Sunday, January 16, 2022

A Church Made Of Trees

Greetings lovely friends & readers

Last Sunday my dear friend Sue & I went to Church together - we went to The Tree Church a stunning venue about half an hour from here.  Sue had visited once before but I had never been.   Oh dear friends - it was  Amazing !!

I took about 50 photos in total so I have tried to pick out the best just to give you some idea of this beautiful property.  Believe me dear readers - my photos do Not do it justice.

The approach to the church top left & inside - the altar.

Taken from inside the church looking outwards ... you can see the Iron windows top right.
Although the Tree Church acquired new owners about 18 months ago, it was the realisation of one man's dream - who had the vision to build a church frame from iron & then grow & train trees over the entire shape of it. 

The entire property covers 3 hectares & is planted out in the most amazing garden - I just loved all the structure from the different trees that were planted.  If you click * here * it gives a bit more background about the history of the Tree Church & if you scroll to the bottom of the page there is a beautiful soothing Video to watch showing the Church & Gardens.

I adored the trees in the avenue above left - their trunks looked & felt like paper bark.

Sue said these clipped trees above left reminded her of Dr Seuss trees.

There was an area of flower gardens planted in a cottage garden style as well as a large veggie garden area. It was all immaculate.

Tall sunflowers that reached way up above our heads.

Sue managed a photo of us both inside the Church - I am inclined to chop heads off when I try to take selfies πŸ˜‰

We spent a good couple of hours there & then we drove over to Cambridge & went to The Podium Cafe where we enjoyed a delicious lunch while chatting & watching the boats & water ski's on Lake Karapiro.  It was such a wonderful days Outing 😊

These are lightweight aluminium horseshoes worn by Race Horses that I cover.

I managed to complete two Orders this past week ... the first was for my friend Jan, who asked me to make a white horseshoe & if possible, to put a gold "50" on it as it was to be presented at a 50th wedding anniversary.

The 2nd Order was for 20 Mothball Sachets for my friend Marie who had an infestation of moths in her Merino Jumpers. Luckily I had all the dried herbs on hand to make these up & only had to purchase the whole cloves.

As school is on holiday here 'til February, Alec came to stay a couple of days.  His first request was "can we craft". 
I cut out a large fabric heart shape & set him to work embellishing it.  Alec loves anything shiny & gold so he was in his element.  He quickly decided he did not wish to learn to sew the things on as yet so we relied on craft glue & the hot glue gun. 

We had a visit to the Park & then the Berry farm to pick raspberries & of course, a berry icecream each 😊

The next day he enjoyed the play dough ... I had a couple of new colours & lots of shape cutters as I had been gifted some new cutters for Christmas.  

I have been trying to blog for at least 3 days now with no success - I thought I would show you this next photo so you might realise how very difficult it is to actually get computer time around here πŸ˜‰

Thank you as always dear friends, for your visits here today,
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead - be kind to yourselves & to each other,
With much love & friendship to you All,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x


  1. Julie, what an amazing and inspiring place to wander around and drink in all the beauty. The chapel hugged by trees is astonishing. How peaceful it would be to sit there for a while and reflect on all the beauty. I wonder, did you hear the whispers of the trees? It sounds as if you and Alec have enjoyed the best time together. How fabulous he loves to craft. Isn't Play Doh the best! It keeps kids occupied for hours.

  2. Your posts are always so lovely .
    I love the tree church and the gardens .
    I always loved sharing time with my GC making things .
    Have another fun week and a Happy New Year.

  3. HeHe! Nice to see that Blackie takes his
    glasses off before sleeping..Bless him!x
    Has he lost a little weight! :).

    Goodness Julie the church looks absolutely
    lovely, how different is that..! I bet it's
    really enjoyable in the summer months....
    "Our Father who art in.....
    And! The surrounding garden is beautiful to!

