Somebody that looks at this blog once in a while told me he did not understand the directions of how the chapel is placed and situated…
So today I will share some pictures that I took to show that:
First of all: WHERE on our pice of land is it situated? Before we decided the location I had thought of, and drawn ideas of many possible places where to build it. I was thinking it would be best to have it close to our daily life where we walk between houses, barn, byre, etc. I thought of that so that it would be easily done to ever so often get away and have a little time of prayer in a house built for prayer…
Before deciding we asked a friend,who is also a landscape architect, about his opinion. He said, “I am not a religious man, but I come to think of the Japanese Tea Ceremony Gardens and houses… when one wants to have the ceremony it is important to be able to leave the everyday life and cares behind, to walk a little distance, and during that transport make at lest ONE 90 degree angle, and preferably go over some water before coming to the special place…”
This appealed to us! And there was this spot where we had wondered WHAT will we use this little hill for… will it only be a beautiful place for our guests in summertime to put up their tents on, or what? After having heard the thoughts of our friend we without hesitation chosed THAT spot for the future chapel. So there we built. Another day I will tell You some things I previously never told on this site about the building process… But now, about the placements:
On the picture below I am already standing on the overpass that we created during our first summer here, 2010, so that everyone could cross the little creek without getting wet feet : )
When standing here one has already made at least one 90 degree angle from our “daily life area”. After having walked up the little slope to the chapel this is for the time being the view from the east:
It looks strange now with the plastic tarpaulin over the whole roof, but this is the temporary “costume” of the chapel this first winter. Coming spring we hope to continue with the roof: take this temporary plastic off, put on some tarmac paper, wooden slats and nail the shingles on to the roof and also to have a lantern placed on top of the roof. On the left side we now have put the scaffolding under plastic to save them from the snow. They will be used for the work with the roof. The window You see here above is the future Altar window.
When one takes a few steps to the right from this place, this is the view:
The altar window is then just out of sight to the left. Instead you see the “coffee-windows” which let light in but will never be windows to look out through. To the far right You see one of the windows in the tiny “entrance room”. If You look sharp You might even see the door slightly ajar.
It is also obvious that the chapel on the outside has not jet received its final shape of surface. Still it has 12 reinforced “corners”. In springtime we hope to make it nicely organically rounded… I see for my inner sight a “kiwi-shaped” chapel.
When walking further to the left, to the west now this is the view:
In the right window You see something “light blue-ish” It is Three Days arm. She here is polishing the windowsill a last time, and below You see her polishing the glass blocks that separate the tiny entrance room from the chapel room:
This is one of the last things she is doing here…because this week is her last week here. She is not WWOOF-er but a person living in the nearby village and has been here a few hours a day 5 days a week for some months. Now she is soon getting another type of internship. We thank her for all she has done with us!
The rest of us here on our little farm is still working with other things. Vincent is now building a nice stairway from one level to the higher level in the barn, over the sheep. That nice stairway will make it possible for us to without a lot of pain in knees go up on the “loft” and get hay and straw to the sheep even when we become many years older… The stairways down to she sheep and the second up to the hayloft will during many many years be looked upon of as two of many gifts from our red haired friend who stayed with us for many months this year : )
For a few days we also have help from a “wandering journeyman” who now is building the food table for the sheep. I and our dear friend Monika are still busy with cooking and preserving food from our own vegetable cultivation (and some bought products), and also some other things that had to be taken care of before the winter is totally upon us. We got some extra days now that the thick layer of snow on the ground melted away and the temperature is not SO freezing.