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At Julie's request, here is the photo of pineapple sage that didn't make the cut on Anzac day. The red flowers are rather unassuming but seem to be there most of the year so a welcome addition to the garden ... a shame you can't smell the fragrance of the leaves ... nice in fruit drinks. Reflection: Proverbs 13:14 (New International Version) The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.


And a little further over the neighbour's crab apple is dropping leaf. Reflection: Romans 13:10 (New International Version) "Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."


I popped in the picture of the nook yesterday because there are some nice views of the neighbour's yard from that spot. I'm always so envious of this white camelia which is showering it's petals to the ground right now. Reflection: Ecclesiastes 4:4 (New International Version) And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man's envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.


Here is another little sitting nook to be found in the garden. A place to sit and think. Reflection: Psalm 77:12 (New International Version) "I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds."


Here's Stiching Sunday 2 which is a tablecloth in the style of embroidery known as Spanish Blackwork. And another shot of the rather fascinating firewheel flowers. Reflection: John 8:43-44 (New International Version) Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.


I wandered around the garden this morning looking for a suitable Anzac day tribute -- took a shot of rosemary and red pineapple sage but in the end settled for the recently fallen, one of the flowers from the firewheel tree which forms its own little wreath. I also now have proof that Autumn is a little late this year because I photographed the maple at the front in all its fiery splendour on Anzac day last year but today it's still a dull burgundy. Reflection: John 15:13 (New International Version) "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."


Inspired by Julie's lovely photo Seeing into the Life of Things I hung around the grass in yesterday's post waiting for the afternoon sun to shine to get this shot. We are having more cloud than sun at the moment. Reflection: Numbers 6:24-26 (New International Version) "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."

Settling in

The fountain grass that I planted at the top corner near the fence seems to have settled in well. Reflection: Matthew 10:11-14 (New International Version) [Jesus said to his disciples] "Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town."


The leaves on the trees along the driveway are beginning the turn gold. Reflection: Psalm 19:9-11 (New International Version) "The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward."

What else?

While I was on the ground I decided to see what else there was to see. This is the view across to the lilli pilli trees. Reflection: Matthew 5:38-40 (New International Version) "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well."


When I was mowing on the weekend I spotted these mushrooms which I gave a wide birth with the blade and came back later to photograph. I guess the new neighbours down the back thought me quite odd crawling on my tummy. I settled on this one despite the blurring because it best captured the childish delight I felt. The fragrance was of rolling on new mown grass and the soundscape, a Mr Whippy van playing Greensleaves. Reflection: Matthew 18:1-5 (New International Version) At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me."


Seeing Jenny's beautiful needlework made me nostalgic for the day's when I found time to make lovely things. She asked to see some of my work so I'll run a series of "Stitching Sundays" to take up the challenge. It's a new type of photography for me ... I see I've got things to learn about indoor lighting. Today's doily is with liquid amber leaves from the park over the road pressed for a few days in an old book press in my library. Reflection: I thought knotting fishing nets was about the closest thing to tatting. Mark 1:16-18 (New International Version) "As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him."

Autumn rain

With the soft autumn rains the mushrooms push through the leaf litter but the sun is shining today. Its Saturday, time to mow the grass. Reflection: Psalm 147:7-9 (New International Version) "Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call."


The grape like flowers in yesterday's post reminded me of the grape hyacinths which are shooting up along the driveway at the moment. I like the way bulbs pop up then disappear to surprise and delight me all over again the next year. Reflection: Psalm 35:9 (New International Version) "Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation."


Here's another varigated plant. These grassy clumps are dotted around the garden adding light to dark spots. At the moment they are sending up spikes of purple grape like flowers. Reflection: John 12:46 (New International Version) [Jesus said] I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.


