleased to tell you that we have already spoken with several other Compassion supporters who are willing to match every donation Compassion receives for the fight against farmageddon, up to a massive £47,750. This means that for every £1 you donate today, another £1 could be released. This is an amazing opportunity for you to do twice as much to help farm animals.
If we work together we can:
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We must not stop until every child is born into a world that understands that humane, sustainable farming is the only way to feed our growing population.
Please, if you can, make a donation today.
YES, I'll get my gift doubled
With my thanks and best wishes,
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Philip Lymbery
Chief Executive
Compassion in World Farming
 Philip Lymbery
PS There has never been a more important time to stand against factory farming.
With matched funding, your donation can do twice as much to end animal suffering. With your help we can tackle the factory farming crisis head-on, so please dig deep and give whatever you can today.
Case study of Chinese pigs taken from Farmageddon, an investigative account of the true cost of cheap meat, by Philip Lymbery with Isabel Oakeshott.