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Balm

It looks prickly but the aloe has a healing balm inside its fleshy leaves.

Reflection:
Psalm 147:3 (New International Version)
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.

Thorns

Japonica in the south garden.

Reflection:
Proverbs 22:5 (New International Version)
In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares,
but he who guards his soul stays far from them.

Nowhere to hide

With the leaves gone, all is laid bare with nowhere to hide.

Reflection:
Revelation 6:16-17 (New International Version)
They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"

Promise

And there is promise of more to come.

Reflection:
Numbers 23:19 (New International Version)
God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?

Soft and kind

These pretty little camelias make me feel soft and kind.

Reflection:
Jude 1:22-23 (The Message)
Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.

Welcome

There is not much colour in the garden. The little violas are buried under a pile of leaves. So the rosemary and daisies are very welcome.

Reflection:
Psalm 5:11 (New International Version)
But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

New life

Up near the house the acanthus are rich and green again after their usual summer die down.

Reflection:
Romans 6:4 (New International Version)
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Sunlight and shadow

So bright and warm in the sun, pretty chilly in the shadows.

Reflection:
Psalm 121:5-7 (New International Version)
The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

Look down

And leaves flutter and land below.

Reflection:
Isaiah 51:6 (New International Version)
Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.
But my salvation will last forever,
my righteousness will never fail.

Look up

Look up and see the sturdy branches holding steady while the leaves dance in a brisk breeze.

Reflection:
Isaiah 40:26 (New International Version)
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

Winter stars

I did say just a little autumn carried over into winter. The big liquid amber down the back still has colour. I like their star shaped leaves.

Reflection:
Psalm 148:3 (New International Version)
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars.

Winter magic

Lea wrote yesterday that she was looking forward to seeing winter in my garden. And I thought poor Lea she really doesn't understand. There is no snow to give sparkle to my winter garden, it is all just a forlorn pile of sticks until spring arrives. But a took a walk around this morning camera in hand and found there is still much to soothe and delight in a garden stripped bare.

Reflection:
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (New International Version)
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Acclimatised

Clumps of Winter Iris have been flowering around the garden for some months. After a lovely long weekend last weekend out in the central West where we had white frosts and crisp cold sunny days I am now acclimatised to winter.

I'm looking forward to finding some time to get out and photograph what's happening in the garden this weekend ... I've been very busy with work and the daylight is short at the moment.

Reflection:
Psalm 68:4-5 (New International Version)
Sing to God, sing praise to his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds—
his name is the LORD—
and rejoice before him.

Knowledge

AB noticed yesterday the old style Pelican books on our bookshelf. With close to 40 years of collecting plus our old school and children's books (I have every annual Sunday School prize since I was two in the collection) there are an awful lot of them old and new. But things are set to change around here with my Kobo reader and the recent arrival of the iPad!

I wonder if I will miss our old game of trawling the bookshops and me sneaking a peak to see how many hubbie has picked up to justify me selecting just as many (or perhaps just one or two more) only to find that he is now looking at the size of my pile and topping his up.

Reflection:
1 Corinthians 13:2 (New International Version)
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Enchanted again

Red spotted toadstools enchant ... but books enchant me even more.

Reflection:
John 21:25 (New International Version)
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

[Reposted with the right date]

This fly might fly

He sure looks like he's trying.

Reflection:
Isaiah 51:6 (New International Version)
Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.
But my salvation will last forever,
my righteousness will never fail.

Nesting

And these little birds nest below the pygmy possom I showed earlier this week.


Reflection:
Psalm 104:12-13 (New International Version)
The birds of the air nest by the waters;
they sing among the branches.
He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

This bird doesn't fly

While my glass blue birds are my absolute favourite there is another favourite blue bird that lives in the hallway.

This bird doesn't fly but it often makes my thoughts fly to my dear friends Jo and Pete who persuaded us to buy it one day when we were exploring a gallery together.

Reflection:
Genesis 1:20 (New International Version)
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."

No grievance here

Given my recent possum story I thought I'd show you this one. It's a pygmy possum and I really do prefer it to the ones in the floorspace.

Reflection:
Colossians 3:13 (New International Version)
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Brrrr ....

It's definitely time for the Ugg boots. The pines are swooshing in a very chilly gale. I think I will stay inside and show you decorative objects for a few days while I learn to adjust to the change in the weather.

Reflection:
Proverbs 14:32 (The Message)
The evil of bad people leaves them out in the cold;
the integrity of good people creates a safe place for living.

Patience

I'm surprised to have managed to get another year out of this lovely double Impatience.

Reflection:
Proverbs 19:11 (New International Version)
A man's wisdom gives him patience;
it is to his glory to overlook an offense.

Finished

The season for the tuberous begonias is also just about done.

Reflection:
2 Timothy 4:7 (New International Version)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

No guarantee

This is pretty much the end of colourful leaves for this season though the big Liquid Amber down the back is only just turning so I can't swear that it is the very last autumn leaf I will show this year.

Reflection:
Matthew 5:34-37 (New International Version)
But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Showers

It's been raining a lot this past week. It brought down most of the leaves but some on the south side of the house are still hanging on.

It has been lovely to hear the splashes of rain on the roof as the garden was getting rather dry.

Reflection:
Isaiah 45:8 (New International Version)
"You heavens above, rain down righteousness;
let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
let salvation spring up,
let righteousness grow with it;
I, the LORD, have created it.

A few more days

And what a difference a few more days makes. These two shots another week apart.
It's beginning to feel quite wintering around here now.

Reflection:
1 Chronicles 29:11 (New International Version)
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.

A new light

It has been such fun to go around the garden and photographing things in the different light.

Reflection:
1 John 2:8 (New International Version)
Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

Making a change

I said I'd some back to these to see if they changed to burgundy. mmm ... a bit motley.

Reflection:
Ephesians 2:8-9 (New International Version)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Squabbles

This cute animal is a possum, one of several that have moved in under our house. We were not unduly disturbed about this until the family grew. Then last year they discovered the heating vents were a cosy nook. Not too bad until one fell through and made a big hole. But there was worse to come. Sometime around Christmas one of them died in the vent!

We couldn't find the carcass so were obliged to just let it rot at its own pace. Now dead possum aroma ducted throughout the house is not pleasant so we closed all the vents, put towels on top because the stench still seemed to leak through and stuffed the big intake vent with pillows. It worked!

However, the winter chill has arrived. Even though several months had passed, it was nonetheless with trepidation that I removed all the stuffing and flicked the on switch. All seems to be well except for an initial smell of baking fur.

We've tried every deterrent we know of. This fellow was having a noisy squabble in the garage on Sunday. T…

Winter

Winter starts today and the little jonquils are here to herald its arrival this year, as they do every year.

Reflection:
Genesis 8:22 (New International Version)
"As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease."