Saturday, April 18, 2015

inSPIREd Sunday


April 2015 - Jackson MS

It is lightly raining as I step out to get these photos of the First Baptist Church. Spring is in full bloom.



The Church was established during the Depression of 1837-40, its membership striving to survive as Jackson, then a 16-year old village of fewer than 600 people, was laboring to become the permanent seat of state government. Exemplifying the spirit and determination of the original congregation in those times of hardship was its endeavor over six years to erect a building. Apparently, the worshipers met in private homes during that interval, the organizational meeting having been in the residence of Maj. and Mrs. George B. Work.

Assisted by Baptists from across the state, the infant congregation began construction of the building in 1843, and it was completed in 1844, by which time its membership had grown to 54 people. The structure still stands at North West and Yazoo streets.














Friday, April 17, 2015

Weekend Cooking

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February 2015 - Phnom Penh Cambodia

As I mentioned last week I am seriously fascinated for food markets of all kinds. On our mekong river cruise we visited many.

Click here for our day out in Phnom Penh. These are more photos of the food sold at the night market. This market sells absolutely everything. 


The Night Market (phsar ri-trey in Khmer) is located between Streets 108 and 106, although it’s easiest to enter by the gate at the north end of riverside to avoid scrambling between lines of parked scooters. 

We didn't eat here as we had already had our dinner. It would have been fun!!

Towards the back is the open-air food court. No trip to the Night Market would be complete without eating something on a stick. 


When you have your food and either a fruit shake, beer or sugarcane juice  add your shoes to the pile at the edge of the expanse of floor mats. The trick is to find an empty spot to sit, negotiating the family groups and friends already chowing down. Each mat comes with communal tissues, chilli sauce and pepper and lime mix.


Sugar cane












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April 2015 - Fort Worth TX

While we were in Fort Worth we paid a visit to the Civil War Museum.



There was a collection of Judy Richey gowns on display. This private collection is an expansive look at original women's and children's clothing from the Victorian Era.  With over 300 Victorian dresses and hundreds of accessories, the museum exhibits rotate to include 1860 - 1900 attire.

Getting photos of the clothes within their glass displays was a challenge.










A bustle is a type of framework used to expand the fullness or support the drapery of the back of a woman's dress, occurring predominantly in the mid-to-late 19th century. Bustles were worn under the skirt in the back, just below the waist, to keep the skirt from dragging. Heavy fabric tended to pull the back of a skirt down and flatten it. Thus, a woman's petticoated or crinolined skirt would lose its shape during everyday wear (from merely sitting down or moving about). 

Certainly glad we don't have to wear these contraptions!



















I was very excited to see this hat from Gone With The Wind.




Women’s hats were decorated with wings, breasts and whole birds. According to Harper’s Bazaar, in 1875 the merle, or blackbird, was a favorite, and especially the merle bronzĂ©, a Brazilian blackbird, which was not black, but had blue and bronze shades on its wings and back.

The entire bird was used, and was mounted on wires and springs that permitted the head and wings to be moved about in a bird-like manner. The homely gray swallow was also stuffed and used for ornament; in addition heads of spotted pigeons with their staring eyes; and long mounted pieces from the breasts of pigeons, pheasants, and peacocks were found atop a lady’s hat. One would also see cocks’ plumes of the deepest green shades mounted in thick ruches, long clustered plumes, and in bandeaux that passed around the crown and hung on each side behind. Arrangements of ostrich feathers projected outward from the hat and upward on the crown; left to curl without being tacked in the middle.
Not a fan of wearing dead birds on my head!




Loved this!


Ditto on wearing a corset!! I always remember the scene from Gone With The Wind when Scarlett is getting dressed and the maid tightening the corset.