Sunday, December 14, 2014

Joy


This week brings us to the end of our series on the Psalms ... ending with the last Psalm in the book ... a peon of praise, like the joyous display in this tiny corner of the garden.

I am going to take a blog break until the New Year. I wish you all of wonderful Christmas and special time of refreshment, joy and blessing.

Reflection:
Psalm 150 New International Version (NIV)
"Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord."

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Anticipation


The tomato plant hung on at the vege patch and now has me salivating in anticipation. I've got basil in the herb garden coming along fine too.

This is the season of advent as we await the joyous celebration of the birth of Christ.

Reflection:
Psalm 42 (New International Version)
"As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God."

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Standing tall


The Acanthus is looking good right now with their tall flower spikes.  Soon their leaves will die down for the summer.

Reflection:
Psalm 41:12The Message (MSG)
"You know me inside and out, you hold me together
you never fail to stand me tall in your presence
so I can look you in the eye."

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Huge stockpile


Remember the liquidamber that drops enormous limbs in the summer time.  Last week we decided to avert further danger and organised for it to have a trim -- cut out the top 1/3rd of the tree and lopped off the over long lateral branches.  There was a lot of timber crashing to the ground.  This turned into with logs for firewood and an awful lot of mulch.  This huge stockpile is less than half of it, they took the rest.  Now I have to figure out what to do with it all.


Reflection:
Psalm 40:4 The Message (MSG)
"The world’s a huge stockpile
of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
Nothing and no one
comes close to you!"

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fleeting


This is Azalea Walk as it was a few weeks ago.  Now there are just a few stragglers still flowering.  Their time is short but beautiful.

Reflection::
Psalm 39:5-7New International Version (NIV)
"You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.
Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

All my longing


I long to have a rose garden but have had little success due to the lack of sunlight in the garden.  This week I found a remnant of an earlier attempt bravely growing among the weeds ... what a delight, what a wonderful fragrance.

Reflection:
Psalm 38:9New International Version (NIV)
"All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you."

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Take delight


A few weeks ago when the crabapple was in flower I planted out the vegetable garden beds. Soon after many of the seedlings fed blackbirds, bowerbirds or possums (not sure which) but they have left me a few lettuce and a tomato that has flowers so hopefully some tasty treats a little further down the track.

Reflection:
Psalm 37:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
"Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart."

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Abundance


It's been a really good year for the Rhododendrons and Azaleas, an abundance of flowers for me to enjoy and pick.

Reflection:
Psalm 36:7-8New International Version (NIV)
"How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights."

Sunday, October 19, 2014

False accusations


I was wrong a few weeks ago when I said our magnolia had not flowered again this year.  It was just being slow.

Reflection:
Psalm 35:19-23New International Version (NIV)
"Do not let those gloat over me
who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason
maliciously wink the eye.
They do not speak peaceably,
but devise false accusations
against those who live quietly in the land.
They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
With our own eyes we have seen it.”
Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
Do not be far from me, Lord.
Awake, and rise to my defense!
Contend for me, my God and Lord."

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I came upon beauty


We've had guests this weekend.  The perfect excuse to fill the vases with flowers from the garden. Such     a bounty of beauty.

Reflection:
Psalm 34:12-14 The Message (MSG)
"Who out there has a lust for life?
Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?
Guard your tongue from profanity,
and no more lying through your teeth.
Turn your back on sin; do something good.
Embrace peace—don’t let it get away!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Unfailing Love


I picked these from the garden especially for today.  We are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and had freesias on our wedding cake.

Reflection:
Psalm 33:5 New Living Translation (NLT)
"The unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth."

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Joy times


Ah Spring!  And I saw three beautiful birds this week

  • I tiny Eastern Yellow Robin flitting among the still bare branches of the maple
  • An inky blue-black Satin Bowerbird looking debonair for his lady friend with a white blossom in his beak
  • A gentle Brown Cuckoo-Dove taking a drink at the shallow pond. 


Reflection:
Psalm 32:1-2 New Living Translation (NLT)
"Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Soon


This is the week the garden explodes with its Spring display -- we are eagerly waiting.

Reflection:
Psalm 31:15 New International Version (NIV)
"My times are in your hands."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In the morning


The exuberance of summer pared back to the bones of winter now swelling with promise, caught in the morning light.

Reflection:
Psalm 30:5 New International Version (NIV)
"Weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning."

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Strength and Peace


Today's photo is a borrowed view looking over the fence into the neighbour's garden. My magnolias have disappointed me by not flowering again this year.

Reflection:
Psalm 29:11New International Version (NIV)
"The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace."

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Leap of Joy


There is so much to be happy about. In the garden it is refreshing rain and the exuberance of spring beginning to burst.