Autumn unfolds quite slowly in my garden. The virginia creeper has lost nearly all its leaf. The big old sugar maple is turning a week or so later than usual. Over the road at the park the liquid ambers are colouring up nicely. Other than that everything seems to be holding it's breath, waiting so I am going to wait too and show some of the plants that don't need autumn to show interesting colour. We planted this varigated maple in the space where a weeping maple expired during the drought. Thus far it's hanging in nicely. Reflection: Isaiah 40:31 (King James Version) "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."


It's back to work today. We call this spot under the Cyprus pine the laptop zone. Reflection: Ecclesiastes 2:22 (New International Version) What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?


I cooked herbed scambled eggs for breakfast this morning ... eggs with a touch of rosemary, parsely, sage, thyme, basis, oregano, chives and chilly. After breakfast I was going to go out and take some photos in the garden, perhaps get a shot of the firewheel flower, but it's pouring down rain so I'm going to settle down with a book by the fire instead. Perhaps some poetry, perhaps that thick book on photography techniques too. Reflection: Luke 11:42 (New International Version) "Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone."

He is risen

The joy of Easter morning in the garden. Reflection: John 20:15-16 (New International Version) "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).


The Queensland firewheel tree flowers at this time of year. At the moment the flowers at the top of this tall thin tree are colouring up. I'm waiting for the ones on the lower branches so I can show you this very interesting flower. I thought a cockatoo might conveniently snip one off for me but only Bowerbirds seem to be enjoying the tree at the moment. I love to hear their happy song. Easter Saturday is a day of waiting too -- waiting between the drama of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday. Reflection: Luke 23:55-56 (New International Version) The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Pieces of silver

It's Good Friday. Reflection: Matthew 26:14-16 (New International Version) "Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over."


Marigolds add cheer to the autumn garden. And the Easter holiday makes me cheerful too. Reflection: Proverbs 15:13 (New International Version) "A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit."


I have tried and tried to get a good shot of one of the tree ferns and this is as good as I can do. Reflection: 1 Corinthians 9:24-26 (New International Version) "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air."


Now the rains are here I am hoping all the ailing tree fern fronds will unfold like these. Reflection: John 3:3-6 (New International Version) In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.


At church on Sunday Tim said if Jesus came to Lawson we'd be waving fern fronds, not palm fronds. Which reminds me that I haven't yet shown the tree ferns, partly because I like them a lot and I haven't done them justice in my photographs. We have 4 or 5 tall tree ferns of the slow growing kind so they are probably very old. These are looking a little worse for wear from the drought. There are 3 or 4 more of the type that are tall and skinny and seem to go from tiny plant to tall in just a few years. Reflection: Matthew 21:9 (New International Version) The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!"


I decided to post this picture to show off my palm in response to JM's wonderful shot of a palm lined beach in Portugal posted yesterday. This lonely palm tree pops out above the clutter of trees and shrubs below. As it happens this is a very timely post because today is Palm Sunday. Reflection: John 12:13-15 (New International Version) They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the King of Israel!" Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, "Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt."[

Sky watch

I looked out the window today and watched the clouds scud across the sky. Would we have sun or rain? It settled for neither, just grey overcast weather. Great for gardening but I went walking instead. Reflection: Matthew 16:1-3 (New International Version) "The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied,[a] "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times."


In January we planted some grevillias with the fond hope that they would thrive and flower. Well they're still alive and one rewarded us with a lovely flower this week. I hope it is the first of many. Reflection: Hebrews 10:23 (New International Version) "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."


It was too wet to go outside and take pictures today so I settled down to my new job writing. Reflection: From Daniel 5 (New International Version) King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them ... As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone. Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way. The king called out for the enchanters, astrologers and diviners to be brought and said to these wise men of Babylon, "Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom." Then all the king's wise men came in, but they could not read the w

A fresh start

This is the last of my indoor series and the beginning of a fresh start for me. I start a new contract today which will give me more time at home ... I look forward to seeing what this will mean to my garden. I also get back home this evening after a week camping in the city wrapping up my last contract. It was so hectic I didn't get to take a single photograph!!! Reflection: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version) "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"