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Showing posts from January, 2010

Beginning afresh

My handwritten journals start each new year with a fresh new page and fresh new theme. That's what I've decided to do with this journal, just turn the page, not close the book. For the past year the theme of Burnbrae Journal has been "IT'S ON THE STRENGTH OF OBSERVATION AND REFLECTION THAT ONE FINDS A WAY. SO WE MUST DIG AND DELVE UNCEASINGLY." ~ CLAUDE MONET The theme for this year and how often will I post? Ah that's today's problem to solve, the new year doesn't start until tomorrow. Reflection: Lamentations 3:22-24 The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!"

End of the day

Tomorrow my year of digging and delving in the garden at Burnbrae is up. Should I close the book? It's a hard decision, I am still trying to make up my mind. I'm thinking I'd like to free up time for writing and other creative endeavours but on the other hand I enjoy discovering my beloved Burnbrae through the lens and it's by far the easiest of my blogs to maintain. Reflection : Psalm 55:17 (King James Version) Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Good morning

The morning sun slanting into the sun room is pure delight. Reflection : Psalm 5:3 (New International Version) In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

Give thanks

When the sun shines through the sky light in the kitchen I am thankful that the architect talked me into having it (even though the sunlight shows up the cobwebs) Reflection : Psalm 106:1 (New International Version) Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

At play

Lately I've been looking at the light playing around the house ... so we are in for a short series of light studies. Reflection : Psalm 33:3 (New International Version) Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.


There's quite a lot of yellow and orangeness going on in the garden at the moment. Reflection : Song of Solomon 4:13-15 (New International Version) Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits, with henna and nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices. You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon.


I've long admired the Chinese Lantern plant (Abutilon) that arches over the entrance of a former guest house up the road. Then the neighbours got some growing by their pergola and they're doing great. I bought a very small plant in a sale a couple of years ago and this year it's decided to grow at last. But just because I decided to photograph it most of the flowers have gone to seed. Reflection : Psalm 119:105 (New International Version) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Perfect model

I thought I had lost this plant in the drought but it has responded to the rain and is pushing out these gorgeous blooms right now. I'm so glad, it's a perfect photographic model. Reflection : John 10:27 (New International Version) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

Another blessing

And the tuberous begonias that I put out in the garden after they die off as pot plants are beginning to flower now too ... I'm so pleased. 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." '

Triple blessing

Remember the cyclamen that I had indoors in March , sent outside for rehabilitation so they were gracious enough to bless me again with new flowers in October then they began to die down so I planted them in the garden and one of them has flowered again!! And I usually throw them out when they first die down. Reflection : John 1:16 (New International Version) From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.

Cool whites

I'm finishing off the "white" series with some more garden produce displayed at my table by a window (inspired by Elk ). Reflection : Proverbs 25:13 (New International Version) Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.

Reaching out

I guess this is pinkish white but I am counting it as white. I don't know what these are ... long canes reach out by the pool and have these little flowers dangling on the end. Reflection : Matthew 14:30-32 (New International Version) Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.


The spot of white in this photo is frog spawn on the pond (still not cleared of the nasty aquatic weed). I can hear the frogs bop-bopping while I write this ... it's warm enough to have the verandah door open tonight. I can't think of the Bible and frogs without thinking the plaque in Moses time leading up to the Exodus ... shudder Reflection : "Exodus 8:3 (New International Version) The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs.


This begonia definitely doesn't like rain on it's leaves, it's dropping them. Such a shame, they are pretty leaves with white spots on them. Reflection : 2 Peter 3:13-14 (New International Version) But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.


This white border of begonias planted some years ago is doing really well this year. I think they like the rain which is doing a much better job of watering the garden than I ever do. Reflection : Psalm 16:6 (New International Version) The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

Not snow

Not snow Dianne but definitely Icebergs! We are still getting heaps of rain around here at the moment. If it's not raining it's grey and on the days the sun does shine the place steams up so much we're glad when it rains again. We are having a very odd summer, things are usually less volatile by January. Reflection: Psalm 148:7-8 (New International Version) Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,


Agapanthus come in white as well as blue but I've never seen them in any other colour. I think I'm going to show white flowers for the next few days. Reflection : Revelation 3:5 (New International Version) He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.


New Elk Horn leaf. Reflection : Colossians 2:18-19 (New International Version) Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.

Unclear vision

Blue Fescue grass. Reflection: Matthew 7:5 (New International Version) You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Feeling blue

It's OK I'm not feeling blue ... I'm as chirpy as the birds. The agapanthus are in full flower now. Reflection: Psalm 43:5 (New International Version) Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Stuffed full and running over

Zucchini rescued after the hailstorm. I've never done them stuffed before ... seemed like a nice idea to try with the Sunday roast. 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."


I've been grumbling because we have been living in the clouds with soggy misty weather for two weeks. Then the sun shone and I smiled not knowing it was cooking up a stormy brew. The sky darkened, the heavens opened, pelting down hard rain. Hard hail rattled on the tin roof and bounced off the windows. Minutes later, the vegie farmer was left to lament his damaged crop. Reflection : Psalm 147:16-18 (New International Version) He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast? He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

False Innocence

"Is someone talking about me?" "Yes you, baddie" Reflection : Matthew 7:21 (New International Version) "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.


"You're a very bad boy ... that's the neighbour's plums you are stealing." He churned through at least 10 in this short photography session. Reflection : John 10:10 (New International Version) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Who's the greatest?

"Huh to King Parrots, look at me, I'm bigger and better!!" Sulphur Crested Cockatoos are always around the garden. Reflection: Luke 9:46-48 (New International Version) An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest."


The King Parrots are frequenting the garden at the moment. Reflection: Psalm 102:15 (New International Version) The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory.


I am so glad to have roses. Reflection : Proverbs 31:30 (New International Version) Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

From the rose garden

A lovely centrepiece for the dining table. Reflection: Isaiah 58:11 (New International Version) The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Cool and sweet

And a nice cool salad with a sweet and sour dressing to go with Thai Fish Cakes. Lettuce and cucumber from hubbies magical vege patch. Reflection: Proverbs 24:14 (New International Version) Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.


This week we shared a meal with our lovely neighbours. Yummy cucumber, mint and yoghurt dip for an appertiser, using goodies from the garden they so kindly watered while we were away. Reflection: 1 Peter 4:8-10 (New International Version) Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.

First fruits

Happy New Year!! What a lovely way to start, with first fruits from the vege patch. Reflection: Nehemiah 10:35 (New International Version) "We also assume responsibility for bringing to the house of the LORD each year the firstfruits of our crops and of every fruit tree."