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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Small Ramparts for the Soul

My friend Kevin had mentioned a small stone chapel in Fayetteville not far from my work. I went hunting for it one day and discovered a little slice of heaven, St. Catherines at Bell Gable. There is a small stone chapel, a creak with stone benches next to it, beautiful green lawns, and a quaintness you can't buy at Walmart.

I took Vanessa and Charleigh there on Friday, and it was like the final scene of Notting Hill - there was a long-haired man practicing karate. There was a group of elderly people driving a Model-T around in the parking lot. There was a lady reading by the creek.

I think I will go back there often.





9 comments:

ness said...

by far the greatest treasure I found that day!

Jbhart said...

I need to go there. I have lived a long time and never seen it before.

A said...

I like the word, "rampart".

So . . . directions?

pakomka: what the guy with long hair was really doing.

courtney said...

oooooowwwwww! reminds me of some of my favorite cemeteries in clarks summit

Robb said...

Take Mt. Comfort Road out of Fayetteville. Right before it takes a sharp curve to the right, turn left on Stone Chapel Rd. Go over the rickety wooden bridge, and you're there. Very nice place. A place we could espace to smoke some cigars and plan/dream/talk/hang.

Robb said...

The "small ramparts for the soul" is taken from a Sara Groves song about why beauty matters. I thought it was appropriate for this place!

ness said...

It's an absolute jewel box...I felt an absolutely child-like rush of wonder at the sight of it...

I'm pretty sure you could get to Narnia if you leaned on the right tree-trunk.

ness said...

jbhart...I'm sure you meant to type in the word "here" somwhere in your post, so I ended up with a mental picture of you stroking a long white beard while making that comment.

tammi said...

OMGosh! I literally gasped when I saw it.
A photographer's dream location!

Oh how I pine to spend an afternoon there