Friday, April 30, 2010

A great combo


Down the back (where the privet is now gone) I was delighted to see this beautiful colour combination in the neighbour's garden.

Reflection:
Matthew 18:20 (New International Version)
[Jesus said] "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Helpfulness


Today's photo is not pretty but it is oh so good. I've a pretty one for you tomorrow.

After planting the violas I headed down down the back to attack the ripening privet berries that have been causing me embarassment. Yipee, our ever helpful neighbour had already attacked them with his chainsaw.

In fact there has been a flurry of chopping and clipping going on. The council's kerbside chipping service is about to hit our town. How helpful is that, troublesome greenery turned into free mulch.

Reflection:
Psalm 54:4 (New International Version)
Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Reliable


First job, add a little bit of sparkle to the garden. I like these little violas because they are so reliable. I find the bigger bolder pansies are not so sure.

Reflection:
Psalm 19:7 (New International Version)
The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Working boots


After feeling ill all of ANZAC day I was pleased that my whole long weekend was not spoiled because I felt well yesterday. So it was on with the garden boots to do a little of this and that which I will show you during the week.

My boots are usually shiney black but I mowed the grass wearing them on Saturday and beat up a storm of yellow pollen from the pine cones on the front lawn.

The weather is magic at the moment. Real whistle while you work weather.

Reflection:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 (New International Version)
Be joyful always; pray continually;

Monday, April 26, 2010

Glaze


The glaze on a new pot in the garden.

Reflection:
Proverbs 26:23 (New International Version)
Like a coating of glaze over earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Freedom


Today is ANZAC Day, the day we remember our war heros ... those who fought for our freedom in jungles, in fields, in the sky, the sea and the desert sands.

I sought something in the garden as a symbol of special rememberance for this important day. These plants in the south side garden remind me of the jungle where plants grow tall reaching for the sun, they are my tribute for today.

Reflection:
2 Corinthians 3:17 (New International Version)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Progress


While we're waiting for autumn colour, look at this ... the elk horn has made a fresh green layer.

Reflection:
1 Timothy 4:15-16 (New International Version)
[Paul writing to Timothy] Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Impatience


I'm getting impatient. This one isn't even an autumn leaf ... the tree drops leaves like this all year round. But I rather like the way nature puts interesting combinations together.

Reflection:
James 5:7 (New International Version)
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Slow


The autumn colour is pretty slow with getting a go on. Not surprising I guess as we are having another burst of summery weather. This is one plant that has just molted instead of showing its normal vibrant orange.

Reflection:
2 Peter 3:9 (New International Version)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

pearls


The seeds of the belladonna are bursting out of their cases and dropping to their feet where new leaves are unfolding. I think they look like pearls.

Reflection:
Matthew 13:45-46 (New International Version)
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Splat


And when the cones are done they fall splat on the ground below. Hence all the "worms" I showed you the other day. This also gives you an idea of how much pollen the cones are holding ... our world is being painted yellow.

I am feeling a little "splat" myself. We had more visitors this weekend! A visit from a niece in transit between Brisbane and Canberra in her new car. She was joined by her cousin another niece from Sydney. Much delightful intelligent youthful conversation, debate, laughter and good food. After all the excitement normal life is a bit of let down.

Reflection:
Isaiah 40:29-30 (New International Version)
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

Monday, April 19, 2010

Spreading


I showed you the green pine cones a few months ago and promised to come back to them when they were spreading pollen everywhere. Here's what they are up to today.

Reflection:
Acts 13:48-49 (New International Version)
When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bugs galore


There was an orgy in the garden the other morning. I found hundreds of these bugs in the trees and on the plants. What I thought was a curved tail (I can't see detail without my glasses) turned out to be a smaller bugs on the back of most of the big bugs. The birds were going beserk gobbling them up.

By the way, the big egg type things are the Belladonna lily seeds ... I'll show you some in colour next week. Also here is a photo of the same bug in colour which I took a couple of years ago ... I only saw one at that time.

It's back to colour tomorrow but I have really enjoyed this week's shots so will have another mono week sometime soon.

Reflection:
Isaiah 40:22 (New International Version)
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Worms


Not really worms - pine cones. I will show you what they are up to in colour on Monday.

Reflection:
Isaiah 51:7-8 (New International Version)
"Hear me, you who know what is right,
you people who have my law in your hearts:
Do not fear the reproach of men
or be terrified by their insults.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,
my salvation through all generations."

Friday, April 16, 2010

Skeleton


Skeletonised leaf from Elk Horn.

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

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bark


Cherry tree bark.

Hubbie said to say thank you for your Birthday greetings yesterday. To celebrate we had an al fresco lunch on perfect Autumn day.

Reflection:
Luke 6:43-45 (New International Version)
"No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Birthday



Happy Birthday to my husband.

Reflection:
Proverbs 23:24-25 (New International Version)
The father of a righteous man has great joy;
he who has a wise son delights in him.
May your father and mother be glad;
may she who gave you birth rejoice!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Glass ball



Not for fortune telling.

Reflection:
Romans 8:38-39 (New International Version)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Blue pot


My favourite earthenware jar.

Reflection:
2 Timothy 2:20-21 (New International Version)
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Boundary

Inspired by Elk's wonderful redorgrayblackandwhite blog, I am going series of B&W shots while we wait for the Autumn colours to arrive.

Reflection:
Job 26:10 (New International Version)
He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters
for a boundary between light and darkness.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

No envy


When I posted the photo of this camellia the other day Diane commented that it had bloomed early. Actually sasanqua camellias usually flower at this time of year and I droll with envy at the beautful white one over the neighbour's fence. But this year I am so proud to have one flower of my own.

Reflection:
Ecclesiastes 5:19 (New International Version)
Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Fire


The Firewheel Tree flowers at this time of year. I love their strange flowers ... though I find them difficult to photograph.

We have started lighting the fire each evening, the nights are getting cool.

Reflection:
Thessalonians 5:19 (New International Version)
Do not put out the Spirit's fire

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Scars


Our birch trees are the first to loose their leaves and the last to get them back again ... they don't colour up ... they just seem to drop off. In the summer time I love to "shimmer" from their leaves. In the cooler weather it's the scarred bark that captures my attention.

I'm hoping to get back on track with the 5 senses on the weekend. I just need a little longer to regroup.

Reflection:
1 Peter 2:24 (New International Version)
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Filling empty spaces


I'm dreaming of sunny days by the sea today because grey, wet, weather has returned here in the mountains. And I am also running on empty after all the excitement of the past few weeks and a major deadline looming.

Today's photo is of a Seaside Daisy. I used to have a lot of this ground cover plant (it's a bit of weed really) but they got trampled out when the house extension was done some years ago. This summer the neighbour gave me a couple of plants and they have settled in well so I expect that over the next few years they will begin to fill up empty spaces with their dainty flowers.

Reflection:
John 21:1-7 (New International Version)
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. "I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?"
"No," they answered.
He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!"

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Seasonal cycle


On the weekend one of the guests asked to see what it was like down at the very back of the garden. I winced knowing that I would not be pleased with what was down there ... remembering that the privet had lots of flowers in the summer I suspected there would be lots of berries by now ... there were. Next weekend I'll go down and take a photo before I get out my choppers and cut it all back.

Today's photo is however a photo of the berries I discovered on the fushia ... I had no idea they did this.

Reflection:
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (New International Version)
For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The work of our hands


My husband's workshop - taken from the south side garden

What a joy it has been to share our home and refresh longstanding friendships over the past few weeks. To sit in bright Autumn sunshine talking of our work and leisure -- art, craft photography, business, politics, writing, food, travel, family, ministry and the love of the Lord. To hear hymns from my piano on Easter morning from the hands of a master musician.

The favour of the Lord has indeed rested upon each of us.

Reflection:
Psalm 90:17 (New International Version)
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday


Happy Easter everyone.

Today's photo is of a sasanqua camellia planted many years ago and this is the first flower it's ever produced. I saved up posting the photo for this most special of days.

Reflection:
Matthew 28:6 (New International Version)
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Laughter


Our home is resounding the laughter. Enjoying our guests. Enjoying beautiful Autumn sunshine and crisp days. Enjoying the early signs of colour in the garden. Enjoying the anticipation of Easter morn tomorrow.

Reflection:
Psalm 126:2-3 (New International Version)
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday


With his stripes we are healed.

We are enjoying more house guests over Easter so another busy round of talking, eating and sight seeing is planned along with church attendances.

Reflection:
Matthew 27:30-31 (New International Version)
They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The time is coming


The belladonna lily flowers are gone and they have set their seed. The time is coming when they will send up their leaves. Easter time is also near.

Reflection:
John 13:1
It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.