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I've been giving this new scarf that I knitted last week a test run over the weekend, it's certainly cold enough. The verdict -- long, luxurious, light and warm.  Boucle wool is awful to knit with.  To make it go quick I used an open lacy pattern which works because the wool is interesting in it's own right. Reflection: Proverbs 31:10-13 (New International Version)  "A wife of noble character who can find?       She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full confidence in her         and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm,         all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax         and works with eager hands."

Last rose

The last rose of autumn. The day's are short. Winter is nigh. Reflection: Psalm 104:19-20 (New International Version) The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.


Aren't the details fascinating -- like fine knitting. Talking of which I am knitting up some old wool into a scarf. Reflection: Psalm 139:13 (New International Version) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.


Here's another one of my artsy shots from a leaf rescued before it became leaf litter. Reflection: Colossians 1:13-14 (New International Version) For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

One last look

One last shot before they all disappear. Well maybe not the very last but getting close to the end. Reflection: Genesis 19:23-26 (New International Version) By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Like glue

The rain has been glueing leaves on windows, walls and pathways. Reflection: James 4:8 (New International Version) "Come near to God and he will come near to you."


The rain over the weekend has been stripping the trees, spreading a pretty carpet on the lawn. Reflection: Acts 13:49 (New International Version) "The word of the Lord spread through the whole region."


Stitching Sunday 6. I dream of finding time to do this type of thing again. This type of embroidery is known as hardanger. It's teamed with the last of the summer begonias. Reflection: Acts 2:17 (New International Version) In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

We're still singing

This time from the south verandah. That's one of the tall skinny fast growing tree ferns at the right. Reflection: Ephesians 5:19 (New International Version) Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,


I decided to press some leaves to try my hand at one of those arty shots but left them a little too long. Reflection: Luke 6:38 (New International Version) Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Bath with a view

The colour wave is moving around to the south side of the house. Our bathroom will soon lose it's curtains! Reflection: Job 1:21 (New International Version) [Job] said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. [a] The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."

The song goes on

So many of the leaves have dropped now but the song continues with new trees picking up the tune. The bare tree in the foreground is the weeping cherry that was looking so brilliantly yellow a week ago . Reflection: Psalm 40:3 (New International Version) "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD."


Caught on the way down. Reflection: Romans 10:9 (New International Version) If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Like stars

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


Stitching Sunday 5 is another piece I embroidered for my Mum and took back as my legacy. She was particularly fond of lilies because her name was Lillian (Lily as a child). I usually team it with the delicate fan below that Dad gave to Mum during the war. Reflection: Song of Solomon 2:2 (New International Version) [Lover] Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the maidens.

Up close

Getting close to see the detail. Reflection: 1 Timothy 4:16 (New International Version) Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.


The leaves are beginning to float to the ground. Reflection: Proverbs 16:18 (New International Version) "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."

Life is short

Can't stop myself ... here's another pretty tree. But their time is short, already the leaves are turning brown and dropping. Reflection: Psalm 39:5-6 (New International Version) You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

Weeds and seeds

Even though pittosporum is a native plant and quite an attractive small tree (we have a couple in the garden), it's a weed. Seedlings pop up everywhere and grow really quickly. They are in fruit at the moment, attractive to the birds that then go on to deposit the seeds elsewhere. Reflection: Matthew 13:3-8 (New International Version) "Then he [Jesus] told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."


The smoke bush turns a perfect 1970s burnt orange at this time of year. Notice the green leaves lurking around the bottom left corner. That is a pittosporum seedling (weed) pushing its way through ... more on that tomorrow. Reflection: Mark 12:33 (New International Version) To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."


Wherever I move in the house at the moment the garden lights up the windows. This is the view from the backstairs stairwell. Reflection: . Acts 20:8-10 (New International Version) There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "He's alive!"

Mother's Day

I had planned to show a different piece for Stitching Sunday 4 but remembered it's Mother's Day today so I selected this piece. I made this lacy hanky for my Mum and retrieved it along with other momento's after she passed away ... and she adored autumn leaves. Reflection: Exodus 20:12 (New International Version) "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you."


I'm at a loss to capture the scale of beauty in the garden at the moment. It's as if all the trees have decided to sing in one great crescendo ... truly awesome. Reflection: Revelation 4:8 (New International Version) Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."

Look up again

The big maples in the middle of the garden are now shimering bright. The colour this year is simply fabulous. Reflection: Psalm 24:9-10 (New International Version) "Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty— he is the King of glory. Selah"

Look up

You are going to have to put up with a bit more of this ... I'm besotted with Autumn colour and the weather is so glorious too at the moment. This is the ornimental pear by the driveway. Reflection: Psalm 24:7-8 (New International Version) Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

Over the picket fence

As Julie observed the picket fence is "not quite white". It's actually unpainted, I've been planning to get to it for about 10 years. Forget about the paint on the fence, look at nature's paint over the road! Reflection: Acts 7:30-32 (New International Version) "After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to look more closely, he heard the Lord's voice: 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.'Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.


With the sun glistening on the leaves I couldn't settle at my desk until I had popped outside to get some shots. After that I did many quiet happy hours of work. The leaves take several weeks to go from green (see this January shot ) to burgundy and then in one short week turns on this autumn fire which will pass in a matter of days, certainly as soon as a big wind blows. Reflection: Proverbs 12:14 (New International Version) "From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him."


Work is fun, but how much more fun with a view like this from the window. I was down in Sydney most of last week and returned on Friday. This is the view I saw on throwing open the drapes in my office. What a joy to be home! Reflection: Psalm 28:7 (New International Version) "My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song."

Make love not war

Stitching Sunday 3. My Mum was horrified when I selected this hippy looking piece as a schoolgirl back in the late 60s but was sweet enough to crotchet the edging when it was done ... now the wheels of time have turned it's quite trendy again. Reflection: Ecclesiastes 3:1,8 (New International Version) "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace."

Red and white

Ooh, ahh, I've been waiting for these beauties to pop up after the autumn rain. I didn't know until I lived in the mountains that fairy toadstools existed in real life. Reflection: Isaiah 1:18 (New International Version) "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."


Near the rock where I lay the sage a self seeded oak is beginning to flourish. Reflection: Psalm 29:4,9 (New International Version) The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. The voice of the LORD twists the oaks [b] and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"