The reporter and photographer rolled up yesterday while we were doing lumberjack work ahead of next week’s orchard planting… we wonder if we wanted the publicity… but front page news we made!
You can see it here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/8723407/All-set-for-religious-conversion-project
Please understand that the religious references were not made by us!
A couple of old lovely gifts today… I’m in a things from yesteryear phase – an old working German coffee grinder, an old pair of shoe maker’s moulds for birthday (thanks Anne, thanks Josh), and an old church earlier in the year. All fitting in nicely for little old me!
The last piece of work an hour before the machine was trucked out and off to its next destruction exercise. Peace at last!
We begin a consultation and discernment process for what is next in June. The journey continues!
A BIG TICK to the crew from Southern Demolition Ltd. They were respectful, efficient, fun to be around and very accommodating.
the kitchen area with plywood walls installed!
We had a good go at the shack over the last couple of days. On Saturday Anne and I got dropped off by a friend who was visiting her niece who lives nearby – that enabled us to strip the ceiling and wall linings in the spare bedroom and put insulation in and put some wallboards back. Then on Sunday evening we went down again with our friends Geoff & Dale and we put ceiling panels in then lined some walls – especially in the living room behind the kitchen bench (pictured). A lovely sunny day in what has been a dull wet week. We also had visits from the carpet guy (who will cut the carpet we have salvaged from Christchurch and lay it), and the digger guy who will pull out some old and new stumps and rip the strips where the orchard will be planted in a few week’s time. Another busy but lovely trip to Totara Valley!
the stripes in the grounds where the orchard will be planted
The site is almost empty with the foundations being ripped up today and broken concrete trucked away. The three hours of giant pneumatic drill from 7am-10am was a bit of a trial for us, cats, god and wider neighbourhood! They anticipate being completely off the site by Friday.
grape leaves in autumn
Personally I didn’t get the point of ornamental grapes until yesterday when I clicked this photograph… grapes = wine… but this little beauty is superb!
crosses at St Stephen’s
There is not much left of the St Stephen’s Church building where I work… even the wooden cross up the front of the chancel (remains pictured above and on earlier blogs) has been removed and is currently stored in the front porch-way at our house. Yet from the rafters today a cross hung – and around it through a combination of shadows other crosses appeared around it.
I am reminded of quote, part of which St Stephen’s has inscribed on a small plaque and was rescued from the building ahead of the demolition written by George MacLeod of Iona:
George MacLeod on Where Jesus Died
Only One Way Left (The Iona Community: 1956), p. 38.
The cross must be raised again at the centre of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am claiming that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap, at a crossroads so cosmopolitan they had to write His title in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. At the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble, because that is where He died and that is what he died about and that is where church-people ought to be and what church-people should be about.
There is not much left now – the street-frontage has been left in order for the crew to salvage the cross and words on the outside and the foundation stone on the side.