Reflection: Jeremiah 14:22 (New International Version) Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, O LORD our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.
I know it is yet another daffodil but it's the official daffodil day today.
Reflection: Matthew 25:34-40 (New International Version) "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
It's been blowing a gale outside today. Almost impossible to get a good close up shot because of the movement. My lovely daffodils are getting dessicated by the wind so I thought I should go and brave the weather to get a shot of two.
John 3:5-8 (New International Version)
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'Youmust be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
This potato vine on the neighbour's fence is a filler photo because we've gone away for a couple of weekends recently and I've been a bit busy to get out in the garden during the week. But I'd better get out there today and take some shots because we have an influx of visitors this weekend and another group the week after.
Reflection: James 3:17 (New International Version) But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
And to end this little series I have a mystery. Why does my moss grow over the pavers and yet grows in the cracks of the driveway bricks? I want moss in the paver cracks like this memorable photo by Julie.
Reflection: Colossians 2:2 (New International Version) My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.
Here's a winter lavender. It has to be winter because it doesn't have the obligatory bee. But spring is well on it's way, I saw a bee in the flower garden yesterday and it won't be long before the place is positively humming with them.
Reflection: Exodus 3:8 (New International Version) So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
We've reached the end of the windows! There is actually another one or two in my husband's workshop that runs under the southside verandah but the garden on that side is rather uninteresting at the moment ... too early for the azaleas. The only thing of current note out there is the japonica which is beginning to flower .... such a prickly plant that I only tolerate in neglected corners where I am unlikely to weed and get attacked by it's thorns.
Reflection:Genesis 3:17-19 (New International Version) To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
View from window in my husband's Research room, south facing.
This little window is a legacy from the days when the room was a laundry/store room. I'm not sure what the bars were meant to keep out.
There is not a lot flowering outside that window at the moment. But a little further down the neighbour's plums are budding.
Reflection: Acts 16:22-31 (New International Version) The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!"
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved"
View from window in my husband's Research room, east facing.
Putting a window in beside the fireplace did a good job of dispelling the gloom from the old laundry. And the stack of timber outside makes me really happy. Up until a few weeks ago it was a big messy stack down the yard, put their temporarily over 6 years ago. Now it's a neat and tidy up near the workshop and perhaps not this spring but next year my meadow of forget-me-nots will return where the old stack used to be.
This grevillia bud also makes me happy.
Reflection: James 5:13 (New International Version) Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
View from the door in my husband's research room, east facing. You've seen this door before from this angle.
Off to the side of the office is a room that was the laundry and cool room -- austere with cold cement floors and rough brick walls. Today it's cosy with carpet, a wood burning stove and lots of academic clutter ... my husband favours this snug room over his big office!
There have been a few fushia's hanging on right through the winter.
Reflection: James 2:15-17 (New International Version) Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
We have popped into the storeroom/kitchenette under the stairs where there is a smallish window.
Here's a flower from that pot.
Reflection: Romans 9:20-21 (New International Version) But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' " Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
There are lots of windows in this room. The summer chairs are not getting much use at the moment. The violets are flowering in that garden bed.
Reflection: 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (King James Version) We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
View from my husband's office, north facing window 2
This is the garden bed beneath the cherry. There are begonia in this garden bed that have staying in flower all winter.
Reflection: Isaiah 53:5 (King James Version) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
View from my husband's office, north facing window 1
This downstairs room underneath the sunroom is lovely in that it is closer to the detail of the garden rather than being in the canopy of the trees.
The jonquils which have delivered a bright spot in the winter garden are nearly done and being replaced by daffodils. The rosemary in the herb garden is flowering freely too right now.
Reflection: Colossians 2:18 (New International Version) Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.
I just love this view of the maples. Whether its when they turn on their autumn fire, when they are in fresh green leaf in spring or cooling summer green habouring king parrots, or like now showing their lichen covered bare bones.
Down the back the wattle is in flower.
Reflection: Proverbs 16:24 (New International Version) Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Now for something a little different. We are moving down the stairwell to see what we can see from the downstairs rooms and I decided to give a night shot a go. Our neighbours are delightful, warm and hospitable people, their home matches their personality.
It's so exciting, the daffodils are beginning to flower.
Reflection: 1 Peter 4:9 (New International Version) Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Moving back along the hallway we reach another guest bedroom. I think of this as the children's room as it has single beds with mosquito net canopies (a legacy from their Queensland origin). My nieces loved camping inside these white tents when they were little.
Out the window you can see our little home away from home. The A-van that we live in when we go Sweet Wayfaring.
As the cherry is not ready to show flowers yet, here is a photo of one of the camellias flowering along the driveway.
Reflection: Psalm 34:7 (New International Version) The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
The sacred bamboo is peeping teasingly into this window. I guess I'll have to cut it back one day.
I haven't noticed the little teet on the top of the berries before.
Reflection: Song of Solomon 1:15-16 (New International Version) Lover How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves. Beloved How handsome you are, my lover! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant.