This post is a cheat. I wanted to do a Mosaic Monday post but lacked photographic inspiration. In the end I made a 'quilt' inspired by yesterday's post. The blocks of the quilt were made using the kaleidescope photo effect on some of the flowers I posted last week. It is so off target on the Mosiac Monday meme I am not linking to it, but it makes a good filler for today. Next week I'm putting up more flower posters from last week's shoot on autopilot to give me a few more days to catch my breath. Reflection: Luke 19:5-8 (New International Version) When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a 'sinner.' " But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and
Stitching Sunday 10 is a patchwork 'log cabin' quilt. It's been used for many years now so has become rather homely. The cast iron bed was my grandparents wedding bed. It once languished as a spare bed on my parents verandah. A man over at Wilberforce worked restoration magic on it. Reflection: Matthew 19:5-6 (King James Version) [Jesus] said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Here's my contribution to this week's Mosaic Monday. You will find links to other beautiful mosaics at Mary's Little Red House . It was my intention to make a mosiac of all of the purple-mauve-pinkish flowers that are brightening small spots in my winter garden but it turned out to be a hodge-podge so I played with the daisy instead. I made poster images of all of the rest of the flowers which I will be posting on autopilot for the rest of the week. This is a good thing because I have a busy work week planned and a house guest as well. Reflection: John 6:8-11 (New International Version) Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to
How's this for a blast from the past for Stitching Sunday 9. I made this macrame handbag for my mother-in-law. She carried her Bible and other papers in it to the church Home League (Ladies Guild) meeting each week. Another of those items which returned after the much loved recipient passed away. I remember macrame as being a very soothing pastime. It could be fun to try again one day. Reflection: Colossians 3:16 (New International Version) "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God."
I brought a couple of cineria plants to add cheer to the winter garden. I've never had them before, I like them. Reflection: John 16:33 (King James Version) These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Crimson Rosellas frequent our garden all year round but they are a whole lot easier to photograph when the leaves are off the tree. It's such a privilege to have them as part of our life. Reflection: Luke 13:18-19 (New International Version) "Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches."
I pruned the hebes a couple of months ago because they were getting leggy. I was surprised when they rewarded my efforts with another flush of flowers ... a nice addition to a rather dull winter garden. Reflection: John 15:2 (New International Version) "He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful."
The liquid amber has only begun to dump it's leaves but there is already plenty to show for it. A few more weeks before I bother to sweep down here. Reflection: Ezekiel 34:26 (New International Version) "I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing."
With the broken branch gone from the Liquid Amber it's possible to see just what a tall tree this is. I hope the whole thing never decides to fall down, it cost us over $400 to get the fallen branch removed. The liquid amber is the last of the trees to lose it's leaves so still going. Reflection: Ezekiel 17:24 (New International Version) "All the trees of the field will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish."
As people in the northern hemisphere are revelling in spring, our autumn display has been turning on its delights. It's all but petered out now so I am rejoicing in it just one week longer with a mosaic roundup. Our winters are mild so there's no trepidation in Autumn here. For other lovely mosiacs visit Mary's Little Red House Reflection: Psalm 118:24 (New International Version) "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
It's Stitching Sunday time again. Long-stitch is deceptive. It promised to work up fast but I found this one so hard to pull the wool through that it was much harder to work than other tapestry I had just finished. So I officially lothe long-stitch. However, I do remember this piece with great fondness because I worked it beside my father's hospital bed. He liked to watch its progress as his life slowly ebbed away. That was a long time ago now. Grief has gone, many soft memories remain. Reflection: Proverbs 10:7 (New International Version) The memory of the righteous will be a blessing.
While I was at the south side of the house I photographed our latest garden accessory, another water tank snuggling under the verandah, connected just in time for the big rains a week or so ago. Reflection: John 4:14 (New International Version) Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
While I was seeking out the holly stump I saw the peppermint geraniums which sprawl over that part of the garden. I wish photographs were scratch and smell ... the peppermint fragrance is powerful. I'm also fond of their soft furry leaves. Like a soft furry coat ... an essential accessory at the moment. Reflection: Luke 3:10-11 (King James Version) "And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He [John the Baptist] answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. "
There is mention of holly in the poem in today's Sweet Wayfaring post which reminded me of the holly that used to be in my garden. It would have been in lovely red berry at this time of year. I loved it. The problem was the gardener. He got zealous against weed plants (it's got berries) and cut it down. Yes, cut is down without asking! It was goodbye gardener ... actually because I was retrenched and could not afford to keep him on but it was a fortunate coincidence of timing. Today the stump fights back. There are other holly's in the garden but they are males so don't set fruit. Maybe old lady holly will one day wear beads again. Reflection: John 11:25 (New International Version) Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies."
The shadows of the pine on the woodwork at shivering like me. Reflection: James 1:17 (New International Version) "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
Winter Iris are dotted around the garden in grassy clumps. Brrr, winter is coming on fast now, they are predicting snow and a maximum of 8C in Katoomba today. Yesterday the big chill had already started. I spent most of the day inside and just popped out to plant some bulbs I bought when I was down in Penrith on Saturday. So much for doing the weeding! Reflection: Job 38:29 (New International Version) From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
I've been watching this vine on the neighbour's fence over the past couple of months to capture a change sequence. Mary at Little Red House sponsors Mosiac Monday which I thought I would join in with for a little fun. Reflection: John 15:1 (New International Version) "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener."
Stitching Sunday 7. This geranium is so fine I am sure my eyes would not be up to doing it today. I didn't make it bigger because it would be larger than life. Reflection: Psalm 63:3 (New International Version) Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
Two guesses as to what I am going to be doing this weekend. Reflection: Genesis 2:15 (New International Version) The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Here's what's left of the leaves from the big cherry -- compost in the making. Reflection: Isaiah 51:7-8 (New International Version) "Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults. For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations."
The pretties are over but I still find beauty in the debris. These leaves are from the red maple at the front. Reflection: Romans 5:8 (New International Version) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Winter starts today! Cheery little Jonquils are adding their bright touch now the pretty leaves have gone. Reflection: Genesis 8:22 (New International Version) "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."