Saturday January 30th 2016Tim
Barbara's Tunnel needs shrubs and trees, things that
climb and maybe a field of sunflower to cheer her up.
But it's where to put Saint Barbara's Church that
troubles. There are several possible splendid locations,
all of them isolated, which means we're talking access.
It's the case too that a diligent Soul would embark upon
a pilgrimage barefoot, sack clothed and well ashed, and
this means we're talking worn footpath that wind in the
same way that Sheep paths wind, rather than landing
strips for giant airplanes, air conditioned lobbies and
a Holiday Inn. Always worth remembering that a great
many of the more humble Saints have wells named after
them. Saint Winifred's Well, for example. Not everyone
has a Cathedral.
And here it's
necessary for the N-scale Modeler to realize that Saint
Barbara had a very, very miserable life. In his attempt to
bend her to his will, her possessive Pagan father took great
pains to torment her. His name was something like Dioscorus,
he really was a horrible man and after many attempts to
escape him Saint Barbara was finally trapped by a justice
system which considered Christianity a Terrorist
Organization that belonged to an Axis of Evil and she was
sentenced to death. Dioscorus agreed to be his own
daughter's executioner and after the deed was done, on his
way home, he was rightly struck by lightning and then
consumed by flame. So there's a great deal to think about.