Sunday, August 2, 2015

New view





There is a new view from the stairwell window.  There was a maple tree whose bones I enjoyed each year while it was still sleeping waiting for spring to stir it to life.  But each passing season less of it awoke until it's time was gone

Now I am enjoying winter citrus and camellias in the neighbour's garden and the sawn logs await for their turn in the fire.

Reflection:
2 Corinthians 5:17 King James Version (KJV)
'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pure joy


It's blowing a gale outside today, so here's some flowers I picked during the more pleasant weather a few days ago.  Going down the back to gather kindling I always find time to dilly dally and pick the violets, then the other day with the fragrance of daphne newly filling the air I picked some of that too.  The daffodils came out this week, winter will soon pass.

Reflection:
James 1:2-3New International Version (NIV)
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance."

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cold snap



People have been wondering if the big freeze has reached us and delivered snow.  We are just a little too low for snow so while it has been cold we have not seen even sleet here, though of course it may have been falling while we have been asleep in our snug bed.

This camellia grows by the gas furnace which has also been keeping us nice and warm.

Reflection:
Psalm 121:3 New International Version
"He who watches over you will not slumber"


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Knitting


On a cold winter's day given the choice of going outside or staying in to do some knitting - which would you choose?

Reflection:
Psalm 139:13New International Version (NIV)
"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb."

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wintergarden


It's chilly out there ... taken from inside my nice warm house where I am happy and rested after the busyness of the last few weeks.

Reflection:
Romans 15:13Living Bible (TLB)
"So I pray for you Gentiles that God who gives you hope will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. I pray that God will help you overflow with hope in him through the Holy Spirit’s power within you."

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Winter


We are well but life has been busy, cold and bit complicated, hence my ongoing silence in the blogosphere.  Hopefully I will get a grip on it all soon and return to normal transmission.

Winter starts tomorrow.  The Winter iris have been in flower for quite a few weeks. The rest of the garden is looking quite drab and in need of a good sweep now Autumn is all but done.

Reflection:
Hosea 6:3 New International Version (NIV)
"Let us acknowledge the Lord;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers Love


I decided to try planting a rose in a different spot in the garden (I never seem to give up trying to find a sunny enough spot to get then to grow).  This one is called Mothers Love and has a simply wonderful fragrance.  I saved it up for Mother's Day.

In the few short weeks it was in flower I drew in that beautiful perfume and thought of my Mum.

Reflection:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
"Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things."