Refection:
Psalm 28:6-7New International Version (NIV)
"Praise be to the Lord,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him."

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gazing


It has been dull and rainy of late so I have been lovely to gaze on the cheerful daffodils bowing under the weight of raindrops.

Reflection:
Psalm 27:4New International Version (NIV)
"One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Not so fit


I've been a bit creaky of late, with sciatica, arthritis and cold weather conspiring to make gardening a bit miserable.  But how can I be unhappy when there are fistfuls of violets for collecting.

Reflection:
Psalm 26:2-3 The Message (MSG)
"Examine me, God, from head to foot,
order your battery of tests.
Make sure I’m fit
inside and out
So I never lose
sight of your love,
But keep in step with you,
never missing a beat."

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Remember me


I don't think I have remembered to show any of the camellias in the garden this winter, so I had better get one in now because pretty soon they will be taken over by the spring display.

Reflection:
Psalm 25:7 New International Version (NIV)
"Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Glorious


On Monday evening as I was finishing my day's work I noticed our hallway was glowing pink so went outside and found this magnificent sunset.

Reflection:
Psalm 24:10New International Version (NIV)
"Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory.:

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Valley of shadows


The winter garden is all about shape and texture.

Reflection:
Psalm 23:4 King James Version (KJV)
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cradled


Remember this one, the baby fern is growing up.

Reflection:
Psalm 22:10 The Message (MSG)
When I left the womb you cradled me;
since the moment of birth you’ve been my God.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Happiness



Even though winter is now in full swing and the weather has been cold there is always something to be happy about.  These lovely fragrant jonquils have been in flower for weeks.

Reflection:
Psalm 21:13The Message (MSG)
"Show your strength, God, so no one can miss it.
We are out singing the good news!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Desire


To appreciate this photo you simply must look at this one.   I'm planning for the summer.

Reflection:
Psalm 20:4New International Version (NIV)
"May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed."

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Washed


There were three of them enjoying a bath in the morning sun.

Reflection:
Psalm 19:13 The Message (MSG)
"Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
Keep me from stupid sins,
from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
scrubbed clean of the grime of sin."

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Strong


With the weather still warm for winter it's exhilarating to be out and about in the garden getting jobs done.

Reflection:
Psalm 18 The Message (MSG)
"I love you, God—
you make me strong."

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Your way


It is quite amazing that I have all the leaves up so early.  I am usually sweeping then in Spring, sometimes Summer.

Reflection:
Psalm 17:4-5 The Message (MSG)
I’m not trying to get my way
in the world’s way.
I’m trying to get your way,
your Word’s way.
I’m staying on your trail;
I’m putting one foot
In front of the other.
I’m not giving up.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pleasant places


It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday and quite warm so I spent time out in the garden sweeping fallen leaves -- there are just a few stragglers left hanging on.

Reflection:
Psalm 16:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
"Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Our place


The calendar ticked over to winter today but here is another shot of autumn at our place before the leaves all dropped off.

Reflection:
Psalm 15:1-4 The Message (MSG)
"God, who gets invited
to dinner at your place?
How do we get on your guest list?
“Walk straight,
act right,
tell the truth.
“Don’t hurt your friend,
don’t blame your neighbor;
despise the despicable."


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Not a fool


I am not a fool but some things fool me ... like what triggers a fabulous autumn vs an ordinary one.  I read up on it a bit and it has to do with the shortening length of daylight, the coldness of the nights, dryness and whether the trees are in the sunlight (vs a shaded spot).  Another thing I can say is that around the 20th of May our garden is usually at its best.

Well nothing has gone quite right this year.  Autumn seemed to start late because we had so much rain. Then we had a cold snap.  That lit up the lovely display above, taken on the 11th of May.

Now it's dry and warm (it feels like spring around here lately)  and the other trees which would normally colour a little later have just gone brown.

So while it has not been a 'whole of garden' display this year I've gotta say that red was just plain glorious for a week or so.

Reflection:
Psalm 14:1 (New International Version)
"The fool says in his heart,
'There is no God.' "

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Give light


Autumn is like lanterns set off all around the garden.

Reflection:
Psalm 13:2-3 (New International Version)
"How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
...
Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes ..."

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Gold


The colours of autumn have arrived.

And today is Mother's Day.  Mum would have loved this garden.

Reflection:
Psalm 12:6 New International Version (NIV)
"And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like gold refined seven times."


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Observing things


On my daily walk down to the back of the garden to get logs for the fire I have been noticing the clumps of violets beginning to flower, this was the first one.

Brrrr it's very cold this weekend.   Morning snow further west and a chilly 4C maximum today.  I kept inside except for venturing out for more wood.

Reflection:
Psalm 11:4 New International Version (NIV)
"The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them."

