Saturday, December 24, 2011
We have just arrived home from the Christmas Eve service at the Cathedral where we listened to the beautiful choir and were reminded again of the wonder and miracle of Christmas - Emmanuel "God is with us."
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas touched with blessings from the Lord.
"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 11:57 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The calendar has ticked over to summer. The weather may be confused but the flowers aren't.
After a beautiful warm sunny day yesterday it's rainy and cold again today. I'm sitting by a cosy fire this evening.
"For I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them." Jer 31:13
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 6:12 PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
How welcome the sunshine is after the bursts of rain that have been making all the flowers look very bedraggled. But new ones lift their heads ready to smile .. and my face lifts and smiles too.
Summer starts tomorrow, maybe the sun will shine a little more.
"For in the He Himself hath suffered being tempted. He is able to succour them that are tempted." Hebrews 2:18
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
We had been away for the day and came home as the sun was setting. I liked the shadow of the picket fence on the house.
"If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask. it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven." Matthew 18:19
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 10:31 PM
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Still looking out the kitchen window I see the native frangipani is in flower. That side of the house is heavy with the the fragrance of the Port Wine Magnolia at the moment.
"God helped him ... he was marvellously helped." 2 Chron 28:7,15
"And He helped me." Psalm 116:6
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 9:09 PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
The snowball bush was planted below the maple outside the bathroom window. As the maple grew it was being starved of light so has been climbing high to compete. It makes me smile to see that their struggle has paid off.
"I am still with thee" Psalm 39:18
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
This week the silver-eyes were visiting the garden en-masse. They migrate through the garden twice a year, in the autumn when the maple leaves are in colour and in the spring when their new leaf unfolds.
"Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid." Matt:14:27
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 7:08 PM
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The bird hunt continues. You can see the blossom has all but gone but there is still much of interest to spot from my desk. This lovely creature is a King Parrot. I saw a Brown Cuckoo-Dove in the tree last week but as I was in the middle of a conference call so could not catch it with my camera. It was nonetheless very exciting as it is the first time I have seen one in my garden.
"And the Lord will deliver the from every evil work." 2 Tomothy 4:18
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Spring blossom is all too brief. Their time is already past but I could not resist showing one more shot. This is our little weeping cherry, a favourite with bees.
"The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants, and none of then that trust in Him, shall be desolate." Psalm 34:22.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I know I have already shown the magnolias this season but I wanted to come back to them, they have given me such delight.
"The Lord thy God hath been with thee" Deut 2:7
"The Lord thy God is with thee." Joshua 1:9
"The Lord thy God will be with thee" 2 Samuel 14:17
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The birds are driving me batty. They are feasting on the blossoms outside my window. I know a spinebill/rosella/bowerbird/yellowbreasted bird has arrived as I know their calls. I no sooner grab my camera and get up from my desk to grab a shot than they flit away leaving a shiver of blossoms in their wake. I will persist. I don't get enough birds into this blog.
"He shall cover them with His feathers and under His wings shalt thou trust." Psalm 91:4
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 10:15 PM
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
How satisfying, my magnolia has a lot of flowers on it this year, many more than ever before. And to think that just a couple of years ago I almost lost it in the drought.
"The Lord shall guide the continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought." Isaiah 58:11
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
I've noticed something odd. The camellias that were so reliable in flowering during the drought have barely flowered this year and the other smaller flowers are the best they have ever been. I dunno, gardens are a mystery to me.
"But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you and keep you from evil" 2 Thess 3:3
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Just a surely as the day is turning in this shot, the season is turning as well. The trees are still bare but Winam is right, the cold snaps are not quite as cold as a few weeks earlier. Spring is certainly beginning to unfold in the gardens below even if the trees have another month to go before they too will stir to life.
"For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy one of Israel, thy Saviour." Isaiah 43.3
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 4:33 PM
Monday, August 8, 2011
Winam commented that it has felt a lot like spring over the past two weeks, and it has, but I knew not to get too excited. Here in the mountains we will have a couple more months of twists and turns in the weather before we can begin to think of consistent warmth.
I was right to prepare myself, after a bit of rain and the temperature has plummeted. I am feeling quite cold tonight despite sitting on top of the fire.
"I will make darkness light before them and crooked things straight." Isaiah 42:16
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 8:45 PM
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I popped out into the garden today expecting to take a photo of jonquils as an early sign of spring and was surprised to find the first daffodil in flower.
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 8:02 PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
They say that Rosemary has long been associated with improving memory, hence Rosemary for remembrance.
"Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." Hebrews 10:17
All thy sins were laid up on Him,
Jesus bore them on the tree.
God Who knew them, laid them on Him,
And believing , thou art free.
Praise God, some things are not remembered!
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 6:56 PM
Thursday, July 21, 2011
It was snowing in the mountains earlier this week. I missed out yet again as it was one of my work in the city days. At least these little snow flakes brightening the winter garden hung around for me to get home.
"If we suffer, we shall also reign with him." 2 Timothy 2:12
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 9:07 PM
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I haven't been out in the garden much lately. But I took a short walk around today and even in a winter garden there are spots of joy. A reminder that the desolate times will pass, we just have to wait.
"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength." Isaiah 40:31
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 7:30 PM