Friday, July 31, 2009

Fragrant


View from library north facing window.

Move around to the other library window and you get to see the big cypress and the laptop zone.

The photo from this window was taken before the Daphne beside the garden setting had begun to flower. Here is how that plant is looking today. I must cut a sprig or two for a vase on my desk, the fragrance is divine.



Reflection:
Ephesians 5:1-2 (New International Version)
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Budding


View from the library bay window, north west facing.

There is a camellia just outside this window.

Here is one of the camellias from this bush in full flower. They flower late in my garden and with none of the exhuberence of the wonderful old plants in the neighbour's garden but even these small blooms give me great joy.



Musing
From Song of Solomon 6 (New International Version)
Beloved
My lover has gone down to his garden,
to the beds of spices,
to browse in the gardens
and to gather lilies.
I am my lover's and my lover is mine;
he browses among the lilies ...
Lover
I went down to the grove of nut trees
to look at the new growth in the valley,
to see if the vines had budded
or the pomegranates were in bloom.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sharing


View from bay window, west facing window.

The front fence is deliberately low so we can share our garden with passers by. There are daisies growing along the fence a little further up.


Reflection:
1 Thessalonians 2:8 (New International Version)
We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bliss


View from the library bay window, south west facing.

We have gone over to the other side of the hallway to my favourite room, the library. It's a room of very generous proportions lined with good books, has a fireplace and a bay window.... bliss.

I felt torn between finishing the windows series and going outside to show you what's happening in the garden. It's still too early for the full burst of spring but it's nonetheless beginning to gently unfold so I've decided to post a secondary close up each day of the types of flowers nearby that window.

There are snowflakes outside this window, the only snowflakes we are likely to see this year -- it's been another warm winter.


Reflection:
John 14:2 (New International Version)
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Welcome


Front door and hallway, west facing

I'm not sure that the front door fits my definition of a window for my current windows series. It certainly opens and has glass 'windows' but you can't see through the frosted patterned glass. So I popped outside for a couple of shots as well to make up a Monday Mosiac.

The central hallway runs down the centre of the old part of the house. It's rather long with 3 rooms on either side (you can only see two on each side in this shot).

For more Monday Mosiacs visit Mary's Little Red House.

Reflection:
Mark 9:36-37 (New International Version)
He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Relaxation


View from my office, west facing window.

My other office window looks west over the front verandah, across the street where there's a children's playground and tennis courts. In the warmer weather we like to sit on the verandah, with a cool drink, watching the people at play and talking to them as they walk along the street.

Today is Sunday but it is getting increasingly difficult to incorporate windows and stitching so none this week.

Reflection:
Exodus 31:15 (New International Version)
For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Port wine


View from my office, south facing window.

The next room along the hallway is my office, which is a pleasant room with windows to the south and west. The south facing window takes in a view of the pond which is overshadowed by a port wine magnolia. In the spring it gets insignificant pinkish flowers which emit a strong 'bubble gum' perfume in the afternoon and evening. I'll be back in spring to show you the flowers.

It's a tree fern trunk you can see in front of the magnolia.

Reflection:
Ephesians 5:18 (New International Version)
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tall Fall


View from the main guest bedroom a south facing window

We've gone down the hallway that runs down the centre of the old part of the house into the guest bedroom which overlooks the verandah.

I don't know what these tall plants are. Every now and then I go and lop them off and a couple of years later they are back tall and gangly.

By the way, I hope you are enjoying the tour. We have just reached halfway if I include the downstairs windows. When I started on this challenge I had no idea we had so many windows! But I've been pleased to get a reasonable range of shots thus far and it's still cold outside.

Reflection:
From 1 Samuel 17 (New International Version)
The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them. A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall....
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Light and shade


View from dining room, looking west over the soutside verandah.

At the end of the dining room there is a door going out to the verandah. I had thought I would get a rather dull shot through this door but the afternoon light made all the difference.

Reflection:
Psalm 27
The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Elk horn


From dining room window south facing.

There is another long row of windows running the length of the dining room (an orientation shot taken in Autumn when we were installing the water tank is below). This room was part of the southside verandah built-in back in the 1920s. It's pretty dumb putting a verandah on the south side anyway.

There is just one window in the row that fits my criteria ... something that opens to the world... so you are not going to see a lot of shots from this side. Through the window you can see "azalea walk" and more importantly the big elk horn. I thought it was an stag horn but now I understand it to be an elk horn because the web tells me only elk horns make 'pups' and this one has sure made a lot of them.

I am a little distressed with the state of this wonderful plant, it burnt off badly in the summer. Fortunately most of the brown bits have fallen off but you can see there is plenty of potential for improvement in the spring.



The tank is hiding the elk horn.

Reflection:
Psalm 42 (King James Version)
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hidden


View from dining room window which is south facing.

In old houses there are often bits that don't quite fit with the current configuration. That's the case here. There is a window that is pretty much extraneous so I just leave it covered with a lace curtain.

Reflection:
Psalm 119:11 (New International Version)
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.


Monday, July 20, 2009

Pretentious

View from scullery window which is south facing.

Sounds posh doesn't it, having a scullery. I looked it up in the dictonary. It says it is a chiefly British word for a small room where washing-up and other kitchen work is done. That's exactly what this is.

It's not bad being a scullery maid in this spot, there is a nice assortment of trees to look at. A tree fern, a tallish tree known as a native frangipani that is adorned with lichen and gets yellow and cream flowers, a holly bush and some sort of flax that shoots up a tall brown flower spike every now and then. And of course is a popular spot with the parrots.

