The camellia season is coming to and end. They have been great this year with lots and lots of blooms. I am not sure if it has been the weather or simply because the plants are now getting more mature. Either way, they have made me very happy.
Just one more day to spring.
Isaiah 61:11 New International Version (NIV)
"For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
and praise spring up before all nations."
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
Psalm 121:3 New International Version
"He who watches over you will not slumber"
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.
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."