Beautiful Message, Puy Lentils and The Family Bible

20 Jun

1  I received a beautiful message from Ammar this morning that has set me up for the day.  He was saying thank you for the lovely time we all spent together last week

2   I made the simplest and one of the most tasty lunches today – Puy Lentils with Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella and we ate it with a selection of leaves from our garden.

3    I had an email from my brother today about our reunion in July and asking if he could take The Family Bible back to Munich with him as it should be with him as he is the oldest of the four of us. That prompted me to go to it to have another look. A Family Bible has pages between the Old and New Testaments for the family to record Births, Marriages and Deaths so this is an invaluable family document. It was a present to my Great Grandmother on her marriage in 1885.  There is a red marker between Luke IX and X but unfortunately I don’t know its significance.

I am a Humanist, not a Christian, nevertheless I find this a most beautiful book. It contains some amazing historical coloured maps of biblical regions, which have changed dramatically over the last 128 years.

Have a look through the gallery below for lots of fascinating photos.


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30 responses to “Beautiful Message, Puy Lentils and The Family Bible

  1. loubyjo

    September 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    thanks for sharing this we have a family bible as well my mum has written our familys history down init it is a great shame people dont do that kind of thing no more thanks for this as reminded me to have a look I have a strange feeling it may be in welsh as that is where my mum originates from hope fully will be handed down to my neices one day as I dont speak welsh thanks for sharing and rekindleing mine !!1

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you for sharing all this. Perhaps you could find someone to translate the Welsh for you 🙂

  2. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    June 22, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    our family was wanderers so we do not have something as precious as a family bible, it is a beautiful family treasure that is for sure. May I ask what is a Humanist? I never heard of the term before. Blessings ~ Patty

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Hello, I’m sorry I haven’t replied to this for some time.

      To answer your question – Humanists…
      “…are atheists and agnostics who make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.”

      From Pears Cyclopaedia, 87th edition, 1978 “That man should show respect to man, irrespective of class, race or creed is fundamental to the humanist attitude to life. Among the fundamental moral principles, he would count those of freedom, justice, tolerance and happiness…the attitude that people can live an honest, meaningful life without following a formal religious creed.

      I hope this explains my thoughts and beliefs. I believe in the inherent goodness of the human and that we have to look after this beautiful world and love this world and all the people in it.

      All the best to you 🙂

  3. whatshappeningatmyhouse

    June 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Puy lentils are one of my favourites, but haven’t had them with tomato, basil and mozzarella – sounds like a good combo, think I’ll be trying it soon!

  4. Flowerpot

    June 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

    What an amazing bible, Sally. Lovely to see pics of it.xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

      It certainly is a treasure that I shall be sad to pas on 🙂

  5. mybeautfulthings

    June 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Lovely to have such a treasure isn’t it? My Mum kept a scrap book with all those sorts of cuttings in. That will stay with me! 🙂

  6. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    June 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Wow, fancy having a Family Bible. That’s interesting. It’s very precious, really. Love the pictures (& I like lentils too 🙂 )

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Yes, I have been lucky to have something so precious for so long.

      Do try the lentils dish, it’s quick and very delicious! 🙂

  7. Androgoth

    June 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Yes indeed this is a very important link to your family
    and I guess I can understand your brother wishing to
    take it back with him, though being that the bible is in
    your safe keeping I see no reason why you could not
    keep it with you for the time being, as one day it will
    passed down to another member of your family, thus
    keeping the bible where it belongs. You are right, the
    bible that documents your family is a very nice book
    with some wonderful and interesting features inside,
    I wonder what the significance of the red marker is,
    or could it simply be where one of your family was
    reading and just added it to retain the exact page of
    where whoever was reading from? There are always
    treasures from the past that give us food for thought
    and this gem of a family bible is certainly one of them.
    Thank you for adding this one my friend and also, I do
    hope that you enjoyed your Puy Lentils with Tomatoes,
    Basil and Mozzarella, and yes I did recognise the little
    tomatoes from your earlier posting, well I figured that
    these were of the same? 🙂 Have a fun evening and I
    hope that my comment is not too lengthy 🙂