    Nice to see young Alec learning to craft, l
    was about that age when l started, as was my
    daughter..we Sicilian boys are raised just like
    the cook, sew, knit, etc..etc..!
    Long time ago now..!

    The Mothball Sachets...goodness Julie..there nice
    and big..if you hit a moth with one of those, l
    don't think it would stand much of least
    it would die smelling quite sweet..! :O).

    Com'on Blackie..Get that BIG black butt of yours
    off the PC..HeHe! Bless him..!x :O).
    🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’› 🌱 πŸ’›

  4. What a truly amazing feat that man went through to build the church. Beautiful pictures in your summertime there so thank you for sharing that. I'd say with the help of Blackie and Alec you did get quite a bit of crafting done. Oh fun that your grandson enjoyed his time with you working on anything crafty at all. Hope the rest of your summer goes as nicely as this has. Lynn and Precious

    1. Thank You Lynn & Precious ... yes he sure did. He is obviously a man with alot of vision & insight, & also determination to follow through on his ideas & dreams. It was such an amazing place to visit. It has turned hot & dry here now Lynn & the grass is brown- it crunches when I walk on it. We cannot water everything so the gardens get the water & the lawn just has to manage. xx

    2. Just woke up to our first serious and very late in the season snow. 7 inches so far. So no green or brown grass here, lol.

  5. church is something special, looks like alec had a great day crafting :)

  6. That church is amazing, I've never seen anything like that before. Sounds like you've been busy but having a wonderful time!

  7. What a beautiful day you had with your friend!! Sounds very relaxed and full of joy. 😊
    How Alec has grown! Oh Julie, I remember when we were both waiting for our little grand babies to be born and now….time flies.
    Have a lovely week. 🌷

  8. I love the idea of a natural church .... and such pretty gardens.... looks like a lovely day out and some great fun time with Alec. As always some pretty makes too...

  9. Pretty heart and crafts
    The tree church is beautiful.

  10. Wonderful post Julie, the Tree Church and garden looks amazing, what a great idea, perfect place to sit and enjoy the peace. Lovely you and Sue had a day out. The horse shoe looks beautiful and the moth sachets perfect for the job needed doing. Looks like you and Alec had a great time together, so good to see him crafting. Ah Blackie!!

  11. That church is amazing I think I saw something about on a gardening programe a couple of years ago when the man that made it was retiring, nice to know it has been maintained by the new owners.
    As usual all your crafts look beautiful and alex as cute as ever, but my eyes fell on Blackie bitter sweet for me as he reminds me of my Ambrose. Have a great week.

  12. A fascinating place to visit for Sue and yourself Julie, and what fun you and Alec had, the ice cream looks so yummy.

  13. That's an interesting keyboard cover you have! the church you attended is so pretty, what a beautiful venue. Alex is quite the crafter! Have a great week!

  14. What a wonderful day out you had, absolutely perfect. The tree church is such an unusual idea but looks very beautiful, mother nature at her best. The avenue of birch trees ? are sensational.

  15. How amazing Julie, it must have been so lovely to visit such a beautiful place. Have a lovely day xx

  16. That church is beautiful. Wouldn't it be such a lovely place to get married in! Looks like Alec had a fabulous time with you. That's a lovely photo of you and Sue. Have a wonderful weekend. xxx

  17. That Church is incredible! An extremely original place and mixes so well with all the vegetation around it. Awesome! I get the impression the church was built first and then the garden was structured to fit in with the church growth. What a fabulous day out! Your furry friend obviously thinks you do too much on the computer and only has your good health in mind! :-). Keep well. Amanda x

  18. Oh, that sounds like the perfect outing! The horse shoe is very pretty! I loved seeing the tree church on Instagram. Amazing! xo

  19. Can't believe I missed this post. That Church of Trees and the yard are wonderful! I loved visiting via your photos. What a soothing place.
    It looks like you had a great time with Alec.
    And somebody doesn't want you using the computer!!


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