Corona de Tucson
December 19, 2022
|St Phillip's in the Hills|
Saturday morning, Joe and I were up and out early. Our first stop was at East Lawn Palms Cemetery in downtown Tucson.
I first learned about Wreaths Across America in December 2015. We were in San Diego and riding out to Cabrillo NM for a hike. The photo below of the wreaths at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery made a huge impression on me.
Our next stop Saturday morning was St Philips Plaza.
Every Saturday and Sunday (all year long) are outdoor market days at the plaza. I needed one more "little something" to go under the tree and knew my chances were better than good to find just what I wanted there.
Just down the street from the plaza is St Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church.
St Philip's was built in Spanish Colonial architecture (similar to mission churches built in California over 400 years ago) in 1936. The very first service held there was on Christmas Eve. Tusconians John and Helen Murphy had a plan to build a private chapel at their home. Instead, the architect persuaded them to build a small church at the corner of two dirt roads...Campbell and River.
Although the church has undergone several expansions, the integrity of the architect's design has been maintained in the buildings. In 2004, St Philip's in the Hills was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it is the largest Episcopal church in Tucson.
Back at the oasis, it has definitely been sweater weather.
Sunrise and coffee had an abrupt halt outside.
We bought our first tree for the backyard. It's for the birds! Once again, Civano Nursery, just down the road from us, delivered, planted and staked it.
Joe is getting his leather working tools organized for a project he wants to start.
I made a sugar cookies forest.
The House Finches add a bit of rosy red color and chatter to the backyard.
And the Arizona skies are a nice reminder of one of the reasons why we chose to live in the desert.
Until next time,
HAPPY TRAILS !