It's also Monday so a mosiac.

Reflection:
Romans 12:16 (New International Version)
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Love one another


View from pantry window which is east facing.

There is a small window in the walk-in pantry which I don't look out of very often. It's view is beyond the neighbouring property to the one further over. There are an amazing assortment of mature trees around here because they are all old gardens.

Now for the promised orientation shot. This is a photo of the kitchen taken from the Sunroom/Family room.


Yesterday's window is where you see the light coming through beside the fireplace. Today's photo is from the pantry which is behind that wall. Tomorrow we will look through the window in the centre of the shot and then we'll go through the door through to the dining room.

The sign above the door is for Stitching Sunday 13. This cross stitch which says "Love on Another" was finished more than 20 years ago when we lived in New Guinea.

Reflection:
John 13:35 (New International Version)
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Clear view


View from east facing facing kitchen window

We have moved out of the bathroom into the kitchen (I'll show you an orientation shot tomorrow).

This window is beside the kitchen fireplace. At this time of year it gives me a pleasant view into the neighbour's garden. Their wisteria has lovely double flowers which I enjoy when spring arrives and before the trees are once again clothed in leaves.

Reflection:
Proverbs 5:21 (New International Version)
For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD,
and he examines all his paths.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Reminder


View from south facing bathroom window 2

The neighbour's boat is a reminder of summer days of play. At the moment it is just filling up with water.

Reflection:
2 Peter 3:1 (New International Version)
Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Lonely


View from east facing bathroom window 2.

A lonely leaf hanging on.

Reflection:
Luke 5:16 (New International Version)
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sparkles


View from south facing bathroom window 1

The nights have been damp lately. The trees sparkle with drops in the morning sunlight. A pleasant sight.

Reflection:
Proverbs 23:31-32 (New International Version)
Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Eyes


View from east facing bathroom window 1.

Today we have skipped across the stairwell and gone into the bathroom, which runs behind the kitchen. Look at this photo and you will see there are four windows in the bathroom which wrap around a tree. It makes the perfect hide from which to observe birds.

There were four female satin bower birds in the pittosporum. I waited for ages but they simply would not emerge enough for me to get a clear shot, so we are missing the opportunity to see her lovely blue eyes.

Reflection:
Psalm 33:18 (New International Version)
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

Monday, July 13, 2009

Glory gone


View from family room east facing window

The tuberous begonias are now wilting into dormancy. For Mosaic Monday I have added some reminders of their glory through the summer and autumn. You will find links to many wonderful Monday Mosiacs at Mary's Little Red House .

Reflection:
Matthew 6:13 (New King James Version)
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pattern


View through east facing french doors from family room .

I don't know what to call the space between the sun room and the kitchen so have opted for family room.

Stitching Sunday 12. This is a jumper I knitted many years ago and still wear occasionally. I really like patterned knitting -- progress can be slow but the results are nice.

Reflection:
Romans 12:2 (New International Version)
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rehabilitation


View from south facing french doors in sunroom (breakfast room).

The cyclamen are outside on the verandah rehabilitating. Remember how lovely they were a few months ago. It's a mystery to me how to keep them flowering. I am told they like to be outside in the cold so I'm giving that a go.

If you need orientation take a look at this picture . We have just worked our way down the long row of windows, then to the one at the head of the table and today we are looking through the door running parallel to the table. Tomorrow we will be coming around the corner. Oh yes, one other thing for northern hemisphere readers, north is our sunny side ... goes along with the seasons being topsy turvey.

Reflection:
Luke 15:7 (New International Version)
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sticks

View from Sunroom East Facing Window

From this angle the garden looks like sticks. But the winter garden is not all bare branches. The lilly pillys, firewheel tree, pines, wattles, cherry laurel, tree ferns and others are evergreen just not visible here.

Reflection:
1 Kings 17:10-16 (New International Version)
When he [Elijah the prophet] came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, "Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?" As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread."

"As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die."

Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.' "

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wind


View from Sunroom North Facing Window 3.

The wind the other day was spinning the clouds into threads across the blue sky. Here we are looking across to the neighbours redwood tree.

Reflection:
Matthew 8:27 (New International Version)
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Seeing more


View from Sunroom North Facing Window 2.

With the leaves gone I can see things I can't usually see. I like being able to see the rocks around the bank around the big cyprus.

Reflection:
Psalm 119:18 (New International Version)
Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Promise


View from Sunroom North Facing Window 1.

The weeping cherry growing up close to this window is showing the promise of spring.

Reflection:
Psalm 32:8 (New International Version)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Looking out my windows


This is a Mosaic Monday cheat. But there is a good reason -- it looks like a window. I'm starting a new series from tomorrow "View From My Windows".

The challenge to take an interesting photo from every window in the house. I've defined a window as something that has glass and opens (so some doors are windows and fixed glass windows don't count). Even so there are more than 20 windows so this will keep me occupied for a while and is a nice warm way to view the winter garden.

Reflection:
Proverbs 7:6-7 (New International Version)
"At the window of my house
I looked out through the lattice.
I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who lacked judgment."

What will I see from my windows?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Humility


Stitching Sunday 11 is one of a set of four, the other three can be seen (admittedly blurred) in this photo. It's not the piece I planned but I'm running late.

I selected the title because violets apparently mean 'humility', despite me attributing 'patience' to them earlier this week. As a matter of interest I checked out the meaning of Avocado, it's something to do with testicles.

Reflection:
Philippians 2:3 (New International Version)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Remember

Friday, July 3, 2009

Lean not

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Patience

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fall