Yesterday was a day for recharging my batteries.
And April in Alabama is a great place to do it.
Everything is so green. In the week that I have been here the leaves on the trees have fully emerged between blossoms of all colors, casting shadows over green lawns.
It is in the spring when the green comes back that I remember just how much I love green. I find it hard to live without green.
And there is green in abundance in the south.
Upon recommendation from a student while teaching in Birmingham, I set my GPS to find the Ave Maria Grotto.
The Grotto contains 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces of stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. Begun as a hobby, with various materials he could find, and infinite patience and a remarkable sense of symmetry and proportion, Brother Joseph re-created some of the greatest edifices of all time. [source]
St Peters, Rome!
Wow. Just Wow.
If I didn’t know better, I would swear I was sailing down the Amalfi coast, or maybe along the Cinque Terre. Brother Joseph had a gift.
If you are anywhere near Cullman, Alabama, this is a beautiful spot and a must see.
And it wasn’t all just religious buildings. It was EVERYTHING that captivated his fancy.
Like the great wall of China!
There was something so special about taking the time to honor the vision and craftsmanship of such a humble man. And the birds! You have to hear the birds! I made this little video:
Part of my afternoon was spent wandering the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama. All of these miniature buildings were built using found, collected and scavenged materials by one of the Benedictine monks in the middle of the 20th century. For more information hit up Google! This place was amazing, and I highly recommend it. Pulling myself together and heading on over to the guild meeting location for tonight's presentation! ❤ . . . . #quiltville #bonniekhunter #quiltntravel #quiltguild #alabama #sweethomealabama #takeawalk #grotto
Of course, I took too many photos (Can you do such a thing?) and they are in the following slide show:
It truly was an amazing place!
I’m being well taken care of in Cullman!
I do love me some ALABAMA!
Thank you for the wonderful welcome, Heartland Quilters! It was a great guild meeting last night, and I’m looking forward to today’s Scrappy Mountain Majesties workshop.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage improved nine patch quilt found in Alabama.
Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!