The brickwork around the church exterior is detailed and elaborate.
And has walls two feet thick.
You enter the church through a wicket door that leads into the nave. Folklore says that small doors set into a larger wood door and requiring those entering to take one high step inside, shut out evil spirits, On the practical side, it probably kept the interior drier and warmer.
And to explore more of the grounds. But it was so hot, and time was not on our side.
|St. Luke drawing a portrait of the Virgin Mary|
But we did have time for a late lunch in the town of Smithfield that is the "Ham Capital of the World." How could you not love a town famous for its ham and bacon?
All too soon my trip to Virginia Beach was over and it was time to come home. All was well at Golden Pines, and Charlie had done a great job taking care of the kittens while I was gone--You can watch the video below and see for yourself. "Father Charlie" really does love "his" kittens!