Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016


It has been way too long since I posted to any of my blogs.  I am mulling over what to do about that in the New Year.  But today I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

At Burnbrae the weather a just right today, not to hot, not too cold so it's candles rather than logs in fireplace today.

Reflection:
Luke 2:16-20 New International Version (NIV)
"So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told."

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Forest



We have a little Walnut forest growing.  The old walnut is sadly on its last legs.  So for the past several years I have been letting the seedlings grow.

Reflection:
Psalm 50:10-11 New International Version (NIV)
"For every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields are mine."

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Love nest



A bowerbird has recently moved in beside the pond. He has set up his courtship bower of sticks and decorated it with blue objects to attract a mate. I saw some females there the other day, perhaps he is having some success.

Reflection:
Song of Solomon 1:16
"Look at you! You are handsome, my beloved, truly lovely. How lush is our couch."

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Consider


The season has been quietly changing in the garden with the annual return of favourite flowers.
It's been glorious gardening weather this week so I have been busy doing some tidying up.

Reflection:
Luke 12:27-28 King James Version (KJV)
"Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?"

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Love


For Valentines Day I chose this begonia because its flowers start off in the shape of a heart.

Reflection:
Song of Solomon 1:2, NLT
'Kiss me and kiss me again, for your love is sweeter than wine.'

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ginger


With the wet weather we have been having, mushrooms are popping up and the ginger flowers and belladonna lilies are out.  I have been cutting the ginger flowers for the vase in the hallway, their fragrance is so lovely.

Reflection:
Proverbs 27:9 The Message (MSG)
"Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight,
a sweet friendship refreshes the soul."

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fading


The blue of summer is beginning to fade and the fragrance of autumn is starting to announce itself in the garden.

Reflection:
Psalm 104:19 English Standard Version (ESV)
"He made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting."

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Walking in the rain


It's been raining again but still fairly warm so I enjoyed a walk like I used to do when I was a kid in Queensland but I didn't paddle in the gutters.

Reflection:
Deuteronomy 32:2 New International Version (NIV)
"Let my teaching fall like rain
and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass,
like abundant rain on tender plants."

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Summer harvest


We are beginning to harvest zucchini.  I was also hoping on cucumber but after getting off to a good start and setting fruit the vines turned up their toes for some reason.

Reflection:
Psalm 67:6 New International Version (NIV)
"The land yields its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us."


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Friendship


It has been a week of friendship with lots of guests.  Also lots of agapanthus flowers this year because   cutting the tree branches has let in a lot more light. They flower later up here in the mountains.

Reflection:
James 4:8 English Standard Version (ESV)
"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you"

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Anyone for tea?


I have never used these teacups which belonged to my mother (and I never saw her use them either) so I thought it fun to polish the silver and put them out of display. There is a tiered silver cake plate and candelabra out of the frame - you can see their shadows.

It is going to be a busy week for guests with our city church coming for lunch tomorrow.  A couple staying over tomorrow night and two more guests coming for a few days at the end of the week.  Lucky I am still on holidays.

Maybe I will find time to serve high tea.

Reflection:
Romans 12:10
"Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honour."