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Going bad


Autumn is now swinging in.  The warmth is fading quickly so it is back to lugging logs for the fire.


Reflection:
Psalm 10 New International Version (NIV)
"In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
...
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand."


I realised today I was due to post Psalm 150 which would bring me to the end.  But I have not posted Psalm 10 though 42 so I am going to go back there and will save up Psalm 150 until we reach the very end.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is risen


At this time of year begonias rise up from unpromising dead looking tubers to create something of great beauty.


"But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 ESV


I pray that each of you will be blessed this Easter day.

Reflection:
Psalm 149:4 English Standard Version (ESV)
"For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April showers


The showery weather is continuing with the old spot of sunshine.  But isn't this shower of pink over the neighbours fence just lovely.

I am not quite so keen on the shower of pine cones that are currently dusting everything in yellow pollen before falling splat to the path below releasing another puff of yellow dust.  The verandah is covered in it.  But the rain is making the moss grow again, that's nice.



Reflection:
Psalm 148:1-5 The Message (MSG)
"Hallelujah!
Praise God from heaven,
praise him from the mountaintops;
Praise him, all you his angels,
praise him, all you his warriors,
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, you morning stars;
Praise him, high heaven,
praise him, heavenly rain clouds;
Praise, oh let them praise the name of God—
he spoke the word, and there they were!"

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rainforest


This little corner of our garden is like having our own rainforest with magnificent old tree-ferns and small ferns growing in the leaf litter below.  And it's still raining, doesn't seem to know its time for it to stop and let autumn get underway.

Reflection:
Psalm 147:7-11 The Message
"Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn,
play music on your instruments to God,
Who fills the sky with clouds,
preparing rain for the earth,
Then turning the mountains green with grass,
feeding both cattle and crows.
He’s not impressed with horsepower;
the size of our muscles means little to him.
Those who fear God get God’s attention;
they can depend on his strength."

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Freedom


I have finished the two jobs that have been chewing up my life for the past couple of months, so this weekend relaxing  ... the gardening can wait until next week.
 
Reflection:
Psalm 146:7 (New International Version)
"The Lord sets prisoners free."

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Beauty and splendour


A morning walk, the fresh washed garden gilded with sunlight.

Reflection:
Psalm 145:3-5 The Message (MSG)
"God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to his greatness.
Generation after generation stands in awe of your work;
each one tells stories of your mighty acts.
Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
I compose songs on your wonders.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fleeting shadows


The shadows are fleeting at the moment because February and March are our wettest months of the year.

Reflection:
Psalm 144:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
"Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,
mere mortals that you think of them?
They are like a breath;
their days are like a fleeting shadow."

Psalm 144:1-2 The Message (MSG)
"Blessed be God, my mountain,
who trains me to fight fair and well.
He’s the bedrock on which I stand,
the castle in which I live,
my rescuing knight,
The high crag where I run for dear life"

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Morning


Mucking about in the morning sun with my dinky new camera, trying to get it to focus the way I want it to.

Reflection:
Psalm 143:8 New International Version (NIV)
"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life."

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Fading


Summer has gone.

Reflection:
Psalm 142:3 New International Version (NIV)
"When my spirit grows faint within me,
it is you who watch over my way."

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Fragrance


Ginger flowers, fragrant spikes announcing that Autumn is almost here.  Already the sunshine is less hot and the air cooler.

Reflection
Psalm 141:2 New International Version
"May my prayer be set before you like incense"

Monday, February 17, 2014

Eeek


I've been working long and late (hence posting late again).  The other night in the wee small hours when I was switching out the lights to go to bed I found this.

I helped it find a new home out the garden the next morning.

Reflection:
Psalm 140:12-13 The Message (MSG)
"I know that you, God, are on the side of victims,
that you care for the rights of the poor.
And I know that the righteous personally thank you,
that good people are secure in your presence."

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Precious


It is such a pleasure to walk the paths were all is clipped, swept, mowed and weeded.  I'm just loving my garden right now.


Reflection:
Psalm 139:17-18 New International Version
"How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
 How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
 they would outnumber the grains of sand."

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bones



Many of the paths and other structures that had become lost under a blanket of entangled vines and weeds have been cleared so we can see its bones again.

Reflection:
Psalm 139:14-16 New International Version
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
 your works are wonderful,
 I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
 when I was made in the secret place,
 when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
 all the days ordained for me were written in your book
 before one of them came to be."

Friday, February 7, 2014

Womb


In the dark shady spot beside my husband's workshop we have started a fern garden.  The big lump of cement that has been littering another part of the garden has been put to new purpose as a place to nurture a new fern.

Reflection:
Psalm 139:11-13 New International Version
"If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me
 and the light become night around me,’
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
 the night will shine like the day,
 for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
 you knit me together in my mother’s womb."