Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ursuline Academy



Ursuline Academy -- June, 2012


The Hubs and I decided to take a few days to visit our hometown of San Antonio, Texas.  We decided to make a point to visit some of the places that we have wanted to see but somehow have failed to make it to over the last few visits. One of those places is the Southwest Craft Center housed in the old Ursuline Academy building.  I am sorry to say that we didn't see much of the art and crafts of the center but, instead, got caught up in the history, museum, architecture and beauty of the building and the grounds of the Ursuline Academy.  I have included a link at the end of this post if you want to do some more reading on the academy but I think I would like the photos to tell their own story.


Lunch at the Copper Kettle, the cafe that is operated in the original dining hall of the school


Original window facing and hardware in rather thick limestone walls

Hallway seating



Old and new -- interesting juxtaposition

French style architecture and light fixture -- and I really shouldn't try for "arty" photos


Fenced Courtyard

Large Courtyard

Rear Grounds

Very large gazebo now used mostly for weddings and special events.  

Original wrought iron arched sign

Gate in the back garden with large light fixture


You don't readily see this cross but, when you look up and see it, it seems to be silently watching over the entire campus

Turntable to pass items, probably communion wafers, from inside the convent to the outside world

Gothic window

Grotto 

Balcony outside original dormitories

Three sided clock tower -- story goes that there was no clock on the north facing side because there  was nobody on the north side to see the clock!



For more information on Ursuline Academy check out the website below


http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/kbu04

www.swschool.org

www.sanantoniogov.historic/Districts/Ursuline_Academy.aspx






14 June 2012


The question(s) for today is --

Have you ever bought a book, started reading it and then realized you have already read it?  If so, how far did you get? And did you keep reading?




I might have done this once or twice but I usually realize that I already have the book before I begin reading.  I spent a good deal of time over the course of a couple of days alphabetizing my personal bookshelf and ran across duplicates then.  I don't know that I have ever gotten to the place where I have started reading a book and then  realized that I have already read it but, if I did, I probably wouldn't continue because I don't tend to re-read books.
A View From A Window -- 14 June 2012


I haven't posted photos from the backyard in a while, what with the work going on in the front so here is an update --












So, there you have it.  The sunflower is an addition complements of the birds -- I guess they decided to join in the gardening because they were so grateful for all the food they are getting.  It was so charming we couldn't bring ourselves to pull it up!