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Standing tall

The agapanthus is standing tall in our garden at the moment, like just about every other garden.  The self seeded pine tree is now getting rather tall too.
Reflection: Psalm 3:3 New International Version (NIV) "But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high."

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I am in love with battery power tools.  They are easy to start, light and powerful.

We have a crowd of guests coming tomorrow so I tried out the new leaf blower and it cleared the path of pine needles in a jiffy, which was just as well as it is very hot outside and moment.

Psalm 2 The Message (MSG)
"Why the big noise, nations?
Why the mean plots, peoples?
Earth-leaders push for position,
Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks,
The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers:
'Let’s get free of God!
Cast loose from Messiah!'
Heaven-throned God breaks out laughing."

Happy New Year 2018

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year. 
I hope that this year I will be back blogging in earnest posting weekly here - here is my blog plan for 2018 - only time will tell if my resolution sticks.
After a dry winter the garden is is now quite damp so everything is green and flourishing and the cycad is pushing up its annual set of new fronds.  
Reflection: Psalm 1  (NIV)
"Blessed is the one … whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither."

Changing times

Only a month ago we were baking in the heat.  Now it is much cooler and the autumn rains have arrived, softening the earth so now all sorts of odd fungi are pushing their way through.

Joshua 1:9 New International Version (NIV)
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


The King Parrots are always plentiful in the maples at this time of year.  The lady King Parrot blends in well with the colour scheme, unlike her red suited mate.

Psalm 50:11-12 New International Version (NIV)
"I know every bird in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields are mine.
If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it."

Off with their heads

It's been so hot lately.  A run of so many days of heat is unusual here in the mountains.  It's been too hot to consider putting my nose outside the house but I knew the agapathus heads needed removing really soon so got up this morning before the heat of the day and chopped them all off ... all 250+ of them.

It's green bin week, the council will take them away tomorrow morning.

They were so pretty a few weeks ago.  But now despite the heat Autumn is beginning to herald its arrival.  The Belladona lilies have lifted their heads from the soil, the ginger flowers are beginning pop out, the king parrots are munching away on the seed in the maples, the fire wheel tree is getting ready to flower and their is the faintest blush or red on some of the maple leaves.

1 Corinthians 13:6-7 New International Version (NIV)
"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Sitting Down

After a couple of days of cool it is hot again.  Definitely sitting down weather rather then gardening.

Mark 9:35 NIV
"Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”