    Androgoth Xx

    • Androgoth

      June 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Just noticed that your username is ‘mybeatfulthings’
      so I will be adding that to my blogroll, and pronto too 🙂 🙂

      Androgoth Xx

      • Androgoth

        June 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm

        ‘mybeautfulthings’ too…
        I might get something right
        this evening? 🙂 lol

        Androgoth Xx

        • mybeautfulthings

          June 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm

          I used to be a teacher of English but when I set up this blog I made a spelling error and didn’t notice for a few days! When I tried to correct it, I found that that name was someone else’s so am stuck with mybeautfulthings and now I like it! It’s a bit off centre and it makes people smile! So you were right first time. 🙂

          • Androgoth

            June 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm

            Yes it’s easy done that, but I am pleased that I have you on my blogroll now as it’s much easier to get to your Space 🙂

            Have a nice evening 🙂

            Androgoth Xx

          • mybeautfulthings

            June 21, 2012 at 5:21 am

            I have yet to work out the intricacies of Blogroll. It sounds useful if it allows you to visit someone’s space more easily. 🙂

      • mybeautfulthings

        June 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm


    • mybeautfulthings

      June 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      I’m happy to have such long comments from you! I, too, wonder about the red marker. I must read the two pages and see if it hints at anything. It could of course be simply a book mark as you say. I love your comments that it could stay with me. I’ve been trying to think of how to say that to M! I have kept it up-to-date with all births, deaths etc and don’t know if he will ……..

      Yes, those beautiful little tomatoes have nearly all been eaten!

      We’ve watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo tonight -a fabulous read and, happily, the film was very true to the book.

      Hope you’ve had a good evening too 🙂

      • Androgoth

        June 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        Yes I do think that you should try and keep the family bible with you, it is with family and that is all that matters in my way of thinking 🙂

        I have heard of that book and film but have not seen it, perhaps I should try that one sometime instead of watching all the horror fims 🙂

        Have a very nice Thursday 🙂

        Androgoth Xx

        • mybeautfulthings

          June 21, 2012 at 5:22 am

          It does contain some scenes which I find horrific! You might find it worth watching. Let me know if you do, 🙂

          • Androgoth

            June 21, 2012 at 10:44 am

            Yes I certainly will 🙂
            I hope that your Thursday
            isn’t as wet as it is here 🙁

            Throwing it down…

            Androgoth Xx

          • mybeautfulthings

            June 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

            Here too but choir this morning, Book group this afternoon and now baking so all is well! (Though I do wish the sun would shine!)

        • mybeautfulthings

          July 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

          Just thought you would like to know that the Family Bible is still with me. It was never mentioned again so I didn’t offer it up! Thank you for your support! 🙂
          Have a good evening 🙂

          • Androgoth

            July 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm

            This is wonderful news MBT
            and now you can continue adding
            your bits and pieces to it and of
            course enjoying the many different
            pages that are hgistory within your
            own family, which is rather special 🙂

            Have a very nice Thursday MBT 🙂

            Androgoth XXx

  8. Choc Chip Uru

    June 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    It’s fascinating that your family has such an heirloom – religious or not it’s so cool 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      I agree! it is a real treasure and I shall be very sad to see it go. I’ve been keeping it up to date (though I didn’t show all the up-to-date ones) and I’m not sure that my brother will……. 🙂

  9. pamasaurus

    June 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Such a beautiful Family Bible! We have one, too. My oldest Aunt currently has it, but I remember looking through it all the time when I was little and living with my grandmother. We’d shove all sorts of stuff in there.. newspaper clippings, birth announcements, obituaries, anything we deemed important.

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Wonderful gift to have isn’t it – all that family history. Your cuttings would make it even better. 🙂


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