For a tiny girl growing up this fine bone china cup and saucer set from my Nana. We are popping back out into the garden tomorrow. Reflection : Ecclesiastes 12:1 (King James Version) Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth,
These set of little eating utensils are engraved "Ian 4" a gift to my husband from his parents on his fourth birthday. Did you receive a 'growing up' gift in your family? I'll show you mine tomorrow. Reflection: Luke 11:11-13 (New International Version) Which of you fathers, if your son asks fora fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
I noticed this key in the cupboard door when I was looking for old treasures to photograph. Funny thing about these keys, it doesn't matter what cupboard they come from they undo the locks in the all other other cupboards ... so these old keys are really used to latch the doors rather than lock them. Reflection : Revelation 1:18 (New International Version) I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
My Mum kept these canisters on the mantel above the wood stove. While they are not very glamourous they still work for me. Reflection : Matthew 13:33 (New International Version) He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."
Let's go back inside for a bit while we wait for this to turn into something pretty. Reflection : Isaiah 60:21 (New International Version) Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor.
At the base of the tahitian lime something more promising is unfolding. Reflection : Psalm 119:130 (New International Version) The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
Diane recently wrote of her very prolific lemon tree and I was thrilled to think of such as thing. This is not in my garden, it's over the fence but I still love looking at them. They make me feel happy with their bright spots of colour to the wintery garden. Refection : Psalm 66:1 (New International Version) Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
Guess it should have been pruned by now but who cares. It seems to make lots more flowers when it's not pruned. Reflection : Psalm 42: 1-2 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
This the liquid amber from down the back. The last of the autumn leaves have gone and we can now see right up to the heights. Reflection: Philippians 2:9-11 (New International Version) Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This kero lamp was an essential item back when I was a child in Queensland. The electricity supply was pretty dodgy during the summer storm season. This is the last of my green object hunt and set me off on another idea of photographing old stuff in B&W but before we go there I think it is time to see what's happening in the garden. Reflection : Psalm 119:105 (New International Version) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Detail on a pretty metal dish I bought in Japan. I was working in Tokyo for a month with a very generous daily allowance so I could afford to go on a shopping spree. Reflection : Psalm 4:6-8 (The Message) Why is everyone hungry for more? "More, more," they say. "More, more." I have God's more-than-enough, More joy in one ordinary day Than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day's end I'm ready for sound sleep, For you, God, have put my life back together.
A green glass fish bought in New Zealand. Reflection : 1 Peter 2:11 (New International Version) Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
Glass bought from a Murano glass factory in Venice long ago. I remember my friends thought it a very strange choice ... I still like it a lot. Reflection : John 15:16 (New International Version) [Jesus said] You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.
I love the way the light makes the green crystals sparkle and dance. A birthday gift from my beloved. Reflection : Proverbs 25:11 (New International Version) A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
They aren't Carlton Ware but fit the style. Some of Mum's old butter dishes. I'm right into the swing of this green thing, it's green for the rest of the week. Reflection : Proverbs 30:32 (The Message) Churned milk turns into butter; riled emotions turn into fist fights.
I'm not sure why it seemed like a fun idea to poke around the house looking for green objects ... perhaps I was feeling guilty about being too lazy to go outside. This little milk jug and pair of deco vases belonged to my mother. I see is is Carlton Ware. The web says Carlton Ware is rather garish tableware often in the form of highly decorated leaves or fruit. Given that this piece is rather subdued and pretty. More green leaves tomorrow. Reflection : 1 Peter 2:2 (New International Version) Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
It's lovely to rug up warm and go outside but the garden is in hibernation and I'm feeling lazy so I'm going to run a series of indoor shots for a few weeks while we wait for spring to stir. Reflection : I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
At this time of year the hotels and other tourist establishments celebrate Yulefest - Winter Christmas in the Blue Mountains. There is something appropriate about hot roast and plum pudding on a winter's day rather than in summer heat ... but this photo is from my archives and taken on a summer Christmas day. Reflection : Luke 2:8-9 (New International Version) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
The little kettle on my husband's stove reminds me of the kitchen in my childhood home where there was always a kettle on the boil ready to make a quick cuppa for anyone that called in. Such lovely memories of a loving home. Reflection : Psalm 131:2 (The Message) I've kept my feet on the ground, I've cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother's arms, my soul is a baby content.
I responded to a comment by Diane the other day that I have so few camellias they are individuals. Each one gets my admiration. Reflection : 1 Corinthians 12:27 (New International Version) Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Heating home made tomato soup for lunch. I'm going to run a short series of wintery warm flames. Reflection : Timothy 1:6 (New International Version) "I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God ... "
Another of the camellias that are out now, a close crop because the petals were a bit scraggy. I love the deep red colour. Reflection : Peter 1:18-19 (New International Version) For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
I think I might have been a baddie. I was supposed to have cut the ginger flowers before they set seed and let birds propigate them into the bush. I really am slow to reform when it comes to the garden. I'm glad I'm not so slow in other ways. Reflectio n: Acts 3:19 (New International Version) Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
I found this guy stuck inside, trying to get through the window glass. Actually this is rather disturbing because it is a European Wasp which has a nasty repeat sting. They first showed up in Australia in the 1970s and despite a valiant effort to stop their progress they are now quite widespread. I fear there may be a nest somewhere in the wall space, I'll have to keep an eye out to see if there are more. Reflection: Ephesians 4:27 (New International Version) "and do not give the devil a foothold.'
You won't find us eating out here at this time of year. It's on the south side of the house and not a spot of sunlight so freezing. The sunny side is to the North here which I bet northern hemisphere readers find strange. I certainly can't get my mind around thinking a house facing south would be a good thing. Reflection: Corinthians 15:33 (New International Version) Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
This grass is doing quite well. Here is how it looked a year ago . We're having a cold spell. Sydney had it's coldest morning in 60 years yesterday. I'm not sure about here, it doesn't feel unusually cold, though I saw frost on the neighbour's lawn this morning. The trees keep the frost at bay in our garden. Reflection: James 1:26-27 (The Message) Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.