Showing Its Age

Kevtoberfest #5 Cassilis

After leaving Tamworth later than we planned, our scheduled stop at Mudgee was out of reach. Instead of pushing on in darkness, we stopped for the night at a small campground outside the village of Cassilis. Across the road was a field of canola, its golden glow almost iridescent in the late afternoon light.

Next to the campground stood a small country church. It may have only been little more than 100 years old but, having withstood the harsh seasonal extremes of central New South Wales for more than a century, the church was showing its age. From the rusted iron gates to the weather-worn sign, the Anglican Church of St Columba of Iona looked as if it had been there for much longer.

Some of the older headstones in the churchyard had seen better days, while more recent ones showed signs of loving attention.

As afternoon became evening, the fading light accentuated the weathered stone of this sacred building.

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Weathered


47 thoughts on “Showing Its Age

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  2. hee hee, I was thinking ooh she’s in the Midlands when I read Tamworth, then I thought Mudgee never heard of that. Silly me!! Of course you are in NSW 🙂

  3. I love that you found something to share in an unscheduled stop. I had quite the emotional reaction when I saw the name of the church. I have in years past spent some meaningful days on Iona (plus a family folklore attempt to get there in my childhood that didn’t come off) and have a definite soft spot for St Columba. Thank you for those accidental memories. 🙂

    • I’m so pleased you enjoyed this story, Mosy. Perhaps your connection to Iona would make an interesting post of your own. 🙂 We love pottering around old cemeteries so it was an added bonus when we stopped here. We almost had dinner at the tiny bowls club next door, except the only thing on the menu that was actually available was frozen pizza!

    • We had too far to go to reach Mudgee and we were concerned about hitting roos on the road. The campground was very basic but had everything we needed, including power, and it turned out to be a lovely place to stop for the night.

  4. I read the title and thought “she’s not talking about Mr ET, surely!” Because having seen his photos, he’s clearly not! (Neither are you of course Carol, you young-looking pair!).

    It’s a shame this place looks rather rundown.

  5. Very interesting post in my eyes. I started my digital photographing by shooting first churches outside. Then I went inside and found gorgeous art, altars, chandeliers, pulpits. Finally I visited graveyards and I did found there history and art again. Some churches offered for a visitor Votive ships inside churches and unique historic wooden Poorman-statues.

    Slowly my eyes were opened to observe surroundings. Thank You for this great post and its beautiful photos.

  6. I love that little weathered church. I wonder if people do still attend, especially as you say some parts of the cemetery are neglected. The heat sounds miserable. I’d love to see a picture of your camping setup. 🙂

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