Today's Wonder of the World is...the Chain!
Flickr photo by imtoobigtoo
What a pretty daisy chain!
Guess what's got me thinking about chains.
No, not raisins. That was yesterday's post. And the post before that!
It's this beautiful treasure!
Photo by Vintage Moon Studio
Isn't it gorgeous?
I was one lucky girl last week, when Deb over at the super cool blog Vintage Moon Studio picked my name in her Pay It Forward Drawing. Well, actually, her sweet pug drew my name. With his doggy paws.
When it came in the mail I could hardly believe it! I ran around my house, staring into the mirror at how gorgeous it was! Deb makes beautiful things. Drop by her place for a visit!
Thank you Deb! And in the interest of paying it forward, I'll pick a name from today's comments to receive my own little prize! So leave a comment and you'll be entered to win! I'll draw the winner tomorrow.
And that's not all!
I just about hugged my mail lady. Not only did I get a beautiful necklace, but she also brought me this.
I'm a walking four leaf clover! At least last week I was! What a lucky day! My friend Gina at another fabulous favorite blog, Lilly*s of London*ish drew my name on her blog-aversary! How lucky am I? Don't you want to reach through the computer and rub my head? (I'm kind of glad you can't. That would be weird.) And her gift sort of goes with this post because tractors have chains. (Okay, so I'm stretching the theme here, but I wanted to show off my prizes.)
Anyway, she gave me that cool journal made by Pamela Huntington. I love the little princess on it, and I'm already on chapter 6 of the book! Gina is right-- I can already tell the book will be one of my favorites, even though it has little to do with tractors and chains. Thank you Gina!
Chains are especially beautiful if they're made of ribbon or thread. Do you know the chain stitch?
Flickr photo by Veris Kleiner Windkel
And what about island chains?
Flickr photo by p.h.a.i.x
If you were a giant, you could play hopscotch on those!
Whenever I think of chains, I always remember Notre Dame d'Orcival. It's an incredible Romanesque basilica in the tiny village of Orcival, about forty minutes from where we used to live.
Photo by Francis Debaisieux
Isn't it incredible?!
Over the entrance there are leg irons mounted on the wall, "in thanksgiving for released prisoners."
Photo by Francis Debaisieux
It's a beautiful image, God setting us free from the chains that bind us.
A chain can be a symbol of bondage and oppression, but chains can also symbolize freedom and beauty!
Chains can even bring people closer together, like the Szechenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest.
Flickr photo by Jason's Travel Photography
Human chains bring water to livestock in Ethiopia.
Flickr photo by foto inorgana.
(It's called the Singing Wells, on account of the chanting of the people as they pass water to their livestock. Is that cool or what?)
And they protect a group of monks in Myanmar/Burma.
Flickr photo by naingankyatha
When we lock arms with other human beings, we form quite a beautiful chain.
It can lift us to new heights!
Flickr photo by Summach Photo
Now, two friendly reminders for you...
1. Don't forget to leave a comment for today's Pay It Forward drawing! (And yes, all are welcome! Friends, family, and the blogless!)
2. If you aren't feeling lucky today, don't fret, my pet! There will be more give-aways coming up on Wonder of the World Wednesday, a week from this very day! All kinds of Frenchy stuff for you! And to increase your chances in my drawings, (and hopefully to add to our chain of wonder blog-hoppers :) ) anyone who invites their friends to play along by posting Miss Globe-head's picture to their sidebar by Monday morning will get their name placed in the drawing two extra times! The more wonders, the merrier!
New blogs to discover!
New friends to meet!
Are you ready to play? I can't wait!
Have a Wonder-Full Wednesday, y'all!